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https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/gv/rb/XI7SESF1B71F.JPEGBirst 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,1,9Cloud 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 Salesforce.com.,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 salesforce.com reporting,,10,10,7,8Birst 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.,9,8,8A BI tool that actually delivers!Dashboard presentation and updates. Allows the user to "run" varying reports and see data based on comprehensive prompts. Reduces the time necessary to run "more" reports. Saves time, improves accuracy and consistency in reviewing data. Designing reports. Simple reports take minutes yet offer extreme flexibility when used within the dashboard. Reduces response time to internal and external clients. Data Management. The process to setup and manage data requires planning and accuracy. Because of this, data is stable.,Copying Dashboard Prompts (filters). While the product has very flexible prompts and the ability to add them readily, you can not copy prompts from one dashboard page to another. You have to either copy the dashboard or manually add the prompts. User Management: The system provides a robust set of security layers for data, users, etc. For user security, the process requires more screens than it appears to need.,8,,9,Dashboard view of pharmacy utilization trends for clients Analytics for key performance indicators Auditing of pharmacy utilization on behalf of clients,,Implemented in-house Professional services company,7,In-person training Self-taught,8,Yes and no. Some aspects of the reporting and dashboard were easy to learn on your own. The data management side was another issue. There is no way I would have been able to setup the data side without training and assistance. This may be more of knowledge issue on my end, but even with others, the data/back end side required training.,Yes,8,9Base jump into BI cloudDeployment time was fast. Since it is on the cloud, my users get 100% availability. and I do not have to take care of it. The BI front-End is very flexible. we get great looking reports and dashboards. Good mobile device integration. (Apple).,No future integration with google mobile androids. Missing some deep metadata analysis of report consumption by end users.,9,10,9Birsting 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.,10,10,4,4We've never looked backImplementation was incredibly quick and easy. I did the full implementation in-house with some help from our Birst support team. No internal engineering support needed. Vast customization capabilities. Due to the nature of the Birst Cloud Data Warehouse, it can handle just about any and all data sources. Scripting in the warehouse is quite robust allowing for better integration across source systems, data quality and consistency. Support is great. Without any internal support from engineering, I rely heavily on Birst support when things start acting up or I just have some simple how-to questions. They are always very prompt and helpful and have great knowledge of the product.,They're still using some flash components in the product although I'm told they will be replaced with HTML5 versions soon. Advanced statistical analysis (i.e. Bayesian) requires separate systems. It would be great to see Birst implement some R functions to allow more flexibility in this regard.,8,9,2Onward 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.,10,8Birst, a dashboard tool for any size companyAvailability 24x7 makes the product attractive. Our users know they can get their information whenever they need it. Flexible charts allow our users to select dashboard data based on time periods and other dimensions. Adhoc report dashboards allows our users to build and save custom dashboards as needed.,Some errors are difficult to understand and solve without support. Better help content would benefit admins trying to solve issues. The system can have limitations with large amounts of data. Too much data can slow down processing or cause the report to not render a result.,8,8,Better understanding of trends in sales and profitability. Ability to look at information by many single or combination of dimensions.,8Birst reviewWe are implementing Birst for different clients in different industries.,Agile Fast Simple complexity,Support,10,9,75%,8,9A Great Product with Even Better Customer ServiceReport building is quick and easy. Creating a data model for a reporting structure and data warehouse is easy. Our users can access it whenever they want, whenever they want using either a computer or iPad. Birst seems like it can do almost anything either myself or the users can think of. When my users ask me for things I don't know how to do, I typically just say "sure", assuming that it's possible and that I'll figure it out. I'm sure this will come back to bite me one of these days, but it hasn't yet.,There were a number of "quality of life" issues, I'll call them, when we first got started on the Appliance version - for example, upgrading was very clunky. Those issues have been cleaned up and I have no complaints about them now. Birst seems to do a really good job of listening to their customers and giving them what they want. The Birst Mobile iPad app doesn't have the full functionality of the browser-based version, but I understand that this is being fixed with HTML 5. In fact it may already be fixed - I know that some of the HTML 5 implementation is done, but I'm waiting for it to be fully in place before making the switch.,10,,10,10,10,20,1,Managing reports is so much easier now. The time it takes me to put out our scheduled reports is basically zero now, and they all have visualization, which was too much work to do on every report before. Ad hoc reporting has become much easier as well. Often times when I've made ad hocs in the past, I get asked to make them again with different date ranges, etc., either right then or a few weeks/months later. With Birst, users can select their own data ranges and chart types for the reports I build them, as well as bring in additional metrics or swap out existing metrics. Without going into too much detail, users can do this in a way where the changes are temporary and only visible to them, or by changing the report itself, depending on the permissions you want to give users. The point is that unlike before, I typically only have to do a report once and the users are empowered to make whatever minor changes to it they want, saving me time and getting them their results faster. Birst makes data warehousing easy. I don't have any sort of previous training or experience when it comes to data warehouses. After a few conversations with Birst tech support and a couple classes they offer, I'm building out a data warehouse by myself, and it's going fairly well. Our Customer Success Manager is also great about getting me the help I need when I run into issues I can't figure out. For a company with less than 100 people like ours, having one person able to totally manage the data warehouse and reporting, and still have time for other things is huge.,,Implemented in-house Professional services company,6,In-person training Self-taught,10,A big mistake we made in our initial implementation was not getting me any training on it. The product is intuitive and I did figure out a great deal on my own, but there's really no substitute for formal training with these sorts of things. As I've said before, I have no experience in this area, so maybe somebody used to this sort of thing wouldn't need the