Birst offers multi-tenant cloud BI for deployment in a public or private cloud, or on-premises. It provides 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. 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.ebury 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,1,9Birst is a good cloud-based platform for analyticsBirst is used two different ways: embedded into the cloud-based software we provide our customers, and internally to monitor utilization of the software and to track marketing campaigns.,The integration of all the elements of a BI platform into a single tool is a big advantage. All the components are tightly coupled (ETL, business layer, report creation, dashboards), and that makes it easier to manage. The fact that it is based on a cloud platform makes deployment amazingly simple. The appliance version can be run on AWS, which gives access to all the capabilities of the Amazon platform. The move towards HTML5 is very effective, the reports and dashboards look good and are based on responsive design.,Coming from a traditional data warehousing background, the data modeling in Birst is difficult to understand. The use of hierarchies, measures, "targeting" of fields needs some time to get used to. The transition from the Flash-based tools to the HTML5 tools has not been smooth, and some features still only exist into the Flash tools. Maps are not working well at all. It is possible to use the Geo Maps and Bing Maps in the Flash-based tools, but only Bing Maps in HTML5 tools. This is very limiting, and the features available for formatting, adding bubbles and labels, positioning etc. are weak.,8,GoodData,Pentaho,Qlik Sense,QlikView,birt,10,Internally, 12 users are viewing metrics and dashboards. In the embedded software, 30+ users and growing.,9,Implemented in-house,7,4Flexible end-to-end solution3coast began tool review and selection for a new business consulting partnership that was taking shape about 3.5 years ago. I reviewed what was available in the market at the time, and ultimately selected Birst for one reason: time to delivery. It alleviated the pains traditionally associated with gathering company- or enterprise-wide data streams and turning them into scorecard and actionable information. The drilling capabilities out of the box made me wonder why I had been building SSRS reports all of these years. We immediately signed up as a partner and haven't looked back. I haven't manually built a data warehouse or been forced to string together reports for real insight since, and implementations for other companies still see a huge rampon the time to delivery of a full-function solution.,Automated Data Warehouse Single interface for admin, design, and consumption Reports/dashboards are dynamic and aware of model navigation,UI is slowly getting sexy, but didn't start there Modelling is limited to single user. Waiting for multiuser concurrency in this area.,7,N/A - see below,10,Internally we've adopted the product company-wide. Executives are doing cost analysis and offering reviews. Staffing department is using it to track phone usage and effectiveness. Services department is tracking their ticket queues for response time and resource utilization.,9,8,8Birsting with BI SuccessBirst was selected as our single business intelligence solution solving our "single source of truth" challenge moving away from spreadmarts and individual definitions of the truth. We started our Birst development as support for individual functional departments [Sales Analytics, Team [HR], Finance and Service/Warranty]. The current year objective is to pull together the integrated organizational view across functional areas.,Single solution, integrated end to end [ETL, database, Administration, Design, Dashboards presentation]. Very stable application - uptime is great, software upgrades seamless. Administration Tools: users, groups, security, customization very intuitive. Quick start. Pace of introduction of new features. Community sharing portal is an excellent resource of Knowledge Base documentation, and discussions of challenges/resolutions by other customers. Community is also used to submit ideas and enhancement requests, so that voting raises top recommendations, Birst listens and responds. Birst defines their success as achieved by our success.,Ability to find things in Think Tank Community, need a better way to keep similar topics grouped, inconsistent tags. Community: assumption that this is the first place for answers to issues; which causes time extension for resolution of business challenge. Training: need some freebee's like single topic Lunch & Learn webinars,10,,10,50 licenses, 32 assigned, 10 active users 22 periodic users Expectation is that periodic users will move to active users as we deploy more cross departmental data visualization.,10,10,32,2,Interactive standardized view for a Sales Managers dashboard: specific for their Region, focusing in on right data, right format, right timing so that they can take action and effect the future results rather than just dealing with static reports of what has happened Cross functional analysis Mobile, dependent upon organizational objectives,Comparison of Actuals to Plan, is the variance increasing or decreasing Historical Trends: what does history tell us about a specific element or in comparison to other elements Projections: what's on the books scheduled for when Efficiencies of reporting, Automatiion of report distribution: having the ability to create it once but view it via many