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Score 8.3 out of 101

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Entrinsik Informer

It makes creating queries very easy for end users so not only research or technicians can do it. The availability for creating Live reports that are accessible via Excel on the network has given many of our users the ability to get the information they need in a format they can use without needing someone to translate the raw data
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
Customizable dashboards
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
Entrinsik Informer
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.6
Drill-down analysis
Entrinsik Informer
6.9
Formatting capabilities
Entrinsik Informer
7.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Entrinsik Informer
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration
Entrinsik Informer
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Publish to Web
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Publish to PDF
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Report Versioning
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
Entrinsik Informer
9.0

Access Control and Security

Entrinsik Informer
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Role-Based Security Model
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Entrinsik Informer
8.1

Pros

  • Allows the creation of custom fields using JavaScript to provide end users with data directly without the need to do post calculations or cleanup. Many times the results required need a calculation based on the data or a field that is not available for query so being able to code the data into the results helps end users run their reports on their schedule without having to work with a technician.
  • The scheduling functionality allows different departments and users to plan ahead for their needs and either export or email the results. Scheduled reports comes in very handy when you need to export the data to third party companies or to a network location for batch processing. This allows us to provide current data with much more frequency.
  • LiveExcel functionality gives you the ability to connect your query to Microsoft Excel so users do not need to log into the product to run the results. This also allows the creation of VBA Macros to process the data and provide users with the final product on demand.
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Cons

  • The product has had its growing pains as newer versions have come out. The transfer of old queries to the newer systems has caused some duplication of mapped files or fields and they have not come up with a tool yet to help merge these duplication.
  • Wish they had better internal reporting so I could easily find the different reports that are using links and the fields they are linking with.
  • I have noticed, being an admin, that the more connections and reports that are available the slower the system becomes when opening it. It would be nice to have nothing come up first and then show more once I drill into the area I want.
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Likelihood to Renew

Entrinsik Informer8.7
Based on 67 answers
Informer has been handily meeting most of our reporting needs, and we've created a library of hundreds of reports that are used every day. They have a terrific support service to help when you have questions, and I've found them to be great at listening to what customers would like and adding new features. They are a small company that really listens and really cares, and I've been very pleased over the past few years getting to know them.
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Usability

Entrinsik Informer8.0
Based on 12 answers
Users without programming knowledge can easily build reports with very limited training necessary.
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Reliability and Availability

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

Entrinsik Informer8.5
Based on 10 answers
I would have given 10 but no one and no system is perfect. The only issue with support is not the staff nor the response but the support Wiki and support pages in general run very slow at times. I believe this has been addressed by the company but the technical speed of the pages have been an issue.
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Implementation

Entrinsik Informer9.0
Based on 5 answers
Implementation was great. The person implementing was able to take care of the technical as well as training so it was nice to have one person cover all the needs at one time.
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Breadth of Deployment

Every UAPB administrative office on campus, every UAPB campus budget manager, and every UAPB Ellucian Colleague user on campus does utilize Informer reporting in some way.
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Alternatives Considered

Our organization used to use the built in reporting tool for Datatel, but it required more knowledge about SQL so only a handful of users could actually use it. There was no customization of the output or ability to schedule the queries. If you wanted something more complex than what was available, then the programmers needed to write an extraction program to pull the data you needed
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Collaboration and Sharing

Entrinsik Informer8.1
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

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

  • Easily transitioned users from UniQuery to Informer
  • Efficiency gained through simplicity
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Pricing Details

Entrinsik Informer

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