Entrinsik Informer

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Entrinsik Informer review by <span>Jamie S.</span>
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Reporting in an unfriendly environment

What do you like best?

We use Informer mainly as a reporting tool for Colleague by Ellucian which is a Unidata environment. Unidata does not lend itself to reporting friendliness. There is no way to join files together other than manual means. With Informer, we don't have to import files into a separate environment. The software connects to our live data. Once the file structure, not data, has been recognized by Informer, then we can join files together in Informer. So starting in one file and then selecting on data or using column data from other files is very simple. Without writing custom programs for each report, this functionality is just not available in Unidata.

We use Informer with our Unidata environment along with a small bit of SQL. Once the files and tables are set up in Informer they are completely environment agnostic. They all look and operate the same and can be used together.

What do you dislike?

There is definitely some learning to do before you become proficient in writing reports.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This has been a tremendous time saver for us. Not only decreasing the time for report development but also enabling users to create their own reports.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Informer for ad hoc reporting. The one-and-done reports are usually quick to develop. We also use it for enterprise reporting that is used in summary or detailed form. One of my favorite features is the ability to schedule a report. I have users that want to see a fresh report at the same time every week or month or quarter. It is very easy to schedule the report to run and then email the results.

We also have situations where users don't need to see all the available data so Informer allows us to create limited views of the same files that might contain sensitive data. For example, we can report out of the HR module of our software without exposing compensation data to users that don't need to see that information.

As a university, we use the same software to report on enrollment, academics, alumni, fund raising, financial services, human resources, etc. Reports are developed and then it is very easy to share those with either individual users or with groups of users.

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Entrinsik Informer review by User in Higher Education
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Great data tool and stable program

What do you like best?

The program can be set up to search for numerous types of data and in different ways. It's a versatile program.

What do you dislike?

I have not found any problems with it. The program meets my needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Your IT department programmers can create numerous types of data gathering options with this program. Highly recommended!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Informer to gather data on a specific population of college students (RSOs) within our student database of tens of thousands of student records. The student database is an entirely different program, but Informer goes into the database and looks for special tags that are on the accounts of the specific students I'm searching for. Informer then creates a report telling me if these students are enrolled in the semester that I search. I have another Informer report that searches a specific class section and gives me the names and ages of all students in the class. I use this report for students with age restrictions. Entrinsik Informer has helped us meet federal and state requirements for managing this population of Higher Education students. It also always us to catch students who register for classes years later and may not have met disciplinary requirements. Informer gives us a heads up that they are back on our current rosters.

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Entrinsik Informer review by <span>J. Nicole W.</span>
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Complicated but useful

What do you like best?

We use this product to pull queries from our very old and clunky database/CRM. If you do everything right it can be very useful. One feature I appreciate is that you can your own personal view (output) of a query without altering the original query itself (input), which is especially helpful if multiple people are using the same one.

What do you dislike?

Determining how to ask the system a data-oriented question in order to get the desired output is a challenge. If you're not a data person you'll need extensive training and support. I lean heavily on our tech dept for this.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is helpful when you have a database or CRM that doesn't have a strong built-in reporting feature. For any little issues you can't figure out in the system, you can also alter via whatever software you use to export (for us it's Excel)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Informer has help me tackle projects or proposals with tangible and shareable data. It helps to address the shortcomings of our database system by serving as a tool that helps to output queries that we can't get otherwise.

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Entrinsik Informer for Fundraising and Alumni Relations

What do you like best?

Once reports have been created, it is generally simple to modify them for different uses as a secondary uses. With a bit of familiarity with the product, reports can be manipulated easily by a secondary user that would otherwise eat up the primary user's time, time that could be better spent creating more complicated reports. Creating reports based on saved lists (utilizing Colleague Advancement) is a very effective way to pull information for any size group of donors or alumni very easily.

What do you dislike?

Creating (as opposed to simply modifying) reports as a secondary user is difficult and not as user-friendly as would be ideal.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Donation reporting and alumni involvement.

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