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Review: "Birst used to meet an analytics requirement for our clients"
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January 09, 2019

Review: "Birst used to meet an analytics requirement for our clients"

Score 9 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with Birst

Birst is used as an analytics platform for our clients in addition to our existing ERP. Our clients had a need for an analytics solution and Birst was the most suitable platform that met our requirements. On top of data from the ERP, we are networking with data from other sources and bring them together in a single, unified product. Our client's experience involves interactive dashboards and emailed reports. These dashboards are being used across our client's organizations.
  • End-to-end solution, from raw source data, ETL, warehousing and reporting, Birst is able to do everything we need in one package instead of needing to develop and maintain multiple technologies
  • Intuitive report development. The drag and drop creation of reports is simple. More complicated queries are easy to generate.
  • Very user-friendly and interactive. A lot of nice features are available both for developers and end users to streamline the process of preparing and consuming data
  • Rich API which allows us to programmatically interact with Birst
  • Unable to develop snowflake schemas
  • Occasional slowness of the dashboards due to load on the cloud server
  • Report distribution sometimes fails, with not all recipients receiving reports on time
  • Spaces will occasionally get stuck in a processing or copying state, which means we have to wait for Birst Support to release it before we can proceed with publishing new data
  • Speed and agility
  • Decreased deployment time and risk
  • Ability to do ad-hoc analysis and scheduled reports
The main benefit that our clients have with Birst is the ability to do ad-hoc analysis. We already have an existing suite of standard reports in the ERP which are not suited to ad-hoc analysis. Birst allows users to filter the data as required to get the information they are after.
It also allows them to do this much quicker than extracting the data out of the ERP and using spreadsheets to find the data they are after and then develop the reports that they need. It also standardizes the analysis methods used by end-users to produce reports.
We have been able to connect with every data source we have tried to so far with Birst. There are inbuilt tools to connect to the more common data sources. The tools to transform the data work well and we have been able to achieve everything we have needed to with the Birst tools. We have been able to take a simple data source and produce significant operational insights that were previously unavailable using the Birst tools.
There is some discrepancy in processing time depending on server load. This can be up to twice as long to process the same data volume.
Birst is well suited for an organization looking for a cloud-hosted analytics solution that is contained within one package. It is able to connect to a very wide variety of different data sources, and has options for either light or involved ETL procedures, depending on the users experience with preparing data. As with any BI project, it would not be suitable for an organization where there is no dedicated team to maintain and manage the project.

Birst Feature Ratings

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