Birst and Keen Technology Consulting Partner to Further Agile Business Intelligence Benefits Across the Canadian Marketplace

Alliance Brings Increased Agility, Flexibility and Affordability to Midsize and Enterprise Organizations

San Francisco, CA and Toronto, Canada ,
March 22, 2013 -

Birst Inc., the leading provider of agile business analytics, and Keen Technology Consulting, leader in Business Intelligence and Data Management consulting, today announced they are partnering to help organizations make better-informed decisions through business intelligence. Using Birst’s fully integrated, SaaS-based Business Intelligence platform available in the Cloud or on premise, the technology alliance between the Canadian consulting services provider and leading Cloud BI solution, will bring new levels of agility, flexibility and affordability to midsize and enterprise organizations across a number of verticals in the Canadian marketplace.

“Traditional BI projects are plagued with high resource costs and multi-year deployment cycles. Keen offers a new form of BI that enables an infusion of agility in the way an organization interacts with its analytics platform,” says Sidi Goutam, Director of Consulting Services at Keen Technology Consulting. “Our mission is to remove the impediments that have traditionally plagued large data projects and expand the reach of BI to roles across the enterprise, delivering real business intelligence directly to managers and executives, on their mobile devices, software-as-a-service, harnessing data in the cloud. Our strategic decision to partner with Birst aims to provide a renewed BI delivery model with a differentiated experience and will make a more efficient and more cost-effective BI solution accessible to any organization regardless of size – a seemingly disruptive concept.”

The alliance between Birst and Keen delivers benefits that are squarely focused on the customer and their business. Birst makes it easier for companies to be successful in BI by delivering a fully integrated, enterprise-caliber platform that can be deployed in the Cloud or on premise at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional, on premise BI solutions, while Keen offers a comprehensive set of Data Services that enable its clients the ability to easily harness intelligence and meaning from their data, thereby improving their ability to make informed decisions. The alliance between Birst and Keen gives customers the ability to benefit from the industry’s best agile business intelligence solution with rapid delivery of analytics and visualizations, low-cost and flexible SaaS BI applications and an agile delivery model. Together, Keen and Birst will help businesses answer their most pressing business questions while also helping them realize their growth, sales and revenue objectives.

“Our clients understand they're operating in a competitive landscape where more than ever before, in addition to being agile and nimble, they have to be correct. That requires a renewed approach of understanding your business, and the core processes that drive your operations and growth,” said Grant McKeracher, Managing Partner at Keen Technology Consulting. “This drives the need to speed business decisions, understand the consequences of any decision and predict outcomes with increased certainty, moving to a new level of corporate intelligence. Cue Agile Business Analytics. Cue Birst.”

“Birst’s leading cloud-based platform, together with Keen’s dedication to constantly delivering the best business successes to its customers, means this technology partnership will further our joint ability to give customers the agility and flexibility that will ultimately ensure success,” said Sharon Gordon, Vice President of Birst Alliances and Technology Partners. “We want to empower every customer and make it easier and more affordable to make strategic decisions about Big Data, and improve the predictability of their business with predictive analytics and business intelligence. Together with Keen, we are able to do exactly that and let the business results speak for themselves.”

For more information about becoming a Birst partner, visit http://www.birst.com/partners.

About Keen
Keen is one of the fastest growing technology consulting companies in Canada, ranked #2 on the Profit 50 Emerging Companies. Since inception in 2006, Keen’s clients have come to experience an alternative to the Big Box Consulting firms. Keen helps clients attain business agility, enabled with our people, processes and Agile delivery methodology. Our exclusively onshore and co-located teams empower our clients to convert data to insights to dollars. With offices in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Houston and Dallas, we represent skilled consultants across multiple geographies. For more information, visit www.keenconsulting.ca or follow us on Twitter @KeenBI.

About Birst
Birst™ is the leader in agile business analytics. It offers a single place to manage all of your organization’s business analytics and the agility to answer questions spanning departments, data sources, and deployments—across both public and private clouds. Birst gives users the fastest way to answer their most pressing business questions, and the ones they didn’t know to ask. At one-third the cost, time, and staff of traditional big BI, Birst brings the benefits of analytics and fact-based decision-making to a much broader audience. For more information, visit www.birst.com or follow us on Twitter @BirstBI.

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Stacey Burbach
Point Communications Group for Birst, Inc.
sburbach@pointcgroup.com
602.279.1137