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OpenText Analytics

18 Ratings
Score 6.7 out of 101

Entrinsik Informer

83 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

OpenText Analytics

If you do not have a large budget and are a large organization, I would steer clear of Actuate. If you are looking to do very complex washboarding, I would not use them. Your developers have to be very skilled to work with this. Plan to bring in consultants if necessary to help your process. Adhoc reporting is weak. If your pricing is user based and you expand, this could be very expensive.
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Entrinsik Informer

On SQL, there are so many tools available. My clients are higher education specific and they have access to low-cost or no-cost alternatives. On Unidata, this is a great tool and will continue to be so. That being said, Informer is not just for Higher Education users.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Analytics
4.5
Entrinsik Informer
7.6
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Analytics
6.0
Entrinsik Informer
6.9
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Analytics
3.0
Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.1

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
7.8

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Publish to Web
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Publish to PDF
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Report Versioning
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
7.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
9.1

Access Control and Security

OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
9.1
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
8.1

Pros

  • The performance of Actuate IServer is tremendous. It can handle a large volume of reports with many concurrent users.
  • We can do anything in Actuate. We can write our own function, procedures, methods in Actuate. Basically we can create our own framework in Actuate. No other reporting tool is proving this functionality.
  • It supports the OLTP system very well. The data can be flowed easily from one report to another report, by using array.
  • Control level formatting is available.
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  • Our users like that reports can include prompts. This allows different departments on campus to use the same report with their own specific criteria.
  • Informer is fairly easy to use. It has allowed some of our end users to create reports on their own. With some training and understanding of the data and design of the database, they have been able to get what they need out of our student information system.
  • Personally, I like the fact that I can write a t-sql query and just copy it to Informer. This is much easier for me as a DBA than having to use the user interface.
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Cons

  • We have found a ton of bugs in there, our implementation is very complex and we use a lot of features, but we wish there were less bugs. Particularly with parameter display and validation.
  • Actuate has decided not to continue to support the birtondemand platform and it is running on older versions of their main platform.
  • Building out security extensibility is rather complex.
  • They have not had a rest interface until new versions of iHub.
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  • Reporting on Informer itself can be very challenging. There is no dictionary resource on the tables provided about Informer, so a lot of report writing is trial and error on my part. And I can find myself making assumptions about what a data field means.
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Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Analytics3.9
Based on 9 answers
Difficulty with some extensibility that should be fairly easy, lack of shading in the reports (even simple phong shading), lack of out-of-the box capabilities that seem like no brainers and instability with the design tools all drop the product a few marks, but the support community and the overall product experience is well above average. It's at least worth a try and its extensibility makes it a good contender
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Entrinsik Informer8.7
Based on 67 answers
I couldn't imagine doing my job without Informer. We have created and use so many reports within Informer on a daily basis that it has become a part of our regular work flows. No other reporting product has the integration and abilities that Informer has with our current Colleague system
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Usability

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Entrinsik Informer8.0
Based on 12 answers
Entrinsik Informer is easy to use for those people that know the data. Creating reports are easy
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Reliability and Availability

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Entrinsik Informer9.1
Based on 3 answers
We have 10 concurrent licenses and we average between 6-8 at any given time during the day; and we host the application.
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Support

OpenText Analytics9.1
Based on 1 answer
Always there on the front and backend for us and the client.
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Entrinsik Informer8.5
Based on 10 answers
Because the last several times that I've had to contact support, I've known more about the product than the person on the support team. I ended up calling someone at another campus to get my answers.
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Implementation

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No answers yet
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Entrinsik Informer9.0
Based on 5 answers
To hire someone with JavaScript skills.
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Breadth of Deployment

Actuate is used extensively as a developemnt tool and by 10s of thousands of end users. Virtually every line of business in our large financial institution uses Actuate - many who are unaware because the components are built into our home grown applications.
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We are close to 95% of the administrative staff using Informer, either as a writer or recipient of scheduled reports. In most cases, Informer training has become a 'day one' activity for new administrative staff.
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Alternatives Considered

We looked at a few other competitor's products but based on value for features chose Actuate for its total cost of ownership.
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Entrinsik Informer's ease of use and its ability to connect with multiple data sources made Informer the best choice for our college. Other reporting tools required extensive IT involvement to create reports which caused users to wait on availability of resources to meet user needs.
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Collaboration and Sharing

OpenText Analytics6.1
Based on 7 answers
Engineers can share and collaborate building tasks - e.g. One develope builds the report design while another builds the query. But I can't pass in a requirements template from a spreadsheet to construct the report. Collaboration is still strongly based on comminication between stakeholders and engineers rather than through automation
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Entrinsik Informer8.2
Based on 12 answers
You are able to add user groups to a query to add security and access but if you want to add the grouping to multiple queries, it requires an external tool the company provides. Be careful when using this tool, though, as you cannot use it to remove the group from a batch of reports if you inadvertently add them to ones you did not want.
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Data Integration

OpenText Analytics7.7
Based on 7 answers
It can connect to almost anything - solely based on what JDBC connectors are out there
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Entrinsik Informer8.1
Based on 12 answers
Upon creating the connections to HP-UX the first time around via the instructions, we were not able to access the files. It was not until after we worked with the Tech Support that we learned that extra connection commands were needed on our UNIX box to allow the software to talk to it.
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Return on Investment

  • Actuate can handle 50 to 60 sub reports inside a report very well.
  • Dynamically creating the datasource, chart, graph, reports are the main advantages. We can do any level of drilling, and can create a performance matrix dashboard efficiently.
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  • Informer has created continuity between departments so that they are looking at the same data
  • Informer allows our users to get cleaner data by analyzing data to see if its good data or bad data that needs to be corrected
  • Informer allows those staff members that dont have the expertise to create reports to run reports created by power users.
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Pricing Details

OpenText Analytics

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Entrinsik Informer

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details