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Score 4.8 out of 100
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Score 7.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Birst

Birst is well suited for an organization looking for a cloud-hosted analytics solution that is contained within one package. It is able to connect to a very wide variety of different data sources, and has options for either light or involved ETL procedures, depending on the users experience with preparing data. As with any BI project, it would not be suitable for an organization where there is no dedicated team to maintain and manage the project.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

iHub is a decent enough environment that it serves our needs. We can have unlimited users and it can tie into AD although we do not use that feature currently. It is a decent place to store all of the reports in one location, even though for us it is not visually appealing to the end users.iHub is not a place where you want to create robust/interactive dashboards for end users to drill through and follow a "story".
Josh Schmitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Birst
7.6
Magellan BI & Reporting
5.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Birst
7.8
Magellan BI & Reporting
7.0
Customizable dashboards
Birst
7.9
Magellan BI & Reporting
2.0
Report Formatting Templates
Birst
7.1
Magellan BI & Reporting
6.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Birst
7.0
Magellan BI & Reporting
7.7
Drill-down analysis
Birst
6.7
Magellan BI & Reporting
6.0
Formatting capabilities
Birst
7.6
Magellan BI & Reporting
9.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Birst
6.1
Magellan BI & Reporting
Report sharing and collaboration
Birst
7.5
Magellan BI & Reporting
8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Birst
8.1
Magellan BI & Reporting
8.0
Publish to Web
Birst
8.7
Magellan BI & Reporting
10.0
Publish to PDF
Birst
8.0
Magellan BI & Reporting
10.0
Report Versioning
Birst
7.4
Magellan BI & Reporting
Report Delivery Scheduling
Birst
8.3
Magellan BI & Reporting
6.0
Delivery to Remote Servers
Birst
Magellan BI & Reporting
6.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Birst
7.0
Magellan BI & Reporting
7.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Birst
7.4
Magellan BI & Reporting
7.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Birst
7.7
Magellan BI & Reporting
7.0
Predictive Analytics
Birst
5.8
Magellan BI & Reporting

Access Control and Security

Birst
8.1
Magellan BI & Reporting
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Birst
8.8
Magellan BI & Reporting
10.0
Role-Based Security Model
Birst
8.0
Magellan BI & Reporting
6.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Birst
7.4
Magellan BI & Reporting
10.0

Mobile Capabilities

Birst
7.9
Magellan BI & Reporting
Responsive Design for Web Access
Birst
8.4
Magellan BI & Reporting
Dedicated iOS Application
Birst
8.3
Magellan BI & Reporting
Dedicated Android Application
Birst
7.2
Magellan BI & Reporting
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Birst
7.6
Magellan BI & Reporting

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Birst
Magellan BI & Reporting
7.0
REST API
Birst
Magellan BI & Reporting
7.0
Javascript API
Birst
Magellan BI & Reporting
9.0
Java API
Birst
Magellan BI & Reporting
7.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Birst
Magellan BI & Reporting
5.0

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.
Sean Keesler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

  • It is fairly easy to set the sharing rules for a report/dashboard.
  • They have a decent amount of time frame options for setting a schedule to generate a report.
  • The support is mostly helpful and timely if you have an issue.
Josh Schmitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Birst

  • Birst prices are fairly expensive. License plus cost of users can add up pretty quickly
  • Depending on the size of data, rendering of reports can take a little bit. Need faster processing of data
  • Takes a little time to understand how to build reports, not the most intuitive UI
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

  • Setting up a "dashboard" is extremely lacking in functionality. The different chart widgets you place on the page do not interact with each other. When you select an item from one do not expect it to highlight or filter another.
  • The speed and stability are not great, but maybe that is just our environment not being up to snuff...even though we are above the "recommended" settings.
  • The main GUI for a user is TERRIBLE. You log into a File Tree format where you have to navigate folders to reach the correct dashboard. There are ways around this, but it would either require an expensive payment to the Professional Services team to revamp to UI or another option they gave us was to create the "Default Dashboard" and provide that link to users and in that Dashboard, you use a new tab to include the navigation back to the main screen so that at least on the initial load the user is taken to a friendly looking dashboard instead of a file tree.
Josh Schmitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Birst

Birst 9.0
Based on 36 answers
We have been able to overcome any of the drawbacks we've found with Birst easily and it has fulfilled almost all of our analytic needs to date. Having seen their roadmap it would be highly unlikely we would move away from this platform any time soon. You simply can't beat the functionality that Birst provides for the price and the things I see coming out of the company solidify that our decision to choose Birst was the best possible choice. We have never regretted the decision.
Brian Flood | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

