Ellucian Colleague offers a versatile ERP for higher education to make processes more efficient and educate students, faculty and staff. Entrinsik Informer works natively with Colleague’s UniData database for easy ad hoc reporting.
Colleague was originally developed with an underlying UniData (MultiValue) database. Informer actually preserves the specific functionality of MultiValue such as one-to-many relationships presented in rows and columns, exploding and saved lists.
In Informer, users can generate saved lists that can be used in the Colleague app for different processes. The data is populated in the Colleague screen or in the custom program to perform specific actions. For example, users often need to print batches of student transcripts. Informer can run a report of students meeting certain criteria and create a saved list of those IDs to fill in in the TRAN screen.
Transcripts will be generated for all selected students, without the need to enter individual identifiers. Users can also create lists saved in Colleague and use the saved list to generate reports on included records, demonstrating the two-way functionality of Inform and Colleague.
Informer offers a high degree of flexibility with existing Colleague processes to improve efficiency and take advantage of automation, saving users considerable time.
Informer offers unlimited reporting capabilities with intuitive drag-and-drop functionality, mining capabilities, real-time data rendering as well as schedule reports.
“For example, our clients use the Jobs feature to schedule reports and to help automate the grant award process by querying the database to find students ready to be rewarded. Financial Aid Advisors are emailed a list so the award process can begin, ”said Regina Lopez, Informer Client Success Manager.
Tasks can also be used to create quality control reports to find missing data and alert the relevant office to ensure data integrity. An example of this is finding students with missing birthdates to verify that this data is being collected and updated in the database. Another use case of Jobs is generating nightly files to transmit data to other third-party systems via secure FTP.
Informer also includes the ability to map colleague Valcode tables and code files using codes. Codes are code / description pairs defined for a specified property and can include Valcodes and code files provided by Ellucian, as well as user-defined codes, if required.