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Tableau Server

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575 Ratings

Entrinsik Informer

84 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

Tableau Server

Top Rated
575 Ratings
Score 8.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Entrinsik Informer

I think you can use Entrinsik Informer in almost any scenario where you need data in any kind. It allows for a easy way for someone to write reports with out having to know complicated languages just to pull data. You can use the Dashboard module to make predictive models or see data in a different way where you no longer have to take it into a Microsoft Pivot table.
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Tableau Server

Tableau does a great job of providing a simple interface to access various dashboards by groups, and has powerful development tools, but they can be a little quirky. It would be much better if there were better admin tools to analyze data sources, the dependencies in the database, and who owns the various dashboards throughout the system.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Tableau Server
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Entrinsik Informer
5.5
Tableau Server
8.1
Customizable dashboards
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
Tableau Server
8.4
Report Formatting Templates
Entrinsik Informer
7.8
Tableau Server
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

Entrinsik Informer
7.6
Tableau Server
7.8
Drill-down analysis
Entrinsik Informer
6.9
Tableau Server
7.7
Formatting capabilities
Entrinsik Informer
7.1
Tableau Server
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Entrinsik Informer
8.2
Tableau Server
7.7
Report sharing and collaboration
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
Tableau Server
7.8

Report Output and Scheduling

Entrinsik Informer
8.7
Tableau Server
7.9
Publish to Web
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Server
8.9
Publish to PDF
Entrinsik Informer
9.0
Tableau Server
7.8
Report Versioning
Entrinsik Informer
7.9
Tableau Server
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Entrinsik Informer
9.1
Tableau Server
8.3
Delivery to Remote Servers
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.2

Access Control and Security

Entrinsik Informer
8.4
Tableau Server
8.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
Entrinsik Informer
9.1
Tableau Server
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
Tableau Server
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Entrinsik Informer
8.1
Tableau Server
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.3
Predictive Analytics
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.4

Mobile Capabilities

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.7
Dedicated Android Application
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.5
REST API
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.1
Javascript API
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
8.0
iFrames
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.6
Java API
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.4
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Entrinsik Informer
Tableau Server
6.8

Pros

  • Informer was the best solution for reporting directly off of a multi-valued database. We researched other multi-valued reporting solutions and Informer was absolutely the best.
  • Entrinsik has been very responsive to product suggestions. In the early days of our adoption of Informer we had many suggestions and most of our suggestions have made it into the product.
  • When Entrinsik added the ability to report off of SQL based databases it opened up a whole new world for us. We have many different systems on campus and now most of them are connected to Informer. It is really nice to provide a single reporting solution for our end users.
  • The ability to schedule reports has been fantastic. Before we had Informer all reports were run manually. This has saved us a lot of time.
  • One of the more recent changes that we have really liked is the ability to write javascript in the report to further manipulate data. Sometimes it is easier to use javascript in the report than creating fields at the database level. This has been a great added feature.
  • Being able to report off of multiple data sources in one report is extremely helpful. As mentioned before, we have quite a few different systems and there are times we need data from multiple systems and Informer handles this well. As long as the systems have a common key it is very easy to get data from multiple systems onto the same report.
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  • Allows for easy sharing of data and actionable insights with an extremely user-friendly visual interface
  • Acts as an environment to implement and enforce data governance with centralized and certified data sources
  • Easy to deploy, scale to our specific needs, and monitor
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Cons

  • Informer has room to grow in the dashboard delivered. While helpful and visually pleasing, they are not as robust as some of the other solutions that are more focused on the dashboards. The API leaves the opening for well-resourced organizations to enhance this area on their own.
  • We make it a point to show Informer as a list generator and not a fully fleshed out report writer. There is room to grow here as well. It just so happens our users are much more used to extracting the data than generating a publishable report directly out of the Informer product.
  • Over the years, Informer has expanded its capability to meet all of the needs initially. Some of the things I initially saw as weaknesses was because it didn't fit into the vision Entrinsik had set for its product.
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  • Enterprise level implementation is very pricey
  • Dashboard layout changes if the screen resolution of the Tableau developer is different from the end user's screen resolution
  • Embedding is limited and difficult
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Likelihood to Renew

