- I love the mapping capabilities. Practically no more computed columns needed in Colleague.
- Calculated columns help to get the desired result you need.
- It is easy to use. Security set up is also straight forward
- Functions are great, but knowing what fields you need in your report to populate the function with is difficult. I need to know what they are before I add the function. I actually listed the fields needed in the description of the function.
It is has helped with many reports that are needed for the different areas across campus. I've created many reports from queries that are no longer possible with Colleague.
- Entrinsik makes Informer easy to use.
- Informer Dashboards are easy to set up also.
- Maintenance is easy
- When creating reports, there is the ability to drag and drop
- At this moment, I can't think of anything that can be improved. There are minor glitches that need to be fixed, but nothing major.
- I truly enjoying working with this product.
- We can always depend on Informer to provide both on-demand and daily scheduled reports when needed.
- Our users pretty much write their own reports: Informer makes it easy to create both simple and more complex reports.
- One thing that some users miss (from Informer 3 functionality) is the ability of reports to provide two levels of subtotaling.
Review: "Entrinsik Informer reduces support and training while improving reporting and access to data"
- Very user-friendly for quick, one-off reports
- Very manageable and granular permission for granting access to only the data required
- Very easy to share reports and queries
- Minimal training and support required for quick user adpotation
- Copying of permissions from group to group, when creating new groups at a low level is cumbersome for the admins
- The sharing and permissioning areas are the only difficult area to train users in, but it is complex
- Scheduling reports. We are able to easily schedule emails using many different recurring schedules. We are also able to email outside of our domain, so we can email to our volunteers who don't have an email from our institution.
- Export choices. We use Excel and PDF predominantly, but have been experimenting with XML.
- Drag and drop of columns. We are now able to move columns and rearrange easier than in previous versions.
- User level permissions. Our OIT department controls our permissions, but we are able to have two levels-one for my staff who are the report writers and another for the staff who are the end users of the reports.
- Performance-I don't know if it is a problem with Informer or the database, but sometimes it can take up to 45 minutes to run a report and I have to schedule it.
- Search for email addresses- there is no way to search for a particular email in the scheduling section. So, when staff leave, I can't easily go find all the reports they were receiving.
- Data analytics-they have a tab called "analytics", but I don't really think that is a fair term to use. It produces really basic pie and bar charts. It can be a little misleading.
Intrinsik is well suited for transactional level reporting. We often use it for data verification and data checking. For example, if we have 20 records that we are correcting, we can rerun the reports and be sure that we have fixed the problem.
- Our users like that reports can include prompts. This allows different departments on campus to use the same report with their own specific criteria.
- Informer is fairly easy to use. It has allowed some of our end users to create reports on their own. With some training and understanding of the data and design of the database, they have been able to get what they need out of our student information system.
- Personally, I like the fact that I can write a t-sql query and just copy it to Informer. This is much easier for me as a DBA than having to use the user interface.
- We have routinely had issues with Java on our Informer box which require us to reboot the server. Support has been helpful when this occurs but it would be nice if it was easier to troubleshoot the problems on our own.
- Links between tables/files are easy to create, and can even be made to link together separate databases. The more advanced users can set up these links, and more basic users can then utilize them easily without understanding any background.
- Reports can now be exported to share between institutions very easily. When importing a report, it will automatically add any mappings and links you don't have that are needed. Using this feature, you can even copy your entire database mapping to your test database, so all your mappings and links don't have to be manually created in your test database.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The main thing that Entrinsik Informer does well is keeping it simple for end users to use. Very little training time was needed for not only for IT people supporting the product but for end users as well. Most of the setup work is in mapping the data and linking the tables. After this is done by IT staff, it is quite easy for the users to write reports that gather data from many files and even different sources.
- Another strength of Entrinsik Informer is its ability to hook it up to numerous datasources. We have used it for unidata databases as well as several SQL Server databases and even one Access database for a special project.
- One last strength is Entrinsik support of the product. It seems like every few months a new released comes out. Small point releases take less than 30 minutes to install counting the time I start kicking people out until they can get back in and use the product. Every time I find a bug or something I think should work differently, it seems like the next release address it. When I suggest a new feature to Entrinsik, they actually listen and more than not it seems to be incorporated in a future release.
- One weakness of Entrinsik Informer is that is can act quite differently depending on what browser you are using with it. At one time I was told that Google Chrome was the preferred browser but then we starting seeing some strange issues using Chrome and was then told Mozilla Firefox was now a preferred browser.
- Lately when opening up a support call, the call is open and I am waiting to hear back from Entrinsik and I get an email stating, 'We have not received a response from you in 5 business days for a support request you submitted. We will automatically be closing the ticket.' This is a little irritating when I am wait for a response, not the other way around.
- Quick report creation through the use of the report wizards and the point and click web version
- Ability to access various databases: Unidata, SQL
- Continued development of the dashboard functionality. Executives want the quick access to their numbers.
- Real time data reporting
- Simple drag and drop interface
- Easy to maintain
- 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)
- Reports for Positive Pay, Financial Aid, A/R, Payment Plans
- Waitlist, DREG, REG Priority, Positive Attendance, Rosters
- LDAP, Blackboard upload files, Library Systems, Bookstore, @mycod.us
- Counseling/Advising, SEP, Degree Audit
- EMS, CFAR, Grades First,
- Live Excels - Room Schedules, Pre-Req Roster, Grading Requirements (PE)
- MIS Reports
- IT Security Reports, Electronic Foot prints
- Automatic Reports - posted directly to websites
- Dashboard Functionality
- Delivered Reports & Sample Reports, Subroutines, Functionality Repository of Know-How
- Data Schema - to read and establish Relational Database Relationships automatically
- Non-technical users are able to get the data they need easily.
