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Score 6.8 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Birst

If you are looking for "Instant BI", Birst isn't that tool. If you want to roll your own solution using a single application to perform all of your ETL, reporting/dashboard, like to get deep in the weeds and have a lot of control of how your data is processed, this is going to make you smile.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Birst
6.9
Pixel Perfect reports
Birst
6.7
Customizable dashboards
Birst
7.6
Report Formatting Templates
Birst
6.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

Birst
6.8
Drill-down analysis
Birst
7.3
Formatting capabilities
Birst
6.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Birst
6.1
Report sharing and collaboration
Birst
7.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Birst
7.7
Publish to Web
Birst
8.0
Publish to PDF
Birst
7.9
Report Versioning
Birst
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
Birst
7.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

Birst
6.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Birst
7.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Birst
7.1
Predictive Analytics
Birst
5.6

Access Control and Security

Birst
8.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
Birst
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Birst
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Birst
7.9

Mobile Capabilities

Birst
7.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
Birst
7.0
Dedicated iOS Application
Birst
7.4
Dedicated Android Application
Birst
7.5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Birst
7.2

Pros

Birst

  • 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

Birst

  • Better MS-Office Integration: Almost all the Business users have invested in MS-Office products such as Excel, Word and Powerpoint. Currently there is very limited options available for taking data from BIRST and making it to work with these products. More export options would be a welcome feature among these users. Also the ability to connect to BIRST and refresh/download certain reports through excel would be very helpful.
  • Powerful Report Designer: The current version of Designer and Visualizer lack certain features to create Complex reports. Few examples are, ability to create multiple tables in a report, link data from two or more queries and be able to show as one data, templates, free style reports rather than just using different bands etc. A light weight client tool for designer reports will help in faster turn around development time as the current web based interface is slow in designing reports for customized layout options.
  • Custom forms / write ability: Dashboard 2.0 has evolved greatly. If custom forms can be created for users to enter certain inputs, this will make Dashboards even more interactive. Just a wish list.
  • Live connectivity to Salesforce.com: This will be a very good feature to introduce especially for Sales team. We have been asked at least 1000 times if there is a way to make the data more live or real time.
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Likelihood to Renew

Birst

Birst 9.0
Based on 36 answers
It's a perfect fit for our organization! We have been able to reasonably increase our licensing to grow with our organization
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Usability

Birst

Birst 6.4
Based on 11 answers
Nowhere near as user friendly as other tools. Part of the problem is combination of Flash and HTML options, although this is configured at a user level rather than a dashboard level. As the features in each option are not the same, this can mean users working in one format cannot utilise dashboards that are more suited for the other format.
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Reliability and Availability

Birst

Birst 4.1
Based on 6 answers
Best in Class - In 4yrs we've only had 2 events when it was offline and they were early on in our use so no business impact. The methodology used for version upgrades always works well for uptime.
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Performance

Birst

Birst 7.5
Based on 6 answers
Sometimes I wish the data would load faster. Not sure if that issue is on Birst's end, though
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Support

Birst

Birst 5.1
Based on 18 answers
There are a few technicians I know by name that are particularly good, but until the main staff gets in at 9AM PST they are not very helpful at all.
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In-Person Training

Birst

Birst 9.1
Based on 4 answers
I went to their annual user conference (Birst Forward) and their standard training class (Birst Boot Camp) this year, and both were excellent. Very educational, and I got all of the personal attention I needed to get my questions about my specific answered. I've also reached out to the trainers after those events to ask more questions, and they've been great about getting back to me with answers
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Online Training

Birst

Birst 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Birst has been a solid provider of BI tools in the years we have used them. They have grown with us and have shown they are investing in their service by providing new tools.
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Implementation

Birst

Birst 5.3
Based on 6 answers
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

Birst

  • Birst lacks external modular components power bi has currently. New custom visuals, charts, statistical models created by third party vendors can be added to existing dashboard and enhanced.
  • Birst lacks interactive dashboard functionality and external inputs.
  • Powerbi and Tableau have better CGI and rendering
  • Both Powerbi and Tableau when have good backend infrastructure are very scalable solutions
  • Birst lacks multiple external source intergration in comparison to th
  • Birst has its own backend and as a result the company need not worry about the back end infrastructure. both power bi and Tableau lacks backend.
  • Birst is good at canned reporting and emailing compared to other products
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Scalability

Birst

Birst 6.0
Based on 2 answers
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

Birst

  • It's hard to quantify the time savings and improved decision making that occurred because of Birst, but it is substantial.
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Pricing Details

Birst

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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