TrustRadius almost live accessBirst is used as a delivery mechanism to display data to our client. We collect data on mobile device usage patterns, as well as analyst forecasts across many technology areas, and use Birst to visualise this data via dashboards that clients access from our website.,Connects directly to many types of external data sources, enabling us to plug into data where it already exists Visualiser provides a user friendly interface for non-tech users to build their own databases HTML dashboards look far better now than the original Flash versions,Connectivity between the live sources frequently drops and does not reconnect automatically Cannot add dynamic titles to reports - so although can create a dynamic text box, this title cannot be exported along with the report Designer runs query as soon as an attribute is dropped on screen - would be useful if you know you need to add another 4, to be able to disable the query execution until all items have been added,6,Speed and agility,sql analysis services, Microsoft Power BI and Tableau Desktop,9,Birst is used by several hundred client customers, around 20 internal users, and designed by 3 internal IT Birst admins,5,6,3,5,2,Visualisation of data analysis Presentation of data in visual format for clients, delivered via internet Analysis tool for data held in SQL Analysis Services,Live access connections to SQL Analysis services cubes in MDX and Tabular format using prompts to enable custom searches of data,Microsoft Power BI, Tableau Desktop, Microsoft SQL Server,Basic dashboarding of KPI's Client facing data access,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability,Implemented in-house,No,Change management was minimal,VM that is provided is restricted to Windows 2008 - no support for 2012 or higher Cannot integrate with our own host providers as there is no real "install" Permissions didn't seem to integrate with our AD,5,Self-taught,Product is not intuitive, and frequently seems to require clicking back to different pages just to get the product to save recent changes. Support desk are not familiar with using the "Live Connect" method to connect to external data sources, and are more comfortable using the native datawarehouse system, meaning there are times it feels we are the ones telling the support team how to do things.,7,we have learnt that the memory on the appliance server is the crucial specification to address when configuring Birst,No - we have not done any customization to the interface,No - we have not done any custom code,We are looking to configure load balancing across multiple appliance servers via NLB but have not yet implement this,3,Yes,The only time we have felt valued has been at the "Birst Forward" conference in SFO, when we were given the opportunity to meet with more senior development team members who actually seemed to understand our issues. Prior to that, the only exception support has come when issues have been escalated to a level that resulted in staff on the West coast agreeing to phone calls at 5am their time to overlap with the UK,Creating dynamic charts Click through functionality,changing page layouts re-sizing charts dynamic text changing data connections working with external data sources via live connection,6,3,5,SQL SSAS Corporate website,none planned,File import/export ETL tools,5,-,7,5,Number of appliances, and ongoing license fees,Identify what support / user focus groups are available for the people who will actually be using the software,Yes,Better stability of the Live Access connection,unknown,No,No,Additional products, considerations and use cases would be considered if we were evaluating today. At the time it was only a couple of people who chose the product based on one of their specific requirements, and other users / products were then crow-barred into that solution.Nerd Crush.Right now we are using Birst to integrate our instance with sales data from multiple ERP systems into a singular data model housed in Birst. The use is mostly sales right now, but other departments also use the data within Birst for their needs. A major need for the company was being able to compare forecast and budget data that is entered into salesforce with actual revenue invoiced in the ERP systems. Creating a link between a Salesforce account and being able to track that all the way down to revenue generating customer is a big deal for us. Eventually we will be rolling out Birst solutions for all facets of the company including supply chain, quality, finance and operations.,The way Birst simplifies and integrates the ETL with the creation of the star schema is the biggest strength in my opinion. I didn't find any competition that was even close. The all-in-one cloud solution is a huge plus as well. Because they have the back end and front end in one solution they have a huge incentive to see that the customer's projects succeed. The overhead for managing multiple products or disaster recovery for a data warehouse has the potential to be a huge headache. The pre-built connection/ETL/DataModel was another big deal for us. This probably took 6 months off of our timeline. Also, being able to look at the code for how they did it continues to be a boon to my learning curve.,The user interface for the administration and development could use a face-lift. Although I believe this is happening very soon. As a small implementation we've had some issues finding a suitable outside partner for consultation.,10,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.,Alteryx Analytics, Amazon Redshift, Tableau Online, GoodData, QlikView, Microsoft Power BI and Pentaho,10,8ebury birst reviewBirst is being used as one of the primary business intelligence tools. We have been aggressive in our implementation for the last year, bringing on 3 different business units with the rest waiting on their turn to add data into Birst. Birst is an incredibly powerful tool when used correctly.,Invests back into the product, to improve the user experience. Listens to its community to help drive the future of the product. Good user base to help with issues and ways to deal with real time issues.,Training material online, having such a forward thinking company with such a backward approach to training material and documentation is a strange mix. Not enough experienced people with technical implementation experience. When questions are asked to Birst people their typical answer is "Have you looked through the documentation?" Translation, I don't know the answer, and I don't know off hand anyone else that does either.,10,10,Very,1,9Agility is the name of the gameWe use Birst to deliver analytical and operational dashboards/reports to sales, marketing, finance, HR, corporate strategy, legal and customer aupport. Data sources include Oracle ERP, Salesforce, Jobvite, third party data providers, various database repositories, flat files, etc. Our Birst solutions provide varying levels of the organization's visibility to corporate metrics, sales revenue performance, pipeline management, headcount analysis, support indicators, etc.,End-to-end S/PaaS BI platform: ELT, data warehouse repository, semantic layer, reporting. Using the UI, command window or web service calls we can create, clone, refresh all or any part of the platform. This means we can manage the environment with greater agility, smaller team size and no need for specific DBA, Sys Admin, etc. type skills. The team can focus on their core competency as BI specialists. The automated semantic layer, created as you add data sources and map them to facts/dimensions, allows us to be more agile than typical on-premise solutions, or former on-premise solutions that have been ported to the "cloud", and so we are able to greatly reduce the time-to-value for the customer. This in turn, leads to better user engagement and support. Birst's Networked BI functionality allows us to define dimensions/facts in one subject area (Birst language: Space) and reuse them in others. This feature means we do not need to create a large centralized warehouse, nor involve DBAs to create database specific links across schemas/databases (the feature is a simple configuration). Development time on subsequent subject areas can be greatly reduced whenever you can reuse existing dimensions/facts. The new release of Birst 6 allows business users to create their own sandbox environment in which they can import and analyze their own datasets, linking this to already curated (IT managed) information from the Birst subject areas (spaces). Once they have generated information that has value to a broader audience, this can then easily/quickly be linked back into the curated subject areas.,User administration could be greatly improved. Most user administration tasks (creation, security assignments, etc.) are singular i.e., one action at a time. If you want to batch these activities up, it is up to you to have scripts or create your own mini app to do this. ELT development is still using old Flash technology and still requires a lot of coding. It would be nice to have a GUI approach to defining load and transformation processes. There is a need for supporting multi-developer teams e.g. ability to lock objects being worked on, check-in/out, version control, etc.,10,Previously we used a large BI vendor product. The product was costly, the IT team was large, delivery was slow and the business disengaged from the project after 18 months. Birst came in and transformed business satisfaction and engagement because they saw results quickly. Birst's simple UI has also meant finding and equipping business super users to own their on dashboards/reports has been very successful. Birst has now become an integral part of both the financial and sales cycles, due to the timeliness it can deliver trustworthy and consistent information to the business.,Oracle OBIEE, Domo and GoodData,8,7Cloud Analytics the PioneerImplemented Salesforce Solution Accelarator v2.0 for numerous customers,Agility and speed to deploy a datamart or data warehouse very quickly. Drill down and drill through capability from summary to detail level data. Easy Integration with,More visibility into the backend, troubleshooting still has a large split still between support and professional services. Improved multideveloper support (check-in and check-out capability). Better versioning of metadata.,9,Increased visibility to data issues snapshot based analysis better visualizations than reporting,,10,10,7,8
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January 09, 2019

