Birst Reviews

Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

3.88/5 (33 reviews)

Eric Hansen

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

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-06-05
Review Source: Software Advice

It may seem like we don't like the tool, but it is very good. The cons are mostly pain felt by the developers. End users will not notice an issue. Make sure you know that your end users will not be able to create any complex reports easily. BQL is very useful but there is no way a non-Developer will be able to just pick it up and go. A lot of these issues may be resolved in 2018...especially the egregious use of the defunct Flash technology. The tool does so many things that we use it exclusively to do everything from data modelling, report creation , security, dashboards, etc. And you cannot overstate the importance of their terrific customer support - especially the Birst Community. So the Cons is a long list of relatively minor quibbles. yur developers will grumble, but overall, it is an excellent tool.Dragging and dropping reports are easy - provided the requirements are easy. Star and Snowflake, import data or Live connect. There are easy ways and more complex ways to process data. Fantastic support and community. BQL (Think Birst Metadata SQL) is flexible and powerful. API is easy to use and can write scripts to automate common functions. Troubleshooting Reports is made easier by a part of the Admin tool that lets you see the BQL and resulting SQL query. You can find the problems very easy.

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Business intelligence and analytics platform

Sarah Bacher

Birst Review froma more technical point of view

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2017-01-17
Review Source: Software Advice

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. In some situations, you can see that the tool is still in its infancy but the support always finds a solution, however, it looks likes (as long as the source of interruption is critical to your business). In my opinion, the admin area (modeling) is the least developed area compared to the visualization frontend and still runs (until Birst 6) on the flash basis with sometimes causes synchronization errors between the database and the front-end. You can do modeling as you like with some limitations in the schemas. Birst can process star and snowflakes but has some problems with multi-fact tables and different aggregation levels in one table (data mart design. in Cognos they call this feature "Determinants"). Nevertheless, it is easy for anyone with a little modeling knows how to build a simple model and report their data. A person who does not anything about SQL or data would have a lot of troubles with modeling which isn't a disadvantage in my opinion but should be noticed. Birst is pretty limited when it comes to "security" in different ways: You can set a data security on row level and assign user groups or variables to it but it's pretty complicated for nondatabase developers or architects. our analysts (who do some modeling) had a hard time understanding the security until this task was assigned to us architects. This should be made simpler for every third-class technician to understand. You are able to grant a user access to the admin area or deny it. you cannot grant access to just some features like upload images and add users. In my opinion, this a limitation and always requires a space admin to do stuff that a normal visualizer can't do. If you want a user to import images or something then he must have space admin permissions and therefore he can make changed on the model which contradicts to a row level security if set. The user management really is limited. you're missing a lot of creation/deletion functions and you must always access a space command window to do so. therefore you have troubles to mass create/delete users without using the API. You have to do a lot of extra work to manage your users efficiently. The frontend is pretty good and you can do a lot of visualizations. You can choose between simple charts from "visualizer" or build pixel perfect reports from "designer". You can add both report types to a selection of dashboards. Dashboards can be secured via user groups but only for space admins which always involves a space admin a slightly contradicts to a self-services solution. All in all, Birst is an ETL and visualization tool that allows you so simply add files to your data warehouse and do some reporting. As more complex, your model becomes as more limitations you face while modeling. If you use live access connections the SQL's created are executed on the corresponding database. therefore you face fewer limitations than modeling within Birst. we personally prefer to model with live access. Even if the tool is on some parts in its infancy the Birst community and support is pretty awesome and without this the tool wouldN't be satisfying but it exists and therefore I grant 4 of 5 starts for this tool.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Adam Wiedenhaefer

Birst OEM appliance client building software for insurance

Reviewed 2016-08-10
Review Source: Software Advice

Birst is a tool that is very flexible and has a UI offering that is very platform independent. They also have designed their product to follow the Kimball methodology for dimensional modeling which helps make the tool easier to understand if you are a seasoned dimensional modeler. They are visibly investing in innovations that are meeting or exceeding the needs of BI Community (Angular, iOS/Android apps, end-user data blending.) They have a very fast development team and release new functionality sometimes quicker than we expect. Birst staff and leadership know us by our first names. They do try to build a relationship with their clients and not treat you like an accounting revenue stream. Their community is closed but very tight.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Bob Abernethy

