Sigma Computing Pricing, Features, Reviews & Alternatives

Sigma Computing

Collaborative business intelligence and data analytics tool

4.23/5 (77 reviews)

Sigma Computing overview

What is Sigma Computing?

Sigma is a business intelligence and analytics software, which helps businesses securely connect with data warehouses and visualize data through charts and dashboards using SQL, JSON parsing, and more. The platform offers a spreadsheet-like interface and supports formulas, functions, and data representation using rows and columns.

Sigma lets organizations create digital workspaces and provide role-based permissions to members, facilitating collaboration across departments. It includes a variety of features such as real-time data analysis, collaborative data modeling, SQL authoring, DDoS protection, mobile device management, credential checking, and more. Teams can customize predefined data models to create reusable datasets and flag worksheets or datasets as endorsed, warning, or deprecated using object badges to streamline operations across the pipeline.

Sigma offers security firewall, anomaly and threat detection, spoofing protection, DNS filtering, and phishing tests, allowing businesses to prevent unauthorized access and hack attempts. The solution also supports integration with various data warehouses and third-party applications including Snowflake, Google Big Query, Amazon Redshift, Stitch, Slack, Google Sheets, and more.

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Sigma Computing user reviews

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Joseph B.

Great model for rapidly evolving analytics

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-09-24
Review Source: Capterra

Sigma is the fastest and easiest BI tool to deploy. Iteration on the semantic layer is a cinch. Sigma is a delight to work with as a vendor. Their support is superbly responsive (during business hours - they don't have global timezone coverage yet). Sigma's pricing model is reasonable and very friendly to orgs where 80+% of the employees need live data access.

Pros
Sigma has the right model. From the user perspective, the columnar formula editing feels familiar enough, and the learning curve is friendly to anyone with spreadsheet experience. From an architect perspective, the semantic layer is lightweight and easy to adapt to ever-changing schemas. The UI covers most of the functionality you'll want, and for everything else you can fall back on writing your own code, like cron strings or SQL queries. I let Sigma do probably 95% of my querying, leaving the gnarliest 5% for me to write in their SQL runner. I do a significant amount of lightweight ELT work in Sigma as well. I like being able to write massive views that I know I'm going to have to update often, and just like Snowflake / Sigma materialize them for me. When I use Sigma to query S3 directly in the SQL runner - usually to POC some new data that hasn't made its way out to the business teams yet - this functionality is really convenient because those queries are not efficient. I just need to get new data in front of the business as quickly as possible.

Cons
Visual discovery is lacking when compared to mature tools like Tableau. Sigma needs to continue chipping away at the Tableau features around dashboarding and charting.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Nicholas M.

Incredible power and flexibility

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-12-17
Review Source: Capterra

I am obsessed with Sigma, by far my favorite BI tool I've used. It let me do calculations myself that would usually require whole cycles of data requests, and affords me much more flexibility.

Pros
* Ability to pull any data I need or want * Complexity of calculations possible while being easy to use * Seriously those grouping levels are VERY powerful

Cons
* Pivot tables are the one thing they haven't aced yet - you can make them but then to calculate cased on them you need to make a new dataset and then a new sheet. You can do pretty much all the same work with just levels though so I don't miss them too often. * I wish my default permissions could be "public" - I'm never doing anything private, so why is that the default? * Maps could use some work. I want to color-map countries, not just display dots

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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martha q.

positively mixed feelings

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-07-18
Review Source: Capterra

Overall I have access to more than our previous reporting system, which is a positive. However, as self serve as it is I wish connecting tables and validating was more straightforward as a user.

Pros
I like how customizable it is. From a good basic report I can move things around to suit my needs. In addition it has many options for how to export, which is great as I use excel for more complex files & google sheets for collaborating & sharing findings.

Cons
Load times to get to a report or filter can be killer for some reports that pull from many data sources, and have large amounts of information. The permissions are a bit annoying when a report is created for me by an admin, but I am the report owner (as it was made for my department), but I can't make my own changes (w/o admin privlidges) and archive the main one. In these cases, I have to request the admin to make the changes, or make a copy and publish my own report and again contact the admin to delete or move the report so that mine is the one the team goes to first.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Andy R.

Sigma plus Snowflake is a revelation!

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-12-14
Review Source: Capterra

It has exceeded my expectations in ease of use and the productivity my team has been able to achieve.

Pros
I love the secure cloud hosting, the ease of connecting to data sources, the fact that it queries the data directly, but most I like the grid based view of data that is always at hand. Being able to view, sort, filter, and create calculations on the data in a familiar spreadsheet-like interface is genius. The “Column Details” feature allows me to quickly understand the range of values in the system.

Cons
I’ve generated several feature requests for areas we’d like to see more detail.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Tania R.

Using Sigma as a Software developer

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-06-27
Review Source: Capterra

I think is a nice tool, is easy to use and it's fast. You can load your data and start analyzing it very fast, also, it's a nice tool for non technical users, but when I need more features or power I rather to use Data Studio

Pros
Is an easy to use software, I liked that it's very fast, I don't have to wait to start seeing the data

Cons
It needs more features, specially to migrate the worksheets to different environments, also it has a very limited number of functions. Sometimes the error messages are not very descriptives, so we can't know what's happening or how to solve it (we had a worksheet with an error like: "the joins are not efficient", something like that, so that message was kind of useless)

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Sigma Computing features

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