March 31, 2011 10:00 ET

Birst Adds Powerful In-Memory Processing, SAP Connectivity With Latest Release

Birst 4 Winter Release 2011 Brings a New Level of Power, Scale, Flexibility and Connectivity to Business Intelligence

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 31, 2011) - Birst Inc., the leading provider of software-as-a-service business intelligence (SaaS BI) and analytics, today announced the availability of Birst 4 Winter Release 2011, the most comprehensive, easy-to-use business intelligence solution available on-demand. Birst already delivers critical insight to a wide array of companies, from enterprises in the Fortune 500 to medium sized businesses, including Citrix Systems, Securian, RBC, Rackspace Hosting, People Answers, Evoco, and Xactly. Birst's modern, agile approach to business intelligence delivers important business insights in days and weeks, far more quickly and at a far more affordable price than traditional on-premise solutions. The new features available in the Birst 4 Winter Release further expand Birst's dramatic advantages in speed, ease of use, and analytical power.

"The rapidly expanding Birst customer community is a testament to the success of our agile, modern approach to business intelligence," said Brad Peters, CEO, Birst. "This latest release illustrates our continued commitment to bringing the power of insight to a greater number of people -- it has even faster speeds, makes it easier than ever for business questions to get answered, and provides greater flexibility with the SAP connector and data deployment options."

Birst Memory Expressions

With the Birst 4 Winter Release, Birst launches Birst Memory Expressions, a powerful in-memory engine bringing new levels of flexibility to Business Intelligence. Based on Birst Expression Language (BEL), business analysts can create reports and analysis of unrivaled richness and sophistication.

SAP Connector

Birst expanded its support of SAP data with the launch of a dedicated SAP Connector in the latest release. Business object information from SAP is now easily and automatically extracted via SAP BAPI. The SAP Connector allows users to get access to SAP information without IT intervention. All available business objects can be easily browsed with Birst.

Big Data

For customers with extremely large data sets in Birst, the new release features an automated pre-aggregation engine. This engine allows for raw data to be automatically pre-summarized at varying levels of detail. No physical management of aggregates is required and aggregates can be incrementally updated. Pre-aggregation happens completely behind the scenes; Birst's query navigation engine automatically leverages summarized data. No changes to metrics, reports or queries are required.

Easier Birst Integrations

Birst 4 Winter Release introduces a new level of integration possibilities, enabling users to extend Birst with their existing applications. For partners and other customers, this allows Birst to be tightly integrated within an application or portal. Integration points are documented and available to customers and partners who build on our platform.

"The Winter Release 2011 further distinguishes Birst as an agile BI provider focused on business results," said Stefan Schmitz, Vice President of Products at Birst. "No other business intelligence solution provides the flexibility, speed, and power that Birst offers to the broadest range of possible users."

Birst 4 Winter Release 2011 is immediately available to all Birst customers and prospects. For more information, contact For OEM and partnership information, contact

About Birst

Birst is the SaaS Business Intelligence leader that accelerates business results by deploying fast, powerful, and agile business intelligence solutions for its customers. Birst overcomes the traditional cost, complexity, and performance barriers of business intelligence with rapid, flexible, affordable solutions that simultaneously improve the reach and power of analysis in an organization. Birst solutions are accessible from any Internet-connected device with a modern browser, feature high levels of security, and are highly scalable. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Barbara Lewis
    Email Contact
    (415) 644-5400