Infor to Acquire Birst

Infor, a provider of business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, has reached an agreement to acquire Birst, Inc., a pioneer of cloud-native, business intelligence (BI), analytics, and data visualization. Birst provides a platform for sourcing, refining, and presenting standardized data insights at scale to drive business decisions. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

Infor offers an analytical applications platform for budgeting, planning, and consolidations applications as well as a sales and operations planning suite. The Birst platform complements and further strengthens these best-in-class applications.

The Birst business intelligence platform connects the entire enterprise through a network of virtualized BI instances on-top of a shared common analytical fabric. Birst spans ETL (extract, transform, and load), operational reports, dashboards, semantic understanding, visualization, smart discovery, and data blending to form a rich, simplified end-to-end BI suite in the cloud.

According to Infor, with a critical mass of cloud subscribers and petabytes of mission critical data in the cloud, Birst provides Infor a single, elegant platform for to render insights, discovery, correlations, and predictive analytics in “a highly consumable user interface.” Birst also has strong data aggregation capabilities including a networked semantic layer to standardize definitions across federated data sources. The company’s Automated Data Refinement leverages intelligent unification technologies that can both map and model data from multiple different sources to define metrics once across all data repositories.

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