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User Review: "Birst, a data visualization tool"
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July 13, 2018

User Review: "Birst, a data visualization tool"

Score 8 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Birst

We use Birst a number of different ways. The first is to help our customer visualize their data. A majority of customers do not have the expertise to build these reports and visualizations so have done this for them. Our customers can use these reports to better understand their products, how they behave and function. We also use Birst internally to monitor how many devices have been deployed on our networks. We can monitor device transactions, API calls and much more. Within our organization, many departments use the Birst. From Sales, Customer Success, Product, marketing, and engineering.
  • Customization of reports
  • Embedded in existing dashboard
  • Scalability of reports and amount of data it can process
  • Variety of visualizations/graphs to view data
  • Variety of filters to drill down to a specific set of data
  • Birst prices are fairly expensive. License plus cost of users can add up pretty quickly
  • Depending on the size of data, rendering of reports can take a little bit. Need faster processing of data
  • Takes a little time to understand how to build reports, not the most intuitive UI
  • Ability to do ad-hoc analysis and scheduled reports
Yes, we have achieved this outcome. We embed Birst into our dashboard - we have a set of standard reports our customers can use. We can also build custom reports for customers with our professional services team or have the ability to allow them to build their own reports (with training).
There are a few items I evaluate when looking at different tools.
  1. Price per user
  2. License price
  3. scalability
  4. Customization
  5. Embedded
  6. How data is processed
A lot of tools that provide the same functionality are quite expensive. These other tools are built for big data and large enterprises. If a mid-size or small organization needs these capabilities, they should evaluate or look at cheaper alternatives. Might not need all the functionality these tools provide.
Ability to connect with multiple data sources
Ability to filter data for specific customers
Ability to handle a large amount of data
Birst is great for visualizing large amounts of data. They provide a number of different visuals to help better understand data. They are very good at descriptive data, however, if you would like to get into predictive or preemptive analytics, another tool might be better suited.

Birst Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
8
Customizable dashboards
9
Report Formatting Templates
8
Drill-down analysis
8
Formatting capabilities
8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
10
Publish to Web
9
Publish to PDF
10
Report Delivery Scheduling
10
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
8
Role-Based Security Model
9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
8
Responsive Design for Web Access
6
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated