5 Things You Should Know About Bime

We picked out 5 random things that you should know about Bime to give you a little overview of its capabilities.

1. You don't have to be an IT whizz to use Bime.

Yes, believe it or not, not everyone that uses Bime is an IT pro. In fact, it's almost the opposite - Bime is designed to empower professionals outside of the IT department, with a view to freeing up IT demand so that IT departments can focus solely on their strategic IT role. There is no hardware, no software to install, no deployment and no manual update. And because Bime has been designed for normal people, only meaningful design features are available; not because we don’t care, but because less is more: beautiful visual design meets effortless functionality.

2. We give you Bime for free.

Well, for the first month anyway. Whether you later intend on opening a paid account or not, we'll always start you off with 30 days at no cost to you. This is to give you a chance to explore the fully-functional Enterprise version of Bime and work out how it can benefit you and your business, with no obligation to upgrade. So what have you got to lose? Open a new account here.

3. There is a desktop version of Bime.

You never stop hearing about the benefits of the SaaS version of Bime, but we also offer Bime Desktop. Bime Desktop is the same application (same look and feel, same features as your online version of Bime) but it can connect on-premise data such as your personal Excel files or your organizational databases (such as Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, PostGre, Access...).

What's so great about it? You can use the same account and login that you use for the online version of Bime. Every query, dashboard and new connection you created in the cloud is available in your desktop application. Both the desktop and SaaS version will give you exactly the same views and navigation options.

Bime Desktop allows you to gather on-premise data AND cloud data in the same dashboards. For example: On the one hand: you have budgeted your marketing campaign using Excel. On the other hand: you use Google Analytics to analyze it. Now, you can create a dashboard with both sets of information in one place!

You can load Bime desktop here.

4. Your data is secure and we don't store it.

Your data is yours. We don't store it. We only store the way you want to analyze it - in this way, Bime acts like a connection. This is called metadata. Your metadata and information related to your account is backed up each day.

All Bime accounts include 128-bit SSL security. What is SSL? SSL is an acronym for “Secure Socket Layer”, a security protocol that provides communications privacy over the Internet. The protocol allows Bime to securely communicate in a way that is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, or communications forgery. It is the same technology used by banks and e-commerce companies such as Amazon.com to keep your information safe and secure during transactions. In Bime’s case, SSL keeps your data connections absolutely secure (Bime’s normal password protection keeps your information private, but SSL keeps it private and secure). Even the free version has SSL on all Bime connections.

All of our servers are hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS has many years of experience in designing, constructing, and operating large-scale datacenters. This experience has been applied to the AWS platform and infrastructure. AWS datacenters are housed in nondescript facilities. Physical access is strictly controlled both at the perimeter and at building ingress points by professional security staff utilizing video surveillance, state of the art intrusion detection systems, and other electronic means.

5. You can analyze your Google Analytics data at a highly detailed level.

As you may or may not be aware, in Bime's last couple of releases, the focus has been heavily on the Google Analytics Connector. Not only can you drill right down into your Google Analytics data, but you can now also analyze several profiles at the same time with profile aggregation - a feature which is super useful for comparing your different websites. Previously you had to analyze each separate website, then export your data, collate it.. let's just say, Bime now does all the hard work for you, freeing you up to focus on other more important things - such as how you are going to use your newly-found insight to improve your website traffic.

What else? Dynamic Segmentation was one of the top new features deployed by Google in their API. With Bime 1.97 you’ll get full support when it comes to segmentation.

Update 15/09/2010: Check out Bime v1.99, it's even better and faster than v1.97!

We would love to hear your thoughts about Bime. What do you like? What don't you like? What do you think we could improve on? Feel free to post your opinions as a comment below!