Entrinsik Informer is a web-based Reporting and Business Intelligence (BI) application. It helps organizations transform real-time data into actionable information by delivering ad-hoc reporting, data analysis and interactive dashboards. did we function without it?We have rolled Informer out across our campus. We went live with Informer in February 2011, coming from a dos-based reporting tool where we had 8 people writing reports. We now have 101 different staff members who have written their own reports. We have 211 users on our campus who have run reports on their own. Most of them received one 2-hour training class to run and manipulate their reports. This has certainly de-centralized the functions away from our IT office running all of the reports. Additionally, this is allowing the end-users to manage their own data on their own timeline. I have been a data analyst for the University for over 20 years, and this tool is by far the easiest to manage. We recently rolled out dynamic dashboards and 43 report-writers attended the training session.,The terms are easily understood. Our report writers and users have an easy time plotting the data to make sure they are receiving the information they need. The ability to schedule on-going reports has been a tremendous time saver. We currently have 260 reports running in a "hands off" mode so they can be delivered to upper management for their needs. Included in this list is a pool of "audit" reports where supervisors can receive a report if there are issues with common data entry standards. Security is easy to manage. We are able to allow all of the appropriate granular security with each user group. The ability to use LiveExcel interaction with our database allows some of our administrative assistants to use their Windows Office skills rather than having to login to the tool itself.,While we do like the new Dashboards, the scale-ability of the graphical representation would be helpful. We had developed a list of "wishes" and submitted them to the Entrinsik forum... and lo and behold, when release 4.4.1 came out, the issues were addressed! We particularly needed the ability to copy parts of the set up from one instance to another. We continue to be users of the Wiki and Forums available to clients.,10,,10,We are close to 95% of the administrative staff using Informer, either as a writer or recipient of scheduled reports. In most cases, Informer training has become a 'day one' activity for new administrative staff.,9,10,8,,1,With a new Capital Campaign underway, we hope to accelerate the distribution of the Key Indicators to the full committee in a real-time method.,Data Mining for research on the KPIs ~ Admission, Retention, Financial Reporting Data Delivery for Financial Reports on a scheduled basis to the appropriate staff and budget officers Data Analysis for a recent conversion completed by the Advancement Office where we managed the entire conversion specifications by side-by-side data analysis of two different datasources.,Using the Dashboards, for Faculty Departments to identify course needs to facilitate scheduling appropriate classes and capacity for upcoming terms. Using Informer to identify changes to Faculty Advisement records for ease of scheduling,Yes,Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Vendor Reputation Third-party Reviews,We surveyed our administrative database co-workers (Ellucian); and reviewed a few of their suggestions, and Informer by Entrinsik always rose to the top.,Implemented in-house,No,Change management was a big part of the implementation and was well-handled,The understanding that "group" training is generally not a reality on a College Campus. Due to the confidentiality of the data components, the training must be done in very small groups so they will be training on their own data. The willingness of some departments to take on the responsibility of retrieving and reviewing their own data. This had previously fallen to IT and an Institutional Research department. With all of the new federal regulations in just about every department on our campus, they are understanding that they need to control this review.,10,10,No,We were setting up a training class for Dashboard Users, and we were having an issue on security settings. In less than an hour, all of the appropriate flags were set and we were ready to go.,From an IT perspective: The Initial setup, Datasource mapping and file-joins are quite easy. From an end-user, If they know their data, the reporting is quite simple. The user still has to know what they are trying to identify in the report. The dashboard setup takes about 15 minutes to learn,The report writers have to understand the underlying database file structure. The Informer tool is quite simple to manage if you know it. We have tried to provide tools to the reporting units on their file structure as an aid.,10,10,10Entrinsik Informer ReviewEntrinsik Informer is used by Information Systems department, Finance Department and Human Resources. There are other departments across campus that have LIVE excel spreadsheets from Informer, but they do not have the access. 