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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.
Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)
23 Reviews of Sisense
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Ricky from Element Fleet Management
Specialty: Banking & Financial Services
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees
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.
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.
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.
Some of the default machine (server) requirements are high, should be considered when expecting major expansion of the business.
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.
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.
Their forum/user support seems sparse, but I have been able to find support for pretty much everything I need.
Make sure you have someone who understands your data structure on the onboarding calls.
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
UI is not a polished, even though a user can customize and refine through CSS.
SiSense leverages two best paradigms of the modern computer world: an in-memory store and rapid, no fuss web-based insight delivery. I can see the vendor is proud of their product and understands modern BI well. Also, the support and sales staff members I dealt with are full of positively charging energy, which is rare these days.
The new version of the product was not test driven long enough. The older version was chosen out of so many other BI offerings. It is hard to nitpick an area of improvement now. Every team member I polled in my company only has good words to say about SiSense.
Do your homework in terms of research, not by just looking at the Magic Quadrant. Gather the precise objectives a BI solution must deliver. Do not pick too many vendors, and do not start with polls like “What do you use for BI?” It will just make you read all the BI solution names. Then narrow down to 2-3 out of 5-7. And test drive each side-by-side.