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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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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
7.8
Customizable dashboards
Birst
7.6
Microsoft BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
Birst
6.3
Microsoft BI
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Birst
6.8
Microsoft BI
8.4
Drill-down analysis
Birst
7.3
Microsoft BI
8.2
Formatting capabilities
Birst
6.6
Microsoft BI
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Birst
6.1
Microsoft BI
8.2
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
8.0
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
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
Birst
Microsoft BI
8.2

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
7.1
Microsoft BI
7.9
Predictive Analytics
Birst
5.6
Microsoft BI
8.1

Access Control and Security

Birst
8.1
Microsoft BI
8.3
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
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Birst
Microsoft BI
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

Birst
7.3
Microsoft BI
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
Birst
7.0
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Birst
7.4
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dedicated Android Application
Birst
7.5
Microsoft BI
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Birst
7.2
Microsoft BI
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Birst
Microsoft BI
7.8
REST API
Birst
Microsoft BI
7.8
Javascript API
Birst
Microsoft BI
8.3
iFrames
Birst
Microsoft BI
7.7
Java API
Birst
Microsoft BI
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Birst
Microsoft BI
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Birst
Microsoft BI
7.5

Pros

Birst

  • 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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Microsoft BI

  • 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

Birst

  • 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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Microsoft BI

  • 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

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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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.0
Based on 25 answers
Microsoft BI is fundamental to our suite of BI applications. That being said, Northcraft Analytics is focused on delighting our customers, so if the underlying factors of our decision change, we would choose to re-write our BI applications on a different stack. Luckily, mathematics are the fundamental IP of our technology... and is portable across all BI platforms for the foreseeable future.
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Usability

Birst

Birst 6.4
Based on 11 answers
I work very well for what we use it for.
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 5 answers
Easy to use. Good User Interface and visualizations
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Reliability and Availability

Birst

Birst 4.1
Based on 6 answers
We had a few instances when data didn't process as planned. However, we have worked with Birst and found solutions
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

Birst

Birst 7.5
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 BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
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

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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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.1
Based on 6 answers
We are not currently utilizing Microsoft's technical support.
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In-Person Training

Birst

Birst 9.1
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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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 6.9
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

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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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.5
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

Birst

Birst 5.3
Based on 6 answers
Our initial implementation was rocky. Without writing a novel, there were a few main issues. The professional services company was decent, but not great. We also did not have adequate resources on our end to provide the services company what they needed (an expert on our database, etc.). As the project manager, I definitely tried to do too much with the initial implementation and was very guilty of "chasing squirrels", as I've heard it called. All of this lead to us running out of professional services hours we had paid for, without a working product. After that unsuccessful first attempt, Birst sat on the shelf for a bit before we got our new (and current) CSM. He called us to see how things were going. After learning that the product wasn't in use and how poorly our first go at it went, he bent over backwards to get us up and running, first with spreadsheets, and then with our database, all at no additional charge to us. Combine this with the training I've received, and we've got a working product up and running without the use of a professional services company. We are definitely one of their smaller clients, and I was surprised at how much work they put into turning the project around for us
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Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.6
Based on 7 answers
Be prepared to help business users define their data. We found that different campuses had different definitions for the same thing. This took some change management and negotiating to get each team to come to a common understanding.
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Alternatives Considered

Birst

Birst was the only tool that did the following:
  • robust enough ETL for our data warehouse team
  • data would remain within our data warehouse and not within the tool's proprietary store, in case the company went out of business.
  • allow us to distribute reports within the company within their tool
  • embed reporting as iframes
  • relatively easily to build reporting
  • connect to many different kinds of data.
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Microsoft BI

-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

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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Microsoft BI

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Return on Investment

Birst

  • 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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Microsoft BI

  • Business users easily learned self service BI with training and what to do and what not to do with self service BI
  • Learning curve for Powerpivot and other office 365 tools for IT team who already knew about data warehousing concepts is steep
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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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