Monarch is absolutely worth the cost of the program. We have saved many times the cost of the program in man hours (and frustration). We use the Pro version, but unfortunately we are only on version 5.02. (hopefully upgrading soon) The cool thing about Monarch is that you can automate many tasks and your time is better spent analyzing the data instead of entering the data into your program to analyze it.
I agree with Melissa the product is great value. (But then I do work for Datawatch Europe!!!)
The Standard version will do the job you talk about, but it is worth considering Pro for the following main benefits.
1. The Join Database Function. This allows you to combine data already held in a database format to your report data.
Example: You have a stock report with stock number and current stock level. You have an Access database with stock number, min qty to hold in stock and a supplier name. With Pro you can open the stock report, join the access table and generate a stock required list by supplier. you can join most popular file formats (XLS,MDB, CSV and lots more)
2. You can open HTML files. This may not be useful for you at the moment as the reports come from dos as a text file. But if you have customers or suppliers that publish reports to a website, Monarch Pro will probably be able to open.
I hope this gives you the info you need.
[size="1"][ September 19, 2002, 05:03 AM: Message edited by: Steve Caiels ][/size]
I have recently upgraded to 6.01 Pro which I use with Data Pump. I extract data out of various different legacy systems along with some modern odbc ones - for this, Pro is the version to have because it is ODBC compliant (and allows me to do the whole job in Monarch, rather than just part of it). My company bought it but, it is so good, I probably would have bought it myself, otherwise.
[size="1"][ October 03, 2002, 07:29 AM: Message edited by: Viv ][/size]