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Score 7.6 out of 100

Microsoft Power BI

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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 Power BI

Power BI is great for reporting of any type. The dashboards I create for my executive team are crisp and easy to understand. I often get complements on it, and suggestions on what other reports or data could benefit from Power BI. Power BI is still dependent on data sources, so if my data source connections break, then the report is no good. This isn't something that you can create and forget. It needs eyes on it to ensure the data is correct
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Customizable dashboards
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Report Formatting Templates
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Drill-down analysis
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Formatting capabilities
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Report sharing and collaboration
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.8

Report Output and Scheduling

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Publish to Web
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
9.0
Publish to PDF
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Report Versioning
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Predictive Analytics
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Access Control and Security

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Responsive Design for Web Access
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Dedicated Android Application
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
REST API
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Javascript API
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
iFrames
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Java API
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

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 Power BI

  • Engaging dashboard displays with drag and drop modules to convey data in a meaningful ways.
  • Familiar Microsoft "Ribbon" type interface that creates an integral feel with the rest of the Microsoft suite of products.
  • Built-in mobile optimization window and associated Mobile applications that allow viewing from any location connected to the server.
Rick Botha | 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 Power BI

  • It is such a powerful system that it can come across as intimidating for some without some Excel knowledge
  • I'm not a database analyst or administrator, so calling the data in can be difficult (not necessary the fault of the software, but something that could be difficult for teams without someone with database knowledge)
  • It can come across as confusing, when there is both a local Power BI and online Power BI components. They don't necessarily do the same functions. You'll definitely want to know how to use the online version as this is how you'll publish and share the results of your findings, but the local one has a lot of capabilities that don't appear to be directly available in the online version (and if so, it's not immediately apparent).
Steffany Winkelmann | 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 Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Datawatch Monarch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 9.0
Based on 3 answers
PBI is very easy to use because of its similarity with power pivot and excel. DAX is the basic foundation language to be mastered to quickly build reports. Custom measures have been introduce to write instant DAX functions (But doesnt work all the time and need a understanding of DAX to debug). Easy to chart multiple charts and also third party charts
Rohit Acharya | 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 Power BI

Microsoft Power BI as I said earlier is unfortunate in relation to the panels but compared to Tableau.Although Microsoft Power BI has a general interface easier to understand in my company because we already have a signature with the package Office 365 that the integration of the same is excellent.
Gabriel Oliveira | 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 Power BI

  • I'm using the free version, so the only investment was the time spent to learn how to use the product (which as an Excel user, was very short).
  • I use Excel to store every single bit of information about all the projects I do, and being able to see them visualized helped me see some redundant steps I was taking.
  • No negative impact at all for me.
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Microsoft Power BI

Pricing Details

Datawatch Monarch

General

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

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Datawatch Monarch
8.1
Microsoft Power BI
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Datawatch Monarch
7.2
Microsoft Power BI
10.0

Usability

Datawatch Monarch
Microsoft Power BI
9.0

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