ViFX partners with Birst to bring cutting-edge BI to NZ


Geoff Olliff

Auckland-based IT infrastructure and cloud consultancy, ViFX, has taken a giant step toward delivering New Zealand cutting-edge business intelligence by partnering with Birst, a global leader in cloud BI and enterprise analytics.

San Francisco-based Birst bills itself as “the world’s most modern enterprise BI and analytics platform”, offering the best of both worlds – a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application that shares centralised cloud or on-premise data with decentralised business units. This maintains the integrity of trusted centralised data but layers on the agility and flexibility business users need for fast and accurate decision-making and reduced total cost of ownership.

“We see that access to sophisticated enterprise-grade analytics via a range of cloud delivery mechanisms is a potential game changer for many businesses, and we are pleased to partner with Birst and bring such a leading analytics platform to New Zealand,” said Geoff Olliff, director and co-founder, ViFX.

Birst was recently named the winner of the Big Data and Analytics category at the 2015 Enterprise Innovation Awards, which were established to identify leading companies in the Asia Pacific market and key innovators in their use of technology. Birst was also ranked as a leader in The Forrester Wave for Cloud Business Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2015, receiving among the highest or second highest scores in 13 of 16 criteria, and has been rated 100 per cent for customer service in a Gartner Group survey.

“We believe our position as a leader in The Forrester Wave for Cloud Business Intelligence Platforms results from our pioneering work to create a next-generation, cloud-architected BI platform,” said Jay Larson, CEO, Birst. “Birst empowers user-led decentralised business units while at the same time supporting the enterprise requirements of centralised BI/IT teams. Our unique ability to deliver speed, agility, and ease-of-use, without compromising data governance and scalability, is redefining the way companies think about BI.”