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Score 7.6 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Datawatch Monarch

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI

It works great for our purposes. I highly recommend hiring a consultant to set it up for you though. I don't think we would have gotten very far had we tried to setup the reports and views ourselves. We're very happy with the results we've seen so far. We've been using it for about 3-4 months.
Bradley Geppert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.7
Customizable dashboards
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
8.2
Report Formatting Templates
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
8.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.9
Drill-down analysis
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.9
Formatting capabilities
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.5
Report sharing and collaboration
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.5
Publish to Web
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.6
Publish to PDF
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
8.0
Report Versioning
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.4
Delivery to Remote Servers
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.9
Predictive Analytics
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.6

Access Control and Security

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
8.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.3
REST API
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.0
Javascript API
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.6
iFrames
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.4
Java API
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.6
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
6.9

Pros

Datawatch Monarch

  • 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.
Frank Pappalardo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI

  • The layout of Power BI is very intuitive. Someone that is familiar with Excel and working with Charts and Graphs in that environment will find the learning curve a rather short one to start using Power BI.
  • I like the way Power BI fits an assortment of users and how the functionality that you engage is replicated in Excel, that being Power Query and Power Pivot. So what you learn in one tool can be readily applied towards the other which allows you to more effectively apply your training.
  • I appreciate how Microsoft is working to develop tools that go a long ways to empowering the end user. Prior to Power BI I would have had to consult with a "BI" professional to develop a dashboard. With Power BI I don't have to consult with anyone, I can work to put together the dash board I want and using a tool set that is really robust and allows me to engage an enormous amount of data. It's provides a great deal of flexibility and the types of data I can connect to.
  • Updates...Microsoft is working diligently to keep Power BI current with monthly updates. They do a really good job of listening to the end user, if there is functionality not currently present just give them a month or so.
  • Just to be clear, even though it's easy to get going right out of the gate with Power BI it provides plenty of opportunities to create some really sophisticated reporting solutions. With DAX in Power Pivot and M language in Power Query, you are provided with plenty of head room to do some really amazing things in Power BI.
  • Training...there are resources across the web for learning and growing your skills and Power BI. And what's even better is the majority of those resources are free.
  • Data engagement, when presenting the data to the end user Power BI goes a long way to allowing that end user to engage the data and begin to identify root cause by simply interacting with the graph/chart/data set. It allows for really fluid engagement. Prior to Power BI so many times during the presentation of data we often times ended the engagement with that data with more questions than what were answered. With Power BI, more often than not, the end user is able to get answers to the questions by simply clicking on the data in the graph/chart/dataset to see the details. This tool really does have the capacity to make you look like a rock star.
Jason Leidig | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Datawatch Monarch

  • 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.
Kim Shada | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI

  • Report Builder 3.0 shipped with MSSQL 2012 is a nice free tool but our client users sometimes encounter problems such as the tool automatically shut down without saving the changes being made. We haven't implemented the new RB with MSSQL 2016 yet thus cannot comment on the latest version.
Haibo Yang | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Datawatch Monarch

Datawatch Monarch 7.2
Based on 6 answers
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.
Lisa Glassman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.0
Based on 25 answers
Microsoft BI is fundamental to our suite of BI applications. That being said, Northcraft Analytics is focused on delighting our customers, so if the underlying factors of our decision change, we would choose to re-write our BI applications on a different stack. Luckily, mathematics are the fundamental IP of our technology... and is portable across all BI platforms for the foreseeable future.
Lee Cullom | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Datawatch Monarch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 5 answers
Usability is great. This product will make most feel right at home. I feel like this question should be asked from two points of view:1. Creator of reports, Data Models, Views etc: Most Advanced users will still rate the usability as very high. Its capabilities are still robust. However when compared to other Enterprise Class products it will not do many of the advanced application queries. 2. End user, Consumer: All end users will feel right at home. Many will be able to create connections to already created data models and other external publicly available sources like twitter, Facebook, World Health order etc... These connections are then in turn very very easily available to publish to SharePoint and Power BI. It took me a while to understand what I think is Microsoft's strategy. This will handle all but the most of robust needs. Much like many American made cars and my favorite Corvette, Microsoft is fast, has it own break downs from time to time but all of these are really to tolerate when the price is considered and the next one up that can out perform it is three to four times as much money makes this an easy one to still recommend
Sean Warren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Datawatch Monarch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Datawatch Monarch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 2 answers
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can drag at times. We created two report servers and placed them under an F5 load balancer. This configuration has worked well. We have seen sluggish performance at times due to the Windows Firewall.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Datawatch Monarch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.1
Based on 6 answers
While support from Microsoft isn't necessarily always best of breed, you're also not paying the price for premium support that you would on other platforms. The strength of the stack is in the ecosystem that surrounds it. In contrast to other products, there are hundreds, even thousands of bloggers that post daily as well as vibrant user communities that surround the tool. I've had much better luck finding help with SQL Server related issues than I have with any other product, but that help doesn't always come directly from Microsoft.
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Datawatch Monarch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
Stephanie Grice | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Datawatch Monarch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.5
Based on 2 answers
I have used on-line training from Microsoft and from Pragmatic Works. I would recommend Pragmatic Works as the best way to get up to speed quickly, and then use the Microsoft on-line training to deep dive into specific features that you need to get depth with.
Sean Brady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Datawatch Monarch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.6
Based on 7 answers
We are a consulting firm and as such our best resources are always billing on client projects. Our internal implementation has weaknesses, but that's true for any company like ours. My rating is based on the product's ease of implementation.
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Datawatch Monarch

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI

Looking at the visualization portion of BI, there are three types of tools.
  1. Programming packages. Free and powerful, they let you make any diagram, at the cost of difficulty of use.
  2. Specialist software like Tableau and Microsoft BI. This is the best choice in most cases due to ease of use and quality of output.
  3. More generic software offered by the big IT companies, often part of a BI suite. There's really a lot of variety here. Use this when it fits the workflow and you are already using the relevant software. But, personally, I'd still use the specialist software.
Alexander Lubyansky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Datawatch Monarch

  • 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
Kim Shada | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BI

  • Ability to maintain and develop dashboards with KPI's for fast delivery to decision makers across the organization.
  • Insight into overall departmental performance. Allowance for departments to set their own metrics for success.
  • Data insights for marketing and sales campaigns allow decision makers to fine tune future campaigns.
Bryan Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Microsoft BI

Pricing Details

Datawatch Monarch

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Datawatch Monarch Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft BI

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI$0
Power BI Pro$102
  1. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Datawatch Monarch
8.1
Microsoft BI
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

Datawatch Monarch
7.2
Microsoft BI
8.0

Usability

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.0

Reliability and Availability

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
9.5

Performance

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.0

Support Rating

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
7.1

In-Person Training

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
6.9

Online Training

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
8.5

Implementation Rating

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft BI
9.6

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