Data Capture
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated January 09, 2019

Data Capture

Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Birst

Birst has been used across the orgnainization. It is used for reports bookings.
  • Tabular visualisation
  • Exporting into excel
  • Filtering
  • Updating. It has been very slow
  • Easy to use. People find it difficult and not intuitive
  • Maintenance. Difficult to address errors and find a solution
  • Ability to do ad-hoc analysis and scheduled reports
I did not manage to do ad hoc analysis, because of the complexity of the data links. I have used other software.

Easy to import data and build relationship.

Easy to create ad hoc analysis.

Not very easy to handle all the data sources in a short time frame.
BIRST is ideal when you have small data to report and very systematic reporting. It is not user friendly when changes need to be made.

Birst Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
6
Customizable dashboards
7
Report Formatting Templates
7
Drill-down analysis
7
Formatting capabilities
6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
5
Report sharing and collaboration
7
Publish to Web
7
Publish to PDF
8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
6
Multi-User Support (named login)
7
Role-Based Security Model
7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
7
Responsive Design for Web Access
7

Additional Questions on Birst Capabilities

Users can access the dashboards easily, but performance could be an issue.
Birst is good for the ETL bult in capability, but it requires a lot of SQL development. It is time consuming if complicated logic needs to be built, but once in place it is reliable.
Processing time could be a bit long, therefore it is suggested to refresh no more than once a day.
We have no benefit from the mobile apps capability.
The organisation has definitely benefit from Birst. Users get information quickly, consistently and wherever they are. Security levels have been built and different level of permission have been created.
Birst is not easy enough for all users to create their own dashboard, but more advanced users have the capability of changing reports in visualizer.
Birst has been updating their offering regularly. Every quarter there is a new release. Pronto has been on the market for sometime, but due to extra costs the company did not embrace the new product.
Regular updates are realised, not always with major changes, but interesting features such as forecasting or clustering have been introduced sometime ago.

Using Birst

217 - Sales, Finance, IT
2 - SQL Developers
  • Performance/sales reports
  • Integration of different data sources
  • KPI
  • New metrics built that are feeding into global measures
  • Forecasting analysis
  • Expand to other departments
  • Build connection to new platforms
  • Integrate all data sources available
  • Product Features
Possibility of building the ETL

Birst Support

The answers are not always immediate
ProsCons
Knowledgeable team
Kept well informed
None
Yes - A different URL had to be used for a month
We had an issue with a user. Birst provided extra support.

Using Birst

ProsCons
Like to use
Unnecessarily complex
Requires technical support
Cumbersome
Lots to learn
  • KPI
  • Simple Graphs
  • Simple reports
  • ETL structure
  • Date and time analysis
  • Implied greins

Evaluating Birst and Competitors

If possible, I would look into Birst Pronto