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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI works across many different scenarios and solutions, so it is an ideal tool for small department roll outs that may grow to full enterprise solutions or even starting at the enterprise level. The biggest thing to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to use SSRS is are you going to be able to support all of the group's reporting needs as it does not have a good end-user report development tool at this point (Report Builder is no longer being supported by Microsoft). SSRS is meant to be an IT driven reporting environment where the report formats are very rigid and the reports need to be delivered to a set of users by a specific time every hour/week/day/month. SSRS is NOT an ad-hoc reporting tool and should never be thought of that way. If you are looking for ad-hoc analysis of data then you should consider setting up either Multi-Dimensional or Tabular structures in SSAS and then the users can access those structures in Excel and create "reports" in Excel to show it. If you are looking for a way to get control of your data and end the Excel "spreadmarts" then the tools provided in SQL Server Microsoft BI will help with that given that you have the time and resources to develop that solution.
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TIBCO Spotfire

Suitable for even large numbers of data points in both the chemical or biological data domains. Also powerful when calculated columns are to be inserted into tables. The filter and label function is a very powerful feature when subsetting data within one Spotfire project. It is also capable of exporting sheets to PDF format, so it is also convenient to share key findings with others. It is less appropriate for chemical data in less mainstream formats (e.g SDF, MOL2).
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft BI
7.8
TIBCO Spotfire
7.2
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft BI
7.9
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
7.6

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft BI
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire
7.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft BI
8.9
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Publish to Web
Microsoft BI
8.3
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Publish to PDF
Microsoft BI
8.8
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Report Versioning
Microsoft BI
8.1
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft BI
7.5
TIBCO Spotfire
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft BI
8.1
TIBCO Spotfire
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft BI
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft BI
7.9
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft BI
8.1
TIBCO Spotfire
7.5

Access Control and Security

Microsoft BI
8.3
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft BI
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft BI
8.1
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft BI
8.5
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft BI
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
6.4
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft BI
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire
7.5
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft BI
8.1
TIBCO Spotfire
3.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft BI
7.8
TIBCO Spotfire
7.1
REST API
Microsoft BI
7.9
TIBCO Spotfire
7.3
Javascript API
Microsoft BI
8.3
TIBCO Spotfire
7.2
iFrames
Microsoft BI
7.7
TIBCO Spotfire
7.0
Java API
Microsoft BI
7.6
TIBCO Spotfire
7.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft BI
7.8
TIBCO Spotfire
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft BI
7.5
TIBCO Spotfire
7.0

Pros

Microsoft BI

  • The parallel data warehouse is a massive storage appliance with exceptional speed.
  • The platform is all Microsoft and integrates well with all other Microsoft products and infrastructure.
  • Microsoft's support of the product has been outstanding.
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TIBCO Spotfire

  • Quick to plot complex graphs
  • Capable of loading large data sets
  • Customisable
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Cons

Microsoft BI

  • Power View is a quick and easy tool to use for developing dynamic dashboards but lacks some very basic features. The color scheme and styles are applied across all views with no method for choosing which colors apply to certain objects. Users cannot rename visual components, you must make sure you cube field have the names you intend end users to see.
  • Report Builder allows for quite a bit of customization but we found it be missing some the features that make other application like Crystal Reports so easy to use. Simple features such as moving columns within a table can be a bit frustrating. Formatting text and writing formulas (expressions) is easier in Crystal Reports.
  • Parallel Data Warehouse is not a true SQL Server 2012 database and is missing much of the SQL Server 2012 feature set.
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TIBCO Spotfire

  • The interface makes it a little difficult to try and rearrange or make adjustments to the raw data. It's easy to display the data but not as easy if you have to make some minor tweaks to titles or sorting.
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.0
Based on 25 answers
We are pleased with the Microsoft BI solution, its cost, benefit, and our ability to easily find resources to support this technology stack.
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TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 8.1
Based on 27 answers
Spotfire has become an integral part of our business intelligence initiative.
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Usability

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 5 answers
It's a good rating for people willing to learn and get used to it, but it's not inherently user friendly, especially to people who are not Excel power users.
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TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 8.5
Based on 21 answers
Very easy to use and not too difficult to deploy
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Reliability and Availability

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 8.0
Based on 12 answers
The product on visualization is very reliable.The analytics S server for analytics also continues to be improved upon.
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Performance

