Entrinsik Informer Reviews

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Michael Harlow | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • 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.
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Brian Pollitt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
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Todd Doster | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
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Jeffrey Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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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Anita Farris | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
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Karen Brenneman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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!
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Lisa O'Dellick | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
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Ron Darschewski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
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Kyle Rima | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
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Nakamura Dean | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
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Theresa M. Frachalla | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
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John Bowker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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.
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Jerry Fowler | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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.
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Sarah Gaither | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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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Kara Bosch | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Entrinsik Informer's ease of use and its ability to connect with multiple data sources made Informer the best choice for our college. Other reporting tools required extensive IT involvement to create reports which caused users to wait on availability of resources to meet user needs.
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Kate Goldberg | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 04, 2014

Informed about Informer!

Score 9 out of 10
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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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Matthew Baker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Business Objects SRC,Tableau Desktop
Informer is not as advanced as Business Objects or Tableau, and we have had to use Tableau at times with reports that used a lot of aggregation, but the simplicity is often a strong suit of Informer, allowing users without programming experience the ability to create simple reports, where the other tools would be much harder. And as long as you can write the SQL to create a report you need, Informer can store the report for you to use along side all the others. I'd like it to add some features, certainly, but I've been very happy with it.
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Amanda Curran | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • SAP Business Objects,Microsoft Access,Crystal Reports
Informer is more cost effective and easier to teach end users to write their own reports, but it still provides just as much functionality as the other products I've used. Informer is easy to manage and administer with a small number of IT employees per number of end users.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (1)
5.5
Customizable dashboards (5)
8.0
Report Formatting Templates (5)
8.0
Drill-down analysis (7)
7.0
Formatting capabilities (8)
7.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages (1)
8.2
Report sharing and collaboration (8)
8.0
Publish to Web (3)
9.0
Publish to PDF (7)
9.0
Report Versioning (2)
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling (5)
9.0
Multi-User Support (named login) (9)
9.0
Role-Based Security Model (8)
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (7)
8.0

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.

Entrinsik Informer Features

BI Platform Features
Does not have featureAdministration via Windows App
Does not have featureAdministration via MacOS App
Has featureAdministration via Web Interface
Has featureLive Connection to External Data
Has featureSnapshot of External Data
Has featureIn-memory data model
Does not have featureOLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
Does not have featureROLAP (SQL-layer querying)
Has featureMulti-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
Does not have featureData warehouse / dictionary layer
Does not have featureETL Capability
Does not have featureETL Scheduler
Supported Data Sources Features
Has featureMS Excel Workbooks
Has featureText Files (CSV, etc)
Has featureOracle
Has featureMS SQL Server
Has featureIBM DB2
Has featurePostgres
Has featureMySQL
Has featureODBC
Has featureCloudera Hadoop
Has featureHortonworks Hadoop
Does not have featureEMC Greenplum
Does not have featureIBM Netezza
Does not have featureHP Vertica
Does not have featureParAccel
Has featureSAP Hana
Does not have featureTeradata
Does not have featureSage 500
Does not have featureSalesforce
Does not have featureSAP
Does not have featureGoogle Analytics
BI Standard Reporting Features
Does not have featurePixel Perfect reports
Has featureCustomizable dashboards
Has featureReport Formatting Templates
Ad-hoc Reporting Features
Has featureDrill-down analysis
Has featureFormatting capabilities
Does not have featurePredictive modeling
Does not have featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Has featureReport sharing and collaboration
Report Output and Scheduling Features
Has featurePublish to Web
Has featurePublish to PDF
Does not have featureOutput Raw Supporting Data
Has featureReport Versioning
Has featureReport Delivery Scheduling
Has featureDelivery to Remote Servers
Data Discovery and Visualization Features
Has featurePre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Has featureLocation Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Does not have featurePredictive Analytics
Does not have featureSupport for Machine Learning models
Does not have featurePattern Recognition and Data Mining
Does not have featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Access Control and Security Features
Has featureMulti-User Support (named login)
Has featureRole-Based Security Model
Has featureMultiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Has featureReport-Level Access Control
Has featureTable-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Has featureField-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Does not have featureSingle Sign-On (SSO)
Mobile Capabilities Features
Has featureResponsive Design for Web Access
Does not have featureDedicated iOS Application
Does not have featureDedicated Android Application
Has featureDashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features
Has featureREST API
Does not have featureJavascript API
Does not have featureiFrames
Does not have featureJava API
Does not have featureThemeable User Interface (UI)
Does not have featureCustomizable Platform (Open Source)

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Pricing

  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
  • Entry-level set up fee?No

Entrinsik Informer Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac
Mobile Application:No