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.

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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. Looker similarly asks prospective customers to contact them for a quote. However, Tableau’s price points are covered below.

Looker: The pricing plans of Looker, a SQL-based, do-it-yourself business intelligence solution, are proprietary and highly customizable. In the past, Looker requested an interested user contact them for a quote. However, that has recently changed now that it’s been acquired by Google Cloud.

Google Cloud offers pay-as-you-go pricing for the Standard edition of Looker (Google Cloud core), which costs $5,000 per month. Pricing for the Enterprise and Embed editions are available by quote.

Google Cloud also provides user licenses. A Developer user license costs $125 per user, per month, a Standard user license costs $60 per user, per month and a Viewer user license costs ($30 per user, per month).

Tableau: Prospective users of Tableau can start a 14-day fully functional free trial across its three plan tiers: Tableau Creator, Tableau Explorer and Tableau Viewer.

Prices are listed per user, per month, billed annually. Tableau Creator includes full functionality of Tableau, and costs $75/user/month, regardless if whether the platform is deployed on-premise on in the cloud. Tableau Explorer targets users that want self-service analytics without the data prepping and cleaning. It costs $42/user/month regardless of deployment.

Finally, there’s Tableau Viewer for users that want to access already-created visualizations. It costs $15/user/month whether it’s deployed on premise or in the cloud. Note that Tableau Viewer requires at least 100 viewers in order to purchase the plan.


All three 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 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 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.

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

These three vendors aren’t your only business intelligence options. We’ve featured over 60 BI reviews on our site for both small businesses and enterprise companies.

You can also browse 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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