Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer

Score 9.6 out of 10
Entrinsik Informer

Overview

What is Entrinsik Informer?

Entrinsik Informer is a web-based reporting and business intelligence application popular in the higher education vertical market. It helps organizations transform real-time data into actionable information by delivering ad-hoc reporting, data analysis, and interactive dashboards.
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Popular Features

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  • Multi-User Support (named login) (10)
    9.0
    90%
  • Report sharing and collaboration (9)
    9.0
    90%
  • Drill-down analysis (8)
    9.0
    90%
  • Formatting capabilities (9)
    8.0
    80%

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What is Entrinsik Informer?

Entrinsik Informer is a web-based reporting and business intelligence application popular in the higher education vertical market. It helps organizations transform real-time data into actionable information by delivering ad-hoc reporting, data analysis, and interactive dashboards.

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Product Demos

Customers Talk About Informer
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Introduction to Informer 5 BI & Data Analytics
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Features

BI Standard Reporting

Standard reporting means pre-built or canned reports available to users without having to create them.

7.8Avg 8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Ad-Hoc Reports are reports built by the user to meet highly specific requirements.

8.5Avg 8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

8.7Avg 8.3

Access Control and Security

Access control means being able to determine who has access to which data.

8.4Avg 8.5
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Product Details

What is 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aggregate all their disparate data into a single platform using an intuitive, 100% web-based interface that replaces outdated query tools and complicated reporting systems.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.

Entrinsik Informer Features

BI Platform Features

  • Supported: Administration via Web Interface
  • Supported: Live Connection to External Data
  • Supported: Snapshot of External Data
  • Supported: In-memory data model
  • Supported: Multi-Data Source Reporting (Blending)

Supported Data Sources Features

  • Supported: MS Excel Workbooks
  • Supported: Text Files (CSV, etc)
  • Supported: Oracle
  • Supported: MS SQL Server
  • Supported: IBM DB2
  • Supported: Postgres
  • Supported: MySQL
  • Supported: ODBC
  • Supported: Cloudera Hadoop
  • Supported: Hortonworks Hadoop
  • Supported: SAP Hana

BI Standard Reporting Features

  • Supported: Customizable dashboards
  • Supported: Report Formatting Templates

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

  • Supported: Drill-down analysis
  • Supported: Formatting capabilities
  • Supported: Report sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

  • Supported: Publish to Web
  • Supported: Publish to PDF
  • Supported: Report Versioning
  • Supported: Report Delivery Scheduling
  • Supported: Delivery to Remote Servers

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

  • Supported: Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
  • Supported: Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

Access Control and Security Features

  • Supported: Multi-User Support (named login)
  • Supported: Role-Based Security Model
  • Supported: Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
  • Supported: Report-Level Access Control
  • Supported: Table-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Field-Level Access Control (BI-layer)

Mobile Capabilities Features

  • Supported: Responsive Design for Web Access
  • Supported: Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features

  • Supported: REST API

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Entrinsik Informer Videos

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Entrinsik Informer Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Entrinsik Informer is a web-based reporting and business intelligence application popular in the higher education vertical market. It helps organizations transform real-time data into actionable information by delivering ad-hoc reporting, data analysis, and interactive dashboards.

Infor Birst, Tableau Server, and Microsoft Power BI are common alternatives for Entrinsik Informer.

Reviewers rate Customizable dashboards and Report Formatting Templates and Drill-down analysis highest, with a score of 9.

The most common users of Entrinsik Informer are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Reviews