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.,10,9,21,1,Student enrollment Course catalog listing IPEDS reporting Dashboards,Dashboards for real time "quick look" at data for student enrollment,We just purchased Dashboards, so I will be implementing that soon.,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation,I wouldn't change anything,Implemented in-house,No,Change management was minimal,there were no significant issues,9,5,No,Yes! Holly is the BEST!! She knew exactly what I needed (sometimes before I even asked). She also knows her stuff when it comes to JavaScript and with Entrinsik Informer. I miss her not being in the support department anymore!,When making reports, the drag and drop feature in easy When exporting reports, there are multiple ways to export. For example: PDF, excel, .csv, save list, .txt, webpage, .xml,If a person does not the data, then creating a report would be difficult. Mapping can sometimes be tricky. You have to make sure that you get the key fields matched correctly,9A little time goes a long way ...Entrinsik Informer is used by power users, service staff and information technology. It allows us to easily capture real time data that we then use to feed into other systems. This allows us to expand services beyond our central database. It is also a quick way for users to pull simple lists of data for daily processing saving time and allowing users to focus on more critical tasks.,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),9,Easily transitioned users from UniQuery to Informer Efficiency gained through simplicity,,9,,2,On the fly data lists Save list creation Extraction to send to other systems,Generated a formatted employee directory,Email status reports Dashboards,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor,The only thing I would have changed is probably getting it sooner. However at the time we already had three forms of reporting data and adding a fourth was not an option. Once we were able to consolidate some systems we purchased Informer and rolled it out to campus quickly and efficiently.,Vendor implemented Implemented in-house,Yes,Mapping files and field names,9,9,Yes! We needed a script to generate a single line of multi-value fields and support was able to give us code within an hour I believe. This saved us from having to modify our student information system database tables which would have been more cumbersome and something more costly and more complex to maintain.,Drag and drop Report output options Scheduling reports,Joins Formatting output Delimiting data rows,8Entrinsik Informer - start your auto-magic experience today!Having Informer is like having EXTRA staff for each departments. It takes care of all reporting needs - for monitoring, mandatory, state, periodic reports - Reports are scheduled and thus, emailed or posted on website automatically.,Reports for Positive Pay, Financial Aid, A/R, Payment Plans Waitlist, DREG, REG Priority, Positive Attendance, Rosters LDAP, Blackboard upload files, Library Systems, Bookstore, 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,10,,10,8,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability,None. All the challenges we encountered using UniQuery & Safari only made acquiring and using Informer sweeter.,Implemented in-house,Yes,Change management was a small part of the implementation and was well-handled,Mapping the relationships between all the files of our UniData RDBMS by Colleague Datatel. In 2007 California Community Colleges have a huge budget cut - but all departments pitched-in some money to help buy Informer.,10,10,Yes,Every time we have some very unique problem - Informer Support is willing to do a remote session with us and help us complete the report - for as long as it takes. They take the task as their own and take joy in completing them for us. Its like they are our employees too!Reports in MINUTES!Used by the whole organization for reporting and dashboards. It addresses quick as well as complex reporting for many departments.,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,10,Positive ROI by getting reports fast Power users ease of use without IT support Positive customer service because reports can be produced very quickly,10,,3,Registration reports Financial Aid reports HR/Payroll/Personnel reports,Creating excel files for using Pivot Tables.,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Vendor Reputation Existing Relationship with the Vendor Analyst Reports,Implemented in-house,No,Change management was minimal,none,10,No,10,Yes,When adding SQL as an Informer option Entrinsik worked closely with us to get this working.,Linking multiple files/tables Calculated columns selection of records,multiple values in SQL tables,10
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August 19, 2015

Entrinsik Informer Review: "How did we function without it?"

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We bought the product on a Thursday morning, and we were writing reports on Friday afternoon. We did take about a month to manage the Mapping, Linking and Security to allow us to open it up across campus.
We are now mapping from as many third-party vendors as we can to enable the creation of more ad-hoc reporting.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

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

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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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