Sisense

Sisense

BI & dashboard software for multiple, large data sets

4.5/5 (289 reviews)

Sisense Overview

Behind Sisense's drag-and-drop user interface and eye-grabbing visualization options lies a technology that forever changes the world of business analytics software. By removing limitations to data size and performance imposed by in-memory and relational databases, Sisense enables any business to deliver interactive terabyte-scale analytics to thousands of users within hours.

Sisense’s unique end-user tools enable non-technical users to perform tasks that once required support from a team of database admins, engineers, and data scientists. Data mash-ups, interactive browser-based dashboards, and ad-hoc analysis of high-volume data are all done with a user-friendly interface that anyone can learn and requires no programming skills.

Sisense is the only solution that can be set up and used entirely in-house! Avoid outrageous implementation fees and never-ending outsourcing costs by using your internal resources efficiently. Even with huge data volumes and concurrent users, Sisense can handle data at scale on a single commodity server. Finally, a solution that lets you avoid the high costs of data warehousing, OLAP cubes, or clustered solutions.

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Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe and 4 others, Germany, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, English, French, German and 5 others, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Sisense Reviews

Overall rating
4.5/5
96% positive reviews
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Implementation Was Great, And Support Continues To Be Great. We Enjoy Pushing The Limits

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 12/13/2017
Review Source: Capterra

Real-time Internal visibility to operations for account and executive management, also providing similar visibility directly to clients through OEM license of Sisense. We've become dependent on the operational analytics from Sisense for both assessing the success of recent feature updates and prioritizing new features.

Pros

Great experience. We use Sisense both internally and resell (OEM) to our clients. Sisense implementation team did a great job helping us to complete our first use cases, which was a great source of hands-on education. We've been running with Sisense for more than a year and have seen useful new features, design updates, and bug fixes. Their support people are efficient, professional, knowledgable, and just nice people. There have been challenges as we push the limits of functionality, but support from both the sisense community and the Sisense support people has allowed us to push through those challenges. Sisense has a incredibly useful and valuable product today, and I look forward to seeing the product roadmap come to reality.

The speed at which we constructed our original solution, and several solutions since, is outstanding. That speaks to the production functionality and performance, and the people at Sisense that have helped us along the way.

Cons

The product does not have the ability to view it's own operational metrics on a dashboard. We pointed this out during our implementation more than a year ago, and this is still lacking in the product. We've built our own functionality around this since, but it should have come out-of-the-box. The mobile experience also isn't nearly as rich as we'd like. They've grown quite a bit there in the last year, but still needs more capabilities.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Able to get BI up and Running from Multiple Sources relatively easily

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 10/31/2017
Review Source: Capterra

Value for money solution

Pros

Able to get a demo up very quickly - basically a full functioning demo product.

Sisense is used in our organisation to perform the following tasks:
- Bring together data from multiple data sources (mysql databases, google spreadsheets, google analytics, web analytics tools)
- Dashboarding - various sales/metric dashboards are displayed around the office on large plasma screens. Individual users also have access to the dashboards.
- Adhoc reporting - we also use Sisense to perform adhoc reporting and do data extractions across different sources

The product has a long way to establish a single source of truth for our sales data, but to also allow for the quick and timely extraction and presentation of data in dashboards which was previously done in a very laborious way.

Once you bring in your data from multiple sources you can use custom SQL language to bring all data sources together. This is a great way of doing things

Drag and drop dashboarding

Sisense support was also excellent and they were able to provide us with a cloud solution as a one stop shop.

Very solid solution for the price.

Slick interface.

Cons

Drag and drop dashboards also mean there is less customization of dashboards. Not as flexible as Tableau.

If you get your data model wrong the product can hang - you need to self-verify your work. Which you should.

Not sure how it performs with truly big data sets.

