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Birst Aims to End IT Data Feeds

The trick is to keep all the data in one place, letting business users access what they need

Birst has finally solved a problem the Royal Bank of Canada posed seven years ago.

It's figured out a way to analyze data regardless of where it is without moving or replicating it. It calls the widgetry Distributed Business Analytics.

The trick is to keep all the data in one place, letting business users access what they need. The multi-tenant architecture brings the data warehouse to their desktop, essentially blending local and centralized data for the sake of answers. And it's still a secure, controlled environment.

Birst figures it's providing a "net-new way for users to leverage the centralized data warehouse for local analytic purposes," which strengthens its rep for innovation. IT doesn't need to provide individual data feeds anymore.

Distributed Business Analytics means no changes to the data warehouse or IT architecture; business users get their own sandbox with enterprise data from the data warehouse; business logic is standardized; and menus of data subject areas can be created that users can access and combine on-the-fly without IT provisioning.

Birst CEO Brad Peters says, "Current business intelligence is limiting and doesn't allow customers to take full advantage of their own data....Our goal is to hasten the death of the data feed once and for all."

The widgetry can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud. It needs Birst Professional or Enterprise Edition and is priced by user and CPUs. When last we heard they were still wrestling with the pricing.

It will be part of Birst 5.3 in the next 30 days.

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