Sisense is moving on up in the BI world
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July 09, 2019

Sisense is moving on up in the BI world

Score 8 out of 10
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Business

Overall Satisfaction with Sisense

Sisense is being used for two primary purposes - internal analytics across all business units as well as embedded client-facing reports.
  • Customization - lots of supported and community plugins available. Users can also adjust the look and feel through JavaScript.
  • Innovation - Sisense is continuing to push the envelope by developing new features through Sisense Labs.
  • Customer support - the commitment to excellent customer service and ensuring organizations get the most out of their investment.
  • Permissions are a pain at times - only the owner of folders and dashboards can publish any changes.
  • Ease of use - there's a bit of a learning curve in using Sisense, but the same can be said of any BI tool.
  • Windows servers are required for Sisense installation, but a new and improved Linux architecture has been introduced (currently in beta).
Sisense was chosen as our BI platform for a few key reasons. Excellent customer support is a key reason why. Additionally, continuing innovation in new product features and the ability to embed reports and do quite a bit in terms of customization.
Sisense has many different out of the box data source connectors. We are primarily using just one - Snowflake as our data warehouse, where we have already done a variety of different data aggregation upstream. Sisense ElastiCubes are easier to use and perform better when much of the slicing and dicing of data is done in advance prior to being utilized in Sisense. Once ElastiCubes are built, they perform well for end users as queries only need to be made against these (though you can also query directly against the live source).
The best way to manage sharing of different Sisense assets is through the creation of user groups. Once these are created for different teams it is easy to share different data sources and dashboards to the appropriate groups.
Sisense is excellent for data modeling through ElastiCubes. It's easy to visualize the joins between objects, preview data, and identify data types.

Sisense Feature Ratings

Customizable dashboards
9
Drill-down analysis
8
Formatting capabilities
9
Publish to Web
6
Publish to PDF
7
Report Delivery Scheduling
8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
8
Predictive Analytics
6
Multi-User Support (named login)
8
Role-Based Security Model
7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
3
Responsive Design for Web Access
8
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated