You need Noetix!
Darlene Mack | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 16, 2016

You need Noetix!

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Noetix

When I joined Activant in June, 2008, Noetix was used across the entire organization. When Activant merged with Epicor the Activant employees continued to use Noetix, but it is not used by the entire Epicor organization. Noetix is a reporting tool, and as such, it provides data to users. Initially it was set up for use with Oracle and a home-grown Activant software package, Guardian. At this time reports continue to be written on those two platforms but we have also added reports for Softrax and Epicor E10. This makes Noetix a one-stop shop for our reporting needs.
  • Noetix makes reporting easy. Users can combine vtables (the Noetix term for its views), add or delete columns, add filters or parameters, sort, add totals to columns, all from an easy to use interface. It comes with a very large number of already written reports for all areas of Oracle reporting, but it also allows for custom vtables to be written, for Oracle or any database, to expand the number of available reports.
  • Noetix has an Excel add-in that is marvelous. It eliminates the need to run a report in the web application and export to Excel. The add-in can run very large reports, up to a million lines. Once a report is run in Excel, it can be saved, and then refreshed whenever needed. It's a really good tool.
  • Noetix is flexible. Joins can be added to existing Noetix vtables and also to custom vtables, to give users a large amount of data configurations to choose from. It also allows users to create calculated fields to any report.
  • Noetix is easy to administer. Users can be added or removed and grouped by the level of permission. Although, in our case, it validates against Oracle, the level of security is dictated by Noetix.
  • I like the fact that the output is standard, but I would like to be able to move columns around on the output screen, rather than having to go back to the editing screen, move the columns, then rerun the report.
  • Drag and drop of columns would be nice on the edit screen. Currently if you add a column to a report, it automatically goes to the bottom. Relocation of the column has to be done a line at a time. I would prefer to be able to grab the field I want from those available, and drop it into the report where I want it.
  • When adding a filter (or parameter), the available fields automatically come up in alphabetical order, but on the columns screen, they don't. They come up in the order they actually are in the query. That means, when creating custom vtables, to have the fields in alphabetical order, one must put them that way. It would be nice if Noetix put the fields in alphabetical order for the user.
I believe Noetix is much easier to use than either Crystal Reports or InfoMaker. When I worked with InfoMaker I used to say it took 5 minutes to get the data and 5 hours (and sometimes days) to make it look good. The same can be true for Crystal Reports. Noetix has a standard format, and most people export to Excel anyway. Who prints reports? So formatting is not all that important.
Gathering data from different sources is easy, and merging it together is seamless. Users are granted access based on job description, so making the correct data available is not complicated. Setting up new databases and connections is straightforward. We use a single system login which keeps it easy and uncomplicated. Reports also run quickly.
Noetix has individual user licenses, but sharing reports is easy. It has subscription capabilities so reports can be sent hourly, daily, weekly, etc., to a distribution list. Using the Noetix Excel Add-in allows for sharing entire spreadsheets with people, and they then have the ability to refresh data when necessary without having to login. Security is very good, and easy to set up and administer. Report formatting is automatic, which for me, is a huge plus.
If you desire to 'empower' employees to create or edit their own reports, Noetix is a great tool, though I am not particularly an 'empowerment' person. In my experience most people have enough work of their own, so to tell them they now have to create their own reports can cause problems. If someone is available, like I am, to create the reports based on user requirements, then the report can be shared with the user and they can make changes as needed. I have several users who use the same report over and over for slightly different applications, and they are happy to make the small alterations, but creating whole new reports can seem like a daunting task. I tell my users I don't want them to become frustrated. If they want to try on their own, fine, but don't waste more than half an hour, and if you start to get frustrated, stop and IM me. Ninety-nine times out of 100 I already have a report that will give them exactly what they need. I've done extensive training, and find it's quite easy for users to pick up.

Noetix Feature Ratings

Customizable dashboards
Not Rated
Report Formatting Templates
Not Rated
Drill-down analysis
Not Rated
Formatting capabilities
Not Rated
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
Not Rated
Publish to Web
Not Rated
Publish to PDF
Not Rated
Report Versioning
Not Rated
Report Delivery Scheduling
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Not Rated
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Not Rated
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
10
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
10
Responsive Design for Web Access
Not Rated
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated

Using Noetix

250 - Finance, Professional Services, Distribution and Procurement, Customer Service
1 - Analysis skills, SQL skills, a fair amount of technology efficiency
  • Data warehousing
  • Reports for other software programs
  • Expand the number of users
  • Contracts
  • Financials
  • Distribution and Procurement
  • Writing reports for software other than Oracle
  • Making data more readily available to the executive team