training as much as I did, but even then I would recommend getting the training anyway. Being able to network with other customers and various Birst employees is enough to justify the cost, let alone what you'll actually learn.,No,8,10,10,8,We'd eventually like to plug it into Google Analytics.Great Product with Great SupportIt combines data from disparate data systems so that it can all be viewed in one place The drilling and filtering capabilities are outstanding! We've really been able to get to the lower level of detail that we needed, but could not get, before we started using Birst. Once created, Birst updates all by itself. No downloading, exporting, or re-aggregating of data to update reports.,Report designer user interface is poor. For example, Birst has a feature that allows report designers to build and save custom expressions. This is helpful because, rather than having to rewrite the expression each time it's needed, the designer can simply select it from the saved expression box and drop it into the report. However, there appears to be no rhyme or reason to the organization of the expression box. It's not alphabetized and you can't categorize expressions by creating folders. This can lead to frustration when time is wasted just trying to find the custom expression that you need. Creating new reports is a clumsy process. Data exports are sloppy. This is due more to the lack of flexibility in the designer UI than to the actual exporting capability. For example, when creating a data table, you often need the label to be a larger size than the column because the label requires descriptive text while the column is just a value. However, in the Birst designer UI, you cannot independently change the size of a measure label and the size of its corresponding column--they have to be the same size.,It's hard to quantify the time savings and improved decision making that occurred because of Birst, but it is substantial.,10,9,30,1,Reporting that used to be done in excel is now being done in Birst.,,Vendor implemented Implemented in-house Professional services company,9,In-person training,9,I'm not sure of the extent of customization my company did.,10,7,9,8,Salesforce.,None that I'm aware of.,,Again, not qualified to comment on this question.When it comes to results and customer service, Birst is second to none.Easily, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Birst is superior customer service. As a new BI team with limited industry experience, Birst has been there to guide us through setup and implementation, and they are now helping as we move into the more complex capabilities of the product. The robust, yet intuitive visualization options have made a great impression at our Executive level. We are gaining trust throughout the organization as Birst is enabling us to respond quickly and efficiently to data needs. Moving beyond visualization into data warehousing functionality, Birst is set up to give us all we need as we begin this challenging and necessary process.,Competitors like Tableau are showing superior display options when compared to the Birst dashboard.,By utilizing just the basic functions of Birst, we have been able to provide critical, time-sensitive data to our leadership. This could not have come at a more important time for our company. The flexibility offered by Birst, through dashboards and mobile app, has allowed us to extend our offerings to other departments in our building and not just limiting our service to C-level users.,9,9Birst ReviewBirst is very user friendly and allows for easy analysis of complex data Takes the time out of building reports, does the background work for you once the modules are set up Easy to use and manipulate, helps in the decision making process by making quick analysis based on determined parameters,Allow for the data to be hot linked to source Allow to adjust the chart type w/o write access,Increased efficiency - easy to navigate and develop ad-hoc reports allows customers access to limited internal data saving time and internal resources,7,8Fantastic BI SolutionVery sleek, easy-to-use interface Can quickly upload all of my data and start making discoveries right away Knowledgeable support is always available,Was hoping for a slightly flatter learning curve Would be nice to be able to operate more independently from customer support by providing further embedded help options and documentation.,Streamlines my analysis Houses all information into one repository that can be accessed by all who need it Shortens length of time to resolving internal inquiries,10,10Outstanding Business Intelligence SolutionSlick customized user interface with the agility to tailor to our changing business needs. Professional Services and Customer Success teams are outstanding as they are proactive, responsive, and provide excellent guidance. A "one stop shop" providing both the business intelligence solution and the IT infrastructure to support it.,Dashboard performace can be slow to load at times. Documentation could be better allowing more independence, however customer support has always been very helpful. Would like to see more functionality in their mobile offering.,Brought most of our analytics out of Excel spreadsheets. Consolidated silos into one single repository.,10,10Two Thumbs up for Birst!Birst allows for greater visibility of data / reports. You are no longer limited to viewing critical reports only inside the firewall. Birst is able to easily integrate with data sources. We can quickly aggregate the data from multiple locations and build the reports we need for our business and our customers. Birst reports are highly scalable and agile. This makes the solution a prime BI solution that is maintained in the cloud.,Their support staff needs to mature. If it's a minor issue, the support staff is quick to resolve it. Anything a bit more complicated seems to take a prolonged period of time. The help functions within the application need to be expanded upon. The details are extremely limited. If expanded upon, it may help cut back on the amount of tickets opened up with support.,The ability to quickly see location of our leads by area (down to zip code) on a map. We are now able to see our leads on a map which provides us greater insight into areas we should provide greater focus.,10,10BirstEasy Integration with Salesforce.com Wide reporting and dashboard capability Easy to use,User Front-end. Product Support.,Corporate dashboards for Management,7,7An OEM ViewWe are an OEM for the product... Compared to some other alternatives we explored, it does what it is supposed to do VERY WELL. Specifically, we tried working with GoodData dynamic schemas and run analytics on that. We had to build the schemas through an API. GoodData did not work for us either on the API side or the dynamic schema side. Easy to integrate, API for creating and managing spaces works as advertised. It could be improved and I understand they are making some changes. It would be great to have a more advanced API like a REST API that supports more functions, but they are working on adding what we need.,It doesn't look as "sexy" as some of the other competitors in the space but it generates professional dashboards and reports. For example, the GoodData look and feel is more modern and appealing, and is better at exploiting advanced browser features, but Birst is just as functional.,As an OEM our ROI assesment is different... How easy is to integrate, how easy is to support, etc... So far our business case benefits are holding true.,8,10
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January 09, 2019