Entrinsik Informer8.7
Based on 67 answers
Hands down, Informer is the best ROI our university has ever had. Our day to day operations thrive on the data, and the product contributes regularly to our strategic decisions and plans as a university
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Tableau Server9.1
Based on 19 answers
We will continue our use of Tableau server due to the following factors:- Cost effectiveness. This persists from year-to-year. Tableau consistently gives us the best value for the cost- Reliability. Tableau server has been rock-solid for our users, particularly during emergencies.- Innovation. You can bet that Tableau will release stable new versions on a regular basis.We have often experienced the need for a function in Tableau that will be included in a future release.
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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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Tableau Server9.1
Based on 10 answers
While Tableau has the highest ease of use for analysis, the data set has to be ready for that and Tableau hasn't (yet) brought that ease of use to the ETL process.
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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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Tableau Server9.0
Based on 9 answers
I use Tableau for one to several hours per day, every day, and it almost never crashes. It's the most reliable piece of production software I've used.
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Performance

Entrinsik Informer8.3
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
Tableau Server8.1
Based on 8 answers
While there are definitely cases where a user can do things that will make a particular worksheet or dashboard run slowly, overall the performance is extremely fast. The user experience of exploratory analysis particularly shines, there's nothing out there with the polish of Tableau.
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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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Tableau Server9.1
Based on 12 answers
They are pretty responsive and helpful to address the issues.
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In-Person Training

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Tableau Server8.0
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 Informer7.3
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
Tableau Server9.0
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 Informer9.0
Based on 5 answers
To hire someone with JavaScript skills.
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Tableau Server9.1
Based on 13 answers
We got it working which was the main goal, but we had to create a workaround for a key dashboard that would run 24/7. In order for the view to refresh every X minutes with the updated data, we created a .html file that instructed to the browser to refresh itself every X minutes. This was a pretty simple workaround but it was something we were hoping to avoid.
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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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Alternatives Considered

Entrinsik Informer was really the only option. It handled our unique Database platform and provided our users with immediate cost and frustration savings. Since then, Informer has remained more than relevant, establishing itself in an ever changing database environment. We continually add data sources and Informer continues to serve us so well.
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We find Tableau Server much more flexible and powerful for the developer. The resulting dashboard and interactive charts far surpass those of Business Objects. IBM Cognos is much too restrictive in its ability to present data visualizations in a way that is easily integrated into both web platforms and mobile applications.
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Collaboration and Sharing

Entrinsik Informer8.2
Based on 12 answers
Because of the security, we are able to build reports for our end users. My staff have written over 2,000 reports, but have only published 200 that are "self-service" for our end users. We might use Informer to build internally used reports. Also, we strive to write simple and flexible reports for our end users so that they have to learn fewer reports. We use "parameters" inside Informer to allow them to chose options such as ID, year, city, state, etc
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Tableau Server7.8
Based on 67 answers
Tableau's interactive charts can easily be shared among responders that need specific information. Using the granular access controls, we have substantially decreased the number of errors reported by field staff. The security is robust, yet quite simple to maintain. We also use the statistics on the number of views of a particular dashboard to fine-tune the dashboard or retire visualizations that are no longer relevant to our users. This has reduced "clutter" and support calls on how to get to the right viz.
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Data Integration

Entrinsik Informer8.1
Based on 12 answers
It is the only tool that I currently have. I am unable to connect to other sources, but I don't know if that is a function of Informer OR our OIT department!
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Tableau Server8.9
Based on 70 answers
We utilize a combination of flat files and our Snowflake Data Warehouse. Because the snowflake connector is built in it's quite simple to connect to. It would be nice to allow users to increase the compute power of the snowflake warehouse being used from within the workbook. i.e. when datasource A launches its queries set the warehouse to a "small" instead of an "x-small"
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Return on Investment

  • Less impact upon the IT department for reports/data extracts.
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  • We've created an entire revenue stream with Tableau Server as an essential element; a few years ago analytics wasn't even something that clients paid for and now it's several hundred thousand dollars per year in revenue.
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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
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Tableau Server

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

Tableau Server More Information