While in many ways Birst looks like a cloud version of a full-stack product, the company developed a third way between IT-led and agile business analytics. The concept of “networked BI” constitutes a shared virtual analytics layer creating a fabric of data for centralized teams and decentralized end users end users to collaborate, allowing data to be shared and mashed up, without changing the data at its source.
Birst is a pioneer of multi-tenant cloud BI. While the product is cloud-architected, deployment to customers can be in a public or private cloud, or on-premises in the customer data center as the Birst Enterprise Virtual Appliance. Birst is a complete solution with an in-memory columnar data store, and a BI layer comprising a reporting engine, predictive analytics tools, mobile native apps, dashboards, discovery tools, and an open client interface allowing other visualization solutions to plug into that networked data fabric. This open approach was on display when Birst partnered with Tableau in 2015.
Birst is a Top Rated product in the mid-sized company segment.
|Location:||San Francisco, CA|
|Most compared to:||Tableau Desktop; QlikView; Microsoft BI|
|Best fit for:||Birst is a pioneer in multi-tenant, cloud BI and a good choice for organizations looking for a cloud-based platform for business intelligence and analytics, that can help organizations looking to analyze complete business process, and operationalize analytics across both decentralized and centralized teams.|
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|Reports and dashboards
|Multiple data sources
Birst's cloud-based, multi-tenant architecture enables the creation of virtual BI instances, which can be networked together and governed by consistent business logic. With an adaptive user interface and rapid data refinement, Birst delivers speed, agility and self-service to front-line business users, but with consistent and re-usable business metrics. The end result is an end to siloed decision making.
Traditionally, delivering trusted and reliable data across the enterprise has depended on physical replication of BI infrastructure – not just hardware but also data, metadata, user profiles, system configurations, etc.– making it a time-consuming and expensive effort. Conversely Birst virtualized data across the network of instances, allowing end-user to bring their data into the network and connect it with centralized data, without moving and copying any data. This allows for de-centralized independence and ‘sandboxing’ while providing trust and consistency to data across the organization. Additionally, because the metadata for Birst is consistent from ETL to the semantic layer, Birst automates large portions of ETL, Data Warehousing, and Semantic Layer modeling, accelerating time to value with fewer IT FTEs and skillset requirements than other solutions.