Birst

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Birst provides an integrated Business Intelligence platform, designed for both Cloud delivery and on-premise deployment as a software appliance.

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Birst review by Administrator in Internet
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BI Visualizer Tool

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What do you like best?

-Great customer support - responds and resolve issues very quickly

-Easily integrate/implement into existing sites

-Variety of different connectors to pull in data (i.e. SFDC)

-lots of different tools and capabilities to build reports to customer needs

-Visualizer and deisgner tools provide the ability for custom reports

What do you dislike?

-It is fairly expensive

-Performance (loading time) can take a while if it is a big data set

-Tedious to update all different instances

-Need 1 resource at minimum to maintain

-Steep learning curve

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

-Currently using Birst for our descriptive analytics solution. Allow customers to visualize their device data

-Help customers understand end-user behavior, most commonly used features, device locations, etc.

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Birst review by <span>Natalie B.</span>
Natalie B.
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What a way to Birst into data

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What do you like best?

This has given us so much insight to data in ways we have never been able to analyze in the past! Very user friendly and love how it automatically updates reports!

What do you dislike?

The system runs slow using some web browsers compared to others.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

What failures are happening in the field and what corrective actions will be taken to fix our issues now that we have data driven results.

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Birst review by <span>John H.</span>
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Birst + infor = WOW

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What do you like best?

-Ease of creating actionable dashboards

-VBD

-New Predictive Analytics Tools

-the potential benefits of Birst being acquired by infor

What do you dislike?

-no distribution of sample spaces presented in breakout sessions (this would be especially useful when experimenting with new features)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are building our enterprise solution, going one department at a time. We've delivered a "daily scorecard" for our warehouse managers, which allows them to understand all the efficiencies / inefficiencies they may experience on a day to day basis. Also, a high level marketing space has been created to allow marketing managers to understand performance of individual marketing channels. We've seen significant cost reduction in the warehouse and an increased efficiency in marketing spend.

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Birst review by <span>John L.</span>
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Birst Fast Birst Complete

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What do you like best?

Easy to install and manage. Builds DWH for you saving time and effort. Tool set is good with Birst space concept. Customets and internal users love it!

What do you dislike?

Tool set is maturing so we need to employ a few external functions. Need to consider the needs of an OEM customer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Invest the time to understand the debt of Birsts feature set. It is deep and Birst does more than sales can explain.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Delivering Bi to 10K customers world wide. Providing insight to Support and Sales internally. Response has been amazing!

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Birst review by <span>Cynthia H.</span>
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What do you like best?

Birst can automatically create a data warehouse (DW) for your business if you just connect it to the right data sources. Most customers will use it entirely in the cloud and will use their automatic DW solution. For complex data situations, like ours, it can be used more traditionally, designing the DW manually and hosting the application internally on our own servers. The DW schema can be specified manually and then Birst will create the necessary ETL automatically to create that schema from the given data sources. And it can connect to all kinds of sources, both in-house and in the cloud. Once the DW is there, Birst has great tools for creating dashboards and reports, or for letting end users play with the data and create visualizations of their own. It really does do it all and can put together an end-to-end solution much faster than any other BI product I've ever seen.

What do you dislike?

Birst has some quirks that can be annoying. Their naming of certain things is not standard and it can create confusion in both conversations and in learning how to use it. For example, what Birst calls Hierarchies would be called Dimensions by pretty much any other solution. And it doesn't necessarily have to be a hierarchy, so it creates confusion. Also, although a solution can be created quite quickly, there is likely to still be a significant amount of work needed to tweak the model to get the best performance, so the solution it creates isn't necessarily the end of the effort, it may really be the beginning. The querying language used is not traditional SQL. In many cases this query language will never need to be used directly at all - Birst automatically creates it wherever it's needed. But for performance optimization in their non-automatic DW schemas, and behind the scenes in customized objects, it needs to be used - and it's a challenge. Their implementation consultants have been fantastic, but their support group definitely needs improvement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Every two weeks (I think?) Birst releases improvements to their products. Every single patch that comes out has included significant improvements. This is a product that is moving in the right direction very, very quickly, and is VERY responsive to customer suggestions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are currently rolling out Birst as a part of our SAAS application in order to provide dashboards for our clients based on their data in our application. Our data set is HR data. It will provide us with a platform for rolling out useful dashboards to our customers that are informative and eye-catching. It is an impressive tool for our sales group to showcase when demonstrating our products' value to potential customers.

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Birst review by Administrator in Retail
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What do you like best?

I like the best that in time and if the foundation is built properly to begin with that this could be a successful Self Service Tool for the user community with benefits / training. I also like the ability to do Crosstabs and not create multiple reports if I want to view the same query different ways. Awesome!

What do you dislike?

I think there is a big learning curve for a company like ours that runs a very lean IT team, but having said that definitely possible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Evaluate trial Birst along with other options. Tableau, SAP BW BI BO. etc.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

DataWarehouse connecting multiple data sources (apps), having data sets /views. Currently we have no ability to do this. Visualization / Analytics / Ease of use

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