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Welcome to Wayne's World, my blog that illuminates the latest thinking about how to deliver insights from business data and celebrates out-of-the-box thinkers and doers in the business intelligence (BI), performance management and data warehousing (DW) fields. Tune in here if you want to keep abreast of the latest trends, techniques, and technologies in this dynamic industry.

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Wayne has been a thought leader in the business intelligence field since the early 1990s. He has conducted numerous research studies and is a noted speaker, blogger, and consultant. He is the author of two widely read books: Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business (2005, 2010) and The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders (2012).

Wayne is founder and principal consultant at Eckerson Group,a research and consulting company focused on business intelligence, analytics and big data.

Sometimes the best things come in small packages. If you want to create reports and dashboards directly from source data, then you might want to consider Entrinsik, a small business intelligence (BI) vendor with a venerable pedigree and highly satisfied customers.

Founded in 1984, Entrinsik got pulled into BI in 2002 when it built a Web reporting tool for customers using MultiValue databases, such as UniVerse and UniData, which store attributes as strings in the same table as the entity. This denormalized structure makes it difficult to generate reports quickly or easily. But Entrinsik cracked the MultiValue database nut and quickly became the go-to-player for MultiValue reporting tools. Since then, Entrinsik has expanded into the SQL market. Its Informer product queries both SQL and MultiValue databases.

As an operational BI product, Entrinsik complements traditional BI tools that primarily query data warehouses or other predefined dimensional or analytical structures. In many cases, Entrinsik becomes a customer's defacto BI tool because it is quick to set up, easy to use, priced affordably, and comes with superior customer service and support. Entrinsik is used heavily by community colleges and mid-size universities, as well as insurance and manufacturing companies.

Like most other BI tools, Entrinsik customers create a metadata layer, which requires about 2-3 weeks of effort. Once that is built, users can then build ad hoc reports and dashboards by dragging and dropping objects onto a canvass and configuring them accordingly. Entrinsik also lets customers, many of whom are value-added resellers, customize the product via its Java plug-in architecture.

For more information, see www.entrinsik.com


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