Altair Monarch vs. Dundas BI

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Altair Monarch
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Altair Monarch (formerly Datawatch Monarch, acquired by Altair in December, 2018) works with both relational and multi-structured data including support for a wide range of formats including PDF, XML, HTML, text, spool and ASCII files. The product can access data from invoices, sales reports, balance sheets, customer lists, inventory, logs and more. According to the vendor, the system is easy to use, allowing users to quickly select any data source and automatically convert it into…N/A
Dundas BI
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Dundas BI is a business intelligence and data visualization software that includes customizable dashboards, reporting, and visual data analytics. Dundas BI can be integrated into users’ existing business applications and its visualization and reporting tools can be customized to their needs.N/A
Pricing
Altair MonarchDundas BI
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Altair MonarchDundas BI
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Considered Both Products
Altair Monarch

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Dundas BI
Chose Dundas BI
Dundas BI has a more comprehensive user interface allowing for better design flexibility and rapid deployment.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Altair MonarchDundas BI
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Altair Monarch
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Ratings
Dundas BI
8.4
51 Ratings
3% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings8.443 Ratings
Customizable dashboards00 Ratings8.651 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings8.139 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Altair Monarch
-
Ratings
Dundas BI
8.1
51 Ratings
0% above category average
Drill-down analysis00 Ratings7.951 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings8.250 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings7.633 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings8.645 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Altair Monarch
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Ratings
Dundas BI
7.9
49 Ratings
5% below category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings8.442 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings7.845 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings7.838 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings8.337 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Altair Monarch
-
Ratings
Dundas BI
7.8
49 Ratings
3% below category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)00 Ratings8.148 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings7.941 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings7.432 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Altair Monarch
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Ratings
Dundas BI
8.2
49 Ratings
4% below category average
Multi-User Support (named login)00 Ratings8.648 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings8.045 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings8.246 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings8.25 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Altair Monarch
-
Ratings
Dundas BI
8.2
45 Ratings
3% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access00 Ratings8.344 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile00 Ratings8.140 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Altair Monarch
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Ratings
Dundas BI
7.8
7 Ratings
1% below category average
REST API00 Ratings8.25 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings8.66 Ratings
iFrames00 Ratings7.05 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)00 Ratings7.76 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings7.52 Ratings
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User Ratings
Altair MonarchDundas BI
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(6 ratings)
8.3
(52 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.2
(6 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(11 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Altair MonarchDundas BI
Likelihood to Recommend
Altair Engineering, Inc.
The product is especially useful when you have real-time and/or time series data to analyze. If you have more mundane, simpler requirements, other products might do the job you need for less money (there are even some decent open source visualization tools you can find.) I know the product is very widely used in capital markets applications to monitor and analyze risk and price and volume changes; if you're working in that area, I don't think there's a better tool to use.
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Dundas Data Visualization
For all the scenarios I have so far worked on or I am currently working on, Dundas BI has proved to be more than adequate and apt to handle all of those. It is a very easy-to-use tool with quick shortcuts enabling you to prepare ad-hoc reports or dashboards in a matter of minutes.
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Pros
Altair Engineering, Inc.
  • Creating a basic model to extract data from a report is very easy.
  • Advanced features like Calculated Fields and External Lookups allow you to augment the raw data.
  • You can create a "project" to automate the data extraction. Combined with Datapump (a separate DW app), you can fully automate the process once the raw report is generated.
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Dundas Data Visualization
  • Project organization from Development to Production, you get a production and development license but I think the best way to do it is with DEV and Prod project in the Production box. Use the development box for testing updates and really crazy things. With the Dev and Prod projects on the same box, you just publish from Dev to Prod and you are done. Users only have access to the Prod projects so no one can mess up what you are working on.
  • Security - If you have a hierarchy (subsidiaries, divisions, department, teams) and you want each group to see only their data, then Security hierarchies are for you!
  • Dependent filters! What's this you ask? Here is an example of how it can be used, in your company you have departments and who works for what department is in your database. You make a dashboard that has a department filter (only show these departments), a managers filter, and employee filter. Not every manager or employee is in multiple departments usually only one. With dependent filters you can say that the manager and employee filter are dependent on what is selected in the departments filter so when you go to filter them they only show the managers or employees that are part of that department, and you can even it do so employees are not only dependent on department but on manager as well. Then it gets even better as it can be done in reverse as well so when you select a manager then go to the department it only shows the departments he works for (there are better situations where this is more useful).
  • It is scriptable! From calculate columns, null replacements, button actions, load actions, hover over events there a way to do what you want.
  • They are constantly improving and listens to your suggestions.
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Cons
Altair Engineering, Inc.
  • Recently, we had some major sticker-shock when we wanted to upgrade Data Pump. It is an exceptional product, but when the price jumped from $6,000 to over $60,000, it was impossible to get the funds approved internally for the upgrade.
  • We also paid for yearly maintenance contracts which included Professional Services, but rarely found those services beneficial. However, we did receive all software upgrades for Datapump as part of the contract which we found to be very beneficial. However, with the new pricing, that is not longer the case.
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Dundas Data Visualization
  • Not too many cons for how we use the application. It really is easy and powerful. Very powerful.
  • Licensing is one thing that could be looked into. It is simple, but a little confusing. For example, if I get a license today, but a new release comes out tomorrow, it seems that the license doesn't work with the new release. Maybe that is by design, but it would be nice to clearly understand.
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Likelihood to Renew
Altair Engineering, Inc.
Even though we do not utilize it on a daily basis, I do hope my current company renews it's license. If not, I intend to purchase myself.
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Dundas Data Visualization
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Usability
Altair Engineering, Inc.
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Dundas Data Visualization
We are still in the implementation phase, but so far we are finding it to be easy to use and learn. The eLearning courses that they have made available for free, as well as User Forums and other training videos have made even difficult concepts easier to understand.
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Support Rating
Altair Engineering, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Dundas Data Visualization
We have bi-weekly calls with our Success Manager, as well as access to support as needed. Any question that I have had, multiple people have been willing and able to jump on a call to talk me through it, or send an email with the solution
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Implementation Rating
Altair Engineering, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Dundas Data Visualization
Providing that you have the client's needs well known, creating BI content using Dundas BI is a walk in the park!
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Alternatives Considered
Altair Engineering, Inc.
Datawatch is very good value of money compared to QlikView; QlikView is really more of a BI tool and has a lot of functions that I didn't need. Datawatch is very strong in the real-time area where Tableau, Panorama, and Qlik don't do very well. If you need to set up a visual monitoring dashboard, Datawatch is the best product I've seen for that. if you want to do a lot of in depth statistical analysis of large databases, Tableau is probably a good option.
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Dundas Data Visualization
Per dollar spent, it offers the widest range of features of the tools that we evaluated. It offers lots of options for how to configure your environment, though they are not always intuitive to figure out. Having an ETL layer was a must have for us, as well as the ability to host to secure HIPAA compliance. It is not a replacement for ad hoc reporting, but does a great job of creating parameterized reports and dashboards that look great.
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Return on Investment
Altair Engineering, Inc.
  • Data Pump reduces complexity of report solutions by offering a standardized approach for organizing and scheduling
  • 97% service level for past 5 years for all of our jobs going through Data Pump
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Dundas Data Visualization
  • Coming from an SQL based standard delivery model, Dundas BI has provided a fantastic rate of ROI.
  • The preparation and delivery time has reduced from weeks to just a few hours.
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