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Question: Seeking advise on going with Birst, BOARD or Pentaho as an OEM platform solution where we could end up with 1,000's of users over time.
Answer: Bruce, have you made a decision about which solution is the best fit for your needs? I would love to hear your feedback.
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    it_user375219 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user375219 (Consultant at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees)
    Real User

    I would recommend you to for Pentaho as it is open source and I think for 1000 users Pentaho is descent and cost effective.

    it_user74796 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user74796 (CEO)

    You can look at our BI & Data Analytics Platform 'pi'. We have replaced the BI Platforms mentioned above at few of our customer locations and will be glad to have a demo arranged for our BI Tool.
    We are a company based out of India.

    +91-98663 97166

    it_user209304 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user209304 (Responsable Datawarehouse at a comms service provider)

    I'm not famialiar with these BI Tools, but I could advise you to use
    SISENSE BI Tools.
    It's really easy to use and for Non IT they could adopt it easily.

    It can handle big data with a best performance and with their concept of
    chipset technology to fetch data you can really the difference.

    And for IT Team, it gives the end user the independance in term of

    it_user172275 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user172275 (Consultant at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees)

    I'm working with pentaho tools from 5 year and I've built small and big projects with it. Pentaho is a complete platform, because you can:
    - build ETL
    - build OLAP cube
    - create flat report
    - create OLAP analisys report with drag&drop
    - manage user access with different role
    - schedule and send report to managers
    - and other
    I projected, built and maintained OLAP projects for telecomunication companies (Telecomitalia Spa), automotive companies (Tomasi auto) and food retail companies (Frescomercato), and I can guaranty that all works fine.

    it_user196212 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user196212 (Vice President - Product Information with 51-200 employees)

    Key to our situation are a number of elements that I did not go into since I was asking for specific feedback on three specific options. A couple of those were found to be more difficult which eliminated a number of suppliers including the ones suggested in reply to my original inquiry. Fuzzy matching between many different retailers transaction data and our control data set where there will be significant dirty data. Advanced filters to group data around business rules, such as +/- around different numeric values for comparisons within the group of similar transactions. Any specific feedback on Birst, Board, Pentaho?

    it_user244644 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user244644 (User with 1,001-5,000 employees)
    Real User


    To be honest, I can't see why you are not looking at Jaspersoft?

    In the words of Gartner... Jaspersoft is widely used by ISVs and end-user organizations to embed content in analytic applications and products. The embedded BI critical capability is another example where the collective strengths of the individual products result in a solid score for Tibco overall. It assesses both the ability of the platform to embed content through APIs, SDKs and open standards, and also its ability to consume PMML- and R-based models.

    Both of TIBCO's core BI products are used in OEM/embedded use cases, so don't discount Spotfire of course, but if you are looking at embedded production reporting then I would suggest Jaspersoft.

    it_user186843 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user186843 (Editor/Writer with 201-500 employees)

    Hi, I can't really help you decide between the options you've asked about since I only really have any hands-on experience with one of the tools that you've mentioned - but I can offer some advice, based on our own experience with OEM clients at Sisense (see, for example, here: ).

    From your question it's clear that there are two main issues you are concerned with: scalability and ease of deployment.

    In terms of scalability, the first thing you should be worried about is PERFORMANCE. Will the tool continue to work at the same speed and stability when it's running not tens, but tens of thousands of concurrent queries? Which type of hardware infrastructure will this require? Will this force me to limit the size or granularity of the data that my end users see?

    Of course any BI salesperson will tend to answer these questions with an enthusiastic "YES", but check to see that they have some support for their claims. Get your R&D \ IT department on the line and try to understand the technology behind each of the products and whether it is indeed built for the heavy lifting you will need it to do.

    Ask for a real proof of concept, on your own data and according to the approximate "strain" 1000s of concurrent users would put on the system. If your vendor says this can't be done in a reasonable time-frame - run for the hills. At Sisense we're usually the ones who insist on having a full POC on the prospect's own data before signing a deal - to align expectations, prove our product's capabilities, etc.

    In terms of DEPLOYMENT - I would recommend against relying strictly on consultants or your vendor's professional services. This is your own product: your own developers HAVE to know all the ins and outs. Relying too heavily on external developers is dicey - what happens when you want to give your app a complete overhaul in the next release, but only the consultant \ vendor really knows the code or data model that they have implemented? In this case you will be, so to speak, "at their mercy".

    So I would recommend actually minimizing reliance on consultants and the vendor's developers, and instead opting to choose a product that can easily be white-labeled, customized and modified. At Sisense we have ensured this can be done using standard APIs such as REST and Javascript; and additionally included built-in features that allow you to set up data security, SSL, etc., without needing to write any code of your own.

    Again, this is something you should ask the vendor to PROVE as part of a proof of concept, rather than take their word for it, but in the bottom line - I would strongly recommend retaining your developers' independence, rather than going down the consultant \ professional services road.

    And if your shortlist isn't sealed shut yet, I'd take a look at the Sisense OEM program:



    it_user254049 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user254049 (Executive - IT with 1,001-5,000 employees)

    Why not go for Tableau for quick easy implementation with robust reporting
    & BI functionalities.

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    Birst Networked BI and Analytics eliminates information silos. Decentralized users can augment the enterprise data model virtually, as opposed to physically, without compromising data governance.

    A unified semantic layer maintains common definitions and key metrics.
    Birst’s two-tier architecture aligns back-end sources with line-of-business or local data. Birst’s Automated Data Refinement extracts data from any source into a unified semantic layer. Users are enabled with self-service analytics through executive dashboards, reporting, visual discovery, mobile tools, and predictive analytics. Birst Open Client Interface also offers integration with Tableau, Excel and R.

    Birst goes to market in two primary ways: as a direct sale, for enterprises using Birst on internal data to manage their business; and embedded, for companies who offer analytic products, by embedding and white-labeling Birst capabilities into their products.

    Birst’s is packaged in 3 available formats: Platform and per-user fee; by Department or Business Unit; by end-customer (for embedded scenarios).

    BOARD International - headquartered in Switzerland - is a leading global provider of software for improving business results through better decision making. By unifying Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management into a single product, BOARD enables companies to achieve a shared vision of their performance across the entire organization, and thus a single version of the truth.

    BOARD provides seamless solutions for • Reporting & Analysis • Budgeting, Planning & Forecasting • Profitability Modelling & Optimization • Simulation & What-if-Analysis • Scorecarding & Strategy Management • Financial Consolidation. Based on visual modelling, BOARD has enabled global companies to deploy BI and CPM applications without a single line of code in a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional solutions.

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    Sample Customers
    Citrix Systems, Jive Software, SunnyD, Toshiba Medical Systems, Cisco OpenDNS, RB, Sunny D, Vertafore
    Coca-Cola, Puma, Desigual, Ricoh, KPMG, H&M, Groupe SEB
    Top Industries
    Healthcare Company25%
    Insurance Company8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Educational Organization9%
    Healthcare Company21%
    Pharma/Biotech Company5%
    Real Estate/Law Firm5%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Company Size
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise41%
    Large Enterprise24%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Birst is ranked 29th in Reporting while Board is ranked 19th in Reporting with 2 reviews. Birst is rated 0.0, while Board is rated 7.0. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Board writes "A stable solution with good user-experience, easy deployment but needs some improvement with engine ". Birst is most compared with Tableau and Microsoft BI, whereas Board is most compared with Anaplan, SAP Analytics Cloud, Microsoft BI, CCH Tagetik and Tableau.

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