Next Generation Analytics from SiSense

Prism is a self-contained solution, allowing users to go from raw data to finished dashboard on the same machine without technical expertise. Most users who download a trial can connect to data and begin building their first dashboard on the first day.



By Bruno AzizaBruno Aziza, Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, SiSense

If you use professional business intelligence (BI) software, you likely use it to build reports and dashboards in order to make data-driven decisions about strategy. Older software, developed for enterprise users with large budgets and dozens of technologists on staff, doesn't always meet the needs of smaller businesses and startups, where users need efficiency and simplicity as well as analytics. The team at SiSense developed Prism, it's big data analytics tool, with these types of users in mind. Here are some of the needs that the development team had in mind when they built Prism.

Business users need to be self-sufficient

SiSenseSiSense Prism allows business professionals to perform data modeling and dashboard creation independent of one another. Prism provides business users with a user-friendly tool for building dashboards and formulating complex queries without a single line of script or code. This makes business users more productive and significantly reduces the overhead on technical staff.

Data modeling in Prism is simplified as well, with an intuitive interface to connect to multiple data sources and link them together. When data transformation is required, it is done using standard SQL rather than proprietary scripting that requires specialized professionals that are hard to come by.

Creating reports ad-hoc or building dashboards in a single day is crucial

While there are several popular software packages that can produce an amazing visual experience from a clean, tabular data set, getting the data into the right format can make the process time-consuming and inefficient.

SiSense Prism allows analysts to shorten the feedback loop by making it easy to build multiple dashboards or reports on the same data set, or by adding new data sources to an existing data set. Once a data model is built in the ElastiCube, Prism's BI Studio allows users to create dashboards and other visual representations of the data, or even multiple dashboards based on the same data model, running high-speed analytics on even the most massive data sets.

SiSense Dashboard

Prism is a self-contained solution, allowing users to go from raw data to finished dashboard on the same machine without technical expertise. Most users who download a trial can connect to data and begin building their first dashboard on the first day.

Performing analytics on data from multiple sources and changing reports frequently

Not only does SiSense Prism eliminate the time-consuming process of squeezing data into a single table, it eliminates the time lost while analysts wait for technical experts to access, query, and prep data.

Prism's visualization interface will be familiar to anyone who has used Excel, but the technology behind its ElastiCube data engine is what makes it a self-service tool that even a non-technical user can operate without outside help. Once a data set has been chosen, the Prism BI Studio lets users begin building pivot tables and creating visual data reports. Dashboards and reports can be published to the web for easy viewing, where other analysts can drill down and sift through data.

Best of all, reports built in SiSense Prism are easy to maintain. Build a dashboard once, and you can update on an as-needed bases or configure an automatic update schedule. Adding a source to an existing data set is a similarly easy process - Prism allows users to append new sources without a fuss.