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Infor acquires cloud-native BI

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Infor has announced it is to acquire business intelligence (BI), analytics and data visualisation company Birst. A cloud-native company, Birst has built its own platform to handle complex data analysis and presentation. It is a good fit for Infor who will gain from Birst’s reputation in the market and some high profile customers. Birst was recently ranked top for Embedded OEM by Gartner.

This is not just about what Birst, as a product, brings to the table. Infor will also gain from a management team with a longstanding experience of BI. According to Charles Phillips, CEO, Infor: “The founders of Birst have a deep BI pedigree. This is much of the same team that built Siebel Systems BI, which is now Oracle’s BI stack.

“They put the band back together, pivoted to the cloud, and built a modern BI platform with an understanding of future needs, experience with a wide variety of use cases, and commitment to the cloud. Now is the time to converge this cloud native BI platform with the world’s first industry cloud company. We’re going to define the next generation of analytical applications.”

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