Sisense Pricing: Features, Costs and Top Business Intelligence Software Alternatives

Sisense is a robust business intelligence platform that takes credit for being the first app to offer its users a “full-stack” solution; which means, it’s comprised of an integrated database, extract/transform/load (ETL) modality, analytics and visualization tools. Whether through its intuitive drag-and-drop interface or open API, users have the ability to manipulate these tools to render insightful datasets.

In addition, an in-chip analytics engine sifts through big data without the need for prep work. As a result, users can unify diverse data sources and get a holistic view of decision-making metrics that span the company.

Sisense’s primary benefit is its ability to connect any data source to another through its ElastiCube interface. This simplified interconnectivity automatically prepares and combines complex data mashups, averting the need for laborious script or intricate models. Then, users can interactively build dashboards, tailored to an industry, business goal, or administrative role, that visualize these metrics in myriad ways.

We’ve reviewed Sisense in the past and compared it with other BI solutions in terms of features and other attributes. This post focuses on the Sisense pricing model, as well as prices of three alternative solutions.

 

How Much is Sisense?

Sisense takes pride in offering customers “no surprise” pricing. Its case-by-case pricing is based on an annual subscription that’s determined by a customer’s data size and seats and includes “everything needed for success,” including full support and training. This single stack solution addresses total cost of ownership, minimizing a customer’s overall IT investment.

To receive a customized quote, prospective Sisense users must complete a request-for-quote under the “Pricing” tab on its website.

Top Alternatives to Sisense

Sisense customizes its pricing based on the needs of the prospective customer. Of the three alternatives below, only Looker similarly asks prospective customers to contact them for a quote. Domo and Tableau’s price points are covered below.

Domo: Another data-unifying, self-service BI solution, Domo’s pricing levels begin with a 30-day free trial for up to five users, which includes five million rows of data and an automatic hourly refresh rate. Fees begin at $83 per month, per user for up to 20 users with the Standard plan, which adds consulting availability to the Free plan features. The Professional plan costs $160 per month for an unlimited number of users, 250 million rows of data, on-demand data refresh and premium consulting availability. The Enterprise plan costs $190 per month and features unlimited data, advanced governance and security, and available HIPAA compliance (for healthcare companies).

Looker: The pricing plans of Looker, a SQL-based, do-it-yourself business intelligence solution, are proprietary and highly customizable. Looker requests an interested user contact them for a quote. It then will assess that prospect’s number of users, database connections, and scale of deployment to determine an appropriate fee. In 2016, BI competitor Yurbi quoted a minimum $300 per user for the first 10 Looker users in a company.

Tableau: Prospective users of Tableau can start a 14-day fully functional free trial across its three plan tiers: Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server and Tableau Online. Four distinct pricing plans begin with a $35 per user, per month Personal Edition (billed annually) under Tableau Desktop. This plan lets users connect to basic data-generating solutions like Google Sheets and Excel, and create visualizations.

The Professional edition offers more data-source connections, a workbook publishing tool and upstream data integration to higher-level plans. It costs $70 per user, per month on a yearly subscription. Tableau Server costs $35 per user, per month. It can be deployed on-premise or in a public cloud and lets users centrally manage data sources and workbooks, explore analytics from anywhere on any device, author in a browser and receive workbook updates.

Tableau Online, its fully hosted tier, costs $42 per user, per month with an annual subscription. It gives users all the functionality found in the Professional Plan, but is completely managed by Tableau, which handles maintenance, upgrades and security.

Takeaways

All four solutions analyze data from multiple sources to help companies make sound, strategic decisions. Each solution offers a proprietary data handling tool that promotes data unification and novel analytics to highight primary key performance indicators.

Each solution has useful and powerful embedded analytics. With a simple click or a drop and drag, Sisense optimizes a computer’s resources (CPU, RAM, storage), and accelerates the entire dataset generation process. Queries in Sisense don’t require extensive programming knowledge, like those of Looker, Domo, and Tableau. And while Sisense does offer a handy API, a non-programming user doesn’t need it to maximize the solution’s analysis. Looker, Domo and Tableau also have APIs to handle third-party and custom app integration. Looker shortens the learning curve with LookerML, a quick-to-learn programming language used to access a SQL dataset. Ultimately, the preferred method for generating datasets becomes a personal choice.

Sisense uses a drag-and-drop, do-it-yourself approach that relies on “smart suggestions and an intuitive visual interface” to convert, cleanse or enrich data from multiple sources. Looker’s platform, Powered by Looker, delivers reliable data that renders to customized dashboards and visualizations, for quick interpretation. Domo’s Card Builder tool transforms raw data into visualizations that turn complex data into consumable insights. Tableau enlists a JavaScript API to seamlessly integrate dashboards and a RESTful API to manage access and visuals.

Overall, users consistently rate Sisense, Looker, Domo and Tableau as top BI solutions. All are solid choices. More specific research can determine which product best suits your needs.

These four vendors aren’t your only business intelligence options. We’ve featured over 55 BI reviews on our site for both small businesses and enterprise companies.

You can also download our Definitive Guide to Business Intelligence, which covers the significant aspects of BI capabilities, so you can get up to speed on its breadth and scope.

 

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