Sisense Software


 

Sisense is an end-to-end business intelligence (BI) solution that was developed to be accessible for any type of user, even those with little or no prior experience with BI software. Their full suite of applications provide users with the tools they need to manage and support business data with analytics, visuals and reporting. This out-of-the-box system doesn’t require lengthy implementation or training, so businesses can have it up and running quickly.

Sisense’s standalone applications offer data and text mining with interactive analytics tools. ElastiCube is their analytics database that utilizes In-Chip technology, enabling a single server and minimal hardware with the ability to handle big data. Sisense lowered limits on data usage to maximize shared information between users.

Integrated within the suite, Sisense includes functionality for dashboards and scorecards, data warehousing, extract, transform and load (ETL) and a query and report writer. Everything is managed through one interface designed with the end-user in mind. Sisense can be deployed on-premise or over the cloud.

Sisense was chosen as one of the Top 10 BI Vendors of 2013 by CIO Magazine and “Best in Show” at the O’Reilly Big Data Strata conference.

 

Sisense - Revenue reports
 
  • Sisense - Revenue reports
    Revenue reports
  • Sisense - Lead generation
    Lead generation
  • Sisense - Dashboard
    Dashboard
Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

30 Reviews of Sisense

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from PremierTox
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Slight learning curve, but great when built

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The ease of use for end users. Great organization of information. Building dashboards don't require any in depth SQL knowledge, but you do need to have an idea of how the data is stored. Can link multiple data sources together (MSSQL, Oracle, Salesforce, MySQL can all be joined if fields allow).

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Building the back-end requires in depth SQL knowledge if using complex databases. The joins are an inner join by default (can't select a different type, have to create a table defining a different join type). Licensed per user per year, but hosted on premises. Eats resources like it's candy. Really have to beef up your server running the back-end.

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If you're looking for in depth analytics and have multiple data sources with the SQL knowledge to go with it, this is the tool for you. If you're looking to pull data from one or two tables, this is overkill.

 
 

from SimplyInsight
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

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Easy to use to quickly manipulate data from multiple data sources.

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Dashboard visually can have better tools to give more control over small details.

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Great if you want to quickly implement BI, even without advanced skills. If you do have advanced data skills then you can use them to utilize it derive even more value.

 
 

from Canadian Manda Group
Specialty: Sales & Marketing
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Great experience for non-techies

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Very easy to get started with, great onboarding support, doesn't rely on the cloud, connectivity to multiple data services, especially easy to use with Excel grids.

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Not sure that there is support for FileMaker connectivity which is used pretty ubiquitously in small publishing.

SQL has a fairly steep learning curve for a group of non-technical people.

Dashboard use isn't necessarily a straightforward process. For instance, one of our principals basically wanted us to recreate a spreadsheet look. More guidance on dashboard building and best-use would be helpful for internal adoption.

The dashboard presentation leaves a lot of non-information clutter on the screen. (Can we get rid of the menus on the right and left and the SiSense logo at the top, to make things cleaner?)

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Is the tool cloud-dependent or cloud-friendly, or is it installed software.

Are there any technical requirements necessary, like (some) knowledge of PHP, SQL, XHTML, JS, for example.

What data sources does the tool connect to.

How can data be distributed from the tool, e.g. via web, PDFs, email...

 
 

from CLS
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

Flexible and efficient BI tool!

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SiSense is a very easy to use tool. There is also a very supportive user community when simple questions need to be answered. It is very easy to connect to multiple data sources and create powerful analytics with your data.

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There are sometimes minor bugs here and there that makes the tool feel incomplete. However, the production support system is very responsive and they even follow up with you to check if everything is going smoothly.

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Make sure it's easy to use and fits all of your business needs.

 
 

from Nulogy Corporation
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Creating dashboards for executive level use in the packaging space

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I love elastic cube. It is a simple tool allowing my company to leverage big data and create sophisticated visualization sin record time.