User Review: "Birst almost live access"

Score 6 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

Quite easy once the appropriate permissions are set up to enable multiple users to work in the same space, however cannot send a link to a pre-populated / filtered report. Parameters are maintained within the page itself rather than in the URL, so reproducing a report for a colleague is not always easy on the dashboard, although can be exported to various other formats (excel, pdf, powerpoint)
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February 01, 2017

Birst Review: "Agility is the name of the game"

Score 10 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

Birst has pretty good access controls and users can share reports by saving to shared folders, but there is yet no collaboration feature (I believe this is on their roadmap). Report distribution via email is sufficiently good, though needs some improvement e.g., ability to batch up multiple reports into a single email. Report bursting is good e.g., a single report being split into multiple emails based upon its content.
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May 01, 2016

Birst Review: "Flexible end-to-end solution"

Score 7 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

Common interface makes distribution of reports/dashboards easy. Easily exports to Excel, PDF, PowerPoint, etc. Use of single sign on enable it to be embedded in other interfaces. Unfortunately, there's no support in the tool for encapsulating a dialog around the dashboards/reports.
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May 24, 2016

Review: "Long time Birst Customer - Still Happy!"

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Collaboration and Sharing

Access control is really good. We have a broad range of users and the ability to share relevant data to specific audiences is critical. We use the report scheduler extensively and produce several reports that have a large audience. The ease of that process is really good.
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October 01, 2015

User Review: "Birsting with BI Success"

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  • We have been able to integrate Birst as a menu link to be accessed from within our operational system; which provides a seamless interface between daily operational and historical analysis. This menu link checks security and passes credentials between the two applications.
  • We have scheduled reports that automatically distribute/burst apart region reports so that each Sales Rep gets his group of projects only, but the Sales Coordinator gets the full region report.
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June 05, 2015

User Review: "Got Birst?"

