Sisense Features

Sisense

BI & dashboard software for multiple, large data sets

4.55/5 (319 reviews)

Sisense Feature Summary

  • 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

Sisense Features In Depth

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Mobile apps

iOS App


7 reviews

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Android App


35 reviews

Sisense Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Sisense's features:

Elmira Roberts

Reporting Freedom

2018-02-02

Moving reporting from Analytics to users, automation of management reporting, greater insight into the business performance

Pros

Ability to connect multiple data sources, great tools for data enrichment and user administration.

Cons

There is nothing that I could say that I like least of this software, it is very cutting edge and continue improving with every version.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Benjamin Spain

Verified Reviewer

Solid BI Platform, great client-side / customer features. Excited to see what comes next

2016-11-29

Sisense is allowing us to turn our existing set of table-based reports into a powerful set of dashboards that bring BI analytics to all our customers.

Pros

Very good UI for design and manipulation of data sources. Simple setup and deployment, really does make going from nothing to great looking data dashboards lightning fast.

Cons

Needs better support for software development lifecycle models, (e.g. dashboard versioning, widget repository)

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Sisense

Solid as an enterprise class BI solution. Strains a little bit when being used as a multi-organization solution. Sisense team is incredibly responsive and forthcoming, which gives us great confidence that the product will do nothing but improve to address current deficiencies of the platform.

Source: GetApp
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Maayan Paldi - Solomon

Great product. Easy to create and share dashboards, though complicated data modeling.

2018-06-17

Greatly embedded dashboards, simple sharing, and collaboration, embedded analytics for new products.

Pros

Easy to create, share and embed dashboards. Mashing up data from multiple resources is done easily.

Cons

Complicated data modeling and lack of API documentation.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Sandeep Prabhudesai

Open Source vs Sisense? Well Sisense wins

2015-04-25

Pros

I've been building dashboard by using open source tools for data upload and building frontend reports.

Cons

Hence if the source data is not exactly in table format, ETL needs to be written seperately

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Sisense

You need quick, easy, click-to-action kind of tool to create dashboard, Sisense is a straight yes.

Source: Software Advice
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Anonymous
(Financial Services company, 11-50 employees)

Bring business decision making back to IT.

2019-02-04

Very good post sales support, excellent self-help / self training tools.

Pros

Flexibility of defining data sources. Speed of processing.

Cons

Hyper focus on dash-boarding and analytics ONLY.

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Srinidhi Muthuraman

Great Dashboard tool - Sisense

2018-10-08

I have been using Sisense for quite sometime mainly for dashboard purpose where one can view their company’s performance updated in the real time. One stand out feature is that it can process huge data from different sources like a boss.

Pros

It can easily process up data from multiple different data sources. Tool is self explanatory and it is easy to generate dashboard Beautiful visualization capabilities.

Cons

Missing a few critical connectors (e.g. Teradata)

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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W Smith

Big data for ordinary people.

2016-12-27

Sisense provides a platform for ETL, and web-based dashboard design that works really well.

Pros

Reasonably simple dashboard design.

Cons

A Sisense dashboard is fairly easy to spot even if white labeled.

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Sisense

Download the demo and allow one of the engineers at SiSense to build a custom browser based analytics tool quickly.

Source: Software Advice
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Dave Rossi

The very best BI platform that I have worked with hands down.

2018-03-07

Sisense allowed us to implement complex analytics solutions with data acquisition from many data sources . The overall performance of the ElastiCube and out of the box data adapters gave us the tools we needed.

Pros

It's great no to have to have any fat client foot print on any of our workstations or mobile devices.

Cons

In particular, being able to produce columnar multi page reports on the same platform would be a killer capability.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Vikram Umamaheshwaran

Sisense helps in making sense out of data.

2018-11-07

Less time involved in data aggregation.. more time on Data analysis.

Pros

Great Analytical and Data visualization tool

Cons

Plugins that that are on the community are not tested before rolling out. Lots of bugs. Insufficient add ins.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Amy Richards

Powerful, intuitive BI tool

2018-04-23

A solid tool that can bring multiple data sources together and visualize on one dashboard.

Pros

- Multi-level data security - Easy to customize through the Rest API - User ability to create custom fields at the ElastiCube level - Drill down capabilities, filtering options and interactive widgets to visualize the data - Ability to crunch large data sets - Wide variety of plugins

Cons

- Limited flexibility to the types of joins within the ElastiCube manager - Cookie cutter on-boarding process

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Thalhathul Ansari

Sisense is a great tool! Very easy to learn, implement and explore :-)

2018-02-21

Pros

- Integrated data connectors joining multiple data sources and formats - Integrates with external web sites or web applications - Integrates with web portals - Interactive browser-based dashboards - Removes limitations to data size - Use Single-Sign-On to keep a single authentication mechanism - Wide range of widgets such as gauges, charts, and graphs - Can be set up and used entirely in-house - Centralized data hub - Complex business queries without programming or SQL writing - Consolidates, stores, and accumulates data - Data mash-ups - Data unification - Drag-and-drop user interface - Intuitive `script-less user interface - Embed entire dashboards or individual widgets - Enables to deliver interactive terabyte-scale analytics - Exports data to CSV, PDF, Excel, Images and other formats - Eye-grabbing visualization - Filters data by dropping fields on the canvas - Handles data at scale on a single commodity server - Identifies critical metrics using filtering, calculations

Cons

Managing the elasticube was little difficult as it sometimes hangs while performing various activities.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Courtney Morris

Great platform with even greater customer service

2018-02-08

This is an affordable option and great for empowering end users to make decisions using their data across platforms and sources.

