Sisense is a business intelligence (BI) and data analytics platform that enables organizations to gather, analyze, and visualize data from various sources. It is designed to help businesses make informed decisions by providing a user-friendly interface for data exploration and reporting. Sisense simplifies complex data and transforms it into powerful analytic apps, which you can share or embed anywhere. Leverage all of your data, analyze it, and visualize it to impact business decisions and drive change.

This section provides a high-level overview of the benefits of using Sisense, how Sisense works, and the various deployment options available.

Why Sisense?

The following are some key features and aspects of Sisense:

  • Data Integration: Sisense can connect to a wide range of data sources, including databases, spreadsheets, cloud services, and web applications. It enables users to bring all of their data together in one place for analysis.

  • Data Preparation: The platform offers data preparation tools that help users clean, transform, and shape their data, making it suitable for analysis. This is often referred to as ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes.

  • Data Analysis: Sisense provides a powerful analytics engine that enables users to create complex queries and calculations to uncover insights from their data. Users can perform ad-hoc analysis and create custom reports and dashboards.

  • Visualization: Sisense offers a range of visualization options, including charts, graphs, and interactive dashboards. Users can create visually appealing and interactive reports to present their findings effectively.

  • Embedded Analytics: Sisense can be integrated into other applications and platforms, allowing businesses to embed AI-powered analytics with pro-code, low-code, and no-code capabilities directly into their products or services. This is particularly useful for software companies and organizations that want to provide data-driven insights to their users.

  • AI and Machine Learning: Sisense incorporates AI and machine learning capabilities for predictive analytics and data forecasting, helping businesses anticipate future trends and make proactive decisions.

  • Security and Governance: The platform includes features for data security and governance, ensuring that sensitive data is protected and compliant with relevant regulations.

  • Scalability: Sisense is designed to scale with the needs of the organization, whether it's a small business or a large enterprise.

Sisense is used by a wide range of industries and organizations to analyze data, gain insights, and drive data-driven decision-making. We aim to democratize data by providing tools that are accessible to both technical and non-technical users, making it easier for teams to collaborate and work with data effectively.

How Sisense Works

Sisense's end-to-end, single stack solution simplifies complex data in the following short steps:

  1. Model - Blend massive amounts of data from a variety of sources into Sisense. You can access data directly from the data source using Sisense Live, or import data into the Sisense ElastiCube.

  2. Analyze - Interact with your data in a visual way to get a deeper understanding of it, and visualize a clear picture of the holistic data landscape.

  3. Impact - Create visually appealing dashboards that make it easy to get insights and take action. You can also take your stand-alone dashboards to the next level by turning them into fully integrated analytics apps. For example, use the popular BloX widget (see BloX Overview) to create advanced layouts, custom navigation, and even integrate third-party software (such as Salesforce) directly into your dashboards.

The topics below describe in more detail how Sisense works.

Sisense Deployments

You can use the Sisense Cloud Managed service or deploy Sisense in your cloud environment of choice, or on-premise.

Sisense Cloud Managed Service

This is the easiest and most recommended deployment option. Sisense provides an environment for you, based on your requirements. With the collaboration of your IT team, your data sources are connected to Sisense. This means you do not need to run any servers or special hardware or manage your own cloud services, and Sisense takes care of all security, upgrades, and maintenance. Your users can safely access Sisense and your dashboards from any location.

For more information, see Introduction to Sisense Cloud Managed Services.

Your Cloud Environment

You can install Sisense for Linux on any of the major cloud platforms. Your IT teams will be responsible for upgrades and maintenance.

For more information, see Installing Sisense on Linux.

You can also install Sisense on your own Linux servers, on VMs running in your local data center, or even on bare-metal machines running in your data center. Your IT teams will be responsible for upgrades and maintenance.

See Minimum Requirements for Sisense in Linux Environments to see what you need to support Sisense.