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Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

SiSense as an OEM Solution

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 12/16/2016
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

We use SiSense as an OEM tool in place of a traditional OLAP deployment. We chose SiSense due to the out-of-the-box nature of the product, as it was quick to implement within our stack.

By far, the most impressive part of SiSense has been their customer success team. Edan has been an incredible success manager for us - professional, responsive, and informed. He's managed expectations on our end exceptionally well and accurately and gotten us the help we needed when we needed it. He's the primary reason four this 4-star rating - he's been simply fabulous.

Pros

The dashboard creation wizard is pretty robust and fairly easy to use. You will need an SME within the organization - this isn't a tool that I would simply throw at someone and expect them to learn in a few weeks, but that's largely due to the wide range of capabilities the tool has. However, the wizard is much more intuitive compared to a tool like Tableau.

The UI of the dashboards is beautiful and offers a nice range of customization features. It's a much prettier dashboard than Tableau.

Finally, the ability to write custom Javascript for formatting preferences has proven to be a very nice feature.

Cons

The cube processing itself is quite limited - this is not a big data tool. Cube builds on our dataset take almost two hours. Part of this has to do with our Elasticube design being suboptimal, but I would argue that just provides evidence that you need a very technical SME within your organization who has experience designing OLAP models.

My major objection is pricing - they charge on multiple vectors; by cube and also by a user. It's complex and the costs ramp up very quickly. I wish they'd pick one vector to price on, as it would make both budgeting and affordability much better.

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Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10

Sisense has been a key component of our marketing product offering for 3 years. Our clients love it.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2/22/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

The front end of Sisense is what I like the most about this Software. Whether you are designing a Dashboard or using it you can expect and smooth and intuitive experience.
From a designer standpoint: the basic charts and features of data visualization are available in the standard tool. Once you are familiar with them, you find the need to take it to the next level. Next thing you know you find yourself leveraging Sisense online resources, adding new widgets, and updating javascript very easily to make your dashboard look the way you want.
From a user standpoint, looking at data, drilling and exporting is simple to figure out even without training.

Cons

I have experienced a few limitations with Sisense. When you export a dashboard into an image it doesn't look too good. I find myself taking screenshots instead which can sometimes become time consuming.
I've also been a little frustrated with not being to sort data as wanted in ascending, descending or alphabetical order.
I experienced a situation where I identified a design flaw for a supported widget and we were asked to financially support the development to fix the flaw. Which we didn't.
We still really appreciate the tool and its many benefits overall.

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Best product on the market in terms of feature set and support.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 3/5/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Provides great visualizations to ease the understanding of complex data sets.

Pros

Developing widgets for a dashboard (even complex ones) is far easier and faster than it is with competing products. User community is a strong asset. Elasticubes are able to accommodate many different files types with ease.

Cons

The initial set up turned out to be complicated and required IT investment, but perhaps that is due to the unique nature of our company's setup. Product is a bit costlier than Power BI, but the feature set and ease of use makes the cost well worth it. Though Sisense is Elasticube allows the software to quickly pull large data sets, it's difficult to create for the average user and requires a lot of technical expertise. In many cases, users must write SQL code, even though Sisense promotes its codeless reporting. However, to get to this codeless reporting you must have a very technical person to write the SQL to build their Elasticube and there are some limitations such as join types and such that create difficult workarounds. We have had former Sisense users complain to us that they experienced a lot of errors getting the Elasticube to load, and because the system relies upon the cube, Sisense won't work if the cube isn't working.

