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Birst

Top Rated
178 Ratings

Tableau Desktop

Top Rated
1201 Ratings

Birst

Top Rated
178 Ratings
Score 6.8 out of 101

Tableau Desktop

Top Rated
1201 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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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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Tableau Desktop

We use Tableau when we want to obtain a fast and efficient result, since this option allows to work with data in real time or in memory, being able to extract massive data for a limited exploration quickly, using technology of database and computational graphics to analyze enormous sets of data and which is used in the different areas of the organization when we want to have quick results and easy to analyze according to the graphics presented.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Birst
6.8
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Birst
6.7
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Customizable dashboards
Birst
7.6
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Report Formatting Templates
Birst
6.3
Tableau Desktop
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Birst
6.9
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Drill-down analysis
Birst
7.4
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Birst
6.6
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Birst
6.4
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Report sharing and collaboration
Birst
7.3
Tableau Desktop
8.7

Report Output and Scheduling

Birst
7.6
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Publish to Web
Birst
7.8
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Publish to PDF
Birst
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Report Versioning
Birst
7.4
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Report Delivery Scheduling
Birst
7.4
Tableau Desktop
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
Birst
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Birst
6.6
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Birst
7.2
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Birst
7.0
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Birst
5.7
Tableau Desktop
7.1

Access Control and Security

Birst
8.1
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
Birst
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
Birst
8.1
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Birst
8.0
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Birst
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Mobile Capabilities

Birst
7.4
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Birst
7.0
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Birst
7.6
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Dedicated Android Application
Birst
7.6
Tableau Desktop
7.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Birst
7.4
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Birst
Tableau Desktop
7.1
REST API
Birst
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Javascript API
Birst
Tableau Desktop
7.1
iFrames
Birst
Tableau Desktop
6.7
Java API
Birst
Tableau Desktop
6.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Birst
Tableau Desktop
6.9
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Birst
Tableau Desktop
7.0

Pros

  • 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.
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  • Ease to connect to various types of data sources, hosted locally and in the cloud: almost "plug-and-play"
  • Support to quickly create compelling dashboards that can be used by various analysts across the organization: I meet with the stakeholders who pose the questions and we brainstorm together so they lead me through the construction of the right set of assets. At any step, I am able to show them the current stage of the visualizations being built, until we reach a point at which what is left to be done is the finessing of the final assets.
  • Ease to blend heterogeneous data sources: this "point-and- click" feature has been useful when we need to combine heterogeneous data sources in the creation of dashboards
  • Easy sharing of visualization assets among peers: we create versions of the visualization assets under construction using extracts, which makes the sharing of the resources particularly easy since stakeholders focus on analyzing the data and not on issues related to the underlying data infrastructure
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Cons

  • The Birst product uses it's own query language (BQL) which we feel has been implemented in different ways in different parts of the product.
  • This makes learning the entire product more difficult than it ought to be.
  • The Birst idea of grains and hierarchies is hard to get a foothold on. I don't think I completely get it yet.
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  • Since I am a senior software engineer, I wish Tableau had a more robust underlying programming language with clearly defined semantics. To be fair, the ability to connect Tableau with R helps in this direction.
  • I believe the quality and quantity of the official documentation maintained by the company could improve. Fortunately, there is a thriving community on which I have relied heavily. However, given the current level of maturity of Tableau, this should naturally prompt the company to document well-known solution patterns for recurrent visualization questions/problems.
  • I would appreciate the ability to easily access data inherent to some "out-of-the-box" analyses available in Tableau. For instance, it would be nice to programmatically have access to parameters that are calculated in connection with linear trends such as the slope, the independent term, etc.
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Likelihood to Renew

Birst9.0
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.
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Tableau Desktop8.9
Based on 39 answers
Because right now its the best option out there (disclosure: I haven't used Qlikview or some of the other direct competitors of Tableau). The big investment is in Tableau Server not desktop. For the cost of the license of Tableau desktop, its a pretty good deal. You can hook it up to pretty much any data source easily. You can easily share the visualizations with your team/colleagues easily. Tableau Desktop is generally easy to use for business users. But the more advanced stuff is better suited for a analyst or someone with a IT/CS background.
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Usability

Birst3.4
Based on 6 answers
Nowhere near as user friendly as other tools. Part of the problem is combination of Flash and HTML options, although this is configured at a user level rather than a dashboard level. As the features in each option are not the same, this can mean users working in one format cannot utilise dashboards that are more suited for the other format.
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Tableau Desktop8.6
Based on 23 answers
Still requires a lot of work to create a good looking dashboard.
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Reliability and Availability

Birst4.2
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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Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 10 answers
I have really never faced any serious issue with this tool, although in some versions there were crashing issues were there.
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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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Tableau Desktop6.8
Based on 9 answers
Tableau's connections to third-party sources can be somewhat slow due to the time required to speak to a source over a network. However, if you properly utilize Tableau's Data Source Extracts, then the speed is incredible. On the other hand, Tableau makes it very easy for the user to put too much data into one dashboard, which can impact performance. All in all, if you use the tool properly, speed should not be a concern.
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Support

Birst4.5
Based on 14 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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Tableau Desktop8.9
Based on 16 answers
Support has been excellent we have no complaints we kept fully up-to-date with the status of any other issues and all of our issues have been resolved quickly. They have been proactive and came to us to find out whether there was anything we wanted them to do which is amazing.
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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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Tableau Desktop9.4
Based on 4 answers
Extensive and beneficial - users have shown great benefit of training and put it to practical use.
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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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Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 4 answers
The training for new users are quite good because it covers topic wise training and the best part was that it also had video tutorials which are very helpful
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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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Tableau Desktop8.1
Based on 34 answers
Once Tableau Desktop was installed, it was relatively easy to develop my initial workbooks. The software is very intuitive.
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Breadth of Deployment

We currently have 15 users, most of them being end users. Out of the 15 users, only 5 are using this on a daily basis. This number will grow in the near future since we just created our first useful dashboard for our sales team. As we create more reports for teams that are "hungry" for data, we will see an increase in usage
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The department I worked in had around 30 people. I believe we had at least 15 licenses possibly more.
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Alternatives Considered

We use other BI tools within the organization. These tools have been there before we got BIRST and while comparing, BIRST did score well against these tools but the migration cost to convert existing reports/data prevented us from replacing those tools with BIRST.
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Tableau is strong at visualization but less strong at data discovery where I find Qlik Sense, SAS, SPSS are stronger.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Birst6.8
Based on 25 answers
We don't do a whole lot of data sharing in our company, but I don't have any complaints. Analyst users can export ad-hoc reports to Excel or PDF.
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Tableau Desktop8.2
Based on 81 answers
It is easy to share but it mostly works with simple static reports, without much data calculation and manipulation or filtering.
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Data Integration

Birst7.5
Based on 76 answers
This is one area where no tools can match BIRST. There are plenty of connectivity options through built-in connectors or BIRST connect. Scripting allows the data transformation to any level
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Tableau Desktop8.2
Based on 81 answers
It connects to many data sources. Merging capabilities exist but they are not as robust as Spotfire's.
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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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Tableau Desktop7.0
Based on 3 answers
Although tableau is highly interactive and fast but with very large dataset its performance degrades heavily. So up to certain extent its really good but after that we have to take care of its performance issues.
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Return on Investment

  • By utilizing just the basic functions of Birst, we have been able to provide critical, time-sensitive data to our leadership. This could not have come at a more important time for our company.
  • The flexibility offered by Birst, through dashboards and mobile app, has allowed us to extend our offerings to other departments in our building and not just limiting our service to C-level users.
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  • It is very difficult to quantify the effect that using Tableau has had on our clients. The one major benefit I can think of is the reduction of operational expenses. Tableau allows them to keep one person who maintains ten dashboards instead of the twenty people it took when they were using Excel.
  • Having a series of relevant, automatically refreshing dashboards allows for "quick response" to business problems, which could save tremendous amounts of money. If a problem is occurring, you would see it on your dashboard the next day, instead of an analyst finding it a month later.
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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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Tableau Desktop

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Tableau Desktop Editions & Modules
Tableau Desktop
Edition
Personal
$9991
Professional
$1,9991
1. per user
Additional Pricing Details
Free trials are available for both editions.

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