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Entrinsik Informer Review: "Informer: Data at Your Fingertips in Minutes"
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Updated August 19, 2015

Entrinsik Informer Review: "Informer: Data at Your Fingertips in Minutes"

Score 10 out of 101
Vetted Review
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Software Version
4.4.1
Modules Used
Informer (without Dashboards)

Overall Satisfaction with Entrinsik Informer

Entrinsik Informer provides our University (across all departments) with an easy way to access real-time data from Colleague. Informer allows us to give power to our users who extract the data they need to make informed decisions. One approach we've taken is to deploy LiveExcel links to secured department folders for routine reports, so that end-users don't have to wait on the I.T. staff. We've also created complex reports using the Javascript to evaluate the data and output appropriate answers to business questions such as "What grade did the student get in Statistics?" or "Did this student take and pass their Basic Skills test?". Having the ability to put this type of specific information in a report makes life much easier for our end-users and creates efficiencies in our business processes.
  • Entrinsik has an plethora of supportive resources. They are always willing to listen and help develop a solution, if we cannot find one on our own. We've also taken advantage of their regional training classes and have attended the valuable ICON conferences.
  • Entrinsik Informer is the "best bang for your buck". It's cost effective for institutions, particularly those who have financial strains, and yet provides a thorough solution to meet most reporting needs.
  • Entrinsik is constantly adding functionality to the product, which is exciting. They are a truly innovative, professional company that I admire and think everyone should use.
  • The flexibility to connect Informer to multiple types of databases is another invaluable feature of this product. It helps to seamlessly integrate our systems.
  • Include more delivered functions with the product (which I believe Entrinsik is already planning for in future releases).
  • Improve the "Last Executed Date" to be accurate or display the "Date Created" instead. Most of the reports say "Never Executed" and that's not true. Nearly all of our reports have been executed at least once, because we test the reports once they are written.
  • 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.
Entrinsik is always improving and expanding it's functionality. It's a cost effective way to provide real-time reporting and can be expanded to report off a data warehouse in the future. The Dashboards is another piece that we'd like to investigate for the future. And, the ease of use makes it a quick win for us.
  • End-users are empowered to run reports without needing I.T. intervention.
  • It's created efficiencies, by providing the data needed with a few clicks (after the report is written). This give us more time for other tasks, including serving the students.
  • It helps us stay organized and on task.
, because it drags down system performance on the production ERP. However, with the ability to have multiple data sources, you could have Informer connected to a data warehouse and use that data source for the larger, higher level reporting.

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