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Sisense Pricing

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Sisense Features

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Business Intelligence
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Filtering
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Monitoring
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Third Party Integration
  • Visual Analytics

  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Reporting & Statistics

Additional information for Sisense

Key features of Sisense

  • Ad-hoc analysis of high-volume data
  • Advanced analytics
  • Can be set up and used entirely in-house
  • Complex business queries without programming or SQL writing
  • Consolidates, stores and accumulates data
  • Dashboard & individual widget embedding
  • Data export to Excel, PDF, CSV, Images and other formats
  • Data filtering
  • Data mash-ups
  • Data visualizations
  • Drag-and-drop user interface
  • External web sites & web application integrations
  • Handles data at scale on a single commodity server
  • Identifies critical metrics using filtering, calculations
  • Interactive browser-based dashboards
  • Interactive terabyte-scale analytics
  • Interactive visualizations
  • Intuitive 'script-less' user interface
  • Removes limitations to data size
  • Uses Single-Sign-On for a single authentication mechanism
  • Web portal integration
  • Wide range of widgets such as gauges, charts and graphs

Benefits

With a cutting-edge database technology and a flexible product architecture, Sisense lets you benefit from the advantages of having a single source of truth, coupled with blazing-fast multi-dimensional analytics, without the complexities of traditional data warehousing and OLAP modeling. And the best part is that you can do it yourself, without a battery of consultants or IT professionals being involved in every step of the way.

By utilizing modern database technology was built for modern 64-bit hardware and latest CPU architectures from the ground up, Sisense delivers as-fast or faster performance than in-memory solutions, without hitting the wall with data volumes or concurrent usage. Sisense utilizes disk, RAM and CPU so efficiently, that it enables a single commodity server to crunch terabytes of data on inexpensive hardware, and serve a large number of concurrent users!

Sisense's cutting-edge technology means that a single commodity machine can be used for terabyte scale analytics and to serve multiple users concurrently. Sisense taps into the true processing potential of today's 64-bit computer, multi-core CPUs and parallelization capabilities, enabling a single commodity server to deliver the same data processing power as a cluster made up of 10 individual nodes, making it a snap to set-up and deploy without any prior expertise in big data analytics implementations.

Even though SiSense is commercial product with a price tag on software, its total cost is still lower overall compared to any open source solutions with the same breadth of functionality, if you include software, hardware and services. All of Sisense's components are tightly integrated and can be deployed and used by non-developers.

GetApp Analysis

Sisense serves as the Robin Hood of the business intelligence (BI) world. The dashboard software brings data justice to its users, enabling companies of all sizes to have access to the same information that large corporations with endless resources have relied upon for years.

Using Sisense’s business analytics software, businesses across all industries and verticals can better understand their data and make more informed business decisions. The product allows both data professionals and non-techies to join, analyze, and visualize big data sets. Sisense differentiates itself from competitors in the marketplace by putting data into the hands of everyone, as opposed to just large companies with deep pockets.

Interactive Dashboards

What is Sisense?

A business intelligence tool built for users with all levels of technical skill, Sisense gives corporate leaders a way to better visualize data from multiple sources within a single repository. The solution is designed in a way that is very user friendly, which means professionals can utilize the tools that Sisense provides, and begin uncovering data insights, without having to ask their IT departments for help.

Sisense benefits its users by providing all the tools they need for joining, analyzing, and visualizing multiple big data sets, complete with front-end tools for visualizations and back-end tools for management. The solution has an especially short implementation time, as there are no lengthy customization or data warehouse projects that users need to complete before they can begin.

Data Visualizations

Sisense Main Features

Unifying Data

Sisense takes data from multiple sources into account, and unifies that data into centralized dashboards. The solution provides users of all technical skill levels with tools they can use to combine data into single repositories.

To begin combining large data sets from multiple sources into a single dashboard, you just need to drag-and-drop that data into Sisense’s platform. Using Sisense’s built-in connectors, you can join data sources and formats including Excel, Google AdWords and Analytics, information from your CRM, and any other organizational databases your company uses.

Connecting to Data

Building Dashboards

Interactive dashboards are designed by users with dashboard widgets. Using these widgets, Sisense enables users to select the best visualizations of their data. A few of the visualization types that users can choose from include geographical maps, gauges to measure KPIs, line charts, scatter plots, and pie charts.

