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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

Tableau Desktop

It helps us to visualize and understand data. Helps in business analysis, predict market trends. Caters to the needs of an organization. Can be integrated with different kinds of data sources like Excel, CSV, different kinds of databases like Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle. On the other hand, need some understanding of statistics to use this software, cannot retrieve previous versions of the same file created. So, version management is a problem. Left joins cannot be created during data loading. These need to be created separately using blends.
Ron Rothstain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Pixel Perfect reports
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Customizable dashboards
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
9.2
Report Formatting Templates
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
7.9

Ad-hoc Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.5
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Drill-down analysis
Entrinsik Informer
7.0
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Entrinsik Informer
7.0
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Entrinsik Informer
8.2
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Report sharing and collaboration
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Publish to Web
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Publish to PDF
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.9
Report Versioning
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Report Delivery Scheduling
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Access Control and Security

Entrinsik Informer
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Predictive Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Mobile Capabilities

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Dedicated Android Application
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.8
REST API
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Javascript API
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.1
iFrames
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Java API
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.6

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

Tableau Desktop

  • With Tableau you do not need to have technical knowledge to do the data integration and you get a quick response of what you are looking for, being your visualization of high quality.
  • We can say that it is free software and it is not a limited version
Yusmelys Lopez | 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

Tableau Desktop

  • Tableau is ill-suited to work with SSAS cubes, at least when you are used to analysis within Microsoft tools
  • Data preparation is not up-to-par with other leading vendor tools (although can be improved through Alteryx if you have access to it)
  • The ease-of-use is true for basic analysis, but rapidly gives way to a steep learning curve with more complex queries or when the business context is more mathematics oriented
Charles Saulnier | 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

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.9
Based on 39 answers
Because right now its the best option out there (disclosure: I haven't used Qlikview or some of the other direct competitors of Tableau). The big investment is in Tableau Server not desktop. For the cost of the license of Tableau desktop, its a pretty good deal. You can hook it up to pretty much any data source easily. You can easily share the visualizations with your team/colleagues easily. Tableau Desktop is generally easy to use for business users. But the more advanced stuff is better suited for a analyst or someone with a IT/CS background.
Mashhood Syed | 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

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.9
Based on 23 answers
I am really a fan of tableau for its quick setup, data connection, dashboard creation time and very easy to use UI.As i have used multiple Bi tools like QlikView and SAP BO, i can say all other tools take really long time in performing above functionalities except QlikView which is really fast in term of performing analysis.
Chandra Bhanu Pratap Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 10 answers
When used as a stand-alone tool, Tableau Desktop has unlimited uptime, which is always nice. When used in conjunction with Tableau Server, this tool has as much uptime as your server admins are willing to give it. All in all, I've never had an issue with Tableau's availability.
Brad Llewellyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 8.3
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 6.1
Based on 9 answers
Tableau's connections to third-party sources can be somewhat slow due to the time required to speak to a source over a network. However, if you properly utilize Tableau's Data Source Extracts, then the speed is incredible. On the other hand, Tableau makes it very easy for the user to put too much data into one dashboard, which can impact performance. All in all, if you use the tool properly, speed should not be a concern.
Brad Llewellyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.0
Based on 16 answers
I still haven't found something that stumped me for long. The company materials are first-rate and their seems to be a natural affinity among the professionals using the product. It seems there are many who want to help those that are following them onto the platform. I've never noticed any condescension to new users or obvious questions in the forums or my personal exchanges.
David Fickes | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Entrinsik Informer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.4
Based on 4 answers
It is admittedly hard to train a group of people with disparate levels of ability coming in, but the software is so easy to use that this is not a huge problem; anyone who can follow simple instructions can catch up pretty quickly.
Jon Boeckenstedt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 7.3
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 4 answers
The training for new users are quite good because it covers topic wise training and the best part was that it also had video tutorials which are very helpful
Chandra Bhanu Pratap Singh | 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

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 34 answers
Time needs to be spent ahead of implementation to make sure data sources are set up and ready. Consultants need to understand the data sources and the goals before setting foot on-site. Installation is easy, learning to use it takes time. The training resources available are great.
Phillip Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Tableau Desktop

When we first looked at getting a visualization software for analytics we looked into two options Microsoft Power BI and Tableau Desktop, and even though Power BI is more cost-effective we decided to go with Tableau Desktop as it had more options that we are looking for such as free reader and Tableau Server and offers a very comprehensive and simple interface that is easier to learn for new staff.
Clinton Shields | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 7.1
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 7.0
Based on 3 answers
Although tableau is highly interactive and fast but with very large dataset its performance degrades heavily. So up to certain extent its really good but after that we have to take care of its performance issues.
Chandra Bhanu Pratap Singh | 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

Tableau Desktop

  • Tableau has provided my clients with the information necessary to allocate multi-million dollar research budgets effectively, ensuring the company is getting the most bang for its buck.
  • Tableau has given my office the ability to present data quickly and easily in a professional format that customers can understand, and has them returning frequently for additional analysis and projects.
Tim McClelland | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Tableau Desktop

Pricing Details

Entrinsik Informer

General

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

Tableau Desktop

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.9

Usability

Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.9

Reliability and Availability

Entrinsik Informer
9.1
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Performance

Entrinsik Informer
8.3
Tableau Desktop
6.1

Support Rating

Entrinsik Informer
8.5
Tableau Desktop
9.0

In-Person Training

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
9.4

Online Training

Entrinsik Informer
7.3
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Implementation Rating

Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Scalability

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Tableau Desktop
7.0

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