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Argos

Enterprise-level reporting tools for colleges & universities

4.49/5 (70 reviews)

Argos overview

What is Argos?

Evisions Argos is an enterprise reporting solution that has been designed specifically for deployment within the higher education sector, catering to colleges and universities. The cloud-based software facilitates the running of ad-hoc queries to more sophisticated real time analytics and dashboard creation, with no additional tools or middle layer required. Providing an intuitive UI with a drag and drop report designer, Argos also supports the familiar SQL insert, update, and delete operations necessary to delivering the insights associated with making data-driven decisions.

Argos is built around the construct of DataBlocks, instantiated by authorized power users designated as DataBlock Designers. Report Writers are then able to create and modify their own reports via access to existing DataBlocks, with each DataBlock able to answer the needs of multiple report requirements to promote reuse and reduce development time. Operating within a clutch of user types, Report Viewer users are then capable of viewing created reports within the system with read only access to OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) data cubes and dashboards. A dedicated, connected CO-OP community then feeds into the Argos infrastructure to provide wider sharing among users, while data export options support a range of standard file formats including CSV, PDF, HTML, XLS, RTF and XML. Optional modules then provide more advanced features to extend the system's standard report styles and functionality, such as the addition of interactive chart visualizations within dynamic real time dashboards. Extra chart types including bar graphs and pie charts can be made interactive to provide data drill downs for deeper user analysis, while centralized inbound / outbound data connectivity, OLAP cubes and the Argos API add further flexibility.
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Argos screenshot: The Interactive Charts feature combines multiple data sources with dynamic real time dashboard creationReal-Time Reporting with Evisions ArgosArgos screenshot: Example report output showing demo data pertaining to invoice information by vendor(s)Argos screenshot: An example of the software's interactive charts feature showing registrar cohort retentionArgos screenshot: OLAP Cubes example that demonstrates the option to vislualize data graphically with on-the-fly charting optionsArgos screenshot: An example of an interactive Argos dashboard highlighting the ability to add custom brandingArgos screenshot: Argos is an enterprise reporting solution for the higher education sector boasting secured cloud-based deployment and unlimited user accessArgos screenshot: Interactive Charts feature showing a color-coded pie chart detailing IT and user login historiesArgos screenshot: An illustration of the software's interactive charting and a financial analytics dashboard showing organizational budgetingArgos screenshot: OLAP Cubes, an advanced feature module, enables Argos users to answer complex queries without requiring custom queries created by a DataBlock DesignerArgos screenshot: OLAP Cubes within Argos enable data to be analyzed with greater flexibility, incluidng the ability to run point-in-time statistical and trend analysisArgos screenshot: Fiscal year overview dashboard report, providing an example of how OLAP Cubes structure data hierachically to better reflect the way instution departments are also organizedArgos screenshot: With the use of OLAP Cubes, users are able to independently change data views via the dragging of a different dimensionArgos screenshot: An OLAP Cube (On-Line  Analytical Processing) example within Argos, showing demo data for Employee SalariesArgos screenshot: An optional extra module, access to the Argos API allows reports and dashboards to be run and delivered securely through third-party tools including web portals and ERPs etc

Argos user reviews

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Stephen F.

Argos replaced Crystal for most our customers on campus. Evisions is an outstanding company.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-04-17
Review Source: Capterra

Argos allows us to create reports from different databases on campus.

Pros
The customer service is the best in the business at Evisions. There are a ton of training videos that help in the transition and ongoing use. There a 2 options for creating data blocks with one being for visual users with drag and drop and the other being for more technical users with entering SQL. A lot of our previous Crystal reports could be transferred quickly to Argos with minimal additional work.

Cons
Although most of our reports could be transferred quickly, some could not. This led to an entire department staying with Crystal. Their reports were too complicated to move in an efficient manner. There are some limitations to what you can do in the reports, but Evisions does listen to their customers, so updates are done frequently.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Reginald L. B.

Glad We Switches

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-12-03
Review Source: Capterra

Use this for course scheduling, pulling the semester Schedules in a breeze. We also use this for locating our majors and their emails in order to develop and update our undergraduate lietserv

Pros
This is a much better product than Crystal Reports which we used before. It’s quite easy to use! What I like most is that when you print out a data sheet/report on the last page it leaves a trail of how you got to that report. I also like that you can save the reports in various formats to ensure the data prints out accurately.

Cons
Our program is ALWAYS down so not sure if that is something related to Argos or the campus system/servers. But, we get emails almost daily that reporting is on hold until an issue is fixed.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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beverly d.

I am the sole report writer for the school I work for.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-04-16
Review Source: Capterra

The benefit of having datablocks to store dashboards, reports, charts and olap cubes all in one place.

Pros
I like the way it is designed where you can create datablocks to hold multiple reports, charts and olaps

Cons
I have used several other report writer tools and I find Argos to not be as intuitive as it can be.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Anonymous

Excellent Higher Education Enterprise Reporting

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-26
Review Source: Capterra

We use Argos to report out of Ellucian's Banner for end users. The software, for these needs, is reliable and straight forward to use.