Pros

So far, our clients have been very satisfied with Sisense, not only for its dashboarding capabilities but other features including Pulse notifications.

Cons

While completely possible, there is a learning curve if you have not previous connected to these platforms via an API connection.

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Iris Maessen

Versatile BI

2017-11-15

Pros

Great visualization and easy dashboard design.

Cons

Not always great at handling/exporting text data. Data visualization in pivots don't export to PDF well

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Clementina Francisco

Amazing tool

2019-02-15

Combining data from different data sources, drilling is a great feature because you don't have to create another report, the data is just there, live

Pros

what I like most about Sisense is its elasticity, the fact that is super visual, intuitive, easy to use, and also having available all the documentation and a live community, the training videos are very informative!

Cons

It would be fantastic if you could switch the elastic cube visualization (on the cloud version) from connecting dots to tables (desktop version)

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Greg Powell

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

2017-10-31

Value for money solution

Pros

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.

Cons

Drag and drop dashboards also mean there is less customization of dashboards.

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Carol Shunnarah

Powerful Tool!

2019-09-18

Sisense helps users get answers they need about data faster and easier than going through the IT department.

Pros

A user can create a report quickly.

Cons

Exporting of dashboard to use in powerpoint is not as easy as we would like.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jason Leung

Easy to use

2016-09-13

Pros

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

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Sisense

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.

Source: Software Advice
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Daylen Stoutin

The power of custom software available to those of us without an engineer on staff.

2018-01-05

Sisense creates a place to connect those data sources in perpetuity without building custom software.

Pros

Flexibility: Even with junky data and funky structure in our data sources, we can produce powerfully useful dashboards for our business users through custom calculations at multiple points in the building process.

Cons

Most of those relate to the interactions between the Elasticube and the Dashboards. Certain things changed in the Elasticube require equivalent changes to the Dashboards (name changes, mostly).

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Logan Grieser

Sisense brought data visibility to our company

2018-06-25

Data Visibility, Self-service reporting

Pros

This platform has allowed us to implement self service reporting nearly company wide.

Cons

Some of the data connectors can be difficult to use.

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Savu Alexandra

Easy to use, good end user experience

2019-03-26

Prior to Sisense, we used to make charts in excel to have some kind of data visualization.This was an issue, because there are a lot of reports, and it's not easy to jump from one excel to another.

Pros

The visualizations are great, the dashboards are very appealing to the end user.

Cons

there are still some ideas that we couldn't implement in dashboards, but hopefully this will be fixed soon.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Aman Dudeja

A comprehensive dashboard building application utilizing data from all the applications in your org

2018-05-29

I use this tool for data analysis and prepare dashboards for top level management.

Pros

The data dashboards that have a quick filter on the screen to present the most relevant data during any annual meeting or board presentation.

Cons

Building cubes need a lot of effort in understanding of the back end tables and the possible links that would generate the relevant data you need for analysis.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
( company, 51-200 employees)

SiSense allowed me to have the flexibility to have an internal and external portal easily

2018-05-08

I am able to scale easily

Pros

The beauty of this functionality is the end user has visual dashboards to run "queries" and then download all the data from the results easily.

Cons

While there is an incredible amount of data available it is not a data warehouse and you cannot do ad-hoc queries on data residing in the application.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Alin Litra

SiSense is a very intuitive and easy to work with reporting platform.

2018-01-03

Power of quick aggregation Fabulous dashboards

Pros

For me, the feature I like the best is the speed the Elasticube is building huge amounts of data. The power of in-chip technology is a step forward when comes to processing huge amounts of data

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Payal Kumar

Sisense - KFL

2018-11-22

I am using Sisense to represent complex data into graphs which is easy to understand.

Pros

Ease of use No complex SQL is required to get filtered data Can see complex data in graphs which is easy to understand.

Cons

I am not able to use 2 or more different data source in one dashboard.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Maxime Neault

Best product for your shift in data analytics

2019-08-01

Working in healthcare, we needed a powerful tool that would allow us to make our clients capable of easily visualize and understand their data in order to improve their operational productivity as well as the quality of care they dispense to their population of patients.

Pros

Sisense is also easy to embed and therefore makes it easy to provide our users with self-service analytics. Sisense's customer success team is great and will make sure you quickly see the value of their product through a customized onboarding process.

Cons

The fact that multiple data models (elasticube) are competing for resources (mostly RAM) on a single server.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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