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I would love to be able to embed advanced anlytics using code. I know R has been enabled, but it seems like it is of limited functionality.

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Take your time and go over all the available plugins. You are likely to find what you need.

 
 

from CLS
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

Great BI Tool

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I've been working with SiSense for over a year and have found it to be extremely useful for a variety of business needs. It saves us time by helping us streamline the parts of dealing with data that are the most tedious and unwieldy. It's easy to use and understand. Time to get data up to visulalization is quick. Users can look at their data in variety of ways. And with plug ins and regular enhancements it's constantly evolving.

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Some functionality is not implemented yet that's on the roadmap. Waiting for these features to be available.

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If there is something you think it can't do, ask about it. It's growing all the time.

 
 

from SimplyInsight
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Great data-mapping and visualization tool

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Data-mapping capabilities.
Powerful APIs for programmatic dashboards/widgets.

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Sisense.js is still rough around the edges, so you might have to fall back to iFraming for your embedded dashboards and widgets, but they are working on improving that and new versions should solve these problems.

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Make sure you try the embedding functionality of Sisense.

 
 

from Element Fleet Management
Specialty: Banking & Financial Services
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

Great BI platform! Upgrades on monthly basis!

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We have installed and set it up in running in about a month. In 3 months time, we have analytics available for senior management. Support has been great and they have been really quick in responding to our questions during the launch phase.

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Performance of the website may not be fast enough when returning charts with lots of data

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Make sure you have a server to host the site or you can host the site in the cloud.

 
 

from Advocate Billing
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Excellent Professional Services

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The Sisense product is solid, but the professional services team really takes it to the next level. It is very good out of the box. We met regularly with their technical staff about our needs and what we were trying to do with it, and they provided advice, coaching, and sometimes entirely new features in the product to help us be successful with the product.

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Output options are still a little clunky, and the mobile app is still maturing.

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Get the most out of the product by engaging professional services. The platform is intuitive enough you can get pretty far, but without guidance you can get pretty far down a path that is less efficient than what is truly possible.

 
 

from EMC
Specialty: Telecommunications
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Excellent full stack solution shows value right away

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One of the things I like best about SiSense is how it's out of the box ease of use has the ability to evolve into a much more advanced analytics tool with continued use. Plugins, custom javascript, upgrades, and new features ensure that I'm always improving the analytics I can do with the tool. Also the ability to set regular email reports, download dashboards as pdfs, and quickly push changes to the users lets us answer business questions on demand in a way we never could before.

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One of the things I dislike most about SiSense is their Elasticbue build process. As our data models have expanded we've found it difficult to manage the build times of our larger cubes which can take several hours to build. For instance, we cannot build changes to the cube while one of the regularly scheduled builds is occurring and the 'stop build' functionality has never been very responsive. It is my understanding that the next version will completely redesign the build process so I'm looking forward to seeing these changes.

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When evaluating BI software don't worry about how 'pretty' the dashboards can be. While the flashy widgets and beautiful charts have an initial appeal you'll quickly find that the most important information you can show the end users is KPIs and pivot tables supported by some graphs. Ease of use, the ability to transform data, and quickly publish dashboards to users is much more important in the long run. This is the reason we stopped using Tableau and are strictly using SiSense now.

 
 

from Financial Media LTD
Specialty: Sales & Marketing
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

The best self service BI tool

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easy to connect data and build dashboards.
extra fast support.
really helpful team and managers

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there is nothing that i can say bad about the product.
Sisense really answers all my need and desires as a CDO of the company

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just take it for a try you will not regret.
you will receive A-Z information on how to show your data

 
 

from Blueline Madagascar
Specialty: Telecommunications
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Sisense provided us a cost-effective and high quality BI solution.

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Ease of installation and use
Short learning curve
Integration (support many types of data sources, availability of an APIs for further integration, integration with R)
Rich documentation and support

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Cost, in particular when trying to have a development license (we planed to use it for training and development purpose).