Birst - Cloud BI & Analytics

Reviewed 2016-08-10
Review Source: Software Advice

What is unique about Birst is the way it allows customers to achieve the "Holy Grail" of BI - namely, providing both Governance and Agility in the same product. It does this in an easy to set up and use multi-tenant cloud environment, taking advantage of the use of virtual "spaces" which allow you to provide users with the right level of access to the right data, whether they are more advanced users or more casual users, whether they are located at the company HQ or in a remote location, etc. Birst calls this "Networked BI" and it is well worth looking into if you haven't yet. Birst also is unique in the way it allows you to combine many different kinds of data sources, some in the cloud and some on-premise (if you want) into one Unified Data Model and then use that to create and populate what they call a User-Ready Data Warehouse. They use something called "Automated Data Refinement" (their own patent-pending technology) to create this data model and data warehouse for you with a minimum of effort on your part, saving you a lot of time and money, and making it much more feasible to keep the data model and data warehouse updated over time. 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. Birst also fully supports the use of other front ends such as Tableau and Excel, which can access your many data sources using the User-Ready Data Warehouse created using Automated Data Refinement. The company itself is easy to work with and is staffed with very knowledgeable people who are eager to help you succeed.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Deborah Judy

An Integrated Business Intelligence Solution

Reviewed 2016-08-10
Review Source: Software Advice

Birst is user friendly whether viewed as an Administrator, Designer, or Dashboard viewer. Being an integrated end-to-end single application solution makes it easy to administer. I have seen this company grow and yet their basic foundation remains the same "our success is judged by your success", they genuinely are driven by making sure each customer is successful in their Business Intelligence solution deployments.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Deborah Judy

Birst as a Single Software Solution

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-04-25
Review Source: Software Advice

Birst has continued to evolve within its nitch; focused deliverables. Ease of going from simple to complex. Integrated end to end solution. Birst has always said their success is measured on our success.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Norman Hussey

Great value, better potential.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-03-17
Review Source: Software Advice

Having a fully integrated data store and data warehouse is a great value. Data connectivity is also very powerful while simple. Lastly Visualizer's interface is very intuitive and easy for adoption. The capability to carve out a topic, build it and deploy stand-alone supports great time-to-market. The Network BI capability allows you to come back and merge, enhance. Very flexible.Capability and options. You will have a hard time finding something this platform cannot do.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Roie Shavit

Birst is a fast rising star

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-02-28
Review Source: Software Advice

I'm a Birst Cloud customer for over 3 years now and through time they have much improved and advanced in technology, performance and ease of use. They are constantly are adding new features , their support and services are great and mainly - they listen to what you have to say. Their community is bringing people and employees together, sharing ideas and solutions. Thumbs upfast pacing environment, adding constantly features

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Rick Hutchinson

Solid Data Visualization tool

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-04-26
Review Source: Software Advice

Birst has proven to meet or exceed our expectations in most areas. The visualizer and dashboard tools are simple to use. The admin tool is in flash and it is a little clunky at times, but it gets the job done and the complexity is hidden from our end users which was a key goal for us. We are embedding it in our software and we were looking for a solution that excelled in visualization while also providing scalable management capabilities. Birst provides the full breadth of what we need while most other tools only provided a part of our full needs.Visualizations and Dashboards. Flexibility on configuration and data management

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

John Laws

Birst in IoT

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-04-26
Review Source: Software Advice

The user community is amazing. Post a question and get five ways to make it happen within an hour!Easy to install and manage. Great support from Birst and the Birst community. Good BItools getting better every three months.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Alice Li

Easy to use for simply data

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-02-07
Review Source: Software Advice

The Visualiser is simple to use for basic analytics, once everything is set up. I can pull out data very quickly and zoom into areas that I'm interested in finding out more.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Freek Kamst

Birst Benelux Review

Reviewed 2016-08-09
Review Source: Software Advice

The product has a lot of USP's like Cloud, Networked BI, low TCO, etc. The ease of use and the possibility to prototype with data warehouses is unique in the BI market. Birst as a vendor is flexible and easy to approach on all levels.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

James Tetal

Good Tool that is continuing to evolve!

