Birst Unveils Powerful New Visualization Edition

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New Solution Delivers Robust Data Discovery with Quick-to-Publish Capabilities; Empowers Business Users by Eliminating Need for Data Modeling and Reliance on IT

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Birst Visualization Edition gives business users what data discovery tools cannot—the ability to not only browse and discover insights, but then share this information easily with the rest of the organization.

Birst Inc., the leading provider of agile business analytics, today announced general availability of the Birst Visualization Edition, a simple-to-use, quick-to-deploy version of Birst that empowers business users to intuitively explore data and build reports in minutes from local or centralized data without the need for data modeling. The new Birst Visualization Edition delivers the first visualization solution with a semantic layer, eliminating the need to write SQL queries or rely on IT for data extracts. The solution makes it easier than ever for business users, on their own, to solve complex problems and make data-driven decisions that result in real business value.

Distinct from the Birst Enterprise Edition, the Visualization Edition extends the power of Birst‘s flexible data discovery and analytics to projects that do not require a data warehouse or to capture change information. This enables the easy distribution of discoveries without locking business users into a desktop data discovery tool with limited data modeling and publishing capabilities. Additionally, it provides organizations a simple and cost-effective upgrade path to Birst Enterprise Business Analytics for powerful data warehousing, advanced analytics and pixel-perfect operational reporting.

“With the Visualization Edition, Birst provides the best of top-down and bottom-up business intelligence,” says Wayne Eckerson, President, BI Leader Consulting. “The Enterprise Edition provides dimensionalized analytics based on standardized, integrated data in a data warehouse, while the Visualization Edition provides ad hoc, load-and-go exploration against any data set.”

Birst is the industry’s only business analytics platform to combine data discovery with powerful analytics, a unique in-memory database option, Big Data analytics support and flexible deployment in the Cloud or on-premise. The Birst Visualization Edition also delivers:

  •     The ability to quickly visualize and publish visualization to others throughout an organization all in a few clicks;
  •     A powerful semantic layer with a sophisticated Excel-style query language that allows business users to visualize more complex data sets without having to hand write SQL queries or rely on IT;
  •     Support for all types of data sources, including multi-dimensional analysis cubes and real-time data; and
  •     New advanced visualization features that include trellis charts and Bing Maps integration.

“Current visualization vendors lock users into a desktop tool with limited BI capabilities,” said Brad Peters, Birst CEO and Co-Founder. “Birst Visualization Edition gives business users what data discovery tools cannot—the ability to not only browse and discover insights, but then share this information easily with the rest of the organization.”

Birst Visualization Edition is available now. The Edition includes one power user (Designer) and is priced on a per platform and user basis that is typically less than comparable data discovery tools. Birst Visualization Edition can be deployed in the Cloud or on-premise.

Learn more about how your organization’s business users can leverage Birst for data discovery and scale their insights to the enterprise by joining a live webinar entitled “Data Discovery Beyond the Desktop: Advanced Visualization Techniques” on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 10:00 am PT. Register today at

About Birst
Birst™ is the leader in agile business analytics. It offers a single place to manage all of your organization’s business analytics and the agility to answer questions spanning departments, data sources, and deployments—across both public and private clouds. Birst gives users the fastest way to answer their most pressing business questions, and the ones they didn’t know to ask. At one-third the cost, time, and staff of traditional big BI, Birst brings the benefits of analytics and fact-based decision-making to a much broader audience. For more information, visit

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