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Score 9.9 out of 100
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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
Michael Harlow | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS BI is a great BI tool as it incorporates the advantage of SAS which is proven to be robust over the years. SAS BI is more suitable for a relatively larger organization which is looking for self-service BI tools where most of the users are not technically proficient. Also, since license fee is an on a higher end, smaller organizations will find it hard to afford SAS.
Tapan Jain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
SAS Business Intelligence
6.8
Pixel Perfect reports
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
SAS Business Intelligence
7.2
Customizable dashboards
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Report Formatting Templates
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.5
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Drill-down analysis
Entrinsik Informer
7.0
SAS Business Intelligence
5.6
Formatting capabilities
Entrinsik Informer
7.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Entrinsik Informer
8.2
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.6

Report Output and Scheduling

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
SAS Business Intelligence
9.4
Publish to Web
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Publish to PDF
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8
Report Versioning
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
9.7

Access Control and Security

Entrinsik Informer
8.4
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8
Multi-User Support (named login)
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.7
Role-Based Security Model
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
8.8
Predictive Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9

Mobile Capabilities

Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.2
Dedicated iOS Application
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
5.2
Dedicated Android Application
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
5.2
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
REST API
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Javascript API
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.2
iFrames
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1
Java API
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.8
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0

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.
Brian Pollitt | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Collect and combine data from multiple sources. For example, data from the college database, the National Student Clearinghouse and our student services tracking software can combine to feed one report.
  • Condense millions of rows of data into a single, easy to use report. For example, we can produce a cube that is collapsed at a high level, and users can drill down to their area of interest in seconds.
  • Create interactive reports. It was important that our reports contained the ability for users to play with the data. They had to be able to filter large datasets, drag and drop comparison groups into graphs, and drill down to student-level data. SAS BI provided all of this and more.
Nicole Jagusztyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Matthew Baker | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

  • SAS Business Intelligence is generally slower than other business intelligence platforms. This surprised me because I've been a SAS user for 15 years and have found base SAS to be the most responsive and fastest processing tools around. Not sure why the SAS Business Intelligence is behind the other tools for processing speed.
  • Although SAS Business Intelligence offers many default graphics, rearranging things is not as easy as other business intelligence tools.
  • SAS Business Intelligence needs to work on improving the drill-down capability of the business intelligence charts. The software is behind other business intelligence tools that have been in the market for much longer.
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
David Prose | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 9.3
Based on 3 answers
There is no other product that can match SAS. There are some products that can compare to ETL but lack the analytics that SAS has. Others can perform a limited set of analytical procedures but lack the data processing that comes with SAS. Using thin client allows users to access data whenever they have an internet connection.
Erik Larsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Donald Beck | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
John Bowker | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
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Support Rating

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.
Donald Beck | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 10.0
Based on 1 answer
When you call tech support, you are immediately routed to a person who can answer your question. Often they can answer on the spot. However, if they cannot, you are given a track number and then followed up with. There have been times when I have had multiple track numbers open and they will actually TRACK YOU DOWN to ensure that your problem has been resolved. Issues do not fall into black holes with SAS. They are also willing to do a WebEx with you to diagnose the problem by seeing your environment, which is always helpful.
Nicole Jagusztyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

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.
John Bowker | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
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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.
Amanda Curran | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

I have used Crystal Reports, Jaspersoft and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). I would recommended Business Intelligence over SSRS and Crystal Reports. SSRS is very SQL-centric and Crystal Reports is more of an end-user tool. I would recommend Jaspersoft over Business Intelligence for developing a seamless web-based reporting interface but I highly recommend Business Intelligence for end-user ad-hoc reporting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Don Penrose | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Having a stable reporting environment. That is, everyone is using the same starting data, thus alleviating differences for timing, etc.
  • Allows for a simple reporting environment for executives which do not have the technical knowledge to gather the data
Erik Larsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

SAS Business Intelligence

Pricing Details

Entrinsik Informer

General

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

SAS Business Intelligence

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
SAS Business Intelligence
8.2

Likelihood to Renew

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
SAS Business Intelligence
9.3

Usability

Entrinsik Informer
8.0
SAS Business Intelligence

Reliability and Availability

Entrinsik Informer
9.1
SAS Business Intelligence

Performance

Entrinsik Informer
8.3
SAS Business Intelligence

Support Rating

Entrinsik Informer
8.5
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0

Online Training

Entrinsik Informer
7.3
SAS Business Intelligence

Implementation Rating

Entrinsik Informer
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence

Scalability

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
SAS Business Intelligence

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