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TIBCO Spotfire

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Likelihood to Recommend

OpenText Magellan

If you do not have a large budget and are a large organization, I would steer clear of Actuate. If you are looking to do very complex washboarding, I would not use them. Your developers have to be very skilled to work with this. Plan to bring in consultants if necessary to help your process. Adhoc reporting is weak. If your pricing is user based and you expand, this could be very expensive.
Christopher Noyes | TrustRadius Reviewer

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).
Lewis Mervin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

OpenText Magellan
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.1
Customizable dashboards
OpenText Magellan
9.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.5
Report Formatting Templates
OpenText Magellan
7.0
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Pixel Perfect reports
OpenText Magellan
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

OpenText Magellan
7.7
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Drill-down analysis
OpenText Magellan
5.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.7
Formatting capabilities
OpenText Magellan
9.0
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Report sharing and collaboration
OpenText Magellan
9.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
OpenText Magellan
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4

Report Output and Scheduling

OpenText Magellan
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.1
Publish to Web
OpenText Magellan
9.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Publish to PDF
OpenText Magellan
9.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Report Versioning
OpenText Magellan
9.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
OpenText Magellan
5.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0

Access Control and Security

OpenText Magellan
5.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.6
Role-Based Security Model
OpenText Magellan
5.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
TIBCO Spotfire
Multi-User Support (named login)
OpenText Magellan
TIBCO Spotfire
8.7

Mobile Capabilities

OpenText Magellan
3.0
TIBCO Spotfire
6.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
OpenText Magellan
3.0
TIBCO Spotfire
7.8
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
OpenText Magellan
3.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application
OpenText Magellan
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Dedicated Android Application
OpenText Magellan
TIBCO Spotfire
3.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

OpenText Magellan
6.2
TIBCO Spotfire
7.8
REST API
OpenText Magellan
5.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Javascript API
OpenText Magellan
9.0
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Java API
OpenText Magellan
5.0
TIBCO Spotfire
7.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
OpenText Magellan
7.0
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
OpenText Magellan
5.0
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
iFrames
OpenText Magellan
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

OpenText Magellan
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
OpenText Magellan
TIBCO Spotfire
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
OpenText Magellan
TIBCO Spotfire
8.6
Predictive Analytics
OpenText Magellan
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9

Pros

OpenText Magellan

  • The report outputs can vary across different types such as HTML, PDF, and Excel
  • Their open source offering is very sufficient
  • There are great boards and blogs for developers and engineers to expand and use their features.
  • The people from the company that I've worked with are professional and courteous.
Bri Gipson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Jonathan Tucker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

OpenText Magellan

  • The documentation on all the available features, but most importantly on the scripting side, can be improved
  • The standard look & feel of some basic options, like parameter selection or sorting and filtering, looks dated and can't be customized
  • The server portal needs to provide better tools
  • More integration is needed with other OpenText products
Martin Rubens | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Josh Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

OpenText Magellan

OpenText Magellan 3.9
Based on 9 answers
I am no longer working for the company that was using Actuate but I believe they would continue to use it because the stitching costs would be to high. It would require a complete rewrite of the reports and the never version of Actuate (BIRT) even required an almost complete report rewrite
Todd Bellamy | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Brent Meyers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 8.9
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.
Brock Robertson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 9.0
Based on 13 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.
Alex Naumov | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 9.0
Based on 13 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.
Cordell Yin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

OpenText Magellan

OpenText Magellan 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Always there on the front and backend for us and the client.
Jeffrey Fischer | TrustRadius Reviewer

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 10.0
Based on 23 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.
Tim Daciuk | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

OpenText Magellan

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
Cal Humphrey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

OpenText Magellan

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.)
Emilie Wheeler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 7.0
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.
Michael Soliman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

OpenText Magellan

I've used JReports and Actuate is very similar but seems to have a lot more customization features for the end user of BIRT reports.
Amy Broome | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

OpenText Magellan

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 8.0
Based on 3 answers
The program has proved to be very useful and allows for analyzing various forms of data.
Justin Ricker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

OpenText Magellan

  • Actuate can handle 50 to 60 sub reports inside a report very well.
  • Dynamically creating the datasource, chart, graph, reports are the main advantages. We can do any level of drilling, and can create a performance matrix dashboard efficiently.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Prabhu Ramamoorthy | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

OpenText Magellan

General

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

OpenText Magellan 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.

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    OpenText Magellan
    7.0
    TIBCO Spotfire
    8.7

    Likelihood to Renew

    OpenText Magellan
    3.9
    TIBCO Spotfire
    8.1

    Usability

    OpenText Magellan
    TIBCO Spotfire
    8.9

    Reliability and Availability

    OpenText Magellan
    TIBCO Spotfire
    9.0

    Performance

    OpenText Magellan
    TIBCO Spotfire
    9.0

    Support Rating

    OpenText Magellan
    9.1
    TIBCO Spotfire
    10.0

    In-Person Training

    OpenText Magellan
    TIBCO Spotfire
    7.7

    Online Training

    OpenText Magellan
    TIBCO Spotfire
    7.9

    Implementation Rating

    OpenText Magellan
    TIBCO Spotfire
    7.0

    Scalability

    OpenText Magellan
    TIBCO Spotfire
    8.0

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