Pros
The ability to have reports scheduled to run and be run on demand is vital for my team. I value that you are able to access the reporting platform via the web or an application. The application/desktop version is more robust and is my preferred option. Exporting reports to .csv's is a good option with data manipulation needs to occur. Dashboards in Argos are helpful for viewing records and other items without having to export data.

Cons
The inability to view the SQL logic behind the reports/queries is frustrating as an end user. I understand from a security perspective why this is not allowed. The web interface tends to time out on larger/more complex queries.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

A bit frustrating as a second-level user in an organization, but provides valuable information!

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-06-19
Review Source: Capterra

This software provides real-time access to data and statistics and provides a lot of flexibility in reporting options, so that you can get the information in a format that works for your needs!

Pros
I have use this software as a part of my Lead Support role at Lansing Community College. It is very handy to have access to information that pulled real-time from our college's student information system, and it has a LOT of flexibility in the way that you can set up and run reports to meet your statistical needs.

Cons
I am a second-level user in the fact that I can run reports, but I do not have administrative access to the software. For me, it tends to get a bit frustrating when I want more advanced information and I have to get a response from elsewhere in the organization to create a report that fits my needs. I don't think this software is particularly intuitive either. I am really adept at learning software, so I caught on quickly, but I often find myself training other people in our office, especially at ways to manipulate the reports to generate the information that you want. It sometimes takes a few tries to find and generate things in a format that works well!

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Argos pricing

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Argos features

API
Assessment Management
Attendance Tracking
Data Import/Export
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Third Party Integrations

Activity Dashboard (251 other apps)
Alerts/Notifications (235 other apps)
Asynchronous Learning (168 other apps)
Blended Learning (192 other apps)
Certification & Licensing (167 other apps)
Communication Management (193 other apps)
Content Management (178 other apps)
Course Authoring (170 other apps)
Course Management (179 other apps)
Learning Management (259 other apps)
Progress Reports (197 other apps)
Progress Tracking (186 other apps)
Tests/Assessments (199 other apps)

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Additional information for Argos

Key features of Argos

  • Create labels for products that contain required information such as colors, sizes, dates, etc.
  • Create, save, and re-purpose formatting
  • Plan availability and assign specific time slots for tasks and resources
  • Create tests or questionnaires
  • Import and export information and reports to and from the program
  • Connect to big data sources
  • Improve business process by accessing more features and applications by combining third party integrations
  • Add customized logos and colors to the interface
  • Plan and collect attendance for classes
  • Create lists of students enrolled in every class or course and share it with instructors
  • Allows users to manage data from a number of sources
  • Set a time to generate routine reports automatically
  • An electronic record of patients, clinical documentation, created and stored digitally
  • Payment webpage where clients can pay bills
  • Provides educational institutions and other fundraising organizations with tools to cultivate and stay connected with alumni.
  • Activities related to raising money for a specific cause
  • Track and manage the applications of potential future members
  • Search available resources to locate required information
  • Map out the subjects that comprise courses of study
  • Alter the layout and content of dashboards
  • Integrate with existing ERP systems
  • Software designed for private/independent schools
  • Online Analytical Processing, analyze different dimensions for data discovery (complex calculations, what ifs, etc)
  • Ability to work collectively on a project while communicating and sharing information within the system in real time
  • Handle the registration and admission process for existing and new students
  • Online calendar of upcoming events/activities viewable to members and visitors
  • Determine/verify the signature (who signed it)
  • Allows for integration with other systems/databases
  • Graphical representation of the data
  • View and track pertinent metrics
  • Allocate expenses needed
  • Manage the maintenance of building facilities
  • Software designed for higher education organizations
  • Generate reports that meet information requirement, as the occasion requires
  • Track and manage faculty/staff information and schedules
  • Assemble applications and processes by dragging over and arranging pre-built components
  • Track specific people who attended events or the total number of attendees
  • Provide a comprehensive overview of organization's finances
  • Generate statements to gauge performance and financial position (ie. income statement, balance sheet)
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Benefits

Argos is a cloud-based enterprise reporting solution aimed at the higher education sector, promising a full SQL-based platform delivering real time ad hoc reporting capabilities for unlimited users.

A range of user types include Report Viewer for running formatted reports and exporting, Report Writer giving access to a built-in wizard for designing and modifying formatted report templates, Datablock Designer for building sections of data, plus Administrator able to manage multiple database connections.

Argos includes its own dedicated CO-OP User Community available to all users for sharing reports, Datablocks and also reporting best practices.

Advanced features include the Interactive Charting module with real time summary dashboard creation boasting visualization options including bar graph, pie chart, gauges and line plots etc.

Data protection and security features promise user authentication, direct ties into database security and AES-based encryption to keep the reporting process and the resulting output protected.