Altair SmartSight vs. Infor Birst

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Altair SmartSight
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Altair SmartSight (formerly Carriots Analytics) is a cloud data analytics platform for embedded, Big Data, and IoT applications. It provides secure and rapid free-form data visualization and exploration, scalable throughout the enterprise in real time.N/A
Infor Birst
Score 3.8 out of 10
N/A
Infor Birst offers multi-tenant cloud BI for deployment in a public or private cloud, or on-premises. It provides an in-memory columnar data store and a BI layer comprising a reporting engine, predictive analytics tools, mobile native apps, dashboards, discovery tools, and an open client interface.
$30,000
Per 20 Users Per Year
Pricing
Altair SmartSightInfor Birst
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Basic License
$30,000
Per 20 Users Per Year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Altair SmartSightInfor Birst
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Altair SmartSightInfor Birst
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Altair SmartSight
-
Ratings
Infor Birst
7.4
77 Ratings
10% below category average
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings7.068 Ratings
Customizable dashboards00 Ratings8.077 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings7.159 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Altair SmartSight
-
Ratings
Infor Birst
7.0
78 Ratings
14% below category average
Drill-down analysis00 Ratings8.078 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings7.077 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings6.127 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings7.068 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Altair SmartSight
-
Ratings
Infor Birst
8.0
75 Ratings
4% below category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings8.052 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings8.067 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings7.28 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings9.066 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Altair SmartSight
-
Ratings
Infor Birst
6.9
72 Ratings
15% below category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)00 Ratings8.072 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings7.058 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings5.833 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Altair SmartSight
-
Ratings
Infor Birst
8.3
72 Ratings
3% below category average
Multi-User Support (named login)00 Ratings9.070 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings8.068 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings8.069 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Altair SmartSight
-
Ratings
Infor Birst
5.0
54 Ratings
46% below category average
Responsive Design for Web Access00 Ratings7.052 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings3.034 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile00 Ratings3.042 Ratings
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User Ratings
Altair SmartSightInfor Birst
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(5 ratings)
8.0
(96 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(35 ratings)
Usability
8.3
(5 ratings)
9.0
(12 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
4.1
(6 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.5
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
8.7
(5 ratings)
6.0
(19 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(4 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.3
(6 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Altair SmartSightInfor Birst
Likelihood to Recommend
Altair Engineering, Inc.
As per my knowledge and Altair Product experience, It is really a good product that comes with multiple features like IoT, BigData, dashboards, and other things. I personally really enjoyed using the services provided by Altair. It is well suited for the organizations who don't spend much time setting up their own platform, maintenance, and much more because Altair not only provides the platform but they will care about your products with good customer support and maintenance. I only found a bit low in the case of machine learning and AI products because I have checked different products that provide these services with good accuracy.
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Infor
Birst is well suited for an organization looking for a cloud-hosted analytics solution that is contained within one package. It is able to connect to a very wide variety of different data sources, and has options for either light or involved ETL procedures, depending on the users experience with preparing data. As with any BI project, it would not be suitable for an organization where there is no dedicated team to maintain and manage the project.
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Pros
Altair Engineering, Inc.
  • The global navigation bar with links to the library for easy access and management within the platform.
  • Simplified task viewer where we can find the profile, performance, help, resources and a link also to manage your account.
  • System administrators can define profiles for task execution.
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Infor
  • Birst is an platform that provides connectors to some of the applications we use, but also allows us to bring in data from disparate systems to perform ETL and integrate all of the data for analyses. It makes no assumptions about your data, which is good for us, as we have a lot of customizations to many of our systems.
  • Birst is making inroads towards a more modern UI.
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Cons
Altair Engineering, Inc.
  • Integration with other systems could be better.
  • Ability to handle large amount of data.
  • Expertise services might be better.
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Infor
  • Birst prices are fairly expensive. License plus cost of users can add up pretty quickly
  • Depending on the size of data, rendering of reports can take a little bit. Need faster processing of data
  • Takes a little time to understand how to build reports, not the most intuitive UI
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Likelihood to Renew
Altair Engineering, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Infor
We have been able to overcome any of the drawbacks we've found with Birst easily and it has fulfilled almost all of our analytic needs to date. Having seen their roadmap it would be highly unlikely we would move away from this platform any time soon. You simply can't beat the functionality that Birst provides for the price and the things I see coming out of the company solidify that our decision to choose Birst was the best possible choice. We have never regretted the decision.
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Usability
Altair Engineering, Inc.