Once your data has been dragged-and-dropped into the platform, begin designing your dashboard based on your own unique needs and preferences. Select the widgets you want and place each of those widgets in the precise page location that makes the most sense for your needs. Individual dashboards can hold many widgets and filters. You can add or remove these widgets and filters with a single click.

Widgets & Filters

Visualizing Data

Detailed data visualizations provide companies with the insights they need when making strategic decisions. With Sisense’s data visualization toolset, businesses are able to generate dynamic visuals and interactive business intelligence reports. Users can change their queries by clicking on any section of a graph or chart, and they can drill down to see underlying reports when reviewing the impact that small details are having on the bottom line.

Data visualization tools allow you to graphically represent the data you’ve collected with charts, rather than number-heavy lists. Because Sisense is self-service, you’re able to visualize your data and create meaningful reports on your own, without relying on an IT department for support. Sisense also formats your data correctly, ensuring that it’s ready for whichever type of visualization you select.

Dashboard View

Sharing Insights

What use is a business intelligence solution if users can’t share it with key decision makers within their organizations? Sisense offers extensive sharing tools, enabling users to quickly share interactive dashboards with colleagues and build upon existing reports by adding additional information.

Live connections ensure that you and your colleagues are able to monitor your dashboards in real-time. With Sisense, you can even set up alerts to notify you when certain events have occurred. As an admin, you have the option to allow varying levels of access to specific users within your organization. You can also play interactive dashboards through your mobile devices.

Managing User Groups

Sisense Integrations

Sisense allows users to join data from any source into integrative dashboards. The solution uses built-in connectors to join present and future data. Sisense connectors include file types such as MS Excel, CSV, and MS Access, along with applications such as Salesforce, Zendesk, QuickBase, Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Google Spreadsheets, Amazon Redshift, and Heroku Postg. Connectors also include many database servers, big data sources, and custom data sources.

Sisense Pricing

Sisense offers individual quotes after understanding each client’s needs and intended use of the product. Pricing is based on the number of concurrent users required, volumes of data being processed, and other individual factors.

Sisense Bottom Line

  • Data analysis and visualization tools for both data professionals and non-techies
  • Helps businesses in all industries and verticals make sense of large volumes of data
  • Short implementation time enables users to get started quickly
  • Built for businesses of all sizes
  • Provides front-end tools to visualize data and back-end tools to manage data

Sisense FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Sisense.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Sisense offer?

Sisense offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Please contact Sisense for pricing information

Q. What are the main features of Sisense?

Sisense offers the following features:

  • Ad-hoc analysis of high-volume data
  • Advanced analytics
  • Can be set up and used entirely in-house
  • Complex business queries without programming or SQL writing
  • Consolidates, stores and accumulates data
  • Dashboard & individual widget embedding
  • Data export to Excel, PDF, CSV, Images and other formats
  • Data filtering
  • Data mash-ups
  • Data visualizations
  • Drag-and-drop user interface
  • External web sites & web application integrations
  • Handles data at scale on a single commodity server
  • Identifies critical metrics using filtering, calculations
  • Interactive browser-based dashboards
  • Interactive terabyte-scale analytics
  • Interactive visualizations
  • Intuitive 'script-less' user interface
  • Removes limitations to data size
  • Uses Single-Sign-On for a single authentication mechanism
  • Web portal integration
  • Wide range of widgets such as gauges, charts and graphs

Q. Who are the typical users of Sisense?

Sisense has the following typical customers:

Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business

Q. What languages does Sisense support?

Sisense supports the following languages:

Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Q. What type of pricing plans does Sisense offer?

Sisense has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Sisense support mobile devices?

Sisense supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Sisense integrate with?

Sisense integrates with the following applications:

Bitium, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Panoply, QuickBooks Online, Rippling, Salesforce Sales Cloud, ServiceNow, Slack, Xero, Zendesk

Q. What level of support does Sisense offer?

Sisense offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials