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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

With Tableau, you can create an infinite number of tables, of greater or lesser complexity, and be able to discover and analyze information with very visual graphics. You can use unlimited amounts of data, it is an ideal solution for companies and organizations. The additional information for the users is not totally private, it can be viewed by other users, although there is the modality of granting a permission to access. The files used for graphics must always be updated and must have access to the Internet to access the tool
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Birst
6.9
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Birst
6.7
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Customizable dashboards
Birst
7.6
Tableau Desktop
9.1
Report Formatting Templates
Birst
6.3
Tableau Desktop
7.7

Ad-hoc Reporting

Birst
6.8
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Drill-down analysis
Birst
7.3
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Birst
6.6
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Birst
6.1
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Birst
7.3
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Report Output and Scheduling

Birst
7.7
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Publish to Web
Birst
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Publish to PDF
Birst
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Report Versioning
Birst
7.4
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
Birst
7.5
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Delivery to Remote Servers
Birst
Tableau Desktop
8.3

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
7.1
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Predictive Analytics
Birst
5.6
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Access Control and Security

Birst
8.1
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Birst
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
Birst
8.1
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Birst
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Birst
Tableau Desktop
7.8

Mobile Capabilities

Birst
7.3
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Birst
7.0
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
Birst
7.4
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Dedicated Android Application
Birst
7.5
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Birst
7.2
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Birst
Tableau Desktop
7.4
REST API
Birst
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Javascript API
Birst
Tableau Desktop
7.4
iFrames
Birst
Tableau Desktop
6.8
Java API
Birst
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Birst
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Birst
Tableau Desktop
7.1

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.
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Tableau Desktop

  • Geographic visualizations with demographic substrates.
  • Combining multiple visualizations into a single dashboard presentation.
  • Creating exploratory dashboards.
  • Storytelling.
  • Their ability to send presentations using a snapshot of the data is outstanding.
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Cons

Birst

  • 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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Tableau Desktop

  • There is no concept of Change Management or versioning. The way it works is -i) Connect to your source ii) Build the reports in Desktop iii) Publish them online. Now for example if you did some modification & republished it, Tableau Online would always show the latest version. There is no way to retrieve the previous version of report.
  • 3D Charts are not available
  • Connecting live to Hadoop via ODBC driver is still painful because of its performance.
  • Cost is high,this means you need to buy a Desktop license and server separately. The cost is a major factor desktop - $2000 with yearly maintenance paid upfront. This combined with maintenance of - $200, which you need to pay every year. This is per user.
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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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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.9
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

Birst

Birst 6.4
Based on 11 answers
We have been using Birst for 10 years .We like a lot of things it offers but especially the ability to create new data sources and build reports/dashboard on top of that data very fast and relatively easy. What we dislike is a way how some of new features/modules have been designed and developed and lack of consistent focus on product stability. Since Birst became part of Infor, a lot of things changed for the worse (product reliability, tech support,...) We hope that this is just a phase that will be over soon.
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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.7
Based on 23 answers
Still requires a lot of work to create a good looking dashboard.
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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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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 10 answers
Have seen issues with the vertica DB driver which manifest as errors for the end user.
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Performance

Birst

Birst 7.5
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 Desktop

Tableau Desktop 6.3
Based on 9 answers
It performs as well as could be expected; the challenge is making sure the data is organized correctly to optimize performance.
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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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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.0
Based on 16 answers
I personally have no had any experience with the HelpDesk. However, our clients speak highly of it.
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In-Person Training

Birst

Birst 9.1
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 Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.4
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

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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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
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

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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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 34 answers
Time needs to be spent ahead of implementation to make sure data sources are set up and ready. Consultants need to understand the data sources and the goals before setting foot on-site. Installation is easy, learning to use it takes time. The training resources available are great.
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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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Tableau Desktop

QlikView is more customizable and has more depth, but is much harder to learn and much slower to develop. Tableau Desktop is much quicker to put together and if you have questions the community of support is much better. It doesn't handle as much data as QlikView does.
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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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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 7.0
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

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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Tableau Desktop

  • Tableau has provided my clients with the information necessary to allocate multi-million dollar research budgets effectively, ensuring the company is getting the most bang for its buck.
  • Tableau has given my office the ability to present data quickly and easily in a professional format that customers can understand, and has them returning frequently for additional analysis and projects.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

Tableau Desktop

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
Free trials are available for both editions.

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