Altair has announced the latest release of Altair Monarch, the company’s desktop and server-based data preparation platform. The news comes on the heels of Altair updating its entire line of data analytics products last week. The new version strengthens the ability of users to extract and convert data automatically from sources like Excel spreadsheets, PDFs, and text-based files.
Altair Monarch is a desktop-based self-service data preparation tool that connects to multiple data sources including unstructured, cloud-based and big data. Connecting to data, cleansing and manipulation tasks require no coding. The tool features more than 80 pre-built data preparation functions, and models built within the product can be exported into common BI or other analytics platforms.
Key new features included in Altair Monarch 2020 are highlighted by Excel trapping, which lets users deal with complex Excel inputs. Rules can now be utilized to extract and add structure to data and metadata from workbooks that are either designed for reporting or incorporate multiple worksheets. There’s also improved PDF extraction via the identification of graphical elements like rectangles and lines on rendered PDF page images. Version 2020 features support for Altair’s flexible licensing model (Altair Units) as well.
In a statement about the release, Altair’s Chief Technical Officer Sam Mahalingam said: “With a global user community in the tens of thousands, Monarch encompasses our long experience of helping customers overcome complex data preparation challenges. Thirty years to the day since the original launch, it is entirely appropriate that we now offer even greater freedom to transform data from multiple sources into a powerful business asset.”