Birst and ABM Systems Partner to Bring Enterprise-Class BI to Australia

First Australian Deployment of Birst Takes Mere Weeks to Deliver Cloud-Based BI Success

San Francisco, CA and Sydney, Australia,
May 1, 2013 -

Birst Inc., the leader in Cloud BI, and ABM Systems, a professional consulting services firm, today announced a partnership to introduce Birst's enterprise-class, Cloud-based business intelligence platform to the Australian market. Organizations will now have access to Birst's agile data warehouse and BI platform, and in coordination with ABM's collaborative consulting approach, will empower customers with the right business tools and analysis to meet their company's BI needs.

"ABM has a solid 15-year track record implementing Corporate Performance Management solutions for Australia's leading enterprises. We are focused on global leading technologies that are quick and easy to deploy and don't require organizations to install high priced consultants along with the solution," said Greg Clarke, CEO at ABM Systems. "Having a large professional services firm background, I have always aspired to enable the highest standards of CPM. Birst enables us to deliver top-end BI excellence under a coaching, collaborative, consulting model; quickly, easily and cost effectively."

Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, ABM Systems will offer Birst to Australian executives looking for a game-changing opportunity in Business Intelligence. Birst's global enterprise standard, automated data warehousing, intuitive self-service reporting and analytics, cloud economics and big data capabilities combined with its agile and flexible deployment options, now deliver Australia's executives an amazing value proposition.

After thoroughly evaluating several BI solutions available on the market, LJ Hooker, Australia's best known and most trusted real estate brand, selected Birst's robust, full-suite business intelligence solution based on many factors, including its reasonable price point, quick deployment and excellent ROI.

With a franchise network of 650 offices and a residential sales teams of over 3000 sales professionals backed up by over 2000 support team members, LJ Hooker sells more than 40,000 properties each year worth over AUD$15 billion. LJ Hooker also has 1200 property management experts managing 120,000 properties valued at over AUD$50 billion generating AUD$1.5 billion in rental income each year. The need for an enterprise-class BI solution was pressing.

"After searching for a long time, we found that most offerings were exorbitantly expensive with lengthy turnaround times. Many companies were also going to lock us into inflexible technologies that would be hard to change as the market adapted along with our people's needs," said Ryan Campbell, Head of Technology at LJ Hooker. "Birst provided us with a solution that suited our needs. Most importantly, it enabled us to deploy a data warehouse and generate executive level dashboards in a matter of only weeks."

"We are thrilled to partner with ABM Systems to bring Birst's Cloud-based BI solution to the Australian market," said Sharon Gordon, Vice President of Birst Alliances and Technology Partners. "Birst helps people go beyond data discovery and traditional big BI by maximizing the complete value of the data with the industry's most powerful analytic capabilities. With ABM's guidance, companies like LJ Hooker will benefit from Birst's integrated ETL, data warehouse automation, enterprise reporting, ad hoc query, and dashboard reporting."

About Birst
Birst is the only enterprise-caliber Business Intelligence platform born in the cloud. Less costly and more agile than Legacy BI and more powerful than Data Discovery, Birst is engineered with an automated data warehouse and rich, visual analytics, to give meaning to data -- all types and sizes. Coupled with the agility of the Cloud, Birst gives business teams the ability to solve real problems. Fast. Find out why Gartner named Birst a Challenger in its most recent BI Magic Quadrant and why more than a thousand businesses rely on Birst for their analytic needs. Learn to think fast at www.birst.com and join the conversation @birstbi.

About ABM Systems
ABM Systems specialise in improving enterprise performance management using global leading management practices and systems to drive better strategic planning, budgeting, costing, profitability analysis, process improvement, performance measurement, reporting & analytics. Find out more about ABM Systems by visiting www.abmsystems.com.

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For more information, contact:
Stacey Burbach
Point Communications Group for Birst, Inc.
602.279.1137
sburbach@pointcgroup.com