Birst Reviews

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Marci Augustine | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 10, 2019

Solid tool with opportunites to become even better.

Score 6 out of 10
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Data Integration

7
I like that Birst can connect to multiple data sources. I do not like that in a multiple DS scenario, Live Access cannot be used. The data modeling administration is very clunky and counter intuitive if you have any experience with traditional data modeling tools and practices.
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Tim Welch | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 09, 2019

Birst almost live access

Score 6 out of 10
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Data Integration

5
Too often gives "-103" errors and drops connections, either during import of data / meta data, or on dashboards when connecting to a SQL Analysis Cube. This appears to be due to it requiring http connectivity via a dll, rather than having native connectivity into SSAS (like PowerBI has)
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Sanja Prstojevic | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 08, 2019

Birst - 9 years after we met

Score 7 out of 10
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Data Integration

8
Connects to different data sources - DBs, txt files, Excel files, provides connectors for SFDC and other SaaS apps as well as Live Access. It supports data aggregation and handles data complexity and refinement very well. We would like to see some improvements in data upload performances.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 09, 2019

Birst used to meet an analytics requirement for our clients

Score 9 out of 10
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Data Integration

10
We have been able to connect with every data source we have tried to so far with Birst. There are inbuilt tools to connect to the more common data sources. The tools to transform the data work well and we have been able to achieve everything we have needed to with the Birst tools. We have been able to take a simple data source and produce significant operational insights that were previously unavailable using the Birst tools.
There is some discrepancy in processing time depending on server load. This can be up to twice as long to process the same data volume.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 09, 2019

Data Capture

Score 5 out of 10
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Data Integration

6
Not very easy to handle all the data sources in a short time frame.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 12, 2019

End to end BI solution for not complex scenarios

Score 3 out of 10
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Data Integration

4
BIRST is capable of ingesting data from many different data sources. Regarding ETL capabilities, it can do more than any other BI tool I'm aware of. But if you do really have data integration needs you better have a data integration tool for that purpose.
Some "modern"connectors do not fully work and they are not just "plug and play".
There are connectors in ALPHA version for more than a year (i.e. BOX).
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 08, 2019

Birst Review from Advertising Point of View

Score 5 out of 10
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Data Integration

6
Birst has a good ability to hold complex data in large volumes. It loads separate information quickly and in a logical manner. It has good connectivity to other software in order to pull data from it. It aggregates data well, however we only a few data sources, with some of them being uploaded information from extracted excel sheets.
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Rohit Acharya | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 20, 2018

Birst debunked.

Score 4 out of 10
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4
  • In comparison to other BI tools, Birst can connect only to a limited number of data sources (the most prominent ones)
  • Only standard star schema can be built within birst making it highly de-normalized.
  • Live access is buggy and slow
  • No many to many relationship can be established because of the star schema
  • Performance of report rendering decreases as data scales
  • Birst has good data refinement practices which helps to maintain standard definitions.
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Josh Beam | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 19, 2018

HarvestBI - Leveraging Birst to Improve an Industry

Score 8 out of 10
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Data Integration

9
The BirstConnect product gives us tremendous flexibility in the data sources we are able to connect to. One of the beautiful examples of this is a customer who has a legacy ERP system, a homegrown data warehouse and a modern ERP system. We were able to utilize BirstConnect and the data mapping tool to merge all three data sources into a single reporting engine, something they had previously not been able to do.
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David Pearlman | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 16, 2018

Birstarific

Score 9 out of 10
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10
No issues from a data connectivity lens. We are able to connect to multiple SFDC instances, across different data types, and aggregate the data quickly.
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Jaya Bhardwaj | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 06, 2018

Birst Review

Score 5 out of 10
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Data Integration

9
I have given this rating as I have used only one method to load data on Birst which is Birst Connect, and this works like charm in our case most of the time. In our case we do not own the customer's data, so Birst Connect solved a big use case of data transfer from one network to another in a seamless and secure manner. I like their security team, run by an enthusiastic set of people who make sure that enough security vulnerability testing is done, and they also publish results with their customers.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (68)
7.3
Customizable dashboards (77)
7.8
Report Formatting Templates (60)
6.7
Drill-down analysis (78)
7.0
Formatting capabilities (77)
7.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages (28)
6.1
Report sharing and collaboration (68)
7.4
Publish to Web (52)
8.5
Publish to PDF (67)
8.0
Report Versioning (9)
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling (66)
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (72)
7.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (58)
7.5
Predictive Analytics (34)
5.7
Multi-User Support (named login) (70)
8.6
Role-Based Security Model (68)
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (69)
7.6
Responsive Design for Web Access (52)
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application (34)
7.8
Dedicated Android Application (24)
7.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (42)
7.3

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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Pricing

  • 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