- Set-up was easy.
- We are still new users but those with a higher level of technical knowledge can create advanced reports/dashboards easily.
Entrinsik Informer Review: "Entrinsik's Informer has been one of our strongest IT services since 2007"
- Makes the reporting logic transparent to other report managers
- Facilitates easy, ad hoc reporting
- Enables users to export the data in a variety of formats so they can use it however they prefer
- Not sure how to do it, but more prompts built into the tool to help keep the tool clean. When reports appear to be ad hoc, prompt the author to delete it when they are done for example.
- The system is rather intuitive. Most clients are able to pick up the application at an excelled pace.
- Ease of implementation; with self-contained installer deploying multiple instances is easily done.
- It is rather easy to “break” the system with what I call runaway reports. The way the system requests data is rather poor in that it’s an all or nothing deal.
- Screen constancy is a little off. The option to drag or double click should be a valid input on any screen, but there is a mix of this feature working fully and partially.
- There is no granular system administration; the application it is either on or off. At times it would be helpful to stop/kill individual user database requests from the system, rather than turning off the application for the entire company to resolve issues.
- Informer is an intuitive tool for end users. It is very easy to train all levels of a user population.
- In addition to being a simple tool to use, Informer has very sophisticated capabilities for creating complicated reports as needed by our Power Users.
- Informer provides reporting on itself, so as a service manager and administrator of Informer, I can easily gather metrics on how often and how our end users are using the tool.
- Reporting on Informer itself can be very challenging. There is no dictionary resource on the tables provided about Informer, so a lot of report writing is trial and error on my part. And I can find myself making assumptions about what a data field means.
- LIVE Excel is a life saver. It moves the power of pulling the report to the person that needs the information. It becomes an as needed report instead of waiting on reports
- Informer scheduling takes the heavy reports and runs them at night or off peak times.
- Informer Linking files lets us talk between files in Colleague and pull data from both.
- Informer well let us talk to Colleague and to SQL at the same time.
- Because we are so large we have a problem with people over running reports or large reports. Request have been put in for ways this problem can be solved.
- Canceling a single report instead of shutting down Informer completely would be nice.
- Toggle Display on all areas, When linking or mapping this option is not always available.
- More pre-made administrator queries.
- Last Executed, Could there be a way to make it to where it could toggle. Last executed by me or last executed by anyone.
- Dashboards, more freedom with colors and sizing of the charts.
- Pulls and organizes data from our database in a useful manner
- Allows us to pull data even when our dedicated Ellucian server is down
- Allows more flexibility in our reporting
- New users experienced in Query can learn how to use the product fairly easily
- The product times out to quickly and this evidently can not be controlled by our IT staff
- Writing quick reports, allows answers to users within minutes
- Tabulating/totaling, allows grouping by set parameters
- Allows exporting to Excel for detailed manipulation
- Automatic advancement to a fill in box without having to place the mouse in the box
- Report lookup feature lost in the last update and that is extremely frustrating, have to re-enter report lookup in box each time after closing a report
- Report Scheduling - Provides options to email reports on a routine basis as well as export to other locations to meet any additional scripting needs.
- Multiple Data Sources - We have been able to pull data from SQL as well as Unidata databases.
- Would like to see more detailed documentation on how to use certain features.
- Would like to have more control over certain operations that take place at runtime so that certain calculations could take place as the report was run.
- Would like to have the capability of conditional formatting so that a value may be highlighted if it matches a certain condition.
- Provides excellent reporting tool for state auditing purposes
- Helps proof our data; ie what was submitted as to what was entered
- Helps track student enrollment
- I love how the new version has become more user friendly by providing pop up responses while typing
- Still need more training on the awesome functionality of the Dashboards.
- Connects to multiple database.
- Allows us to create calculated fields on the fly within reports.
- Allows our users to create custom views of reports written by IT.
- Tagging reports for easy searching.
- We were able to install and have Informer up and running within a day but took more time to tweak and determine the best security module for us.
- The best feature. I really did learn to use the base functionality of Informer without the need for instructions. More advanced features took a bit more time but were not that complicated.
- At Ellucian Live I spoke with my rep about added the ability to create a link from a column header to a website or data cookbook. The idea is to allow our endusers to click on the column header and read the definition of the term ensuring they fully understand what the report is telling them. Prevent second guessing or wondering if the report is correct.
- One area where we stuggle is that we can't use a computed column in the selection criteria. This would be really nice.
- I can't think of a third item.
- Ease of developing ad-hoc reporting.
- The recent implementation of sub-tagging has regained functionality in previous versions that was lost in the first versions of 4.
- Flexibility in reporting from multiple DB's across the enterprise to help merge information from separate systems
- This might be site specific, but we are noticing that the latest versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer are laboring to run scripts and slows the use of the product.
- When working on a report and leaving to go back to the report listing, it refreshes back to the Main Home listing of reports instead of the last tag you are in.
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About Entrinsik Informer
Informer 5 from Entrinsik is a data discovery and analytics tool that aims to simplify the process of accessing, cleansing, blending, and analyzing data from multiple sources. According to the vendor, with Informer, companies can aggregate all their disparate data into a single platform using an intuitive, 100% web-based interface that replaces outdated query tools and complicated reporting systems.
The tool aims to eliminate the need for data warehouses and cubes, and eliminate complicated “views” and limited functionality. With extensible architecture, collaborative environment, and enterprise-level performance, Informer aims to deliver actionable insights and better, data-driven decisions for its customers.
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