Using Birst Dashboards to Advance Your Analytics Reporting
- 18th May 2018
- David Hall
Nearly a year has passed since Infor completed their takeover of Birst, in what marked a real statement of intent within the BI industry.
Through the acquisition, Infor wanted to use their expertise surrounding industry-specific cloud BI software to enhance Birst’s existing, next-gen cloud analytics platform - combining the best of the two companies in the process.
At the time, we explained how the move made a lot of sense, with more and more data analysts turning towards cloud analytics as a means to shrinking down ‘time-to-insight’ in their organisation.
Looking back, Infor have now been able to deliver changes that are enabling them to achieve their goal of making Birst the default reporting platform for their customers.
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Infor have retained the Birst brand, positioning it as a next-gen, cloud-based platform for networked business intelligence.
Putting the power of analytics in the hands of every information worker, they have enabled customers to accelerate the process of insight delivery across an enterprise.
This essentially means that companies can move away from simple, backward looking static reports and look towards forward-facing analytics reporting systems.
What Steps Should I Take With Birst?
If you are already using Infor BI, then a migration to Birst needs to be carried out. Speak to Birst for options. For those that are new to Infor, you will get limited Birst functionality included.
Handily with Birst, the simple reporting dashboards rely on the same platform as the complex dashboards. This means that services can be gradually expanded in line with analytics growth without the need for a new platform.
Since Birst is cloud-based, additional data sources can also be added as the complexity of your analytics programme increases.
Infor have invested heavily in providing pre-built dashboards in Birst, so you’ll get some really nice starter dashboards included when you buy or upgrade to the latest version. The value based design approach lets you take this simple foundation and move towards an analytics driven approach to your decision making.
Particularly for smaller organisations - and once you’ve got to grips with basic Birst functionality - we would then advise making the move towards the low-cost Birst Professional edition. This will help you to reduce the barrier to expanding Birst to cover all of the data within your enterprise.
Value Based Design Approach
Beyond this - and certainly at Peak Indicators - we suggest to our clients that they move on to the ‘Value Based Design’ approach; in line with some quick sprints to prove value on a small scale.
Once this value and approach has been proven, you’ll be ready to expand to cover all roles and users by beginning the gradual upgrade to the full Birst Enterprise edition.
Work With Peak Indicators
The Infor acquisition has enabled companies operating in many industries to adopt an Enterprise analytics programme in a risk-free, pragmatic and proven way.
At Peak Indicators, we can ensure you take advantage of this to the fullest effect. Using the relatively basic CloudSuites as an entry-level option, Our BI experts can then provide your team with ongoing analytics support and training.
For example, you may have some HCM dashboards with the number of ‘leavers’ listed by department type. We could then use our expertise to expand that data with advanced workforce analytics software to help you predict which employees could leave your organisation.
Contact the Peak Indicators team to chat with us about how your organisation could benefit from Infor’s Birst platform here.