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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is great for reporting of any type. The dashboards I create for my executive team are crisp and easy to understand. I often get complements on it, and suggestions on what other reports or data could benefit from Power BI. Power BI is still dependent on data sources, so if my data source connections break, then the report is no good. This isn't something that you can create and forget. It needs eyes on it to ensure the data is correct
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Report Formatting Templates
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Entrinsik Informer
7.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Entrinsik Informer
7.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Entrinsik Informer
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Report sharing and collaboration
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Publish to Web
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Publish to PDF
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Report Versioning
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Report Delivery Scheduling
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Delivery to Remote Servers
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.9

Access Control and Security

Entrinsik Informer
8.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Predictive Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.8

Mobile Capabilities

Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Dedicated Android Application
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
REST API
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Javascript API
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
iFrames
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Java API
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Pros

Entrinsik Informer

  • Informer is pretty user-friendly. When teaching other employees how to use Informer, I typically don't have to repeat any steps or further explain how to do certain tasks because of how user-friendly it is.
  • Reports in Informer are kept in a list that can be filtered by user, specific tags, or even by how recent the report was made or run. This makes it very quick and easy to find and run a specific report.
  • Informer has many options for downloading the report output, including text (txt), comma separated values (csv), and even PDF.
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Microsoft Power BI

  • Engaging dashboard displays with drag and drop modules to convey data in a meaningful ways.
  • Familiar Microsoft "Ribbon" type interface that creates an integral feel with the rest of the Microsoft suite of products.
  • Built-in mobile optimization window and associated Mobile applications that allow viewing from any location connected to the server.
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Cons

Entrinsik Informer

  • Filtering could be greatly improved. You cannot filter on columns linked from a secondary datasource, the calculated fields written in JavaScript, and computed columns from Colleague can also be tricky to filter on.
  • Loading of the report lists can be slow and glitchy (though I have been told this will be fixed soon)
  • When reporting on SQL databases, you cannot link a table with an outer join unless you write the entire report yourself in SQL code - a severe limitation that I hope will be fixed soon.
  • Defaults for report prompts would be great
  • When adding mappings and properties, it would be great if you could retrieve a sample of data from the DB to quickly see what the data looks like - helpful for knowing what you want to add.
  • Linking on composite keys in Unidata still seems to be impossible. And the ability to link to a non @ID field in Unidata would be great.
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Microsoft Power BI

  • It is such a powerful system that it can come across as intimidating for some without some Excel knowledge
  • I'm not a database analyst or administrator, so calling the data in can be difficult (not necessary the fault of the software, but something that could be difficult for teams without someone with database knowledge)
  • It can come across as confusing, when there is both a local Power BI and online Power BI components. They don't necessarily do the same functions. You'll definitely want to know how to use the online version as this is how you'll publish and share the results of your findings, but the local one has a lot of capabilities that don't appear to be directly available in the online version (and if so, it's not immediately apparent).
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Likelihood to Renew

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 8.7
Based on 67 answers
We have now migrated away from Unidata and moved onto SQL Server. We originally thought we might leave Informer and hunt for another tool. After using Informer with SQL and being able to paste native queries into the report template changed our minds a little. That coupled with its familiarity to our current users and the robust report scheduling capabilities have made us feel that Informer is still the product for us for years to come.
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Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
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Usability

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 8.0
Based on 12 answers
From the perspective of the new user and a seasoned user I would say eight would represent both parties. It presents a 'familiar' interface and easy to navigate display. Tagging is quite nice and allows for organization of reports based on those tags. These have to be monitored like anything else to keep them consistent but provides a better than average means of organizing reports.
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Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 9.0
Based on 3 answers
PBI is very easy to use because of its similarity with power pivot and excel. DAX is the basic foundation language to be mastered to quickly build reports. Custom measures have been introduce to write instant DAX functions (But doesnt work all the time and need a understanding of DAX to debug). Easy to chart multiple charts and also third party charts
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Reliability and Availability

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 9.1
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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Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 8.5
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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Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 9.0
Based on 5 answers
We bought the product on a Thursday morning, and we were writing reports on Friday afternoon. We did take about a month to manage the Mapping, Linking and Security to allow us to open it up across campus. We are now mapping from as many third-party vendors as we can to enable the creation of more ad-hoc reporting.
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Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Entrinsik Informer

Informer is more cost effective and easier to teach end users to write their own reports, but it still provides just as much functionality as the other products I've used. Informer is easy to manage and administer with a small number of IT employees per number of end users.
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Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI as I said earlier is unfortunate in relation to the panels but compared to Tableau.Although Microsoft Power BI has a general interface easier to understand in my company because we already have a signature with the package Office 365 that the integration of the same is excellent.
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Return on Investment

Entrinsik Informer

  • Informer has helped us pull more timely and more accurate data, with the flexibility of multiple formats (Excel, PDF, .CSV, etc).
  • Informer audit reports created for the HR/Payroll office has decreased monthly payroll processing time by at least a full business day. Informer reports have assisted institutional research and student service reporting needs, decreasing the number of days needed to generate for cyclical mandated reports by several business days. We have increased employee efficiencies in departments across campus because of Entrinsik's Informer.
  • Informer has had a very positive impact and return on investment, helping the campus fulfill our business objectives and college goals.
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Microsoft Power BI

  • I'm using the free version, so the only investment was the time spent to learn how to use the product (which as an Excel user, was very short).
  • I use Excel to store every single bit of information about all the projects I do, and being able to see them visualized helped me see some redundant steps I was taking.
  • No negative impact at all for me.
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Screenshots

Microsoft Power BI

Pricing Details

Entrinsik Informer

General

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

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Microsoft Power BI
10.0

Usability

Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Entrinsik Informer
9.1
Microsoft Power BI

Performance

Entrinsik Informer
8.3
Microsoft Power BI

Support

Entrinsik Informer
8.5
Microsoft Power BI

Online Training

Entrinsik Informer
7.3
Microsoft Power BI

Implementation

Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI

Scalability

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Microsoft Power BI

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