Birst, an Infor company and a leader in Cloud Business Intelligence (BI) as well as Analytics for the Enterprise, recently announced Birst 7: a major new software release that brings centralised and decentralised analytics to the enterprise, in a single platform. The new release empowers enterprises to deliver trusted, governed insights, across the organisation, balancing freedom and control, through a modern, consumer-grade user interface designed for scalability and speed.

Managing Director at EOH Infor Services, Mark Bannerman, says: “Birst 7 provides an entirely new data modeling experience that extends Birst’s patented data warehouse automation technology and allows for a completely re-imagined administration module for managing centralised and decentralised deployments. This includes new auditing features and more granular user management capabilities”. Bannerman says that through this initiative, enterprise organisations are able to democratise data modeling while still maintaining centralised compliance and governance.

Key capabilities include:

  • Enterprise data modeling
  • Self-service data preparation in a unified, easy-to-use interface
  • Enterprise administration with advanced data orchestration, and;
  • Birst Smart Analytics.

Birst Smart Analytics is a new set of Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled capabilities that elevate organisations above traditional reports and dashboards, using machine learning algorithms to power intelligent insights not previously available to business users.

The Birst 7 software release is generally available now, as both a cloud-based offering and an on-premise virtual appliance, where the latter offers the same rich capabilities, upgrade path, and level of support as the enterprise cloud version. This allows enterprises to move from one deployment model to another to successfully meet their strategic and operational goals.

Business Intelligence Developer at Carlisle Fluid Technologies, Marcus Williams, explains: “With fourteen different ERP and reporting instances distributed globally, one consistent definition of revenue was challenging to calculate, especially when using different currency rates. We have been successfully using Birst over the last three years to move users to a central BI system across regions, while also giving our business units the freedom and agility to do their own analysis to better track information across finance, sales, and supply chain”.

Organisations are currently challenged to manage governed enterprise analytics from a centralised administration team, while still empowering local, self-service customisation from a globally distributed, decentralised analytics team.

Birst 7 enables organisations to create enterprise-wide, trusted Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and complex enterprise data models, while at the same time, allowing decentralised teams to extend analytics with their own data, in a user-friendly, scalable and repeatable way. In addition, control of centrally managed data assets can be shared with decentralised teams, without the need to replicate or duplicate data, ensuring continuity and trust.

Vice President of Birst Product Management, Bhargav Addala, says: “We’re focused on making everyone from enterprise administrators, to business users, more productive in driving actionable analytics out to the edge of the enterprise. We’re empowering global organisations to deliver trusted, governed metrics to decentralised analytics teams, which can extend and enrich the ‘shared version of the truth’ semantic layer, using self-service data preparation built specifically for the needs of the business. All of this is delivered through a unified, easy-to-use, modern interface providing every analytics consumer and creator the tools they need to tackle any analytics use case.”

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