parameters, auto distributing of reports to those not directly on Birst,Not unexpected nor innovative, but valuable to us - ability to support a fact driven sales planning cycle [sales rep specifics, Region overview, Total Sales Plans],Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Vendor Reputation Analyst Reports Third-party Reviews,We matrixed key features and functionality and as stated earlier within an hour we were confident that we had found the right solution provider for our company.,Vendor implemented Implemented in-house,Yes,Change management was minimal,Internal data cleanzing! This is a huge component that tends to get overlooked. Data visualization can uncover a lot of junk data.,10,8,Yes,Too many to select just one. Birst Tech support partners with customer to understand the challenge and then to teach with explanation of resolution. If the topic has not yet been covered in The Think Tank Community, they will also create a Knowledge Base document so that others may benefit from the efforts.,Dashboard designs, especially with Dashboards 2.0, exceptionally easy Data refresh, whether manual upload or automatic with BirstConnect, easy to understand Love the toggle between chart and data, allows us to present data as data visualization form, but allows end user comfort of quick access to rows/columns view too,When building custom expressions - error alerts don't guide you understanding or discovering corrective actions [e.g. missing punctuation settings],Yes, but I don't use it,9,10New UserWe just purchased Birst. We are going to use it internally and our customers will use it too.,Great development team Great management team Great service plan,Don't know of any yet.,10,,,We are a new user but I know all of our customers will adopt it.,10,10,4,4Onward and upwardWe use Birst across the whole organization. It is our primary report and dashboarding tool.,We use the cloud edition and have grown to appreciate this aspect of the product. Not having to maintain the BI infrastructure has allowed us to focus on our core business. We utilize the live access feature to deliver real time operations reporting to our exec and sales teams.,Support to export to a native excel pivot table is highly desirable. The pivot control in the designer is very difficult to use. There needs to be better way to reorder the measures and dimensions.,10,Board and Qlik,10,We use birst in every department. Our current deployment is 50 users however that does not represent the true number of people that benefit from the product as we send out multiple reports to 75% of our total user base.,10,9,2Got Birst?We are currently using Birst for internal reporting. The first series of dashboards are focusing on our sales team. The dashboard is being used by our Sales Executive team, as well as our regional sales managers. The report is really intuitive and user friendly. Users are able to easily drill down to Swift's top and bottom performing sales reps and customers. With this data, we can refocus and restructure short and long term goals.,User friendly interface - easy to adapt to and start creating valuable reports Birst's Customer Success Team - always responds to emails in a timely manner. This is really important to new customers, and Birst has a great, intelligent, and hard working CSM assigned to every customer Think Tank - this is a great tool for immediate help and feedback. You can always expect someone in the Birst family to help assist you with any of your needs,More features in Visualizer would be great. I am currently using designer to complete most of my reports A better Geo Map - The Birst standard geo map is not as robust and most of their chart options. A geo map with zip code capabilities would be a great feature Faster data processing,9,,10,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.,10,10Birst BI capabilities assessmentWe will be using Birst to deliver cloud based reporting and analytics both internally and externally. We will utilize it for dashboards to highlight program performance.,Ease of use Time to proficiency for development Thought leadership for BI technology and methodology,Transparency of the roadmap for dashboards 2.0 Training insight and guidance,8,Doom, webFOCUS, tableau and Qlikview,8,5 users so far...just gettin started,8,8Go Big!Currently, Birst is being implemented into our Operations side of the business to improve operational performance throughout the warehouse. And the data model is intended to address problems with product quality assurance, inventory management, and employee performance. This implementation is still in the development stage. After this first implementation, we have plans to place Birst in every department throughout the organization.,Visualize. It provides clear and actionable graphs and charts. All of which are fully interactive, providing a great end user experience Data warehousing ETL,More intuitive data logs. To help newer users, new to BI, better understand the problems as they occur. Features in visualizer and working to create the functionality currently available in designer.,8,Tableau Desktop,QlikView,Adobe Marketing Cloud,10,Still in the developmental stage. But we would like Birst to run our organization.,10,8Gave it our best shot!We were evaluating several BI platforms, and one that stood out was Birst. The intention was to get a tool that could do what traditional analyst tools can do, and much much more. We performed an initial test with a "land and expand" model in mind, but as an