Leading Analyst Firm Selects Birst Over MicroStrategy, Oracle and SAP BusinessObjects for Enterprise BI Platform

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Enterprise Management Associates Highlights Birst’s Rise to the Top in Comparative Analysis of Business Intelligence Platforms for Mid-size Organizations

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The benefits of Cloud-based applications are many, including ease of use and deployment, reduced costs, and empowerment of business users.

Birst Inc., the leading provider of agile business analytics, today announced its business intelligence platform has been recognized by well-known industry analyst research firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) for providing significant value to mid-size organizations based on a detailed feature and function comparison, offering a superior solution among top BI platform vendors. According to the report, titled “Business Intelligence Platforms for Mid-size Organizations: Comparing Birst, MicroStrategy, Oracle and SAP BusinessObjects,” Birst was distinguished from these competitive peer companies because Birst’s integrated infrastructure offers quick Time to Value characteristics, automation tools that empower users to focus on the business problems rather than configuration tasks, and offers a total cost of ownership (TCO) that beats the other alternatives by 50 percent.

“The Birst solution rises to the top of our evaluation group and promises to provide significant value to mid-sized organizations now and in the future,” said Shawn Rogers, Vice President of Research at Enterprise Management Associates. “Birst is breaking new ground with ease of use and functionality for the end user—their positioning within this report proves they have a valuable offering that provides significant results for customers. They’re making great strides—and we expect more to come.”

Using the EMA Business Intelligence Continuum as a framework to match 75 points of functionality spanning five critical categories, the comparative report analyzes the features and functions of enterprise business intelligence platforms across the areas of data acquisition, data management, business analytics, knowledge delivery, and actionable intelligence. The analysis compares and contrasts BI platform offerings from Birst, MicroStrategy, Oracle and SAP BusinessObjects and includes TCO detailing investment costs for each. While each platform performed well across each category, EMA’s report highlights Birst’s functionality and their ability to provide an integrated infrastructure that offers quick deployment, allowing customers to begin using and seeing results more quickly; automation tools that empower business users to focus on getting answers to problems without requiring additional IT staff; and a total cost of ownership that beats the competitors by nearly half.

“The benefits of Cloud-based applications are many, including ease of use and deployment, reduced costs, and empowerment of business users,” said Birst CEO and Co-founder Brad Peters. “What has been missing from Cloud BI to date is the ability to provide the equivalent features and capabilities of the industry’s long established BI platforms. Birst has demonstrated it meets, and in some cases exceeds, these capabilities across each of EMA’s BI Continuum categories. EMA’s report confirms Birst’s Cloud BI platform is an excellent investment.”

Birst provides comprehensive business analytics to organizations of all sizes, offering a single, powerful solution that includes everything required for advanced business intelligence and makes the often-cumbersome task of deployment quick, easy, and affordable. Deployed in the Cloud or on-premise, Birst’s easy-to-use solution empowers users to make informed business decisions.

To view the full report from Enterprise Management Associates, please visit Birst.com.

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 http://www.birst.com.

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