by Stephanie Miles
Published on 4 March 2014
BIME Review - Powerful and collaborative business intelligence run on a pure cloud model
When it's looked at as a silo, big data has very little value. It's only when that data is processed, combined, and turned into actionable information that businesses are able to benefit. BIME is a cloud-based business intelligence tool that organizations can use to glean valuable insights from virtually any type of data source.
In this BIME review, I will explain how the service works and what makes it different from traditional business intelligence products in the marketplace. I will focus on BIME's pure cloud model, which provides users in both the business and technology communities with a quick, low-cost way to make better use of the data they gather.
BIME is a cloud-based business intelligence platform that businesses and technology professionals can use to create actionable insights from the data they're already collecting. Built as an alternative to the complicated business intelligence software packages that most organizations have tried out at one point or another, BIME is a straightforward service that is capable of analyzing data in any organization.
By connecting BIME to their online and on-premises data sources, businesses of all sizes -from startups to Fortune 500 companies- are able to manage, analyze, and share information in a visually-appealing way. BIME was the first service in its class to offer front-end business intelligence capabilities for Google BigQuery. It was also the first business intelligence platform to enable native collaboration with Google Apps. BIME uses a rich calculation engine, cross-data source analysis, and even social connectors to help its users take the pulse of their digital presence and ERP data.
Businesses are increasingly relying on online services to manage their customers and marketing campaigns, and to store sensitive data in the cloud. File sharing services, like Box, DropBox, and Google Drive, online services, like Gmail, Facebook, and Github, databases, like Firebird, Oracle, and MySQL, and big data sources, like Redshift, Vertica, and VectorWise, are all being used by organizations on a daily basis. BIME brings these tools together and normalizes the collected information to uncover hidden business trends and sales patterns.
Organizations connect BIME to their on-premises and online data sources-which can include everything from spreadsheets to Google Analytics, OLAP engines, and even Salesforce CRM. Although BIME does not require that users move their data into the cloud to use the service, organizations do have the option to store limitless amounts of data in BIME's rapid-fire databases. BIME then gets to work analyzing the information it's been sent and turning raw data sets into complex yet easy to comprehend visualizations. BIME functions as an integrated BI intranet & extranet that helps users share the story of their data both inside and outside of their organizations.
BIME works the way real people think, not the way computers do. This puts more control in the hands of its users, and makes it easier for businesses to analyze the topics they want to learn more about. The interactive visualizations that people can create using BIME are invaluable when it comes to highlighting hidden business trends. Meanwhile, real-time commenting features make it possible for coworkers and clients to explain figures to each other and answer any questions that may be lingering after a specific visualization has been created and shared.
Unlike traditional business intelligence services, BIME doesn't take months to implement and organizations don't have to worry about the unforeseen cost of licensing or acquiring IT engineers. Because BIME is purely cloud-based, the platform easily connects to web servers and cloud data sources with minimal effort on the end-user's behalf. In fact, getting started with BIME is often as easy as creating a mailbox and deciding which data sources to connect to the service. Within minutes of setting up an account, most users can start making queries and sharing dashboards or visualizations with their colleagues.
By acting as a "live reader" and working remotely, BIME allows its users to access their data sets from any location, at any time. In many cases, organizations that use BIME are even able to upload their data to Déjà Vu, BimeDB and Google BigQuery. BIME's calculation engine dynamically groups data bases on complex rules and gives its users the freedom to write their own functions using the platform's straightforward user interface (UI).
Once you've connected your online and on-premises data sources to BIME, you can visit your account to build connections and analyze the data that's been gathered. Run auto queries and customize your visualizations to highlight new patterns. BIME's interface can be adjusted by dragging and dropping various elements into place.
BIME visualization window
BIME allows you to make queries in a way that makes sense to you and your company. Place all the factors you want to analyze into organized rows and columns, and filter them by whichever metrics you like.Window to organize and filter queries
The company offers a dedicated support page with access to all types of documentation -including user guides and administration guides- in one centralized place. New users are encouraged to watch the clips in BIME's video library before getting started. For answers to more detailed questions, organizations can watch video snippets of the most frequently asked questions or contact BIME directly by emailing email@example.com. BIME also provides a dedicated support site where users can leave feedback and browse public issues in an online discussion area.
BIME offers a free 14-day trial, after which organizations are encouraged to select from a monthly pricing plan. Enterprise pricing starts at $180 per month. Premium pricing starts at $360 per month. Big Data pricing starts at $720 per month. Organizations can also contact BIME for information about starter packages, an analytics bureau, BimeDB databases, and discounts for longer-term commitments or higher-volume accounts.
BIME is a very powerful and collaborative cloud based solution. BIME makes it possible for businesses to take advantage of the information they are already collecting. Data that would otherwise be serving little purpose can instead be used to help uncover hidden opportunities and drive stronger sales figures for virtually any type of organization. BIME is easy to operate, it offers scalability, and the time that new users need to get started using the service is minimal.
Ratings: ease of use 5/5, features 5/5, value 5/5