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Datawatch Launches Web-Based BI Solution Monarch BI Server


Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH), a leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), today announced the release of Monarch BI Server, a web-based Business Intelligence (BI) solution built specifically to address the unique needs of small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) and department-level users.

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Cost-effective, easy-to-use Monarch BI Server produces immediate and measurable business results by leveraging existing information assets and processes with no need for database connectivity or programming.

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According to Toby Bell, research VP on the business intelligence and information management team at Gartner, "SMBs are beginning to understand that Business Intelligence is more than a toolset or data discipline—it’s the desirable outcome of engaging more people and more information assets across the enterprise. Ease of use, simplified administration and broader reach and reporting across all file stores and formats is the next frontier for BI."

SMBs are very concerned with increasing operating efficiencies and profitability. While they recognize the value of BI, they must also take into consideration the total cost of ownership (TCO), which includes initial investment costs and IT support requirements. Monarch BI Server was designed specifically to strike a balance between the two, offering SMBs the benefits of BI without the significant time and resources required for traditional BI deployments. Monarch BI Server requires minimal training and ongoing maintenance, making it the answer to SMBs' BI dilemma by utilizing existing reports and other business documents as a source of data.

"We are very excited about the programming-free, web-enabled analytics Monarch BI Server provides," said Steve Breitenbach, applications analyst for St. Joseph Medical Center in Maryland. "The solution was so simple to install; we had it up and running in one day. With just a few minutes of end user training, our clinicians and managers were able to proactively analyze data from our Meditech system to research patient trends and identify diabetes patients who need closer attention to better manage their conditions."

"This is just the beginning of the value we anticipate from Monarch BI Server," said Breitenbach. "We are now adding information sourced from our Kronos time and attendance system to Monarch BI Server to facilitate staff productivity analysis for web delivery to more than 60 managers across our organization. We are pleased by how quickly and easily Monarch BI Server is getting everyone in our organization the information they need to do their jobs more effectively."

Monarch BI Server Overview

Designed for day-to-day decision making, Monarch BI Server stores and dynamically transforms existing reports and other business documents (a source of critical information heretofore ignored by BI vendors) into browser-based or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet tables, summaries and charts. This allows users to solve daily operational issues without the time and expense of building data marts, using complex data access query tools, programming or burdening the IT department with requests for custom reports. As a result, Monarch BI Server offers a shortcut for providing users with the information they need in the format they want, simply by leveraging the time and knowledge already invested in an organization's existing reports.

Monarch BI Server not only leverages system output from any existing application such as ERP, CRM or accounting, but it also allows users with literally a few minutes of training to access and analyze the data they need via a web browser to make better business decisions. An optional Monarch BI Server module allows for the storage, mining and delivery of PDFs. Monarch BI Server is also suited for defined vertical functions within an organization such as auditing, claims management, supply chain management and more.

"To remain competitive in this turbulent economy, SMBs need tools that allow them to make effective decisions, yet are affordable, simple to install and maintain, and easy for everyone from managers to front line employees to use," said John Kitchen, Datawatch's senior vice president and CMO. "A solution that meets this set of needs will give SMBs the ROI they’re seeking from a BI tool, and this is exactly what we’re delivering with Monarch BI Server."

Key Features:

  • Transformation of reports into Excel, HTML, PDF and more with one click and no programming

  • Report storage, distribution, analysis and management

  • Browser-based query and viewing

  • Data summaries providing multiple views of report data with new sub-totals and graphing

  • Export report data to Excel at anytime

Key Benefits:

  • Low initial investment/purchase costs

  • Minimal end user training requirements

  • Increases productivity of report users by providing one click transformation of reports into actionable formats such as Excel spreadsheets

  • Eliminates error-prone manual copying of report data into spreadsheets

  • Reduces IT burden by eliminating need for ad hoc reporting, sub-reports or live database connectivity

  • No IT administrative support requirements

  • Leverages and extends use of existing reports and report infrastructure

  • Eliminates need for costly data marts to meet key data and report mining needs

Requirements and Compatibility

Monarch BI Server requires Microsoft Windows Server 2003, service pack 2. Installation is straight-forward and is done by the user with no need for onsite consulting services. Pricing and Availability

Monarch BI Server is available immediately. Monarch BI Server’s MSRP is $10,995 per server and comes with a 5 concurrent user license. An additional 3 concurrent user license is $3,500 and an additional 5 concurrent user license is $5,000. An optional module for PDF storage, mining and distribution is $5,000. Monarch BI Server is available through leading resellers and by calling Datawatch directly at (800) 445-3311.

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