Birst’s Distributed Business Analytics includes features to blend data with centralized warehouse or cloud master data, create user configurable data subject menus and business definitions, and self-service BI sandboxing with enterprise data. Distribution in the analytic solution can be done in real-time and bypasses duplication through the sandboxing feature, and IT retains governance of enterprise data.
Holger Kisker, principal analyst with Forrester Research, says that on the surface, Distributed Business Analytics provides an opportunity for business user flexibility “without compromising data consistency and quality.” Beyond the single power user, Kisker says the solution provides an extended opportunity for teams to collaborate in a sandbox based on this warehouse data. Still, IT has an oversight role with the solution sandbox data in case of performance or security issues, or to take over and distribute popular useful reports from this collaboration area, Kisker says.
Birst CEO Brad Peters says the decentralization of information access offered in the new solution avoids the “roach motel” aspect of data warehouses where data is relegated to IT and cut off or delayed for business users. Peters also says the new release gives a nod to the business data capabilities in the In-Memory Analytics Database offering Birst launched at the end of 2011 that layered cloud BI on top of an existing data warehouse.
The new release requires Birst’s Professional or Enterprise Edition and is available as part of Birst Release 5.3. Priced per user and central processing unit-based, Birst has scheduled general availability within the next month.