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Sreenivas K
Vendor
Principal Engineering Manager I at a software R&D company with 201-500 employees
Sep 12 2017

What is most valuable?

Dashboards and self-service reports. These are widely used by customers in the EPM domain.

How has it helped my organization?

Most of our customers are interested in dashboards and self-service reports. We are able to offer them these features with this solution.

What needs improvement?

* Customer support takes lot of time to get a solution * The report performance is very slow

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

Please negotiate on the price and purchase the latest version

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

We had custom implementation using fusioncharts and it is limited and we want to be ahead in the market. Make vs Buy, we opted to Buy.

What other advice do I have?

Take the HTML version. I heard that it offers good performance.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated D3.js and FusionCharts.
Consultant
Director BI Services at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
May 09 2017

What is most valuable?

* Cloud based: One platform with all the ETL, connectivity, report and dashboard tools in one product. This allows for faster development and no integration problems. *… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are a vendor/partner, so we have been able to create a valuable business model for migrating our customers from legacy systems to this cloud BI platform. Internally, we… more»

What needs improvement?

* Release management and version control are poor or not available. As a partner you have to organize your own version control and release management system. *

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

The pricing and licensing structure is based on a subscription model. Comparing pricing with other tools is difficult, because hosting costs are included in the total… more»

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

We were not using a previous solution. We were looking to enter the market with a cloud based offering. We wanted to differentiate ourselves by providing consultancy and… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are serious about a cloud-based BI solution, then Birst has great value. This option will help your enterprise reduce costs and create a ‘one version of the truth’… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at QlikView, Tableau , and Birst.
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Vendor
Sr. Business Intelligence Consultant at Avantas, LLC
Apr 06 2017

What is most valuable?

1) Connection to external sources : Birst uses several connection methods to take data in from your data sources and stages it into its own “Data Mart” if you will. 2)… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The objective of using Birst-mediated dashboards is to deliver interactive and online information to our clients in a client-specific and data-distributed format. We are… more»

What needs improvement?

From a visualization perspective, this tool claims to make several advances that are indeed interesting to a large proportion of the user base. However, it needs to… more»

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

I would recommend others about the following: * Vet the product based on existing feature set. * Roadmap delays may impact urgent requirements therefore plan the selection… more»

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

Our organization did not use any other solution. We decided to select Birst as our vendor as an initial choice.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest the below: * Clarity on end goals * User perspective and utilization * Medium of delivery to the user * Availability of internal/resident admin(s) for… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Birst was a choice, made prior to me joining the company. Even though I am not the right person to comment on this, in my understanding Tableau, Crystal and others were… more»
Vendor
Business Intelligence Consultant at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* Built-in application connectors for most common purposes: ERP/CRM AWS and REST API. * Single suite module from ETL for reporting and dashboards * Cloud based BI that can be accessed from anywhere… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I built dashboards for the sales and marketing department which helped them do forecasting.

What needs improvement?

Birst constantly rolls out new features so they are always improving. Birst has a very active forum online. People post lots of feedback in regards to existing features. At times, they need to… more»

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

I used Microsoft BI suite. Our company is the sole reseller of Birst.

What other advice do I have?

It depends on what they purchase. If it is an appliance, then go with AWS.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We explored other alternatives, but there are no other solutions like Birst that do cloud BI analytics.
Consultant
Business Intelligence Consultant and Birst Expert at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Feb 27 2017

What is most valuable?

To a technical consultant like me, this is a great great tool for creating value added visualizations, exploring and validating the concerned data while building custom charts tailored to what the business needs. Dashboards follow the Birst Value Based Design principles which enables users to start… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are a golden partner of Birst. We use our Birst expertise to deliver Birst projects to customers. In general, Birst as a cloud VI solution is a user-friendly tool that looks really nice and engages users straight away. Users can now explore data that they couldn't do before, as well as use quick… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the following: * Better reporting functionalities * More charts * Enriching chart formatting to include additional properties and styles * More advanced charts (advanced waterfalls and heatmaps) * A type of chart to be used for time analysis. For example, current vs. last year… more»

What other advice do I have?

Always start from the value based design that Birst depends on. It will help you first define the problem and then understand the data. After this, the process of enabling Birst will be much quicker and enjoyable.

What is Birst?

Birst Networked BI and Analytics eliminates information silos. Decentralized users can augment the enterprise data model virtually, as opposed to physically, without compromising data governance.

A unified semantic layer maintains common definitions and key metrics.
Birst’s two-tier architecture aligns back-end sources with line-of-business or local data. Birst’s Automated Data Refinement extracts data from any source into a unified semantic layer. Users are enabled with self-service analytics through executive dashboards, reporting, visual discovery, mobile tools, and predictive analytics. Birst Open Client Interface also offers integration with Tableau, Excel and R.

Birst goes to market in two primary ways: as a direct sale, for enterprises using Birst on internal data to manage their business; and embedded, for companies who offer analytic products, by embedding and white-labeling Birst capabilities into their products.

Birst’s is packaged in 3 available formats: Platform and per-user fee; by Department or Business Unit; by end-customer (for embedded scenarios).

Birst customers

Citrix Systems, Jive Software, SunnyD, Toshiba Medical Systems, Cisco OpenDNS, RB, Sunny D, Vertafore

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