Birst Ranks First Among Cloud BI Vendors in Cloud Business Intelligence Market Study

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Leading Analyst Firm Dresner Advisory Services Identifies Birst as the Top Provider of Cloud BI, Outperforming All Other Vendors

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The report underscores that the benefits of cloud-based solutions in this market are real and in-demand, and calls out that Birst is not only the best vendor to meet that demand, but we trump solutions from the legacy and startup BI vendor community.

Birst Inc., the leading provider of agile business analytics, received the highest score in Dresner Advisory Services’ Wisdom of Crowds™ Cloud Business Intelligence Market Study®, making it the top-rated Cloud BI vendor over peer providers. The study surveyed respondents and assessed vendors on 36 characteristics of Cloud BI covering a variety of user capabilities, cloud architecture and security features. Receiving the highest cumulative score, the report confirms Birst’s agile Cloud BI platform offers users the most valued features and capabilities among Cloud BI vendors.

“We are thrilled with Birst’s top ranking by Dresner Advisory Services. The report underscores that the benefits of cloud-based solutions in this market are real and in-demand, and calls out that Birst is not only the best vendor to meet that demand, but we trump solutions from the legacy and startup BI vendor community,” said Birst CEO and Co-Founder Brad Peters. “Nearly a third of the report’s respondents indicated that Cloud BI was ‘critical’ or ‘very important’ and those customers are looking for solutions that are enterprise-ready and that provide return on investment that is tangible. Birst’s Cloud solution offers exactly that -- with a full suite of capabilities that users are demanding, including in-memory analytics, data visualization, Big Data support, hybrid deployment, and the highest standards of data security.”

Providing consumers a guide to better understanding the trend toward Cloud BI, the Wisdom of Crowds report helps readers make informed decisions about the features and capabilities of Cloud BI vendors. From the survey’s results, Birst came out as the top-ranked Cloud BI vendor across all criteria, emphasizing their ability to deliver lower costs, faster deployment and greater flexibility over more traditional BI solutions. Significant survey findings include:

  •     Cloud BI features that were most important to respondents included: “Mobile deployment” (64%), “Social media analysis” (62%) and “Collaboration” (63%);
  •     Respondent-perceived benefits for cloud BI include “cost advantage” (36%), “availability” (16%) and “management” (11%); and
  •     The number one perceived barrier to Cloud BI adoption was Security & Privacy (56%), followed by issues surrounding Data integration (12%) and Performance (12%).

The 2012 Wisdom of Crowds Cloud Business Intelligence Market Study is a new edition to the Dresner Advisory family of Wisdom of Crowds research, helping readers to better understand the current reality and the perceptions and plans of organizations adopting cloud-based BI solutions. The research group collected 859 completed surveys, which represented an increase in participation of 35 percent over 2011. Participants responded to an online survey and the study was open for input to any valid and qualified users with first-hand BI vendor and product experience. Vendors were ranked using 36 different criteria on a scale ranging from “Critical” to “Not Important.” Survey criteria included features, architecture and security of Cloud Business Intelligence solutions.

“There continues to be strong investment in cloud-based BI and a growing amount of interest to tap into the benefits that it can deliver. We executed this research project to better understand the current reality, perceptions and plans of organizations – across all geographies, industries, organization sizes and business functions – who are interested in adopting Cloud BI solutions,” said Howard Dresner, President, Founder and Chief Research Officer at Dresner Advisory Services. “We congratulate Birst on their top ranking in this year's report.”

Birst delivers an affordable BI solution that is easy to deploy, enabling customers to quickly and easily access and analyze their data to make smarter business decisions. Whether in the Cloud or on-premise, Birst provides an advanced analytics solution incorporating all of the components of an enterprise BI suite at a fraction of the cost.

The full report from Dresner Advisory Services is available in the resource library on    

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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