User Review: "Birst almost live access"

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Currently we have very in depth dashboards created in Birst, to rewrite these in an alternative product would incur a large overhead in cost and time that would need to be considered in any decision tom move away from Birst.
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August 19, 2015

Birst Review: "We've never looked back"

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We have been able to overcome any of the drawbacks we've found with Birst easily and it has fulfilled almost all of our analytic needs to date. Having seen their roadmap it would be highly unlikely we would move away from this platform any time soon. You simply can't beat the functionality that Birst provides for the price and the things I see coming out of the company solidify that our decision to choose Birst was the best possible choice. We have never regretted the decision.
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June 05, 2015

User Review: "Got Birst?"

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This is a quick and easy decision due to the selling points I discussed in the previous question. Swift is confident that we can keep up with the demand for reports with a very lean BI team.
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May 05, 2015

Birst Review: "Go Big!"

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While the initial process of implementing Birst is complicated and time consuming, Birst has already proved to be very helpful to our organization. Also, the Birst CSM team is awesome!
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March 13, 2015

Review: "Birst, a dashboard tool for any size company"

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Performance could be better. At peak times, the processing seems slow. However, the flexibility of the dashboards is a strong positive. Overall, it is a good investment. Our users find it easy to use and use it daily to retrieve needed information. We continue to build on the platform and provide new dashboards.
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November 22, 2013

User Review: "Two Thumbs up for Birst!"

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The product is fabulous. We do not need to maintain any hardware, the service is extremely reliable, fast and scalable. The tool is robust for even the most complex reports, but yet fairly simple to administer and develop the reports we need. The generation of these reports and use of the tool has a tremendous impact on our day to day business, and on our customers' business. Having a tool that is flexible, yet affordable is a key factor in our ability to continue using an application year over year.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (68)
6.7
Customizable dashboards (77)
7.6
Report Formatting Templates (60)
6.3
Drill-down analysis (78)
7.3
Formatting capabilities (77)
6.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages (28)
6.1
Report sharing and collaboration (68)
7.3
Publish to Web (52)
8.0
Publish to PDF (67)
7.9
Report Versioning (9)
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling (66)
7.5
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (72)
7.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (58)
7.1
Predictive Analytics (34)
5.6
Multi-User Support (named login) (70)
8.4
Role-Based Security Model (68)
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (69)
7.9
Responsive Design for Web Access (52)
7.0
Dedicated iOS Application (34)
7.4
Dedicated Android Application (24)
7.5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (42)
7.2

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