NEW YORK - Sep 12, 2017
Birst, an Infor company and a leader in Cloud Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics for the Enterprise, today announced that it has been positioned as a leader in "The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise BI Platforms With Majority Cloud Deployments, Q3 2017."
Forrester required that vendors, to be included in the report, have more than 50 percent of their BI revenues from deployments in the cloud. It evaluated enterprise BI platforms in three primary categories, including "Current offering," "Strategy," and "Market presence."
Birst received the second highest score in the "Current offering" category, which evaluates highly differentiated product features. Its scores were among the highest in eight of the criteria Forrester used to evaluate "Current offering," including "Actionable and suggestive BI"; "Architecture"; "Cloud/hybrid architecture; "Cross-product integration"; "Data curation"; "Ease of use"; "Integration with other tools and applications"; and "Mobile."
In the "Strategy" category, Birst received the highest scores possible in the criteria of "Focus on SaaS/cloud" and among the highest in the "R&D and IP creation" criterion. In the "Market presence" category, Birst received the highest score possible in the criteria of "Presence in all global regions."
The complete Forrester Enterprise Cloud BI Wave report is available here.
According to the Forrester report, "Birst provides a full BI stack with strong support for both governance and agility. Birst was developed from the ground up as an enterprise-grade BI platform in the cloud, but with support for hybrid models. With its "Networked BI" capability, it supports centralized governance while giving business units and individuals flexibility.
"Other distinguishing features," the report said, "include a unique data warehouse automation feature (for which Birst has been awarded a broad technology patent) and its ability to integrate with other BI platforms.
"As customers also highlight, Birst's mobile capabilities set it apart, with HTML5 and native app delivery, including off-line support."
Commenting on Infor's acquisition of Birst in H2 2017, the report noted that, "Infor's wide sales and partner network is a benefit, as are its R&D resources that will speed up execution of Birst's roadmap."
Brad Peters, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Birst, said, "We believe this year's Forrester Wave recognizes the industry's shift toward cloud-based BI. Today's businesses can no longer afford the long deployment times and costly investments required by traditional on-premises solutions. Companies are gravitating to modern cloud-based BI platforms, such as Birst, that deliver next-generation capabilities with faster time to value and a lower cost of ownership.
"Birst's pioneering Networked BI platform delivers great examples of these modern capabilities, such as our patented Automated Data Refinement (ADR) technology, Smart Data Preparation, and One-Click Smart Visualizations," he noted. "Leading companies around the world are achieving tremendous success with Birst's modern cloud BI platform by delivering extraordinary value to the business in far less time and with fewer resources. We are delighted to be recognized by Forrester as a leader in this space. We remain committed to customer success and technology innovation in the cloud BI industry."
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About Birst, an Infor Company
Infor builds business software for specific industries in the cloud. With 16,000 employees and over 90,000 customers in more than 170 countries, Infor software is designed for progress. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.