Excel-like features without the intuitiveness. Bad value for the money.
November 05, 2021

Excel-like features without the intuitiveness. Bad value for the money.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 1 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Sigma Computing

Sigma is arguably used by the whole organization. We have lots of viewers, but very few regular users. As far as I can tell, Sigma was selected on the basis of its usefulness in gatekeeping data from the organization, rather than encouraging transparency. In my assessment, Sigma makes it extraordinarily difficult to find reporting and analysis that has already been done... which is useful if you're on the gatekeeping side of the gatekeeping-vs-transparency trade-off spectrum.
  • Lots of time lost trying to workaround lack of capabilities.
  • Must be stingy with licenses because, for some reason, [I feel] they're ungodly expensive.
  • Hey! At least Viewer licenses are free. Kudos to the R&D department.

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Sigma is just the interface that allows me to share reporting slightly more easily than simply sharing the raw output of a SQL query inside of a spreadsheet. In that sense, it is better than nothing. But I'm pretty sure I could improve upon Sigma by eliminating Sigma and replacing it with a combination of Excel and Dropbox. The implications for Sigma are not good.
It's not my favorite tool for this, or anything.
Sigma is not appropriate for companies looking to build a data-informed culture. In a landscape full of products that are not super intuitive, [in my experience,] Sigma really outshines the competitors for being truly a painful experience. Does it make it up with amazing capabilities, like Tableau does? No. Does it make it up by being easier to learn, like Power BI does? No. [In my opinion,] It's just an Excel knock-off that loses the intuitiveness of Excel, and the capabilities of a better BI Tool. Hard pass on Sigma if I'm making the decision.

Sigma Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Not Rated
Customizable dashboards
Report Formatting Templates
Not Rated
Drill-down analysis
Not Rated
Formatting capabilities
Report sharing and collaboration
Publish to Web
Publish to PDF
Not Rated
Report Versioning
Not Rated
Report Delivery Scheduling
Not Rated
Delivery to Remote Servers
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)