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Usability

Birst

Birst 6.1
Based on 11 answers
I would like to see additional usability put into the ETL scripting. Recently, Birst added a nice function reference inline to formula creation which has kept me from having to return to documentation so much. The same in ETL would be very beneficial. The interface problems related to the Flex framework are being addressed in a rewrite to HTML 5, but for now they are still a hindrance to a higher usability rating.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

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Reliability and Availability

Birst

Birst 4.1
Based on 12 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
Tim Welch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

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Performance

Birst

Birst 7.5
Based on 12 answers
Everything runs very fast and smoothly. The only process that I wish was faster would be processing the data after uploading new data or making changes to the existing data model. It can take 15-20 minutes (roughly) to upload and process new data once you start getting into 10's of millions of rows. Given my experience with how long it takes me to pull the same data using SQL Server Management Studio, I don't think Birst is unreasonably slow - but for me to give a higher rating, I would want it to be unreasonably fast
Brett Mooberry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

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Support Rating

Birst

Birst 5.3
Based on 36 answers
When we have an issue that is stopping our business from proceeding, I want answers sooner than later. While Birst does have a published response time for each case level, we always wish it could be quicker. What response improvement could there be with a larger support team?In response to first question: Blackhole of issues - Birst needs to improve upon closing issues that resolution was dependent upon code fixes or enhancements, perhaps someone to add a comment on all case tickets at least every 60 days.Escalation - I always have the ability to electronically or via phone escalate a ticket. I also have my Customer Success Manager through whom I can escalate topics.
Deborah Stillwell Judy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

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In-Person Training

Birst

Birst 9.1
Based on 4 answers
I have attended two different training sessions. The first one was my initial training on the system. It was well paced, clear and concise. If there were questions that were not able to be answered by the instructor, he took down the question and actually followed up and provided us a response quickly.The second session was specific to the dashboard and report design components. This training was very good though there were some attendants who had little or no experience and their questions slowed the class.
Timothy Humphreys | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

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Online Training

Birst

Birst 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Although I found the online resources helpful, a lack of appropriate examples for certain tasks key to report creation and advanced modeling make the online training/documentation less than perfect. For an inexperienced BI professional, the online training would not enable a streamlined launch of the product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

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Implementation Rating

Birst

Birst 5.3
Based on 12 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.
Deborah Stillwell Judy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

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Alternatives Considered

Birst

During the vetting process, we looked at 14 different products (one of them internal) to see if they would fit our needs and whittled it down to this one over a three month period. We did not contact sales for all of them (sales sites were enough to rule out some), but did have a lot of demos with a significant portion of them and reviewed several of the major industry studies as well. We had representatives of both user interests/design and the technical backend on the evaluation process.
The major features we were looking for a product that we could embed inside our own SaaS application, connect to a sharded Postgres database, had multitenancy and allowed for customer generated reports/ self-reporting. Some of the minor "nice to have" features we were looking at was scheduled reports, especially if we could plug it into our own scheduling system (for CAN-SPAM compliance), internationalization, and support.
In the evaluation, Birst hit all of the must-haves and enough of the nice to haves that they made it down to our final two and the trial was the clincher to make it our final choice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

Our instance of iHub does not stack up against the other larger BI tools out today. It is a good place to store reports in a central location that allows users to run very specific reports on demand, but it is not a place I would want to store all of my "dashboards". As far as holding individual reports that are specific to an individual need, it is a great tool. If you want to create a report that will be used as a Template for a Form or a Label, iHub is a good choice to store and schedule the report or call it via API to generate it and return it to your calling app.
Josh Schmitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Tim Welch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

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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.
Andy Olson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magellan BI & Reporting

No answers on this topic

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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

Edition
Basic License$30,0001
  1. Per 20 Users Per Year
Additional Pricing Details

Magellan BI & Reporting

General

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

Magellan BI & Reporting Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Birst
7.4
Magellan BI & Reporting
5.0

Likelihood to Renew

Birst
9.0
Magellan BI & Reporting

Usability

Birst
6.1
Magellan BI & Reporting

Reliability and Availability

Birst
4.1
Magellan BI & Reporting

Performance

Birst
7.5
Magellan BI & Reporting

Support Rating

Birst
5.3
Magellan BI & Reporting

In-Person Training

Birst
9.1
Magellan BI & Reporting

Online Training

Birst
8.0
Magellan BI & Reporting

Implementation Rating

Birst
5.3
Magellan BI & Reporting

Scalability

Birst
6.0
Magellan BI & Reporting

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