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Score 6 out of 10
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Birst replaced Tableau Server. We found that Tableau, while great in a single user desktop environment, did not scale to the enterprise level, both from a cost and a performance perspective. With Birst we were able to provide access to everyone in our organization at 1/3 of the cost of licensing Tableau to support that number of users, and the performance gains were significant.
Robin Filan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
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Birst replaced Tableau. Tableau was an acceptable tool for creating visualizations and reports but it had a few main issues that we could not resolve:
  • The contract structure of Tableau licenses meant that it was prohibitively expensive to give everyone who wanted to access a Tableau report access to the tool. We needed a better way to distribute reporting.
  • Tableau does not allow for very complex data modeling. This is one of the strongest features of Birst in my opinion, the ability to create a data model inside Birst. It's very powerful but also VERY hard to set up properly.
  • At the time Tableau did not have good support for combining data from two different sources. "Data blending" was awkward at best. I think this has been resolved in newer versions of Tableau.
John Laws | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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Sisense was used for initial prototyping, but was not used to produce a released product. It was a very capable product, but took considerable time to create and manage.

Birst's automated creation of the data warehouse tables coupled with white labeling and mobile beat Sisense in 2016. We've not looked at an alternative product since then.
October 01, 2015

Birsting with BI Success

Deborah Stillwell Judy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Excel spreadmart extracts from our operational system, caused multiple different views of values that should be consistently the same. By having Birst as our single source of truth and common definition of filters for inclusion/exclusion, all are reporting same number for chosen points.

Birst Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

BI Standard Reporting (3)
74%
7.4
Pixel Perfect reports (69)
70%
7.0
Customizable dashboards (78)
80%
8.0
Report Formatting Templates (60)
71%
7.1
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
70%
7.0
Drill-down analysis (79)
80%
8.0
Formatting capabilities (78)
70%
7.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages (28)
61%
6.1
Report sharing and collaboration (69)
70%
7.0
Report Output and Scheduling (4)
81%
8.1
Publish to Web (53)
80%
8.0
Publish to PDF (68)
80%
8.0
Report Versioning (9)
74%
7.4
Report Delivery Scheduling (67)
90%
9.0
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
69%
6.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (73)
80%
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (59)
70%
7.0
Predictive Analytics (34)
58%
5.8
Access Control and Security (3)
83%
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login) (71)
90%
9.0
Role-Based Security Model (69)
80%
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (70)
80%
8.0
Mobile Capabilities (4)
51%
5.1
Responsive Design for Web Access (53)
70%
7.0
Dedicated iOS Application (35)
30%
3.0
Dedicated Android Application (24)
72%
7.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (43)
30%
3.0

What is 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

  • Supported: Administration via Windows App
  • Supported: Administration via MacOS App
  • Supported: Administration via Web Interface
  • Supported: Live Connection to External Data
  • Supported: Snapshot of External Data
  • Supported: In-memory data model
  • Supported: OLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
  • Supported: ROLAP (SQL-layer querying)
  • Supported: Multi-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
  • Supported: Data warehouse / dictionary layer
  • Supported: ETL Capability
  • Supported: ETL Scheduler

Supported Data Sources Features

  • Supported: MS Excel Workbooks
  • Supported: Text Files (CSV, etc)
  • Supported: Oracle
  • Supported: MS SQL Server
  • Supported: IBM DB2
  • Supported: Postgres
  • Supported: MySQL
  • Supported: ODBC
  • Supported: Cloudera Hadoop
  • Supported: Hortonworks Hadoop
  • Supported: EMC Greenplum
  • Supported: IBM Netezza
  • Supported: HP Vertica
  • Supported: ParAccel
  • Supported: SAP Hana
  • Supported: Teradata
  • Supported: Salesforce
  • Supported: SAP
  • Supported: Google Analytics

BI Standard Reporting Features

  • Supported: Pixel Perfect reports
  • Supported: Customizable dashboards
  • Supported: Report Formatting Templates

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

  • Supported: Drill-down analysis
  • Supported: Formatting capabilities
  • Supported: Predictive modeling
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages
  • Supported: Report sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

  • Supported: Publish to Web
  • Supported: Publish to PDF
  • Supported: Output Raw Supporting Data
  • Supported: Report Delivery Scheduling

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

  • Supported: Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
  • Supported: Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
  • Supported: Predictive Analytics
  • Supported: Support for Machine Learning models
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages

Access Control and Security Features

  • Supported: Multi-User Support (named login)
  • Supported: Role-Based Security Model
  • Supported: Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
  • Supported: Report-Level Access Control
  • Supported: Table-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Field-Level Access Control (BI-layer)

Mobile Capabilities Features

  • Supported: Responsive Design for Web Access
  • Supported: Dedicated iOS Application
  • Supported: Dedicated Android Application
  • Supported: Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

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Birst Pricing

More Pricing Information

On-premise Editions Pricing
Pricing DetailsTerms
Basic License$30,000Per 20 Users Per Year

Birst Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesAll
Supported LanguagesArabic, English, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Simplified Chinese, Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Birst?

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.

What is Birst's best feature?

Reviewers rate Report Delivery Scheduling and Multi-User Support (named login) highest, with a score of 9.

Who uses Birst?

The most common users of Birst are from Mid-size Companies and the Computer Software industry.