Very user-friendly UI and visual representation is also good for the price offered. Good tool but lacks some advanced and AI-based insights. It has an edge over other tools for the price of this tool. It has some great potential and i would consider this in my top 5 when considering tools of this domain
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Infor
I would like to see additional usability put into the ETL scripting. Recently, Birst added a nice function reference inline to formula creation which has kept me from having to return to documentation so much. The same in ETL would be very beneficial. The interface problems related to the Flex framework are being addressed in a rewrite to HTML 5, but for now they are still a hindrance to a higher usability rating.
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Reliability and Availability
Altair Engineering, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Infor
We frequently experience -103 errors due to us using the Live Connect functionality, which does not seem to handle even minor interruptions in connectivity, and treats all future connection attempts or data requests as errors, even if the issue does not exist any longer
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Performance
Altair Engineering, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Infor
Everything runs very fast and smoothly. The only process that I wish was faster would be processing the data after uploading new data or making changes to the existing data model. It can take 15-20 minutes (roughly) to upload and process new data once you start getting into 10's of millions of rows. Given my experience with how long it takes me to pull the same data using SQL Server Management Studio, I don't think Birst is unreasonably slow - but for me to give a higher rating, I would want it to be unreasonably fast
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Support Rating
Altair Engineering, Inc.
I only had one problem with the software, and the support system response was very quick.
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Infor
When we have an issue that is stopping our business from proceeding, I want answers sooner than later. While Birst does have a published response time for each case level, we always wish it could be quicker. What response improvement could there be with a larger support team? In response to first question: Blackhole of issues - Birst needs to improve upon closing issues that resolution was dependent upon code fixes or enhancements, perhaps someone to add a comment on all case tickets at least every 60 days. Escalation - I always have the ability to electronically or via phone escalate a ticket. I also have my Customer Success Manager through whom I can escalate topics.
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In-Person Training
Altair Engineering, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Infor
I have attended two different training sessions. The first one was my initial training on the system. It was well paced, clear and concise. If there were questions that were not able to be answered by the instructor, he took down the question and actually followed up and provided us a response quickly. The second session was specific to the dashboard and report design components. This training was very good though there were some attendants who had little or no experience and their questions slowed the class.
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Online Training
Altair Engineering, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Infor
Although I found the online resources helpful, a lack of appropriate examples for certain tasks key to report creation and advanced modeling make the online training/documentation less than perfect. For an inexperienced BI professional, the online training would not enable a streamlined launch of the product.
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Implementation Rating
Altair Engineering, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Infor
Have clean data! Birst flexibility allows - Start small, then introduce functionality and complexity along the way. If you try to present all the functionality [bells and whistles] and wow them, but bad data is uncovered, the end user blames the new application and turns away.
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Alternatives Considered
Altair Engineering, Inc.
Altair smart sight stacks up against all the products mentioned above because it comes with a wide variety of applications and services like Big Data, IoT services, Embedded systems, cloud-based service, data visualization, Machine learning, dashboarding, and much more. I have used the other products like Logi Composer, Tableau CRM, and PowerBI but they only handle the specific use cases. So Because of that Altair Smartsight really provide a good and wide range of solution.
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Infor
During the vetting process, we looked at 14 different products (one of them internal) to see if they would fit our needs and whittled it down to this one over a three month period. We did not contact sales for all of them (sales sites were enough to rule out some), but did have a lot of demos with a significant portion of them and reviewed several of the major industry studies as well. We had representatives of both user interests/design and the technical backend on the evaluation process.
The major features we were looking for a product that we could embed inside our own SaaS application, connect to a sharded Postgres database, had multitenancy and allowed for customer generated reports/ self-reporting. Some of the minor "nice to have" features we were looking at was scheduled reports, especially if we could plug it into our own scheduling system (for CAN-SPAM compliance), internationalization, and support.
In the evaluation, Birst hit all of the must-haves and enough of the nice to haves that they made it down to our final two and the trial was the clincher to make it our final choice.
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Scalability
Altair Engineering, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Infor
we can see that loading a lot of data can cause a noticable slow down in performance. Birst support indicated that they don't really consider anything less than 30 seconds to be an issue, but that is not the case for our customers, so we have had to change some of implementation to address this
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Return on Investment
Altair Engineering, Inc.
  • The workflow interface consists of the workflow canvas where we do our actual pipeline and workflow execution log, display information and each process.
  • You can use it to create a workflow and the available execution profiles in which to run them.
  • We currently have one session running for each workflow.
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Infor
  • Being a manufacturing company we tend to lag behind technologically. But having all the data for different ERP systems in one place has been an eye opener for the executives. It has lessened the need to convert some legacy ERP systems.
  • Having such a simple reporting tool is a great asset to some of our sites that have traditionally had trouble gathering data from AS400 systems.
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