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Likelihood to Recommend

Birst

Well Suited:Any data-warehouse solution that is going to include Salesforce.com. Any implementations that are going to be handled by small teams. I think everyone should take a look honestly. As far as less appropriate? I don't think I'm really qualified to give an answer on Birst's technical limitations, although I'm sure they exist.
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Microsoft BI

Flexibility, engagement, training resources, updates, cost, implementation, ease of use, support; these are the reasons why I would recommend Power BI. Power BI is best suited for situations where collaboration is needed among several different groups who are working concurrently on different activities. Where there are multiple levels of data that need to be parsed through. It's difficult to think of a scenario where it wouldn't be beneficial other than the obvious.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Birst
6.9
Microsoft BI
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Birst
6.7
Microsoft BI
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Birst
7.6
Microsoft BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
Birst
6.3
Microsoft BI
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Birst
6.9
Microsoft BI
8.4
Drill-down analysis
Birst
7.4
Microsoft BI
8.2
Formatting capabilities
Birst
6.6
Microsoft BI
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Birst
6.3
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report sharing and collaboration
Birst
7.3
Microsoft BI
8.9

Report Output and Scheduling

Birst
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.2
Publish to Web
Birst
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.3
Publish to PDF
Birst
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Versioning
Birst
7.4
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
Birst
7.5
Microsoft BI
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Birst
Microsoft BI
8.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

Birst
6.6
Microsoft BI
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Birst
7.2
Microsoft BI
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Birst
7.0
Microsoft BI
7.9
Predictive Analytics
Birst
5.6
Microsoft BI
8.0

Access Control and Security

Birst
8.1
Microsoft BI
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Birst
8.4
Microsoft BI
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Birst
8.1
Microsoft BI
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Birst
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Birst
Microsoft BI
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Birst
7.4
Microsoft BI
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
Birst
7.1
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Birst
7.5
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dedicated Android Application
Birst
7.6
Microsoft BI
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Birst
7.3
Microsoft BI
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Birst
Microsoft BI
7.8
REST API
Birst
Microsoft BI
7.9
Javascript API
Birst
Microsoft BI
8.3
iFrames
Birst
Microsoft BI
7.7
Java API
Birst
Microsoft BI
7.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Birst
Microsoft BI
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Birst
Microsoft BI
7.4

Pros

  • Automated Data Warehouse
  • Single interface for admin, design, and consumption
  • Reports/dashboards are dynamic and aware of model navigation
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  • EASY visualization of business data. Excel is the killer app so anybody remotely good at basic office tools knows how to make PivotTables and PivotCharts. If you don't, it's really easy to learn; give it a try... People think big data visualization is hard but it's not for most business use cases.
  • FAST visualization of business data. There are BI/Analytics tools out there, some of them beginning with the letter S, that are slooow. I do my taxes waiting for them to run basic queries/filters/charts. Microsoft BI (and Tableau, etc.) create compact data models to allow for pretty fast data loading and slicery.
  • FREE or at least REALLY CHEAP visualization of business data. Who has MS Office on their business computer? Oh, everybody. If you don't have Office Pro, pony up for that or get the monthly license. The bigness of data you can run on your own machine is fairly big; don't use cloud if you don't need it. By comparison, who enjoys throwing thousands of dollars away on bloated legacy BI software? Well, too many companies, apparently.
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Cons

  • UI is slowly getting sexy, but didn't start there
  • Modelling is limited to single user. Waiting for multiuser concurrency in this area.
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  • Parallel Sequential job Processing within the SSIS GUI, not using DTS
  • More Options for non-SharePoint portal Integration
  • Reporting Services performance browser rendering time for reports
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Likelihood to Renew

Birst9.0
Based on 36 answers
Administration overhead is minimal and keeps TCO down. Product flexibility actually lends toward a gradual replacement of other existing architecture if present.
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Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
Microsoft is widely adopted and it does get the job done. For legal reasons, support perspective and resourcing it is often the tool of choice and, of course, the technology is there to support the day-to-day business.
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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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Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 5 answers
Usability is great. This product will make most feel right at home. I feel like this question should be asked from two points of view:1. Creator of reports, Data Models, Views etc: Most Advanced users will still rate the usability as very high. Its capabilities are still robust. However when compared to other Enterprise Class products it will not do many of the advanced application queries. 2. End user, Consumer: All end users will feel right at home. Many will be able to create connections to already created data models and other external publicly available sources like twitter, Facebook, World Health order etc... These connections are then in turn very very easily available to publish to SharePoint and Power BI. It took me a while to understand what I think is Microsoft's strategy. This will handle all but the most of robust needs. Much like many American made cars and my favorite Corvette, Microsoft is fast, has it own break downs from time to time but all of these are really to tolerate when the price is considered and the next one up that can out perform it is three to four times as much money makes this an easy one to still recommend
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Reliability and Availability

Birst4.1
Based on 6 answers
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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Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

Birst7.5
Based on 6 answers
Birst struggles with complex data sets coming from SSAS, that resolve very quickly on tools like PowerBI
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Microsoft BI7.0
Based on 2 answers
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can drag at times. We created two report servers and placed them under an F5 load balancer. This configuration has worked well. We have seen sluggish performance at times due to the Windows Firewall.
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Support

Birst5.3
Based on 17 answers
I get the help I need, fast.
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Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
Microsoft support in general is good, did not have any issues.
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In-Person Training

Birst9.1
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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Microsoft BI6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
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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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Microsoft BI8.5
Based on 2 answers
I have used on-line training from Microsoft and from Pragmatic Works. I would recommend Pragmatic Works as the best way to get up to speed quickly, and then use the Microsoft on-line training to deep dive into specific features that you need to get depth with.
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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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Microsoft BI9.6
Based on 7 answers
Thorough project planning and requirements gathering ensured project's success.
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Alternatives Considered

The primary differentiator with Birst is its scalability. Every other system we have developed or reviewed is either very strong in a single focus or requires a large team to manage to deploy over multiple, diverse customers. We have been able to accomplish more successfully and more quickly with a single developer and 2 BA's than what has historically taken multiple developers years to accomplish.
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-Tableau is clearly more cutting edge when it comes to data visualization and connecting to multiple data sources (support for MongoDB, Hadoop, etc).-Assuming your data is not that sophisticated, Microsoft BI is a great product. I would say its a good "all around" BI tool. It does a good job in building operational reports. The reports run very fast on the report server. Most IT folks and alot of business folks can get comfortable with this product and build their own reports. You can create a semantic layer for the business users to pull their own data from (and its drag and drop).-Microsoft BI pretty much smokes Crystal Reports, SAP Business Objects and even IBM Cognos (I have limited experience with Cognos but from what I saw, it was pretty horrible to use). When I say "smokes" I mean that Crystal Reports, SAP Business Objects IBM Cognos are like using Internet Explorer 6.0 and Microsoft BI is like using Firefox 2013. Why would you bother using such old products that haven't kept up with the needs of today's analysts? It's not so much about functionality as it is about UI design and a certain level of intuitiveness
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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

  • 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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  • Cleaner, more accurate data returned to end users.
  • Better decision making.
  • Increased control over data.
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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
Birst Editions & Modules
Birst
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Microsoft BI

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Microsoft BI Editions & Modules
Microsoft BI
Edition
Power BI
$0
Power BI Pro
$102
2. per user per month
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