Reviewed 2015-04-21
Review Source: Software Advice

The ability to support both cloud and on-premises installations with the same code base was a big part of our decision process. We knew we had short term goals and requirements that would keep us from a pure Cloud based implementation, but wanted to be able to easily migrate from an internally hosted appliance to a private cloud, or public cloud offering. The commitment to move to fully HTML5 rendering and data integration capabilities are also core reasons for our selection.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Douglas Thom

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

Reviewed 2016-08-11
Review Source: Software Advice

The product provides a complete BI environment, from your data sources to the final analysis. Further, nothing is wasted in the process. Metadata is an important configuration component, not just a make-work project to be filed and go stale. This makes the final delivery robust, complete, and CORRECT. The company itself embodies this complete solution concept by providing support in every aspect of an implementation. Unlike other vendors, their focus is on a well-architected business supported by the software rather than just the sale of licenses.

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Business intelligence and analytics platform

Laura Williams

Agile BI solution with superior data modeling and visualizations

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-04-26
Review Source: Software Advice

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

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Leslie Ottavi

Powerful Networked BI Capability and Friendly Data Visualization

Reviewed 2016-08-16
Review Source: Software Advice

Birst as a vendor has been fantastic to work with as they are passionate, communicate well and always ready to help. The power of being able to have "no more silos" is game-changing for the organization. Love the fact that end-users have a much easier time creating their own visualization versus having to rely on IT.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Stephanie Pratt

One Stop Shop

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-04-26
Review Source: Software Advice

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

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

James DiPilla

No Copy/Paste?! No thank you!

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-11-23
Review Source: Software Advice

We initially really liked this program until we came across the copy/paste issue. This may be fixed in the future, but it’s unacceptable. For simple analytics, it’s a great program. We love the integration of Excel, which is one of the key selling points of this program. The price is very fair for what you get.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Kevin White

Great product but needs improvements.

Reviewed 2014-08-29
Review Source: Software Advice

This app has been really helpful for me in my day-to-day work. I was able to use this to save time at the office and also make me a much more effective worker. The software is easy to use and has a modern interface. I really like this product.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Mario Ferrer

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

Reviewed 2016-01-11
Review Source: Software Advice

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

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

David Berman

Excellent analytics tool, works great with Salesforce.com

Reviewed 2014-08-08
Review Source: Software Advice

I like the dynamic ETL capabilities and trending. Birst support is great, and they're not afraid to get their hands dirty by getting involved in resolving issues.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

David Rada

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

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-06-08
Review Source: Capterra

A new tool that needs to improve some things...keep goingHave many features to improve the time to make the works functional. Very good performance in the gathering of data, security and possibility of learning. Good price.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Mark Zwart

Dazzles at first, disappointing in every day use

Reviewed 2016-08-03
Review Source: Software Advice

It is simple to understand. First appearances offer a fresh user interface Great community. Good plugins for source systems Cloud based

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Business intelligence and analytics platform

augustin BARRIERE

Easy of use and added value

Reviewed 2016-09-02
Review Source: Software Advice

Birst is an all in one product that cover BI problematics from data gathering to data visualisation without forgetting performance, security and user experience. Lots of technical aspect are simplified because there already packaged into Birst. Ultimately it's a real time saver in my projects.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform

Dan Lee

Birst Review

Reviewed 2014-08-29
Review Source: Software Advice

I really liked the buttons. The buttons were very easy to see and use. It made someone who often misses things like me love it.

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Birst

Business intelligence and analytics platform