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Birst

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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
6.9
Drill-down analysis
Birst
7.4
Formatting capabilities
Birst
6.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Birst
6.3
Report sharing and collaboration
Birst
7.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Birst
7.7
Publish to Web
Birst
7.9
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
7.0
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
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

Birst
7.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
Birst
7.1
Dedicated iOS Application
Birst
7.5
Dedicated Android Application
Birst
7.6
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Birst
7.3

Pros

  • Birst provides a very scalable and high-performance BI Platform. Setting up a new project "space" is simple, fast and easy to manage.
  • Birst provides a deep and comprehensive ETL and query capability to perform most any data transformation.
  • Building out Dashboards is easy. Building new reports with the Visualization tool is easy and powerful.
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Cons

  • More visualization options and smarter 'auto' generated views.
  • Predictive modeling.
  • More contemporary look and feel to the Admin portal using HTML 5.
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Likelihood to Renew

Birst9.0
Based on 36 answers
It is easy to deploy, making changes is easy, and as a result maintenance is inexpensive. The upcoming features (maps, additional HTML) will improve the capabilities and make it even better.
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Usability

Birst7.2
Based on 10 answers
Quick start for the novice, but powerful enough to satisfy the programmer.
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Reliability and Availability

Birst4.1
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

Birst7.5
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

Birst5.3
Based on 17 answers
There are just 2-3 people that work for Birst TS that you can get help from and they are very busy supporting all customers so it is very hard to get in touch with them (ticket assigned to one of them) The rest of the team either do not have good knowledge of the product or have no idea about customer's needs so most of the time issues stay opened or unsolved for months or even longer
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In-Person Training

Birst9.1
Based on 4 answers
Training was very helpful. It occurred early in the implementation process, but I remembered a lot of what we did months later when I started getting hands-on experience
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Online Training

Birst8.0
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

Birst5.3
Based on 6 answers
Disappointing that it is on a "delivered VM" rather than a software install as 99.9% of other software is provided.
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Alternatives Considered

Birst provide a much better web UI and end user experience and distribution mechanism than both Tableau and SSRS. Power BI simply did not have the full complement of features that we needed at the time of our selection to be competitive and Pentaho was too custom and would have required an investment in professional services that we could not afford. SSRS is good for data dumps, but creating user friendly visualizations is not practical. Snowflake ended up as our EDW platform, and we integrate that with Birst to provide a complete BI stack for our end users.
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Scalability

Birst6.0
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

  • Streamlines my analysis
  • Houses all information into one repository that can be accessed by all who need it
  • Shortens length of time to resolving internal inquiries
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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
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