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Entrinsik Informer

If you are looking for a reporting tool for Unidata then I would give Entrinsik Informer a 10! You will not find a better tool for the price. The added bonus is that it will also work with many other datasources. If you are 100% SQL databases then I would give it about an 8. The ability to paste native queries into a report template and then schedule the job and have it email specific users is great
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Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is great for power Excel users and what I call “data archeologists” or people who dig up old data and clean it up for modern usage. It strings many files together and lets you customize the connections and format of the data. It does not work well with large data set or pull data from large databases, you will find it timing out unless you limit the data set first with a SQL View or Tabular Model before going after it. Also, large data sets take forever to refresh and update, so if you have a lot if iterations, you will spend a lot of time going out for coffee while the data reloads. Other BI tools allow you to localize the data with the first load (Qlik QVD’s) so you can refresh quicker. Comparatively, a refresh of SQL data on Power BI took 45 minutes, the exact same data set would refresh in 30 seconds using Qlik Sense.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Customizable dashboards
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Report Formatting Templates
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Entrinsik Informer
6.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Entrinsik Informer
7.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Entrinsik Informer
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Publish to Web
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Publish to PDF
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Report Versioning
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.3

Access Control and Security

Entrinsik Informer
8.4
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
7.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Predictive Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Mobile Capabilities

Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Dedicated iOS Application
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.8

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
REST API
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Javascript API
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
iFrames
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.0
Java API
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
6.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.4
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
6.9

Pros

  • The main thing that Entrinsik Informer does well is keeping it simple for end users to use. Very little training time was needed for not only for IT people supporting the product but for end users as well. Most of the setup work is in mapping the data and linking the tables. After this is done by IT staff, it is quite easy for the users to write reports that gather data from many files and even different sources.
  • Another strength of Entrinsik Informer is its ability to hook it up to numerous datasources. We have used it for unidata databases as well as several SQL Server databases and even one Access database for a special project.
  • One last strength is Entrinsik support of the product. It seems like every few months a new released comes out. Small point releases take less than 30 minutes to install counting the time I start kicking people out until they can get back in and use the product. Every time I find a bug or something I think should work differently, it seems like the next release address it. When I suggest a new feature to Entrinsik, they actually listen and more than not it seems to be incorporated in a future release.
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  • Deep Integration with Microsoft Office Suit, Excel, Access, Power Point.
  • API compatible
  • Robust query design from basic to advance consults
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Cons

  • One weakness of Entrinsik Informer is that is can act quite differently depending on what browser you are using with it. At one time I was told that Google Chrome was the preferred browser but then we starting seeing some strange issues using Chrome and was then told Mozilla Firefox was now a preferred browser.
  • Lately when opening up a support call, the call is open and I am waiting to hear back from Entrinsik and I get an email stating, 'We have not received a response from you in 5 business days for a support request you submitted. We will automatically be closing the ticket.' This is a little irritating when I am wait for a response, not the other way around.
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  • UX sometimes can be overwhelming, can be more intuitive
  • Free features always can receive more attention to gain client fidelity
  • Solutions like Power BI can always do better with their Mobile version
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Likelihood to Renew

Entrinsik Informer8.7
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 BI10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
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Usability

Entrinsik Informer8.0
Based on 12 answers
As a heavy user of Informer daily, I've grown very accustomed to the interface and the usability. I find it logical and at the same time elegant and pleasant.
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Microsoft Power BI8.8
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 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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No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Entrinsik Informer9.0
Based on 5 answers
To hire someone with JavaScript skills.
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Crystal Reports with UniDATA ODBC. This works quite well but is cumbersome to set up and maintain. This required several steps outside the UniDATA database as well as setting up security views and a variety of processes that have to be monitored more closely. No other systems were evaluated to replace the old query interface.
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First of all, Power BI is a fraction of the price of Tableau. Secondly, I found Tableau to be much less user-friendly than Power BI. Tableau is great if your organization wants to completely control BI and centralize it in the hands of highly skilled data analysts and IT teams. Power BI, on the other hand, is more egalitarian in that just about anyone can quickly understand how to use Power BI to create customized data models that are meaningful to them and churn out impressive looking interactive visuals. I highly prefer Power BI over Tableau
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Return on Investment

  • Positive – we needed a reporting solution that could be implemented across a multitude of clients. Informer met that need and Entrinsik has been a good partner to work with.
  • Negative – Clients have used the product outside of its original intent and it’s rather difficult to stop them from using these unsupported features, such as data extraction, which not only is an overhead for use but brings security into question.
  • Positive – The system is well accepted and improves the image of our company by having such a tool.
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  • 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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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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Microsoft Power BI

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