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Birst Reviews

Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

3.91/5 (32 reviews)
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Birst Feature Summary

  • Comprehensive, integrated BI platform
  • Extract, Transform, Load (ETL)
  • Data warehouses created on the fly
  • Full reporting engine, with pixel perfect reporting
  • Automatically updated dashboards and alerts
  • Export to PDF or Excel
  • "What If" scenarios
  • Benchmarking
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Charting
  • Business analysis
  • Automatic backup
  • Automatic reminders
  • Automatic notifications
  • Auto-responders
  • Collaborative workspace
  • Customizable branding
  • Custom fields
  • Customizable reporting
  • Data connectors
  • SSL security
  • Data extraction
  • Data import
  • Data filtering
  • Data synchronization
  • Demand forecasting
  • Database access
  • Disaster recovery
  • Self service portal
  • Visual analytics
  • Sales analytics
  • HTML5 technology
  • Activity dashboard
  • Dashboard creation
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Filtered views
  • Content filtering
  • Graphical data presentation
  • Geographic maps
  • Geolocation
  • Mobile integration
  • GPS
  • Predictive analytics
  • Data transformation
  • Data mapping
  • Data migration
  • Pipeline management
  • Sales forecasting
  • Social media metrics
  • Multi-channel marketing
  • Supply chain planning
  • Customer service analytics
  • Vendor self service
  • Real time analytics
  • Data visualization
  • Data import/export

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Birst Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Birst's features:

Gayasuddin Khan

Birst your Business!!

2018-02-09

Great visualization capabilities and faster analytics with huge amount of data.

Pros

Built in modelling ,drag and drop analytics. Easy connect to data.

Cons

Complex BQL Date fields handling Less visualizations Themes Slow response in IE Less available fonts

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
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Eric Hansen

Tons of Features, Fantastic Support, Frustrating omissions of basic development functionality.

2018-06-05

The tool does so many things that we use it exclusively to do everything from data modelling, report creation , security, dashboards, etc.

Pros

Star and Snowflake, import data or Live connect.

Cons

Imagine your dashboard, you create a button, get the shape exactly as you like it, set the shadow just right and are ready to use it.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
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augustin BARRIERE

Easy of use and added value

2016-09-02

Pros

Ultimately it's a real time saver in my projects.

Cons

The End user data blending functionality can be limited because you can't make lot of refinement on user's Excel import data.

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Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

The ease to create new dashboard is really impressive and simplicity to gather data and make them available to end-users are key factors for projects success.

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Stephanie Pratt

One Stop Shop

2017-04-26

Birst has been a great way to bring together the data from the many platforms that our company uses.

Pros

We can develop reporting for our end users and they can have a one stop shop and don't have to wait for an analyst to gather all the data for them.

Cons

Designer needs improvement for our business use.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Alice Li

Easy to use for simply data

2018-02-07

Pros

The Visualiser is simple to use for basic analytics, once everything is set up.

Cons

Creation of dashboards is rather technical and will require someone very familiar with the data structure and BIRST to do so.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
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Rick Hutchinson

Solid Data Visualization tool

2017-04-26

Birst has proven to meet or exceed our expectations in most areas. The visualizer and dashboard tools are simple to use.

Pros

Visualizations and Dashboards.

Cons

Admin tool is flash based for now.

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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Mario Ferrer

Birst is a good BI tool, but it still has a long way to go

2016-01-11

Pros

Easy integration with 3rd party data, great visualizations and it comes with ETL capabilities.

Cons

Their claim that you just point the tool to your data source and it intuitively builds the data model for you is exaggerated.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

4/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

Make sure you have a comprehensive list of desired functionality and drill the vendor to make sure they support it. For instance, when I asked the i18n question (language support), they said they supported 10 languages, but when I asked how they handled it they kept avoiding the answer until I cornered them. I found out then that all language support was manual. New visualization tools are very flashy, but since they are still relatively new, they don't have all the functionality of a legacy tool like MicroStrategy, Cognos or B.O.

