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January 09, 2019

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Tim Welch | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Nowhere near as user friendly as other tools. Part of the problem is combination of Flash and HTML options, although this is configured at a user level rather than a dashboard level. As the features in each option are not the same, this can mean users working in one format cannot utilise dashboards that are more suited for the other format.
Sanja Prstojevic | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We have been using Birst for 10 years .We like a lot of things it offers but especially the ability to create new data sources and build reports/dashboard on top of that data very fast and relatively easy. What we dislike is a way how some of new features/modules have been designed and developed and lack of consistent focus on product stability. Since Birst became part of Infor, a lot of things changed for the worse (product reliability, tech support,...) We hope that this is just a phase that will be over soon.
Score 3 out of 10
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From the end user point of view (both interacting with dashboards already built or creating your own reports with Visualizer as self service BI) it is user friendly.
From the admin/developer point of view we do not find it user friendly, a lot of commands for administrative tasks (few drag and drop), a lot custom code required for data ingestion purposes including Python, batch command line, BQL (BIRST SQL language, it is difficult to reverse engineer, there is a lack of a super-administrator role which could have access to everything.
Personally I would say it could be a good fit for mid-size companies with low complexity (few data sources, few STAR-schemas and few conformed dimensions).
Score 5 out of 10
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Birst is a reliable BI platform that has developed through uploads via the cloud, easy tabular views, quick manual uploads and links to SQL databases. It however does not compete with other BI tools with the data manipulation and connections when your data is uploaded in the platform and the visualisation and customisations available. The automation aspect is very useful and is one of the top features, alongside the user hierarchy and permissions. Birst is an easy and useful tool for finicial reporting, however is not currently the best option on the market for providing easy to understand, edit and present visualisations.
Brett Mooberry | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Having no background with this kind of program, I've found it to be a very intuitive piece of software; I can generally figure things out on my own. Easy to use and figure out doesn't mean it's shallow though - it's definitely a powerful and robust program.
Score 9 out of 10
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I would like to see additional usability put into the ETL scripting. Recently, Birst added a nice function reference inline to formula creation which has kept me from having to return to documentation so much. The same in ETL would be very beneficial. The interface problems related to the Flex framework are being addressed in a rewrite to HTML 5, but for now they are still a hindrance to a higher usability rating.

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.