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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is great for reporting of any type. The dashboards I create for my executive team are crisp and easy to understand. I often get complements on it, and suggestions on what other reports or data could benefit from Power BI. Power BI is still dependent on data sources, so if my data source connections break, then the report is no good. This isn't something that you can create and forget. It needs eyes on it to ensure the data is correct
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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 Power BI
8.3
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
7.1
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
TIBCO Spotfire
8.5
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
7.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Publish to Web
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Report Versioning
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
TIBCO Spotfire
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire
8.5
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
TIBCO Spotfire
7.6

Access Control and Security

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
TIBCO Spotfire

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft Power BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
6.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
7.5
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
TIBCO Spotfire
3.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
7.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft Power BI
7.9
TIBCO Spotfire
7.2
REST API
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Javascript API
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
TIBCO Spotfire
7.3
iFrames
Microsoft Power BI
7.8
TIBCO Spotfire
7.1
Java API
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
TIBCO Spotfire
7.1
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
TIBCO Spotfire
7.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
TIBCO Spotfire
7.2

Pros

Microsoft Power BI

  • Engaging dashboard displays with drag and drop modules to convey data in a meaningful ways.
  • Familiar Microsoft "Ribbon" type interface that creates an integral feel with the rest of the Microsoft suite of products.
  • Built-in mobile optimization window and associated Mobile applications that allow viewing from any location connected to the server.
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TIBCO Spotfire

  • Cross tables. Most people call them pivot tables perhaps, from the excel version, but Spotfire does them so much better! Easier to build and arrange, and with tons more options than the excel pivot table.
  • Mapping. The improved mapping capabilities of Spotfire along with its ease of use, allow you to build fabulous looking maps very quickly.
  • Aggregation. Spotfire is built to aggregate, and it does this better and faster than anything else I know of.
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Cons

Microsoft Power BI

  • It is such a powerful system that it can come across as intimidating for some without some Excel knowledge
  • I'm not a database analyst or administrator, so calling the data in can be difficult (not necessary the fault of the software, but something that could be difficult for teams without someone with database knowledge)
  • It can come across as confusing, when there is both a local Power BI and online Power BI components. They don't necessarily do the same functions. You'll definitely want to know how to use the online version as this is how you'll publish and share the results of your findings, but the local one has a lot of capabilities that don't appear to be directly available in the online version (and if so, it's not immediately apparent).
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TIBCO Spotfire

  • Feature parity between web publishing and the Spotfire client: some features of Spotfire that work flawlessly in the Spotfire client break when published to the web. In particular, custom JavaScript inserted into the analysis tends not to render well on the web even if it renders perfectly in the client.
  • Lack of thorough documentation: particularly when comparing Spotfire documentation to the documentation for Python, JMP, or Matlab, Spotfire's documentation is lacking. In particular, I remember finding documentation on custom SQL queries being very sparse. Most often I would base my Spotfire solutions on examples found on forums rather than on official TIBCO advice.
  • The execution time of custom R data functions: TIBCO Spotfire uses its own implementation of the R runtime (called TERR, TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R) which I noticed to be significantly slower than the open-source runtime for certain tasks.
  • Error reporting: error reporting by both TERR and IronPython is very opaque and makes debugging very difficult.
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
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TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 8.1
Based on 27 answers
-Easy to distribute information throughout the enterprise using the webplayer.-Ad hoc analysis is possible throughout the enterprise using business author in the webplayer or the thick client.-Low level of support needed by IT team. Access interfaces with LDAP and numerous other authentication methods.-Possible to continually extend the platform with JavaScript, R scripts, HTML, and custom extensions.-Ability to standardize data logic through pre-built queries in the Information Designer. Everyone in the enterprise is using the same logic-Tagging and bookmarking data allows for quick sharing of insights.-Integration with numerous data sources... flat files, data bases, big data, images, etc.-Much improved mapping capability. Also includes the ability to apply data points over any image.
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Usability

