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Score 8.2 out of 101

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

Microsoft Power BI may not be suitable for information and reports where governed data is paramount. For instance, statutory reports or information that is needed by the regulatory or government body may not be suitable thru Power BI. For day to day business, there is no other better alternative than Power BI. For instance, to see the status reports to run your departments business, Power BI is a great choice.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Customizable dashboards
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Report Formatting Templates
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

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
8.4
Report sharing and collaboration
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Publish to Web
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Publish to PDF
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Report Versioning
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.7

Access Control and Security

Entrinsik Informer
8.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.6

Data Discovery and Visualization

Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Predictive Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.7

Mobile Capabilities

Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
REST API
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Javascript API
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
iFrames
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
Java API
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.6

Pros

Entrinsik Informer

  • It's extremely easy to quickly put together a report to retrieve data you need. Filters and columns can be easily created, and code can be written in JavaScript to create additional columns. Custom JavaScript functions can be created and then easily used in the code.
  • Links between tables/files are easy to create, and can even be made to link together separate databases. The more advanced users can set up these links, and more basic users can then utilize them easily without understanding any background.
  • Reports can now be exported to share between institutions very easily. When importing a report, it will automatically add any mappings and links you don't have that are needed. Using this feature, you can even copy your entire database mapping to your test database, so all your mappings and links don't have to be manually created in your test database.
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Microsoft Power BI

  • Power BI has a step by step approach to integrating data that makes it really easy to get exactly what you want out of your raw data. If you do one manipulation wrong, you can see it right away with the preview.
  • Power BI already contains a wide variety of visual objects you can use but you can also create your own if you have a specific need. Mind you, this will require some node.js knowledge but there are a lot of available tutorials online.
  • The access to the software is extremely easy for people in any organisation as the base software is free (The Author version). It is limited slightly in terms of collaboration and refresh capacity but is perfect for evaluation or one time data analysis.
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Cons

Entrinsik Informer

  • The most recent version 4.4.1 has some performance issues and functions much slower than prior versions. This is frustrating to the end users. I do know Entrinsik is aware of and working on fixing this issue.
  • It would be nice for Entrinsik to publish the schema of Informer's internal database. We have access to it and do report from it, but it takes longer to get the reporting correct than it would with a published schema to guide the way.
  • End users can write reports which pull enormous amounts of data "by accident". It would be nice to have built in functionality to stop these queries from running off and bringing the entire application down for all users. I have recently attended training which included writing a plug-in to do this but it would be better if it were built into the product.
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Microsoft Power BI

  • A bit heavy to run and not that intuitive compared to other tools.
  • Dashboarding is really a pain compared to other tools and the visualization provided with the tool are not what you should expect.
  • Very very frequent updates that require you to reinstall the software almost on a monthly basis. Will need admin rights from your organization.
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Likelihood to Renew

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 8.7
Based on 67 answers
Informer is a reasonably priced tool to continue easy report writing against Unidata databases and for many other databases as well.
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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 8.9
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
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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Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Entrinsik Informer

Our need was to report off of a Multi-Valued database and at the time we found Informer there was not a viable other solution. We have been so happy with Informer we have not looked at other reporting tools since we bought it. We are very happy with the purchase of Informer.
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Microsoft Power BI

As mentioned earlier, Power BI is not as mature as QlikView or Tableau and, as a result, is more limited in the kinds of things it's capable of. That said, it's still highly capable of fulfilling most typical BI dashboard requirements. We chose Power BI partly because of a very specific and unusual set of circumstances that wouldn't apply to anyone else, and partly because we could begin developing dashboards without having to go through the usual (lengthy) process of waiting for budget approval. Since developers can develop at no cost, we were able to begin creating dashboards while the process of getting funding for the end-users was working its way through the system.
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Return on Investment

Entrinsik Informer

  • Less impact upon the IT department for reports/data extracts.
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Microsoft Power BI

  • It's a good start for setting up customized dashboards.
  • Available for all users based on Office 365 platform we have in place.
  • Doesn't really allow depth of report - specifically customization of visual displays.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

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