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I really recommend this tool if you have the budget, an low to medium experienced or small team and a short deployment time. They provide an excellent support, and a very rich documentation website.

 
 

from Fantasynetwork
Specialty: Hospitality / Gaming
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Great looking easy to use BI solution

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Easy to install and easy to use, for your most experienced and inexperienced personal.
A fast learning curb with an on-boarding process will get you right to the point where you can generate beautiful dashboards and start collecting insights, Sisense will go out of its way to make it easy for you to use their solution, with great customer support team, side solutions and constant product updates.

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Some of the default machine (server) requirements are high, should be considered when expecting major expansion of the business.

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There are other solution out there and that haven't got the chance to check, so I can't compare.
But.. I must admit that I didn't feel the need to change my BI solution and I believe it says a lot.

 
 

from CenterEdge Software
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Director/Cloud Architect

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People of SiSense are great to work with and really understand the business intelligence landscape.

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I have not had any issues with this vendor. They have been very helpful.

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Perfect if you are looking for an OEM solution this is the most flexible in the market.

 
 

from AwareManager
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

6 months in and extremely satisfied

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This product combines powerful analytics tool with ease of use. After looking around for business intelligence products Sisense stood out for how well it handles complex big data with a front-end that even non-technica users find easy.

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More official support for the most popular plug-ins!

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Look at how well other products integrate with your data sources compared to how Sisense handles it. The report broadcasting is also very easy; conceptualize how this product works as an OEM model because our clients immediately see its value and allows us to provide a value-add and monetize the data we gather.

 
 

from AwareManager
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Great Product

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Ease of use - easy to create dashboards/widget and update based on client feedback

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It has been a great experience, no negative feedback so far

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Consider how it will work for your customers/users - will they understand it/be able to use it easily

 
 

from Premium Retail Solutions
Specialty: Retail
Number of employees: 501 to 1,000 employees Employees number: 501 to 1,000 employees

Just starting out but we are very impressed w/ SiSense's capabilities

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The measure creations are quite intuitive. Customer support is very responsive

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I wish there was more documentation on all of the measures/calculations that can be created for dashboard usage. We need some very specific measures and need quick access on the logic needed to get the data to appear properly.

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The speed of getting data and using the dashboard!!!

 
 

from FBC
Specialty: Banking & Financial Services
Number of employees: 501 to 1,000 employees Employees number: 501 to 1,000 employees

Customizable, easy to build reporting tool.

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You can pull and manipulate data easily. You can customize reports/charts for each end-viewer.

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There is a learning curve if you do not have IT experience. I'm an accountant, so I needed help from our IT department to get the data linked and to cleanse our data. Some of the custom formulas require coding, but Sisense support can walk you through it.

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How consistent/organized is your data? Are you able to data cleanse easily?

 
 

from ProviderTrust
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

0 to 60 in 1 month

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Even though I had limited technical experience with database modeling, Sisense and team made it simple to get functional dashboards within the first 30 days. The dashboards look beautiful and the end users are thrilled with the results. So far, I have been able to field all requests from users without relative ease.

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Their forum/user support seems sparse, but I have been able to find support for pretty much everything I need.

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Make sure you have someone who understands your data structure on the onboarding calls.

 
 

from Gistic Research, Inc
Specialty: Government
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

The All-round champion

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We are currently at the product evaluation stage to recommend a BI product for one of our government clients. But it is already clear that Sisense is the all-round champion in the following areas.

1. Ease of use for end user
2. Ease of implementation by SA and DBA
3. Innovative back-end that delivers scalebility and performance
4. Great framework that empowers developers to write custom widgets or custom applications, and
5. At a affordable price

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UI is not a polished, even though a user can customize and refine through CSS.

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Go beyond what is visible and look into its architecture and framework from the life-cycle perspective.

 
 
 
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