It’s been a big week at Birst HQ. We’ve launched an awesome freemium product, been named the #1 cloud-based BI solution, were placed on Information Management’s 40 Vendors to Watch List, and we’re rocking the floor at Dreamforce 2012 and TDWI in Boston.

In fewer words, we’re crushing it. (Thanks, Gary V.!)

A quick recap:

  • Birst Express, our freemium analytics platform, officially launched on Monday, September 17th. If you’ve wanted to implement a BI solution but were scared of sinking too much money into something that might not work for you, now is your chance to try the Birst platform risk (and cost) free. Birst Express is not a trial; it is a bonafide, never-expires-right-when-you-are-getting-the-hang-of-it analytics platform with a bunch of awesome perks, like a Salesforce.com connector, automatic data integration, and the ability to aggregate data from diverse sources, like MS Excel or Access. You can also share your dashboards with other users. Try it free and upgrade as you grow.
  • We were just named the #1 cloud-based BI solution in the Dresner Advisory Services’ 2012 Wisdom of Crowds™ Cloud Business Intelligence Market Study. Over 850 individuals were surveyed, many vendors evaluated, and we came out on top. We are incredibly proud to have been selected.
  • Information Management has placed us on their 3rd annual 40 Vendor’s to Watch List. There were hundreds of nominees and we were hand-selected by their team of editors, contributors, and trusted analysts.
  • Dreamforce 2012 and TDWI: if you happen to be in town for Dreamforce, please visit us in booth 400 for a look at the aforementioned Birst Express, as well as our other editions. If you’re in Boston, check Birst out at TDWI. We’d love to give you a guided tour of what Birst can do for your business.

All this news is just indicative of a creeping trend we’ve noticed; the “new generation” of Business Intelligence is finally kicking Enterprise BI to the curb. And this is not just us, either. Cloud-based, pre-integrated, mobile, and specialized analytics solutions are taking awards hand-over-fist. Data is hip again. There is a newer, better, and faster way to do BI and we’re here to lead that revolution.

BI doesn’t need to be six-month or longer implementations, dependent on IT, and hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions) of dollars. BI can be intuitive, easy-to-use (even for non-techie users), 1/3 the price and time of big BI, and now—even free.

We want you and your business to crush it, too. We want you to make agile, data-driven decisions that improve the way your business functions with the absolute best tools possible. BI doesn’t have to suck. Real BI (not dashboarding tools) can help you draw business insights that actually matter and give you the tools to make real impact. This is within reach for your organization. Birst can help you bridge the gap between now and crushing it.