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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 Power BI

Perfect for ad-hoc reporting but don't use this software for dashboarding automation. Klipfolio will do a better job for your dashboards.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Birst
6.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Birst
6.7
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Customizable dashboards
Birst
7.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Report Formatting Templates
Birst
6.3
Microsoft Power BI
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Birst
6.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Birst
7.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Birst
6.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Birst
6.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Birst
7.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Birst
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Publish to Web
Birst
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Publish to PDF
Birst
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Report Versioning
Birst
7.4
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Birst
7.5
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Birst
6.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Birst
7.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Birst
7.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Predictive Analytics
Birst
5.6
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Access Control and Security

Birst
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
Birst
8.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
Birst
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
7.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Birst
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Mobile Capabilities

Birst
7.4
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
Birst
7.1
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Dedicated iOS Application
Birst
7.5
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
Birst
7.6
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Birst
7.3
Microsoft Power BI
7.8

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
REST API
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Javascript API
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
iFrames
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.0
Java API
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
6.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Birst
Microsoft Power BI
6.9

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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  • Data blending from several different files is a big hit with our Power BI users. We have so many excel and CSV files and many of them are not clean, so making use of the data cleaning and blending saves us from countless pivots and lookups to just get data worthy of analyzing.
  • The visualizations are top notch, and available without additional cost. Everything is in vibrant colors and crisp, clear lines that whatever your produce is clearly pleasing to the eye. From mapping down to pie charts, the visuals are well done.
  • The Beta preview is very helpful, not all software allows you to preview or use things in beta, but Power BI has a wonderful set of tools and visualizations you can add into your work with very little effort or complexity.
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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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  • Connectivity with non-Microsoft tools: Power BI is great to integrate with other MS tools, but if you want to connect it with statistical or machine learning tools (R, Python, Mathlab, JMP, etc.) you might get in trouble. Tableau, for example, has an easy integration with R and Python.
  • Not all features are available in the online version: If you want to use more advanced features, you will probably need to download the desktop version of Power BI.
  • No desktop version for Mac: So, I use a Mac and I needed to use some extra features on Power BI. When I tried to download the more complete desktop version, I realized that there's no desktop version of Power BI for Mac! I had to borrow a PC from a colleague to run the analysis I wanted.
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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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Microsoft Power BI10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
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Usability

Birst7.2
Based on 10 answers
It can be clunky, but there have been noticeable improvements with each new release. It's obvious that they are working hard to improve the usability
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Microsoft Power BI8.8
Based on 3 answers
PBI is very easy to use because of its similarity with power pivot and excel. DAX is the basic foundation language to be mastered to quickly build reports. Custom measures have been introduce to write instant DAX functions (But doesnt work all the time and need a understanding of DAX to debug). Easy to chart multiple charts and also third party charts
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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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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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Support

Birst5.3
Based on 17 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

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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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
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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Alternatives Considered

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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As mentioned earlier, Power BI is not as mature as QlikView or Tableau and, as a result, is more limited in the kinds of things it's capable of. That said, it's still highly capable of fulfilling most typical BI dashboard requirements. We chose Power BI partly because of a very specific and unusual set of circumstances that wouldn't apply to anyone else, and partly because we could begin developing dashboards without having to go through the usual (lengthy) process of waiting for budget approval. Since developers can develop at no cost, we were able to begin creating dashboards while the process of getting funding for the end-users was working its way through the system.
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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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  • It's a good start for setting up customized dashboards.
  • Available for all users based on Office 365 platform we have in place.
  • Doesn't really allow depth of report - specifically customization of visual displays.
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Birst

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Microsoft Power BI

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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