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Sarah Bacher

Birst Review froma more technical point of view

2017-01-17

Birst is a suitable tool to review data without implementing the data in a data warehouse. it is possible to establish real-time connections to several databases or do the modeling directly in Birst.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

If you're looking for a full self service tool for end customers you should take a look at Birst 6.

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Norman Hussey

Great value, better potential.

2017-03-17

Lastly Visualizer's interface is very intuitive and easy for adoption.

Pros

You will have a hard time finding something this platform cannot do.

Cons

In some areas BIRST excels, but in others you can still find some rough edges.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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Shradha Sharma

Analytical solution for every data scanario

2018-03-12

Pros

Their USP is that it can access both governed and ungoverned data.

Cons

It doesn't have as many features as other business intelligence tool but it is affordable than the rest.

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Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Bob Abernethy

Birst - Cloud BI & Analytics

2016-08-10

Pros

In terms of visualizations, Birst has a nice tool called Visualizer which is very easy to use, and a tool for more advanced users called Designer, which allows you to create pixel-perfect and very customized reports.

Cons

The online help is usually quite helpful, but there is some room for improvement in the search capability and some of the content.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

Whether evaluating Birst or another product, I would recommend you get your hands on it and make sure it works with your data and with your people, i.e. let your admins, data modelers, dashboard creators, and end users try it so they will be able to see in advance how it will make their jobs easier. It should not take long at all to get a data model, data warehouse, and some dashboards created using Birst.

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David Rada

Easy to use if the data its simple, when the data turns complex its another history

2018-06-08

A new tool that needs to improve some things...keep going

Pros

Very good performance in the gathering of data, security and possibility of learning.

Cons

The option of paste some data its impossible .

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Dan Kimball

The Future of BI

2014-11-14

They have truly built a platform that helps pull and transform your data all the way to delivering up succinct and valuable visualizations.

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Laura Williams

Agile BI solution with superior data modeling and visualizations

2017-04-26

Pros

With Birst, our organization was able to consolidate disparate data systems into one location and customize content.

Cons

While Birst has various modules and features available, select modules/features require extensive training to master.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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Kevin Chiles

Analytics Developer

2014-08-29

Pros

I love the options I had to build custom attributes into the system.

Cons

Setting up the data warehouse was a bit of a pain, but once you get into it, it is not too bad.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Customer support

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

Definitely use the user guide; it is chock full of amazing helpful tools.

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Mark Zwart

Dazzles at first, disappointing in every day use

2016-08-03

Pros

First appearances offer a fresh user interface Great community.

Cons

Numerous bugs that give the impression that the product is not well tested Limited reporting and dash boarding capabilities Bugs that lead to erroneous results, without giving and error.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Likelihood to recommend

3/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

Make sure your data mart requirements is simple enough

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Deborah Judy

An Integrated Business Intelligence Solution

2016-08-10

Pros

Birst is user friendly whether viewed as an Administrator, Designer, or Dashboard viewer.

Cons

They have now created more of a strategic phased deployment cycle and it is easier to manage the testing and migration to new versions.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

1. Quick Start, Intuitive? [Birst has a quick start, simply upload an Excel spreadsheet and you can test drive in Discovery] 2. Software Upgrades? evaluate frequency and who owns the upgrade process, are you forced to migrate to new version or can you remain on an older version. [Birst handles the cloud updates, individual companies test in their environment, but can remain on the previous version until the release of next version] 3. Advanced Expressions/Calculations - what is the coding language - does it take a programmer/developer to design all reports & charts? [Birst uses a friendly BQL internal language; but even a non programmer can pick it up easily. Birst is further expanding more of an auto prompt, drag & drop coaching utilities] 4. Staffing: does it require a programmer/developer to manage the datawarehouse and handle designs? [I am a Business Analyst with no coding background, I am the Birst Administrator, Designer and only need outside IS assistance when bringing in new fields of data.]

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Douglas Thom

More than just a visualizer, a complete end-to-end solution.

2016-08-11

Pros

The product provides a complete BI environment, from your data sources to the final analysis. Further, nothing is wasted in the process.