Score 9 out of 10
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Collaboration and Sharing

Access control and sharing reports/dashboards with other users is extremely simple. Using the command window, Birst gives the owner the ability to share spaces with other users. If you do not know the command syntax for a certain request, you can enter "help" in the command window, and a full list of executions will appear. Here, you can find what you are trying to do. A++ for Birst!!!
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July 19, 2016

Birst Review: "Plug and Play BI Tool"

Score 9 out of 10
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We can create a single data warehouse(DW) module and it can be shared across different spaces with access to different business divisions. User groups can be created and security/data sharing/report distribution can be availed for that group.
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May 24, 2016

Review: "Birst... The BI tool you wish you had but didn't realize you could afford it."

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Birst allows the ability to use security filters based on elements of the warehouse as a way to segment the access to what is displayed in the reports of different users or user groups. It is also easy for report developers to create their reports in their own spaces without affecting others or "production" Birst space with the ability to move that report to other spaces for sharing or publishing.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (68)
Customizable dashboards (77)
Report Formatting Templates (60)
Drill-down analysis (78)
Formatting capabilities (77)
Integration with R or other statistical packages (28)
Report sharing and collaboration (68)
Publish to Web (52)
Publish to PDF (67)
Report Versioning (9)
Report Delivery Scheduling (66)
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (72)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (58)
Predictive Analytics (34)
Multi-User Support (named login) (70)
Role-Based Security Model (68)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (69)
Responsive Design for Web Access (52)
Dedicated iOS Application (34)
Dedicated Android Application (24)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (42)

About Birst

Birst Networked BI is a BI product that promises to enable a single view of data and eliminate data silos. Additionally, decentralized teams and individual users can augment this shared analytic fabric with their own local data, without compromising data governance. This consistency comes from a unified semantic layer, which maintains common definitions and key metrics, no matter where users sit.

Birst achieves Networked BI through a 2-tier architecture that aligns back-end enterprise data with line-of-business or local, edge data. Birst’s Automated Data Refinement extracts data from any source (data stores, applications, warehouses, big data, and unstructured external sources) into a unified semantic layer. The result is a consistent view that enables users with self-service analytics through dashboards, reporting, visual discovery, mobile tools, and predictive analytics. Birst Open Client Interface also offers integration with Tableau, Excel and R.

Birst goes to market in two primary ways:

  • Direct, for enterprises using Birst for analytics on internal data to drive improved business outcomes
  • Embedded, for all size companies who offer data (analytics) products, by embedding and white-labeling Birst capabilities into their products

Birst’s product is packaged in 3 available formats:

  • Platform and per-user fee
  • By Department or Business Unit
  • By end-customer (for embedded scenarios)

Birst Features

BI Platform Features
Has featureAdministration via Windows App
Has featureAdministration via MacOS App
Has featureAdministration via Web Interface
Has featureLive Connection to External Data
Has featureSnapshot of External Data
Has featureIn-memory data model
Has featureOLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
Has featureROLAP (SQL-layer querying)
Has featureMulti-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
Has featureData warehouse / dictionary layer
Has featureETL Capability
Has featureETL Scheduler
Supported Data Sources Features
Has featureMS Excel Workbooks
Has featureText Files (CSV, etc)
Has featureOracle
Has featureMS SQL Server
Has featureIBM DB2
Has featurePostgres
Has featureMySQL
Has featureODBC
Has featureCloudera Hadoop
Has featureHortonworks Hadoop
Has featureEMC Greenplum
Has featureIBM Netezza
Has featureHP Vertica
Has featureParAccel
Has featureSAP Hana
Has featureTeradata
Does not have featureSage 500
Has featureSalesforce
Has featureSAP
Has featureGoogle Analytics
BI Standard Reporting Features
Has featurePixel Perfect reports
Has featureCustomizable dashboards
Has featureReport Formatting Templates
Ad-hoc Reporting Features
Has featureDrill-down analysis
Has featureFormatting capabilities
Has featurePredictive modeling
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Has featureReport sharing and collaboration
Report Output and Scheduling Features
Has featurePublish to Web
Has featurePublish to PDF
Has featureOutput Raw Supporting Data
Does not have featureReport Versioning
Has featureReport Delivery Scheduling
Does not have featureDelivery to Remote Servers
Data Discovery and Visualization Features
Has featurePre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Has featureLocation Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Has featurePredictive Analytics
Has featureSupport for Machine Learning models
Does not have featurePattern Recognition and Data Mining
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Access Control and Security Features
Has featureMulti-User Support (named login)
Has featureRole-Based Security Model
Has featureMultiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Has featureReport-Level Access Control
Has featureTable-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Has featureField-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Does not have featureSingle Sign-On (SSO)
Mobile Capabilities Features
Has featureResponsive Design for Web Access
Has featureDedicated iOS Application
Has featureDedicated Android Application
Has featureDashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features
Does not have featureREST API
Does not have featureJavascript API
Does not have featureiFrames
Does not have featureJava API
Does not have featureThemeable User Interface (UI)
Does not have featureCustomizable Platform (Open Source)

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Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?No

Birst Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Mac
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android, Mobile Web
Supported Countries:All
Supported Languages: Arabic, English, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Simplified Chinese, Spanish