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 2 answers
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can drag at times. We created two report servers and placed them under an F5 load balancer. This configuration has worked well. We have seen sluggish performance at times due to the Windows Firewall.
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TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 9.0
Based on 12 answers
The client on its own is impressively quick with rendering numerous visualizations, loading large amounts of data, and joining several data tables. Performance begins to degrade with the use certain data transformations (eg. pivoting data within the client), calculation expressions (eg. "Over" expressions), and large data aggregations within the Spotfire data engine. We achieved significant performance gains by having our data teams aggregate data at within our data views (before it reaches Spotfire), employing data-on-demand (user initiated data queries in a report), and by employing data limiting options within visualization reports.
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Support

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.1
Based on 6 answers
While support from Microsoft isn't necessarily always best of breed, you're also not paying the price for premium support that you would on other platforms. The strength of the stack is in the ecosystem that surrounds it. In contrast to other products, there are hundreds, even thousands of bloggers that post daily as well as vibrant user communities that surround the tool. I've had much better luck finding help with SQL Server related issues than I have with any other product, but that help doesn't always come directly from Microsoft.
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TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 10.0
Based on 22 answers
I have had great success with the support of the product.
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In-Person Training

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
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TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 7.7
Based on 52 answers
I have only had the basic training. It was very useful for new users. The majority of what is taught in the training can be self-taught by daily use of the product. However there were also many things I learned even after using the product for over a year. I would highly recommend investing in the training offered by TIBCO
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Online Training

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.5
Based on 2 answers
I have used on-line training from Microsoft and from Pragmatic Works. I would recommend Pragmatic Works as the best way to get up to speed quickly, and then use the Microsoft on-line training to deep dive into specific features that you need to get depth with.
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TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 7.9
Based on 54 answers
The online training is good, provides a good base of knowledge. The video demonstrations were well-done and easy to follow along. Provided exercises are good as well, but I think there could be more challenging exercises. The training has also gone up in price significantly in the last 3 years (in USD, which hurts us even more in Canada), and I'm not sure it is worth the money it now costs (it is worth how much it cost 3 years ago, but not double that.)
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Implementation

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.6
Based on 7 answers
Thorough project planning and requirements gathering ensured project's success.
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TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 7.5
Based on 14 answers
Not involved with the implementation.
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Alternatives Considered

Microsoft BI

Microstrategy - I went with Microsoft BI because of features, usability, integration capabilities, performance, availability of talent, cost, and end-user (self-service) capabilities.
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TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire has been the tool of choice for our team. After comparing to other tools, it was the best decision we could make. After using the tool for some years and receiving the trainings available, we can say it was a good decision. At the moment we had to decide, other software were not available or not achieving our goals, we got some demos from other vendors but Spotfire was the one that made us feel it was the best.
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Scalability

Microsoft BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The program has proved to be very useful and allows for analyzing various forms of data.
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Return on Investment

Microsoft BI

  • Greatly reduced reporting project development time (and associated costs).
  • Significantly larger pool of experts to assist on large / ad-hoc projects.
  • Faster availability of critical business data to our users (due to decreased development time as well as performance of overall system - we are able to keep the data very fresh).
  • Significantly increased ETL / data integration capabilities means that more legacy and external system data is making it into the data warehouse.
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TIBCO Spotfire

  • SharePoint online connector unavailable
  • Azure Database connectivity unavailable
  • Hopefully, if the two are available then it will be great.
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Pricing Details

Microsoft BI

General

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

Microsoft BI Editions & Modules

Microsoft BI
Edition
Power BI
$0
Power BI Pro
$102
2. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

TIBCO Spotfire

General

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

TIBCO Spotfire Editions & Modules

TIBCO Spotfire
On-premise Edition
TIBCO Spotfire Platform
Please contact TIBCO sales
SaaS Edition
TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Analyst
$125/mo, $1250/yr1
TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Business Author
$65/mo, $650/yr1
TIBCO Spotfire for Amazon Web Services
$0.992
TIBCO Spotfire Cloud Enterprise
Please contact TIBCO sales
TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Consumer
$25/mo, $250/yr4
1. Per Seat
2. Per Hour (Starting)
4. Per Seat
Additional Pricing Details
For Enterprise engagements, please contact TIBCO directly for a custom price quote.

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