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Review: "BIRST is an ok MIS product not a high performance OEM product"
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February 15, 2018

Review: "BIRST is an ok MIS product not a high performance OEM product"

Score 2 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Birst

BIRST is embedded in multiple products across Hobsons, it is used by several departments. The primary use is to provide insights into education institutional effectiveness in both high school and college level organizations. Where the end user is a member of staff of the institution and requires aggregate data on the performance of their organization be it at a district/campus /school or collective set of institutions.
  • BIRST provides touch points through their customer account management teams to help you get to completion with your projects.
  • BIRST has created a community for users to share solutions to problems with each other.
  • BIRST has a desire to help organizations succeed.
  • BIRST has a quality issue, many of the items delivered in the form of 'code-changes' are often not functioning correctly and existing features break between releases.
  • Reduce the pace of releases until quality assurance is higher, each release costs customers significant amount of resources to test and report back what's broken.
  • BIRST organizational structure often leaves account managers in the customer success group without insights into technology issues and release roadmaps. Frustrating customers who are waiting on fixes. Escalations are slow and take several quarters to be effective.
  • Speed and agility
  • Ability to meet corporate data standards such as scale and security
  • Increased adoption, usage and self-service
Speed and agility have been low compared to other products in the same field, such as Tableau and Qlik making adoption and continual investment in development difficult. There is a continual question of "Why can't we use X instead, it seems better and faster and easier"?
The presentation that BIRST provided gave us a 3 way tie between logi analytics and information builders. The promise of deployment path, cloud-ready, simplified report building tools, accessibility capabilities and compatibility with technology we had already chosen were all drivers to the decision.
However, we found those statements were incorrect and those items were huge gaps that jeopardized our projects and required a lot of investment to solve on our side.
We had a need to connect to Apache Drill, which was solved with Live Access, however the performance of Live Access was low and we've spent close to a year to waiting to get BIRST direct access working.
BIRST is suited for organizations that are MIS driven with internal consumption. Where the end result can be clunky and acceptable.

BIRST is not suitable for end users that are external where the level of quality needs to be higher, the pace by which changes are handled impact the ability for an organization to commit to customers.

Birst Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
1
Customizable dashboards
3
Report Formatting Templates
2
Drill-down analysis
6
Formatting capabilities
3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
7
Publish to PDF
5
Report Delivery Scheduling
8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Not Rated
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
8
Role-Based Security Model
6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
5
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated