Ovum Takes a Look at Sigma in Recent ‘On the Radar’ Report

Closing the gap between business and data teams is something BI solutions have sought to do for years. But so far widespread adoption remains sparse—only 30% of all employees have access to company analytics1. At Sigma, we’re changing that by providing companies with a powerful BI platform that is collaborative and accessible to analysts and business experts alike.This approach recently got the attention of industry research firm Ovum. In its latest ‘On the Radar’ report, Ovum takes a look at Sigma and weighs in on why companies looking to migrate analytics to the cloud—or retool their existing BI stack—may want to consider Sigma.



of all employees have access to company analytics

Enterprises looking for a more accessible BI solution should explore Sigma’s offering. It enables anyone familiar with Excel to work with live cloud-based data and perform complex SQL queries with no training.

Tom Pringle

Head of Technology Research, Ovum

The Spreadsheet Meets the Power of SQL

Spreadsheets are ubiquitous tools in business. Sigma builds on the familiarity of the spreadsheet interface, making it easy for business teams to see and explore data in an environment that doesn’t feel intimidating. “Sigma’s model is different and allows any Excel user within a company to design their own worksheets and manipulate data on the fly, ” says Tom Pringle, Ovum’s Head of Technology Research. Even more, the Sigma function library allows anyone to harness the full power of SQL, without writing any code. This reduces the learning curve that many people face when adopting traditional BI tools, making Sigma accessible to people outside of the data team.

Share and Collaborate without Sacrificing Security

Team collaboration yields better work and improves productivity. That’s why software tools like Slack, Google Docs, and Dropbox have seen such high rates of adoption in the workplace. Despite these results, collaboration has remained an obstacle for BI solutions. But that’s changing with Sigma. “Collaboration is a big part of the Sigma model, ” says Pringle. “Worksheets can be shared across an organization or with external parties. Existing Worksheets can also be reused as a basis for new ones.” This approach is a departure from the traditional BI model, not only helping to create a data culture that is collaborative, but also eliminating duplicated work and generating recommended analyses.

Data lives in the Cloud. Shouldn’t Your Analytics?

More data is moving to the cloud every day. Learn how Sigma’s intuitive spreadsheet interface for cloud data warehouses can change the way your company approaches data by signing up for a free trial or watching our most recent webinar.