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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Datatel Query Builder
Our organization used to use the built in reporting tool for Datatel, but it required more knowledge about SQL so only a handful of users could actually use it. There was no customization of the output or ability to schedule the queries. If you wanted something more complex than what was available, then the programmers needed to write an extraction program to pull the data you needed.
Todd Doster | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are constantly looking at better ways to do things, including building our own internally. I don't think it is fair to compare the products we have evaluated and why we have continued with Informer as they all do some things well. I will say that Informer still meets or exceeds our expectations and even though we are constantly evaluating new products and ideas, we have no plans to replace the product in the near or far future.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As an independent consultant, I've never been in a position to influence the actual selection of EI. I do, however, recommend it to all my clients primarily based on its price point and on its accessibility by a greater number of staff members.
Karen Brenneman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I really liked using the Query Builder that was once part of our Colleague system; however, it really relied on power users to provide the information to the campus. As Query Builder was phased out, our campus moved to Informer. The switch over was very successful. For most end users, the change was quick and easy. Now, even those resistant to the change are on board!
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • QueryBuilder and SSRS
Informer is much better than the old QueryBuilder tool that was a part of the Colleague interface. Schools using SQL Server for the back end may want to weigh the pros and cons between Informer and SSRS (Sql Server Reporting Services) since SSRS comes with no extra costs in that database solution. I think the easy learning curve and the ability to report against multiple data sources of different types gives Informer the advantage.
Brian Pollitt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We needed to implement a new reporting tool due to Query Builder being eliminated. We went with Entrinsik Informer because it was already being used at some other Colleges that were also using Datatel/Ellucian Colleague, and the reviews from those Colleges were very positive. A couple of selling points for us were that it is a web application (eliminates the need for IT to install and update an application on each user's PC) and that it was user-friendly enough for end-users to make their own reports.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have experience with Advizor AnalystX, and it was just awful. It is advertised as an interactive reporting tool, in which you can use your mouse to select and segment constituents by where they live (by clicking on a map), how much they've given to your institution, when they last gave, etc. In practice, their map feature was unusable; it's a static map image (imagine a paper map hung on your wall), rather than draggable and zoomable Google Maps, and it required hours of work to configure one map region. As far as computing constituents' giving statistics, it required way too much back-end work to build simple giving totals.
Jeffrey Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In the past we have used Query Builder and Crystal Reports. Query Builder was very difficult for end users to learn, and only created reports, there was no other features such as charting or dashboards. When we used Crystal Reports, it was version 8, and again it did not have any features other than reporting, and it was more costly than Informer. Hands down, Informer is very cost effective and packed full of features that the other products do not have.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have used Unidata QB and Business Objects in the past. Our problems with Query Builder were that we did not have the ability to report from multiple files easily. A lot if IT time was spent on building computed columns to get data in one location. This went away with Informer.

With Business Objects we did not have a dedicated BO administrator that was trained in Business Objects. the cost of Business Objects was high and required a conversion of the data to a data warehouse that needed regular updating (nightly). With Informer we get nearly the same results at a lower cost and with little training for end-users and It staff alike.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I don't really have much else to go on, there wasn't anything else that can connect to Unidata this easily and can be up and running without running a data warehouse. With Informer, we have the whole database at our fingertips in real time. A data warehouse has its own issues with timing and server load.
Theresa M. Frachalla | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Query Builder
Query Builder is the tool delivered to Colleague clients before the UI 4.0 took over. Query builder was extremely limiting as it only allowed you to query from one file at a time. Informer allows you to grab data from multiple files and display them in one report! This is a huge time saver and has helped us answer questions more accurately and efficiently.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Before using Informer, we used "Query Builder" and staff found that very difficult to manage and write reports. We do use Crystal Reports and while it contains some of the output functions we need, it is not end-user friendly and generally requires extensive training to be able to run the most basic reports. After further review, Crystal Reports has been removed from the "standard tools" list, in favor of Informer.
Kyle Rima | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our need was to report off of a Multi-Valued database and at the time we found Informer there was not a viable other solution. We have been so happy with Informer we have not looked at other reporting tools since we bought it. We are very happy with the purchase of Informer.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Before Informer our institution was a unidata client and since our migration to SQL we have started to use Informer as our main reporting solution. So really the only thing we can relate it to is the Query Builder that was built into Colleague in the old unidata system. Informer is a superior product in so many ways.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Blacboard
We have implemented Blackboard for use by faculty with their students, for posting classroom materials and for interaction in many ways, but we have not used it for reporting purposes. We have allowed querying directly from Ellucian Colleague in the past, but that was not as user-friendly and efficient as Informer.
Christopher Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
We have used other BI tools and Informer is a good as both a supplement for those or in some cases as a stand-alone BI tool. Either way Informer has offered a simple way to do BI and reporting.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Business Objects SRC,Safari Reporting
Business Objects is a great tool but it's expensive and requires a lot of training to maintain. Safari was great when it worked but getting support for it was a nightmare. Informer is simple to manage and is a real bargain. When Entrinsik added the ability to report from SQL databases the choice was easy.
Sarah Gaither | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The closet thing we had to Informer before was something called Query Builder. However, unless you were really good at coding and technology, it was like reading greek to the basic user of our system. Informer provides such an easy user experience that most people who were intimated about the new product at first, were surprised at how quickly they were able to figure it out and jump right in writing their own personalized reports.
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