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Entrinsik Informer

84 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

SAS Business Intelligence

45 Ratings
Score 8.4 out of 101

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Entrinsik Informer

I have found Informer works far better reporting on transactional data than for things like trying to do lots of aggregation. I do find the need to just write native SQL reports, or create views within the DB and use them in Informer, because getting too advanced is just beyond the realm of a tool that tries to make report creation as easy as possible. It's not a miracle worker, and you still have to know what you're doing if things get even a little complex. But with the skills of our report writers, we've been able to create a terrific library of useful report for others who don't need to be able to create them.
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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
7.5
Pixel Perfect reports
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
SAS Business Intelligence
7.8
Report Formatting Templates
Entrinsik Informer
7.8
SAS Business Intelligence
6.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.6
SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
Drill-down analysis
Entrinsik Informer
6.9
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Entrinsik Informer
7.1
SAS Business Intelligence
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Entrinsik Informer
8.2
SAS Business Intelligence
5.9
Report sharing and collaboration
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7

Report Output and Scheduling

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Publish to Web
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Publish to PDF
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Report Versioning
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
SAS Business Intelligence
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
Entrinsik Informer
9.1
SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9

Access Control and Security

Entrinsik Informer
8.4
SAS Business Intelligence
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Entrinsik Informer
9.1
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9
Role-Based Security Model
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
8.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.9
Predictive Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
8.4

Mobile Capabilities

Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Dedicated Android Application
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
REST API
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Javascript API
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
iFrames
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.5
Java API
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Entrinsik Informer
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0

Pros

  • Files and fields can be mapped and linked in Informer without the need to create computed columns within the Colleague environment, alleviating ad hoc requests to the I.T. department.
  • Scheduled reports can be created that will run if a range of criteria are met: users are not receiving scheduled reports that contain null/empty/blank values.
  • Quick links and Live Excel reports give users instant access to their most used and favorite reports.
  • Dashboard views give instant aggregate information essential during peak times: registration headcount, outstanding receivables, payroll tax deposits, enrollment and financial aid verification, etc.
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  • I use SAS daily to not only analyze data, producing reports and other outputs, but also to replicate our entire financial system to verify/duplicate calculations.
  • Using SAS we are able to duplicate all business logic and system calculations on our local desktop.
  • When there is odd behavior (a bug) in our financial calculations my SAS programs, which are entirely external to our core system, are often used to help identify what/where the problems occurred.
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Cons

  • Data cannot be qualified inline to exclude rows of data or sections/returns based on matching fields
  • A standardization guide to map fields to common names for non-technical users (this is probably something that can be done)
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  • It can be sometimes be little clunky
  • Need for seamless integration with more external softwares like R
  • Installation, maintenance and user management can be made more simpler
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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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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
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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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
Entrinsil's support is prompt courteous and accurate. They usually resolve my issues within a day. On the rare occasion where my issue is related to a bug, bug fixes are also handled extremely quickly
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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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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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about 100 users, about 10 departments
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Alternatives Considered

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

Entrinsik Informer8.2
Based on 12 answers
Reports are easily secured, shared, and distributed. Security is easily applied
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SAS Business Intelligence9.0
Based on 5 answers
Our Business Intelligence implementation is seamlessly integrated with our active directory structure and single sign-on. This allows simplified control for reporting and access across the entire world-wide organization.
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Data Integration

Entrinsik Informer8.1
Based on 12 answers
Links between db tables can easily be identified for known key values even between different db's.
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SAS Business Intelligence9.0
Based on 5 answers
We easily present data from various data sources via a consistent user interface. Our numerous data models can now be presented to our users using a consistent reporting interface. This has allowed our technical team to provide a much improved level of service to our end-users for the purpose of reporting.
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Return on Investment

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