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Likelihood to Recommend

Entrinsik Informer

I think Informer is a cost effective solution for smaller companies, like the University where I work. I'm not sure if it would be well suited for companies with extremely large databases, although I can't say I've really tried to scale it to a higher level myself. Entrinsik is easy to work with and very responsive to support questions. It seems to me they have done a good job of growing very fast over recent years without too many growing pains impacting the current customer base.
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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.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7
Customizable dashboards
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.6
Report Formatting Templates
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
SAS Business Intelligence
6.6

Ad-hoc Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.6
SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
Drill-down analysis
Entrinsik Informer
6.9
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Formatting capabilities
Entrinsik Informer
7.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Entrinsik Informer
8.2
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
SAS Business Intelligence
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Publish to Web
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Publish to PDF
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
Report Versioning
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
SAS Business Intelligence
8.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5

Access Control and Security

Entrinsik Informer
8.4
SAS Business Intelligence
8.8
Multi-User Support (named login)
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
SAS Business Intelligence
8.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
9.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7
Predictive Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.9
Responsive Design for Web Access
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.3
Dedicated Android Application
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0

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
7.3
iFrames
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.3
Java API
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0

Pros

  • Quick report creation through the use of the report wizards and the point and click web version
  • Ability to access various databases: Unidata, SQL
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  • 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.
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Cons

  • Continued development of the dashboard functionality. Executives want the quick access to their numbers.
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  • There will be a steep learning curve for individuals transitioning from BASE SAS to SAS BI. Our department was filled with experienced SAS programmers, but that did little to prepare us for the challenges of SAS BI. Training will be a must.
  • It is possible, but extremely difficult to customize the web-based portions of SAS BI, like the Information Delivery Portal or Web Report Studio. Having an out-of-the box solution is great to get up and coming quickly, but customizing the look and feel for the web-based users will require some previous web design skills.
  • In order to fully appreciate the features of SAS BI, you absolutely need someone on your team with a background in platform administration, security, web design or some other basic IT skills. Alternatively, you may just need strong support from your IT department. Simply having a group of individuals experienced in BASE SAS will not cut it.
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Likelihood to Renew

Entrinsik Informer8.7
Based on 67 answers
Entrinsik Informer is a great product that allows us to improve our workflow and is well liked by our end-users. The biggest reason we will renew is that we get a lot of return on our investment.
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SAS Business Intelligence9.3
Based on 3 answers
SAS really is the cutting edge in Business Intelligence. That is all they do! They are constantly coming out with new products, product upgrades, and their tech support is second to none. In addition, their support of Education has made our ability to acquire their product possible.
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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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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
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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SAS Business Intelligence10.0
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.
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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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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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Return on Investment

  • The ability to schedule report jobs outside of business hours improves employee efficiency because the data they may need for the day is already waiting in their inbox or on their fileshare when they walk into the office in the morning.
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  • Positive Impact: better customer service. We have been able to deliver reports that will help multiple employees and implement any feedback they have on those reports quickly.
  • Positive Impact: increased inter-departmental discussions. We have long had a problem working in silos. Now we are pulling data from multiple departments into one report, and it becomes easy to see how what one department is doing in affecting another. We had a meeting to discuss a preliminary report on course scheduling efficiency. It included data from our Facilities folks and our academic Deans. Once we put the numbers up on the screen, there spawned a helpful discussion about how what one department can do to help another.
  • Positive Impact: organizational transparency. For the first time, our users are exposed to a wealth of data about themselves and other areas of the college. It is starting to make some question the way we do business, and if there is a better way.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

SAS Business Intelligence

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