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. product--Excellent companyEntrinsik Informer is being used throughout the university as the primary reporting tool. It allows not only for ad-hoc reporting but also to assist in decision-making at management level. We are able to export data to outside entities to provide data for FMLA benefits, insurance benefits, and Alumni database population as well as others. The ease of the tool itself makes it relatively easy for end-users to create their own reports as well. It also allows mapping to a UniData database which is not common in the BI world.,Ease of use for end-users--drag and drop interface allows for users without database knowledge to create reports. The ability to map Informer to multi-valued databases like Unidata/U2. The ability to link multiple databases allows for endless opportunities for data integration. Reliable, dependable, and extremely stable product that works seamlessly with upgrades. Allows export of data in multiple formats to allow for external download of data. The dashboard product (which we don't have but we have had a trial version in the past) allows for Google map plotting to view trends in applicant/student demographics.,While I don't think there is anything that is hard to use with Informer, additional functionality might be the ability to run multiple reports off of one query.,10,,10,25,1,Ad-hoc report building/running throughout the entire university. Quick and easy report writing capabilities. Ease of use for report writers. Export of data required by either internal or external entities in various formats. Live Excels allow for users to run reports when needed with no intervention from IT,One report runs a process that calculates hours worked for the past 365 days for FMLA elibitility and then runs a report that exports the FMLA data directly to our 3rd party FMLA administrator. Our Institutional Research department runs their 10th day statistical data from an Informer report and then archives this data. Created extremely complex report for export of our Alumni data to our Blackbaud Alumni database in the format that this database needed for successful import.,Implemented in-house,10,10Entrinsik Informer makes reporting life easierWe use Informer for almost all of our reporting and BI needs across the entire campus. We were struggling with reporting for many years and had not been able to find a good reporting solution until we found Entrinsik's Informer. It was easy to setup and easy to train our users how to run reports and write their own reports.,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.,Informers dashboard module is really nice but I would like to see additional functionality and visualizations added. For instance, our admissions office uses funnel reports and it would be nice to be able to use a funnel visualization to represent their funnel data.,10,,10,1,8How 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.,10,10,10It's a great product, we couldn't get along with out it.We're using Entrinsik Informer here a Loras College pretty much across the whole organization. Before Informer we used Unidata paragraphs for reporting. These were nearly impossible for the end user to write so any time someone needed a report, they contacted us in Information Services. Now most of the reports can be written by end users. This saves a huge amount of time since most reports can be written by the end user now.,Informer is really easy to use. Simple drag and drop functionality helps the end user build their reports. Entrinsik's support is exceptional. Any time I've ever called with a problem it was solved in a short amount of time. Connecting to multiple databases is a breeze.,They need to bring back the functionality when searching for a report you just type in part of the name. That works great, but if you detail out of a report and then back out to the search results, the results are cleared and you have to re-type your search to get the results you had. This used to work before but with the newest update it does not.,10,,10,3,9Entrinsik Informer ROCKS!Our institution uses Entrinsik Informer across the whole institution. It is used primarily to allow end-users of data the ability to create and manipulate data when & how they need. Prior to Informer, our end-users were not able to get data when they wanted it. Also, the ability for them to run a live excel spreadsheet, rather than operate inside Informer has alleviated any user trepidation about their ability to run reports. Training has been lessened - once a user is trained on live excel specifics, they will run any other Informer report without hesitation.,Ease of use Ability to export analytics Ability to join files with a common key, making reporting applicable to specific data questions,I'd like to see Entrinsik expand its menu of scripts that are provided for use. I'd also appreciate an expanded how-to manual as a pdf on calculated columns and dashboarding.,10,,10,Better end user data utilization Faster turnaround on data requests,No,10,No,Our IT person assigned to maintain Informer on our local server has received the wrong version for our system before. This may have been our fault in selecting the wrong one, but Entrinsik is quick to email or call to help correct the problem and we have never "lost" any of our materials.Get Consistent real-time Unidata Reporting with Informer.Entrinsik Informer is a powerful web-based ERP db operational reporting tool and business intelligence solution. Informer is used here at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff across all administrative offices to report on data contained in Ellucian Colleague. Informer is our primary real time data extraction and administrative reporting solution. Here at UAPB we utilize Informer hourly – almost around the clock. Using Informer's easy to follow UI and Informer's Live Excel features, the power of launching/executing created reports is moved to the person that needs the information.,Informer easily can link tables from a variety of data sources. Reports can easily be created using both fields and JavaScript formulas using feature rich drag and drop column placement Immediately Informer’s LIVE Excel feature is a time saver. Users no longer have to wait for someone else to provide them with real-time data. Informer’s ability to link related Colleague tables together is what allows more data to be collected together on a single report.,Entrinsik should provide at least some usage reports, including a report on reports, report usage statistics including most used and least used.,10,UniQuery,10,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.,10,10,5,9Entrinsik 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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January 05, 2015

Entrinsik Informer Review: "Get Consistent real-time Unidata Reporting with Informer."

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Always able to get acceptable solutions in reasonable time from friendly support staff.

Initial contact is always with knowledgeable person - not someone reading from a script trying to screen calls.

Thanks Entrinsik for being in tune with my needs.

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November 04, 2014

"Entrinsik Informer Review"

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Because the last several times that I've had to contact support, I've known more about the product than the person on the support team. I ended up calling someone at another campus to get my answers.
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April 16, 2014

Entrinsik Informer Review: "A little time goes a long way ..."

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I would have given 10 but no one and no system is perfect. The only issue with support is not the staff nor the response but the support Wiki and support pages in general run very slow at times. I believe this has been addressed by the company but the technical speed of the pages have been an issue.
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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