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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
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Tableau Desktop

With Tableau, you can create an infinite number of tables, of greater or lesser complexity, and be able to discover and analyze information with very visual graphics. You can use unlimited amounts of data, it is an ideal solution for companies and organizations. The additional information for the users is not totally private, it can be viewed by other users, although there is the modality of granting a permission to access. The files used for graphics must always be updated and must have access to the Internet to access the tool
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Customizable dashboards
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
9.1
Report Formatting Templates
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
Tableau Desktop
7.7

Ad-hoc Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.5
Tableau Desktop
8.4
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
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Report Output and Scheduling

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Publish to Web
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Publish to PDF
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Report Versioning
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Delivery to Remote Servers
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Access Control and Security

Entrinsik Informer
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Predictive Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Mobile Capabilities

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Dedicated Android Application
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.4
REST API
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Javascript API
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.4
iFrames
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
6.8
Java API
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Desktop
7.1

Pros

Entrinsik Informer

  • Entrinsik Informer has an easy to learn user interface. With limited knowledge of relational database concepts, our end users are able to develop their own reports with little training.
  • Entrinsik Informer also has the ability to create complex reporting using javascript and Native SQL statements. Although IT assistance is generally needed to write the more complex reports, I have found any reporting requirement can be met using these advanced tools.
  • With recent enhancements in version 4.4.1, I have a better appreciation of the security features within Entrinsik Informer. The security audit reporting is very helpful from an administrative perspective. From a users perspective, they can now better categorize reports for more effective sharing and scheduling across departments.
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Tableau Desktop

  • Drag and drop functionality allows a user that is comfortable with MS Excel pivot tables to shorten the learning curve.
  • Ability to quickly build dashboards and publish them to Tableau server.
  • Connecting to your data sources is simple and intuitive. You can connect to multiple data sources easily.
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Cons

Entrinsik Informer

  • The most recent version 4.4.1 has some performance issues and functions much slower than prior versions. This is frustrating to the end users. I do know Entrinsik is aware of and working on fixing this issue.
  • It would be nice for Entrinsik to publish the schema of Informer's internal database. We have access to it and do report from it, but it takes longer to get the reporting correct than it would with a published schema to guide the way.
  • End users can write reports which pull enormous amounts of data "by accident". It would be nice to have built in functionality to stop these queries from running off and bringing the entire application down for all users. I have recently attended training which included writing a plug-in to do this but it would be better if it were built into the product.
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Tableau Desktop

  • Dashboard Formatting - while the dashboard capability is robust and easy to use, it can be difficult at times to do some of the finer detailing, like formatting, coloring and highlighting. Once mastered, it is again very versatile, but is not as intuitive and there is a learning curve.
  • An Undo Button! Tableau current does not include an 'undo' button which can be extremely irritating if you make a mistake that is difficult to reverse.
  • Table Joining - the interface/wizard used when attempting to join tables and connect different data sources is not as intuitive as it could be, which makes it difficult to perform some of the incredible data connectivity that is available.
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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.
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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.9
Based on 39 answers
Note: my input has little bearing on the actual purchase decision. I'd gladly renew Tableau, since it gives me capabilities that I couldn't not replicate with other tools given my current skill set. I can create data visualization and BI dashboards in a matter of hours which provide real-time data to my entire department without needing to do any web application development. This gives me an incredible amount of leverage, and saves many hours each month.
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Usability

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 8.0
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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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.7
Based on 23 answers
To perform a visualization, the data is needed, they can be in different sites: servers, internet, different formats: SQL, excel, acces, in both cases Tableau Desktop is able to interoperate with them and make them available to the operator so that the work is very easy, the only thing that you should have is some basic knowledge of the database to start using it, if the objective is to use it for BI or BD or to make infographics or executive or alert reports because it is necessary to master them relevant concepts to those areas of knowledge.
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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.
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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 10 answers
Have seen issues with the vertica DB driver which manifest as errors for the end user.
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Performance

Entrinsik Informer

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

Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 6.3
Based on 9 answers
It performs as well as could be expected; the challenge is making sure the data is organized correctly to optimize performance.
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Support

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.
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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 9.0
Based on 16 answers
Support has been excellent we have no complaints we kept fully up-to-date with the status of any other issues and all of our issues have been resolved quickly. They have been proactive and came to us to find out whether there was anything we wanted them to do which is amazing.
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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
Extensive and beneficial - users have shown great benefit of training and put it to practical use.
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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
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Implementation

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 9.0
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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Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop 8.0
Based on 34 answers
The desktop application seems to be extremely well done. The app is tightly integrated with Tableau server and makes managing various workbooks and projects relatively straightforward. By working with data extracts, it is easy to quickly develop visualizations and analytic tools and then ship them off to Tableau server for other individuals to consume.
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Alternatives Considered

Entrinsik Informer

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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Tableau Desktop

Tableau is the most powerful and easy to use of the alternatives, as long as the data sources are properly connected. None of the other tools have allowed us to connect and integrate data into one report in the way that Tableau's data connectivity allows us to. Then the ability to create endless variety in dashboards, following visualization best practices far bests the alternatives which present data in their own style, that does not adhere to best practices. The alternatives also leave you in a situation where data usually has to be copied or exported into another tool like Microsoft Excel in order to create reports, while with Tableau you can do analysis and create reports and dashboards almost simultaneously.
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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.
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Return on Investment

Entrinsik Informer

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

  • Easily able to create scalable self-service tools for users. In combination with Tableau Server, creating a tool that provides visualization of an entire data set is only slightly more difficult than providing visualization of a single group of records. This enables me to save many hours each month that were previously spent re-generating different cuts of the same report.
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Tableau Desktop

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

Tableau Desktop

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
Free trials are available for both editions.

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