SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/02/14 -- Birst Inc., the leader in Cloud BI, continues to drive the rapidly expanding market demand for cloud-based business intelligence, signing industry-leading customers, offering an expanded set of innovative new products, and growing its international presence. Birst announced its impressive customer growth of 121% in 2013, adding leading customers such as Aetna, Athena Health, Autodesk, Elekta, FICO, Financial Times, Intel, Kellogg's, Leapfrog, Medidata, Motorola, Navis, Qualys, Shaw Communications, and Texas Health to its already impressive roster. The company also expanded its global footprint and opened offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, China and the Middle East to better reach and serve customers in these countries and regions. Birst also continues to achieve recognition for its market-leading solutions, as evidenced by accolades from industry analysts, influencers and thought leaders.
Named a "Challenger" in the most recent Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms(i), Birst was one of just two companies named such in the 2014 report, and was recognized based on completeness of vision and ability to execute. Since the beginning of 2014, Birst has been named to InfoWorld's "Technology of the Year Awards," Business Insider's "21 Startups to Bet Your Career On," CRN's "20 Coolest Cloud Software Vendors Of the Year," IDG Connect's "20 Hot Pre-IPO Companies of the Year," and KMWorld's "100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management."
"Birst has experienced tremendous growth over the last year and we are just getting started. We are committed to bringing the value of Cloud BI to global business users within the enterprise," said Birst CEO Brad Peters. "We will continue to drive greater adoption of cloud-based BI around the world and grow our industry-leading analytics platform."
"BI vendors with cloud offerings are moving toward meeting critical market requirements for governed business-user-friendly platforms and to deliver strong product functionality, positive customer experiences and high business value to customers," wrote Rita Sallam, Research VP, Gartner, et al. "This is a significant shift, indicating that 2014 may be a tipping point for cloud adoption as data gravity shifts to the cloud."(ii)
Innovative Products Backed by Powerful Infrastructure
Birst has delivered numerous innovations throughout the past year to enhance customers' ability to rapidly gain insight from diverse data sources and better serve business users. The recent introduction of Birst Visualizer adds new visual discovery capabilities to the Birst platform, combining Google-like search and Amazon-like recommendations to reduce time-to-answer for business users. Birst's Open Connector Framework allows third parties to author connectors and provides application-level integration for the creation of Solution Accelerators, such as those recently launched for NetSuite Operational Analytics and Recurring Revenue. Finally, Birst's unique support for Amazon Web Services provides for highly scalable and automated Amazon Redshift data warehouse creation.
As a multi-tenant cloud solution, Birst is among the world's most robust BI instances, serving up over 80,000 dashboard views a day with over half a million fact tables that combine 25,000 data sources. This single instance housed in a SOC II, Type II security compliant infrastructure supports more than 10,000 organizations.
Birst is now available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic, German, Korean, French, and simplified Chinese.
Expanding Channels and Partnerships
Furthering its goal to deliver its revolutionary BI capabilities to customers across the globe, Birst is now partnered with a diverse group of overseas vendors and IT consultants, including SuitePlus in Brazil, RXP Services in Australia, Praesto Consulting, Alto Intelligence and Big Data Solutions in Finland, Carve Solutions in Denmark, Sweden-based Lincube Group, Data-Fun Information Technology in Shanghai, and global cloud application systems integrators including Bluewolf, Acumen Solutions, and Cloud Sherpas.
Birst delivers tailored BI solutions to vertical markets by strategically growing its partner network. The company partnered with technology providers that have deep experience helping eCommerce, entertainment, financial services, government, health, and utilities organizations harness the power of analytics. New partners include CloudBase Services, Gudmundr, StarPoint Technologies, Solve, Right Angle Solutions, Intellitek Systems, and Intelligent Consulting.
Finally, Birst continues to grow its technology partnership with NetSuite. The company recently released a Birst Trial Edition for NetSuite, available from partners.
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Birst is the only enterprise-caliber Business Intelligence platform born in the cloud. Less costly and more agile than Legacy BI and more powerful than Data Discovery, Birst is engineered with an automated data warehouse and rich, visual analytics, to give meaning to data -- all types and sizes. Coupled with the agility of the Cloud, Birst gives business teams the ability to solve real problems. Fast. Find out why thousands of businesses rely on Birst for their analytic needs. Learn to think fast at www.birst.com and join the conversation @birstbi.
(i) Gartner, Inc., "2014 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms" by Rita L. Sallam, Joao Tapadinhas, Josh Parenteau, Daniel Yuen, Bill Hostmann, February 20, 2014
(ii) Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms Published: 20 February 2014, p. 6