April 16, 2014
Score 8 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Entrinsik Informer
The product is the basic reporting tool for the enterprise. It addresses questions on course information, enrollment information, and business information for support departments of the institution. The range of reporting is from the most basic levels to the more complex. Users are beginning to tap some of the potentials that are inherent in the product.
- 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.
- Colleague Reporting Analytics
Real Time data takes the place of batch data draws to file the Data Warehouses. The products most powerful asset is the ease of generating ad-hoc reporting to last minute informational requests. There are definite advantages to the mapping of files within the same Database Management platform to link different tables for a complete picture of the data. The archiving feature has plenty of use for some analytical work on saved data sets. The ease in developing reports is much cleaner than trying to develop reports for CROA. I would like to see a better interface that works much like Business Objects of click, drag, and drop. The Java script writing features seems to be a bit tempermental with different constructs and definitely needs greater training options than the existing things done from ICON.
There is nothing to indicate that the product will leave this campus anytime soon.
For Unidata clients this is a tool that is as seamless as can be to configure and use the tools that it has to offer. The way in which it handles the multivalues offers greater flexibility of either combining or normalizing the information out. The links with MS SQL are still new to us, but can see that with more applicability will help bring more information to bolster and validate CRM data when using imports and exports between systems across campus.