The number of attendees rose to 121 this year - a new record.
Rob Graham joined Datawatch Europe in 2003 and directs a team which covers Europe, The Middle East and Africa. Graham commenced his career on the Stock Exchange servicing Institutional investors. This included a period of developing Japanese corporate business. He later joined an international merchant house and spent five years on Wall Street, building a global business.
On his return to the U.K., he co-founded a corporate finance activity and became a fan of Datawatchâs range of software and used Monarch for years before being recruited to the company.
His broad experience qualifies him to have an opinion on corporate governance and compliance. He is much published and a sought after speaker on such issues.
The conference opened with a welcome from Datawatch president and CEO Robert Hagger, followed by a briefing from Datawatch senior vice president John Kitchen, introducing attendees to the general conference theme of "No Limits." John briefed attendees on Datawatch's new line of products, from the new Monarch V8, with a new Pro version enabling mining data from PDF files and data export to PDF, to the brand new Monarch Data Pump V8 announced during the conference, providing powerful automated report/data mining, information delivery and data ETL (extraction, transformation and loading) across the entire organisation, to Datawatch's enterprise solutions.
Datawatch|ES offers web-enabled report management and data analysis using just a web browser. Monarch|RMS (Report Mining Server) offers web-based Monarch functionality as an add-on to an organisation's existing report management/document management system. Finally, Datawatch's new Researcher solution brings together reports, data, documents, e-mail and virtually any other information source into a consolidated web view for unprecedented enterprise research and analysis.
The theme of "No Limits" for knowledge workers was extended with a discussion on how Datawatch solutions, from Monarch and Monarch Data Pump, to enterprise solutions like Datawatch|ES and Researcher, help organisations achieve successful business processes by providing needed information and data without new programming.
Attendees were briefed on an actual example of Datawatch "No Limits" in action by Terry Leech, Head of IT for Allied Irish Banks - International Financial Services Limited (AIB-IFS). Terry presented AIB-IFS' success implementing Datawatch|ES to provide its clients with programming-free access to reports and data through the web.
Attendees also learnt about what's new in Monarch V8, a live step-by-step set-up of Monarch Data Pump, the use of Monarch as an inexpensive yet powerful aid in compliance, and advice on "best practice" use of Monarch as a true analytical tool, not just as a data conversion utility.
Perhaps the greatest single benefit of the Datawatch User Conference was summed up by longtime Monarch and Monarch Data Pump user Charles Byron of RMIC. Charles suggested the best part of the conference is "sharing the passion and enthusiasm users have for the Datawatch products and company. Like an explorer who has stumbles across a great treasure, everyone is excited to share their personal stories of success and the associated accolades." Indeed, the best opportunity to personally meet and network with many fellow Monarch and Datawatch solution users is through the Datawatch User Conference.