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Entrinsik Informer

84 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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319 Ratings
Score 8.1 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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Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is great at dynamically reflecting real time data. It has wonderful views of data and can narrate a story that is powerful and impressive. Decisions can be made on the overall visuals shown. BI can show you where your sales are picking up while showing you areas to focus on. The quality of your BI dashboard tremendously improves with the overall quality of your incoming data. BI has great capability to share results across the organization in a secure and safe way in almost any computer platform. Mobile phones welcome too!
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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
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Report Formatting Templates
Entrinsik Informer
7.8
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.6
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Entrinsik Informer
6.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
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
8.4

Report Output and Scheduling

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Publish to Web
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
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
9.1
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.4

Access Control and Security

Entrinsik Informer
8.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
Entrinsik Informer
9.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Mobile Capabilities

Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.2
REST API
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Javascript API
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
iFrames
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
Java API
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
6.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Entrinsik Informer
Microsoft Power BI
6.9

Pros

  • 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 has beautiful visuals that are made in-house and externally. It really helps you develop a story.
  • Microsoft Power BI also has an easy to setup database model reader and can really help you at ease with development of buttons/controls for the end user.
  • The web portal works well and users have easy access to their sales data.
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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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  • Although BI is making great updates on a daily basis, there are still some limitations involved with the data modeling and certain visualizations.
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Likelihood to Renew

Entrinsik Informer8.7
Based on 67 answers
Excellent overall product. Entrinsik's development team provides a quality product and are always developing to further improve it. Cost to benefit ratio on this product makes all the difference to a non-profit institution like SXU.
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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
I use it on a regular basis and it is very simple. The only time I struggle is if I am trying to write a complex report. Our admins write most of the reports, so this does not happen often.
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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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Support

Entrinsik Informer8.5
Based on 10 answers
Without a doubt this is a strength of the product. The support team responds quickly, accurately and understands the issues
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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

Entrinsik Informer was chosen because of it's real-time reporting capability from Unidata
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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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Collaboration and Sharing

Entrinsik Informer8.2
Based on 12 answers
Because of the security, we are able to build reports for our end users. My staff have written over 2,000 reports, but have only published 200 that are "self-service" for our end users. We might use Informer to build internally used reports. Also, we strive to write simple and flexible reports for our end users so that they have to learn fewer reports. We use "parameters" inside Informer to allow them to chose options such as ID, year, city, state, etc
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Microsoft Power BI8.3
Based on 46 answers
Once you've created your data model and visualizations, you can set your security and user settings for the dashboard and publish it. The assigned users can then access and interact with your dashboard online. Depending on the user's security, they can also download the source data used to create the dashboards. If the admin of the dashboard needs to refresh the data or create additional visualizations, all they need to do is click on one button to update all the users' web-based dashboards. I haven't used this function, but I've also heard the mobile dashboard sharing is seamless and works just as well
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Data Integration

Entrinsik Informer8.1
Based on 12 answers
It is the only tool that I currently have. I am unable to connect to other sources, but I don't know if that is a function of Informer OR our OIT department!
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Microsoft Power BI8.4
Based on 45 answers
There is a very wide (and growing) range of data source options available.
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Return on Investment

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