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 9.0
Based on 3 answers
PBI is very easy to use because of its similarity with power pivot and excel. DAX is the basic foundation language to be mastered to quickly build reports. Custom measures have been introduce to write instant DAX functions (But doesnt work all the time and need a understanding of DAX to debug). Easy to chart multiple charts and also third party charts
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TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 8.6
Based on 21 answers
Basic tasks like generating meaningful information from large sets of raw data are very easy. The next step of linking to multiple live data sources and linking those tables and performing on the fly analysis of the imported data is understandably more difficult.
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Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 8.0
Based on 12 answers
Even though, it's a rather stable and predictable tool that's also fast, it does have some bugs and inconsistencies that shut down the system. Depending on the details, it could happen as often as 2-3 times a week, especially during the development period.
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Performance

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 9.0
Based on 12 answers
Generally, the Spotfire client runs with very good performance. There are factors that could affect performance, but normally has to do with loading large analysis files from the library if the database is located some distance away and your global network is not optimal. Once you have your data table(s) loaded in the client application, usually the application is quite good performance-wise.
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Support

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 10.0
Based on 22 answers
Support has been helpful with issues. Support seems to know their product and its capabilities. It would also seem that they have a good sense of the context of the problem; where we are going with this issue and what we want the end outcome to be.
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In-Person Training

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 7.2
Based on 14 answers
The original architecture I created for our implementation had only a particular set of internal business units in mind. Over the years, Spotfire gained in popularity in our company and was being utilized across many more business units. Soon, its usage went beyond what the original architectural implementation could provide. We've since learned about how the product is used by the different teams and are currently in the middle of rolling out a new architecture.I suggest:
  • Have clearly defined service level agreements with all the teams that will use Spotfire. Your business intelligence group might only need availability during normal working hours, but your production support group might need 24/7 availability. If these groups share one Spotfire server, maintenance of that server might be a problem.
  • Know the different types of data you will be working with. One group might be working with "public" data while another group might work with sensitive data. Design your Library accordingly and with the proper permissions.
  • Know the roles of the users of Spotfire. Will there only be a small set of report writers or does everyone have write access to the Library?
  • ALWAYS add a timestamp prompt to your reports. You don't want multiple users opening a report that will try and pull down millions of rows of data to their local workstations. Another option, of course, is to just hard code a time range in the backing database view (i.e. where activity_date >= sysdate - 90, etc.), but I'd rather educate/train the user base if possible.
  • This probably goes without saying, but if possible, point to a separate reporting database or a logical standby database. You don't want the company pounding on your primaries and take down your order system.
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Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI as I said earlier is unfortunate in relation to the panels but compared to Tableau.Although Microsoft Power BI has a general interface easier to understand in my company because we already have a signature with the package Office 365 that the integration of the same is excellent.
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TIBCO Spotfire

The advantage of Spotfire over Tableau or Domo is the advanced modeling capabilities. Although Tableau and Domo have created interfaces with R, they are nowhere near as easy to implement as they are in Spotfire. The advantage of Spotfire over SAS Enterprise Miner is the broader range of easily created visualizations that don't require an experienced data scientist. Spotfire, of course, does not have some of the advanced modeling capabilities of say a SAS Enterprise Miner nor the zooming ability that Qlick Sense offers. Overall, it stacks up well.
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Scalability

Microsoft Power 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 Power BI

  • I'm using the free version, so the only investment was the time spent to learn how to use the product (which as an Excel user, was very short).
  • I use Excel to store every single bit of information about all the projects I do, and being able to see them visualized helped me see some redundant steps I was taking.
  • No negative impact at all for me.
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TIBCO Spotfire

  • Interactive reporting, slice and dice.
  • Time saving as the Web player can be used for analyzing data interactively.
  • Analytics and visualization in the same tool.
  • Primarily business intelligence and reporting costs are saved once it is set up with the ability to dissect data in a useful manner without the need for an extensive reporting team. This is useful in terms of cost savings.
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Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

General

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

Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules

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

On-premise Edition
TIBCO Spotfire PlatformPlease 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 EnterprisePlease contact TIBCO sales
    TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Consumer$25/mo, $250/yr4
    1. Per Seat
    2. Per Hour (Starting)
    3. Per Seat
    Additional Pricing Details
    For Enterprise engagements, please contact TIBCO directly for a custom price quote.

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