Cons

I least like the learning curve of the more advanced features. They are very powerful and based on standards, but are not often used by typical developers. Although a necessary evil, if you will, and mitigated by the support of the vendor, it takes a few passes to get your team up to speed. I don't really have anything bad to say about the vendor. Perhaps that they don't have a strong presence in Canada is the only issue that comes to mind.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

It's important to realize that this is not just a Tableau competitor. When evaluating they have to consider the significant reduction in support roles for a typical data warehouse.

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John Laws

Birst in IoT

2017-04-26

The user community is amazing. Post a question and get five ways to make it happen within an hour!

Pros

Easy to install and manage.

Cons

Lookng forward to seeing the new predictive analytics in 2017.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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Adam Wiedenhaefer

Birst OEM appliance client building software for insurance

2016-08-10

Pros

Birst is a tool that is very flexible and has a UI offering that is very platform independent.

Cons

Being an application born in the cloud, there are some unpolished processes that appliance customers need to learn to get things to work from time to time. Birst is growing and they are ramping up new staff all the time.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

Know what problems you are trying to solve before you engage any BI vendor. We evaluated several major BI vendors in the "Magic Quadrant" and all the sales guys will show you examples that make it appear that their solution is the best. Do your homework and do a POC that is relevant to your use case. Know the product roadmap and make sure it is aligned with your vision. Birst did an excellent job of communicating their vision for the future and we feel we made the right choice. Finally, educate your user community on what exactly BI is. There is a large misconception that building a BI dashboard is easy. Using Birst to do this IS somewhat easy, but invest in your data model. Without a good data model, no BI tool can deliver suitable results quickly.

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Freek Kamst

Birst Benelux Review

2016-08-09

Pros

The ease of use and the possibility to prototype with data warehouses is unique in the BI market.

Cons

New releases of products are often not stable. Some bugs are fixed and new ones are created. It's not possible to have multiple developers working in the Admin module. Birst as a vendor should consider a clear price strategy for partners, enterprises and mid-size organizations.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

Don't focus on the visualizations, but on integration and virtualization of data features.

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Kevin White

Great product but needs improvements.

2014-08-29

Pros

The software is easy to use and has a modern interface. I really like this product.

Cons

Another issue is the User Interface. Sometimes, it's too confusing.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Customer support

Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

Give this software a real shot, and try to use it for an entire week. The true value of this app is not realized until you've given it enough time to become part of your daily routine. It's also really helpful if you take the tutorial and learn how the app works.

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James Tetal

Good Tool that is continuing to evolve!

2015-04-21

Pros

The commitment to move to fully HTML5 rendering and data integration capabilities are also core reasons for our selection.

Cons

They are moving away from Flash as a rendering layer for the product, I wish this process was more swiftly executed and already complete.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

The integration capabilities of the platform are a selling point, but the tooling isn't as sophisticated as tools that may already be installed or available, so I think it is important to assess and derive a custom integration pattern that supports your business needs. By default, Birst has a bias to use the ETL capabilities of the platform to ingest data directly. I think it is worth while to assess this and determine if some level of cleansing/mapping modelling occur into common staging area that is then consumed by Birst. From a rapid development perspective, the native ETL capabilities are compelling. From a heterogeneous tool environment perspective where data needs to be available in multiple tools, alternative approaches would be desirable.

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Leslie Ottavi

Powerful Networked BI Capability and Friendly Data Visualization

2016-08-16

Pros

Love the fact that end-users have a much easier time creating their own visualization versus having to rely on IT.

Cons

I am hard pressed to identify something here as I usually find that when I run up against anything causing me a challenge, it is usually a matter of just getting more experience.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

Think about your data and whether or not you have siloed information. Almost everyone, even with a data warehouse has some "local" data that end-users would like to include in their analysis. Then, make sure you have an understanding of the requirements/use cases for your end users.

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Weyland Yutani

Interesting product

2014-08-29

Pros

It was pretty easy to use.

Cons

The user interface and the performance of the product are probably my least favorite parts.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

6/10

Recommendations to others considering Birst

Keep an open mind. Read the documentation. Check out the examples on the website.

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