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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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Tableau Server

Tableau Server is extremely well suited for a company with a few dedicated analysts creating dashboards and reports for a few stakeholders. It is also great at handling a large amount of report viewers, but it is more expensive because you have to pay for each user.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Tableau Server
8.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
Tableau Server
8.2
Customizable dashboards
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Server
8.9
Report Formatting Templates
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
Tableau Server
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.5
Tableau Server
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Entrinsik Informer
7.0
Tableau Server
8.3
Formatting capabilities
Entrinsik Informer
7.0
Tableau Server
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Entrinsik Informer
8.2
Tableau Server
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Server
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Tableau Server
8.1
Publish to Web
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Server
9.2
Publish to PDF
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Server
8.1
Report Versioning
Entrinsik Informer
8.0
Tableau Server
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Server
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
6.3

Access Control and Security

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

Data Discovery and Visualization

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.6
Predictive Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.0

Mobile Capabilities

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.8
Dedicated iOS Application
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.2
REST API
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.4
Javascript API
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.1
iFrames
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.6
Java API
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
6.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
6.5
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
5.9

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 Server

  • Tableau server's portal and general look is really convenient and pretty. Users feel comfortable using it.
  • The learning curve of Tableau Server from an end-user perspective is really short. For the creator of content, it is a little more complex but easy to learn. Tableau has really succeeded in creating a user-friendly software.
  • From an administration point of view, Tableau is great. Installation and housekeeping are really easy and quick.
  • Visuals are really appealing and will help "sell" your presentations.
  • Tableau allows connectivity to a huge selection of data sources and data formats.
  • Online training for software is free and of very good quality.
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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 Server

  • Tableau doesn't (at least when I used it) have custom widgets or elements in the creation of dashboards. Its main competitor, Power BI, allows this. Because of that, some visualizations are challenging and need the use of advanced tricks that most users don't know about.
  • Tableau logs a lot of information, and sometimes, getting the right information from these logs when something goes wrong is challenging.
  • Tableau support is not the quickest. This sounds bad, but I have to specify that I very rarely had to contact them. However, when I did, the answer took a few more days than with other providers.
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Likelihood to Renew

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 8.7
Based on 67 answers
We have no reasons to choose another product at this time. It provides not only what we currently require, but we are also looking to expand development utilizing Entrinsik's Dashboard functionality.
Amanda Curran profile photo

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 10.0
Based on 20 answers
Fairly easy to use and very powerful. Everyone who uses it loves it.
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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 Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 11 answers
Tableau Server is unbeatable at creating easy to use, interactive dashboards for busy executives. The software also saves time for the busy analyst that is tired of always using Excel. Tableau Server is a head and shoulders improvement over Excel.
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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 Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 9 answers
Desktop has always worked perfectly. Server sees occasional issues, most of which will be solved by the IT department learning more about the best way to administrate and maintain it.
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Performance

Entrinsik Informer

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

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 8.1
Based on 8 answers
Server can lag a little - problem can be addressed by moving to core-based licensing but it's a significant cost jump over user-based.
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Support

Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer 8.5
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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Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.1
Based on 12 answers
They are pretty responsive and helpful to address the issues.
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In-Person Training

Entrinsik Informer

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 8.0
Based on 4 answers
In our case, they hired a private third party consultant to train our dept. It was extremely boring and felt like it dragged on. Everything I learned was self taught so I was not really paying attention. But I do think that you can easily spend a week on the tool and go over every nook and cranny. We only had the consultant in for a day or two.
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Online Training

Entrinsik Informer

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

Tableau Server

Tableau Server 9.0
Based on 9 answers
The sales consultants do an amazing job of introducing the tool and its capabilities. They are also helpful in explaining the layout of the desktop client and its different functionality.Keep in mind that they use a sample data source (MS Excel) with a very small amount of data to show off what it can do. What you have to remember is that you are buying the tool so that you can connect to large amounts of data (and possibly blend data together from different databases).
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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 Server

Tableau Server 9.1
Based on 13 answers
My department was largely Excel and paper-based when I started, so there's been a tremendous amount of work to get the data into shape, so when I look at the overall implementation of our visualization and reporting infrastructure, I'm less satisfied. Tableau has been wonderful, the one place that would get me to a 10 is if it was easier to tune workbook performance on Tableau Server, there are a huge number of variables to deal with across the workbook/application/hardware stack. In a small environment like ours that takes more effort than I'd like.
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Alternatives Considered

Entrinsik Informer

My OIT office hasn't provided any other similar tool. Prior to Intrinsik, we typed script into the interface!Any reports were custom programmed by the programmers in OIT.
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Tableau Server

There were a lot of reasons why we chose Tableau and the least is the cost but also the way Tableau stores data in the columnar fashion instead of in Cubes. We went through a painstaking selection process and at the end, came down to a couple of vendors and we ended up with the product that was least to pair up with Amazon Web Services to create a decent and cost-effective proof of concept and we landed with the solution we have today.
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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 Server

  • Our corporate quality team was able to attribute a 10% improvement in the number of customer complaints to the increased visibility that Tableau was able to provide their team.
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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

Tableau Server

General

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

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