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)

77 Reviews of Sisense

 
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from Interserv Systems
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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We've just completed the onboarding process with SiSense and everyone has been a pleasure to work with. Our prior vendor disappeared the minute we signed the contract. SiSense has been in touch with us every step of the way and it's made the process very smooth. Thank you!

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Does not require IT staff to create reports. Our business users are very engaged creating reports for themselves.
Super slick UI.

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None yet

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Go through the demo process and they will create a sample dashboard from your existing data. The process sold us on the tool.

 
 

from Telecommunications
Specialty: Telecommunications
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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Knowing the global business plan of the company requires the correct result..by having the BI of SiSense could having the correct data so bring the business get to the higher level..

 
 

from Casumo
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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Great BI platform, perfect solution for implementing a BI Self Service approach within your organization.

 
 

from NSi Industries
Specialty: Distribution
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Sisense is a Solid Product that is Easy to Implement and Easy to Use

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Sisense was selected based on its ease of implementation in tandem with the ability for us to roll it out with limited training balanced with the overall investment required. We evaluated several other products and it was the most intuitive of all the products we looked at. The user base had a chance to use the application in a POC and picked it as a decisive winner over the other evaluations.

Pros

The best features of Sisense are the user-friendly interface and ability to deploy efficiently.

Cons

The application lacks a control of the exporting function. It gives you the ability to export both the dashboards and the widgets in 2 formats each, but the format of all the exports are not completely under the control of the administrators. Most of it is select a few options and hope it comes out looking professional. A reporting engine that allows the administrators to format a template used in the exporting options would go a long way.

Advice to Others

Take time and evaluate each product with your data and with the metrics that are important to you. All of the vendors tout a product that is full of functionality at an affordable price, when a lot of them struggle with some metrics. For us, we were looking for a ease to use platform that could be implemented quickly so we could begin the evolution of how we manage our data and our business.

 
 

from Polaris Media ASA
Specialty: Media & Communications
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

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Sisense gives me confidence to be able to say "Yes" to a project before I know all data sources and data quality

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Try it, it can run on a local computer and let you present data very fast

 
 

from Travel republic
Specialty: Travel, Transportation & Logistics
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

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Really a big fan of the product, the flexibility allows us to turn diverse,complex data into useful, straightforward dashboards.

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Ease of use, complete package

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Occasionally takes a while to get new features added

Advice to Others

Clean the data before you build

 
 

from Financial Media LTD
Specialty: Marketing Services
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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Really easy software with great capabilities, answers all the BI needs that a data driven company can ask for

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You won't regret using sisense

 
 

from Beachfront Only Vacation Rentals
Specialty: Hospitality / Gaming
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

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Sisense has some features that put it ahead of the rest of the BI tools we researched when looking to upgrade our analytics. They have a robust back end that could clean our data and link it together, and an intuitive front end that allowed for quick dashboard creation and live filtering on those dashboards. Being able to answer complex business questions live for our management team is something Sisense allows and really puts us ahead of our competitions. Coming from the Vacation business YoY analytics per day is essential to set the correct price, Sisense's calendar heat maps were the best of any of the BI tools we investigated and is changing the way we price our product and the frequency we make those changes. That alone may make up for Sisese's higher price, but good support and implementation of the BI tool made up for the price difference.

Pros

Robust back end that cleans data, intuitive front end to create dashboards, support to properly implement and solve complex data problems

Cons

Higher price than competition

Advice to Others

If you need deep dive into your data and your business stands to benefit from making more and frequent data informed decisions, Sisense really is one of the best tools out there.

 
 

from Rodgers Townsend
Specialty: Advertising
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Difficult to maneuver and limited visual options

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I was searching for a new data visualization tool for my company and came across SI Sense. After exploring the tool, I found it to be not very user friendly compared to its competitors and very limited with the provided visuals. My company was just looking for a versatile took, while SISense seemed to emphasize its data cubes and data transformation tools in their pitch. We decided to not go through with the purchase and received kind of a rude email from the sales team for wasting their time.

 
 

from Kasique Analytics
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Sisense - A BI tool designed with the dashboard designer and end user in mind.

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I began using Sisense in the hotel and hospitality industry and have since branched into other industries. I was intrigued with the product in the beginning but it was once I began using it on a daily basis and dug further into it's features that I realized the depth and robustness Sisense offers.

The first phase of using Sisense was with a company that implemented Sisense throughout every department (approx 60 users). This included frontline sales, accounting, marketing, account management, exec level - even the internal phone extension list was hosted in Sisense. For this company it removed the task of reporting from the IT department and shifted to myself - someone with a business/management background.

Whether I was supplying my end users with a pivot of 1000 reservations, or several different KPIs that measure daily sales performance, Sisense has brought value to each end user.

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-Formula presets
-Web interface
-Simplicity connecting to separate data sets
-User friendly for non-BI end users

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None as of yet.

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Sisense is a top to bottom BI tool that is suitable for small and large organizations. The largest area of value is that implementation and building reports is fast and easy.

 
 

from PremierTox
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services

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

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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

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.

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

 
 

from CLS
Specialty: Manufacturing

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

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

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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

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 Advocate Billing
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services

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

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 Blueline Madagascar
Specialty: Telecommunications

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.