Birst Review

Analysts used it build visualizations for presentations to senior management. Performance was not that great; in-memory processing would help.


What is most valuable?

Data visualization: The company I worked for had clients all across US. It was important for us to visually present the details to the senior management so that they were able to relate to the analytics very easily. Additionally, analysts were able to easily build visualizations and explain them when they were presented. Data in charts/maps speak more than data in a spreadsheet.

Also, in the customer-facing portal, it was easier for the customer to see visually than reading a report.

How has it helped my organization?

Data can be downloaded unto the Birst server, which means the analyst can run their own analysis without issues.

What needs improvement?

  • Performance was not that great; in-memory processing would help.
  • Real-time streaming.
  • At the time that I looked at this product, it was in a incubation/stabilization mode. We ran into challenges with the performance. We were told that we will be able to build our star schema model and run our dashboards easily. But, when we had to do a lot of summarization, the performance was not that great.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for three months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not encountered any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I encountered scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used in-house analytical solutions using Cognos and some of our native Java code base.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was straightforward, because it was a cloud-based solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Negotiate.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, I also evaluated Tableau.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for a cloud-based, lightweight data mart and reporting, this tool is good.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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