initial test, while testing several other BI tools, it proved difficult to set up - even with the help of their engineers.,Easy model development Good visuals Solid blending capabilities,Difficult setup Not "Land and Expand" model. Must be organizationally committed.,6,SPSS,Cognos,Tableau,microstrategy,Not very widely adopted. I think we ended up purchasing the minimum viable product to do more testing, but i'm not on that team.,5,8Birst reviewWe are implementing Birst for different clients in different industries.,Agile Fast Simple complexity,Support,10,9,75%,8,9Birst AnalyticsWe embed Birst into our product to extend the analytical capability of our product,Very easy to quickly iterate Great support team Wonderful user community,Part of the old Flash based components need to be updated,8,Qlikview, Tablaeu and OBIEE,8,na,7,5,Implemented in-housePre-implementation assessment and expectations.Birst will be used by the whole organization as our enterprise data warehouse tool.,We will begin training on Birst next week and begin Blueprint the following week. Birst Support will be our SI on the project. Expect the major advantage will be one source of the Truth and getting organization to understand visualization.,Majority of our users are in China. We need to ensure that the speed is acceptable so the users do not get discouraged about the application. Importing Excel data and combining it with data in the Master Space will be very powerful and hopefully will be rolled out soon.,9,SAP Business Objects,9,Not implemented yet.,8,2Dazed and confused NewbieWe are a small start up company that needs to collect data from various sources to compile and analyze to prove the effectiveness of our product.,Data Modeling User Interface,Mid-level training resources,6,Tsbleau,6,There are only 3 of us in the compsny and 2 of us are trying to use it,,8,0BirstWe are currently using birst to create a data model and centralize our data marts. Also creating dashboards and transistion off from Tableau,Cloud based Ease of use Drill down on dashboards,Data modeling is not user friendly Lack of support Interface freeze from time to time,5,,8,12 total users, company wide,9,7Birst is a great way to initially engage with BIBirst is being implemented in to help consolidate nearly 100 different customer reporting packages that all have independent sourced data models. With the creation of a new data warehouse we can move to a single center of data and help to limit the number of delivery outlets used by our analysts.,Birst has one of the most robust data modeling capabilities in the industry. The visualization engine is among the best in the industry from ease of use and in look and quality. Getting up to speed takes weeks and not months like other BI offerings.,Visualizer and Designer offerings need to merge into one product. We shouldn't have to go to 2 different visualization tools to get things into a dashboard. I haven't been impressed with the "major" releases. With each release there are too many bugs that keep the new features from working the way they are promised.,8,Tableau,Qlik,Domo,,Currently we have less than 10 users, but that will grow with our first offering in the next month.,8Needs improvement, but getting better, moving in the right directionWe embed Birst into our own web based SAAS product, as well as using it for internal and customer facing reporting. The biggest gain is allowing us to store our data which allows for easy visualization and analysis.,Data blending Embedding,Ease of creating the schemas UI and flexibility for creating visualization Does not support traditional (paper based) reporting anywhere near as well as promised or advertised Access to the data in the warehouse is much needed. This can be achieved though API or ODBC,7,Tabelau,IB,Cognos,custom development,Pentaho,,7,Almost not at all, we are still in the implementation and user acceptance testing (UAT) phases.,9,6Birstastic!Birst is used to display customer analytics on usage of our products.,Data visualization that is consumer friendly. Listening to their customer base. Effective prioritization of roadmap,More focus on the developer experience. Flexibility for automated event notification and customization,8,,9,Partial adoption depending on the customer.,8,7Birst AnalyticsWe are currently using Birst on top of our Salesforce database. We'll soon be integrating Marketo and Google Analytics data.,Embedding into SFDC Automated Datawarehouse Performance,Professional Services / Implementation,9,,,About 200 users across Marketing, Sales and Finance,9
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Internally we've adopted the product company-wide. Executives are doing cost analysis and offering reviews. Staffing department is using it to track phone usage and effectiveness. Services department is tracking their ticket queues for response time and resource utilization.
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September 30, 2015

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We use birst in every department. Our current deployment is 50 users however that does not represent the true number of people that benefit from the product as we send out multiple reports to 75% of our total user base.
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June 05, 2015

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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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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