Altair Monarch vs. Excel4apps

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
Excel4apps
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Excel4apps is a business intelligence software offering from Excel4apps.N/A
Pricing
Altair MonarchExcel4apps
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Altair MonarchExcel4apps
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Altair MonarchExcel4apps
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Altair Monarch
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Ratings
Excel4apps
6.3
4 Ratings
26% below category average
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings5.43 Ratings
Customizable dashboards00 Ratings6.13 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings7.44 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Altair Monarch
-
Ratings
Excel4apps
7.6
4 Ratings
6% below category average
Drill-down analysis00 Ratings7.54 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings9.24 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings6.52 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings7.14 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
Excel4apps
6.4
3 Ratings
26% below category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings6.73 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings8.22 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings5.83 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings6.23 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Altair Monarch
-
Ratings
Excel4apps
6.7
2 Ratings
18% below category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings6.02 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
Excel4apps
8.1
3 Ratings
5% below category average
Multi-User Support (named login)00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings7.22 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Altair Monarch
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Ratings
Excel4apps
7.8
1 Ratings
2% below category average
Responsive Design for Web Access00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile00 Ratings6.01 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
Excel4apps
3.4
2 Ratings
80% below category average
REST API00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings5.72 Ratings
iFrames00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Java API00 Ratings5.92 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)00 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Altair MonarchExcel4apps
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(6 ratings)
9.0
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.2
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.9
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Altair MonarchExcel4apps
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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Excel4apps
We have to calculate most all Lab / Pilot / Proposals sizing and results. The automated calculations in [Excel4apps] is awesome, as once you are familiar with them, it is easy to quickly implement them when needed.
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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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Excel4apps
  • Easy to install and maintain. After the initial installation, there is little involvement by the technical administrators.
  • Cloning production to a test environment does not require any additional setups unlike Oracle EBS which does.
  • Loading data and reporting on this data is handled via EXCEL spreadsheets which is the "language" of our financial users.
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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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Excel4apps
  • It is possible but difficult to retrieve data or set criteria from different module into a single report or retrieve. If it is more user friendly instead of having to create a complex formula to retrieve the data, this function will be utilized more often.
  • It will be nice to have visual (graphs, etc.) report template available
  • It is helpful if we can retrieve data for a range of date, instead of just YTD, PTD etc. and multi-year data all at once for comparison too.
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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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Excel4apps
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Usability
Altair Engineering, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Excel4apps
I am not a power user of Excel. So I find Exel4apps a friendlier version of the things that I could do on Excel and making it easier with a magic wand.
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Support Rating
Altair Engineering, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Excel4apps
I have not needed support yet
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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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Excel4apps
Excel4apps is more user friendly and can retrieve data much easier and in a nicer format than Jaspersoft. Qlik Sense is useful and have more visual reporting and dashboard. However, it is usually used for higher level of analyses and review. Yardi is used for specific purpose, which is different than Excel4apps. Excel4apps can pull all the financial data from Oracle, including billing and collections.
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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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Excel4apps
  • Increase team transparency
  • Increased reporting
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