Straight Talk: Yurbi Vs Sisense, Strengths and Weaknesses

Straight Talk BI Reviews

Many companies are sales-driven and aren’t concerned about whether the sale is best for both the customer and their company long-term. That’s what makes 5000fish different — our focus isn’t too aggressively get the sale. Our focus is to ensure that our solutions are the best fit for our customers’ needs.

Therefore, we recognize that Yurbi isn’t always going to be the right solution for potential customers’ business intelligence requirements. That’s why we really listen to potential customers’ needs during the sales process to determine if Yurbi is going to meet those needs or if another BI solution might work better.

And one of the newest business intelligence products to emerge in our space is Sisense. If you’re trying to decide if Yurbi or Sisense is the best option for your business intelligence requirements, we hope this straight talk guide will help.

  1. Dashboards
    Both Yurbi and Sisense have robust dashboards that allow users to filter and drill down data, making each solution very user-driven. However, Sisense’s dashboards have more visualization types than Yurbi, such as map overlays, heat maps, funnel charts, and other overlaying chart displays. Yurbi has fewer data display options that are simpler and focus more on the data.  We’re always adding new visualization output types in Yurbi but today if you need map overlays or heat maps,  Sisense is probably the better choice.
  2. Ease of use
    While both Yurbi and Sisense make it easy for users to interact with and manipulate data on their respective dashboards, the process of delivering that data differs between the two. Sisense users must build out the Elasticube™, which requires a lot of technical expertise and SQL code writing, to access databases. In contrast, Yurbi’s method of applying a model on top of the database via the Yurbi App is a more seamless drag-and-drop process that doesn’t require as much technical expertise (and our Customer Success team will do the heavy lifting for you). This feature enables Yurbi’s users to connect to data sources more easily than Sisense’s users.Additionally, though Sisense users have access to data filters and interactive capabilities within their dashboards, they must often install a plugin or write JavaScript code to access these features. In the Yurbi model, using the Yurbi App, users do not have to write any additional code. Therefore, Yurbi is inherently easier to use from the beginning point of connecting to the data source to the point of deployment, especially for business users.
  3. Scheduling, notification of reports and production layout reports
    Sisense has amazing online dashboards and is fully functional on the web, but in many use cases customers have offline needs. Oftentimes, customers must schedule reports and share individual reports in a specific format. This is where Yurbi emerges as a stronger player. Yurbi is a complete business intelligence platform that not only provides a great online user experience with dashboards, but also allows users to take their data offline via self-service report libraries. Yurbi users can share data in a variety of formats, including Excel documents, PDF’s, PNG files, and via links to external customers and partners.
  4. Scalability and speed against large data sources
    One of Sisense’s major strengths is its ability to query from multiple, large data sets quickly. Sisense’s Elasticube™ and columnar reporting, in addition to its efficient use of memory and CPU on the computer, allow Sisense to process large data sets faster than the typical BI solution. Yurbi takes a more basic approach regarding data queries and does not process massive queries as efficiently as Sisense. In a situation where a Yurbi user wanted to process an enormous amount of data, we would leverage a database solution to preprocess the data versus Yurbi performing the analytics on its own.
  5. Customer support
    No matter the size or scale of the client, Yurbi customers not only purchase a BI solution but an entire support team that helps them install the software, build dashboards and reports, and provide any additional help needed for the customer to be successful.  We’ve heard both sides of the coin from past and existing Sisense customers.   Some love their support,  others have been dissatisfied in the level of expertise and time to closure.  This is likely due to Sisense’s rapid growth from its recent levels of VC funding.  When a company is expanding quickly it can be challenging to hire and train staff to provide concierge-level support, like 5000fish does.

Yurbi Vs Sisense: The Bottom Line

Many aspects of Sisense and Yurbi are comparable: We both offer 100 percent web-based business intelligence software and offer a self-service interface that makes it easy for business users to access information. Furthermore, we’re in a similar price range and are among the up-and-coming companies within the BI space.

{Update Feb 2016:  A recent evaluator comparing Yurbi vs Sisense recently told us our price wasn’t quite comparable to Sisense.  A 5-user license of Sisense was $21,000,  5-users of Yurbi is $2495.  Maybe we should raise our price?  Even 5 concurrent user of Yurbi costs less than $12,000 a year.}

The primary difference between Yurbi and Sisense arises with a customer’s user requirements. If your user requirements are centered on online dashboards or huge data sets of 50 million rows or higher, Sisense most likely is the better fit. However, if you have a wider set of requirements such as scheduled notifications, offline report access, less required technical expertise, and a stronger support team, Yurbi is probably the better fit.

It’s tough to go wrong with either product because both Yurbi and Sisense are well respected in the BI space, but make sure you do a proper evaluation of both systems to make the best decision long-term.

We hope this review of Yurbi versus Sisense shed some light on both solutions. We encourage you to learn about other well respected BI solutions by exploring more straight talk reviews.


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