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768 Ratings
795 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 100

TIBCO Spotfire

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Feature Set Ratings

  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 7 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Data Discovery and Visualization, Access Control and Security, Mobile Capabilities, Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

BI Standard Reporting

8.4

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

84%
7.4

TIBCO Spotfire

74%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.4
84%
43 Ratings
7.2
72%
30 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.5
85%
44 Ratings
8.3
83%
278 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.2
82%
44 Ratings
6.6
66%
243 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.9

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

89%
8.0

TIBCO Spotfire

80%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 4/4 features

Drill-down analysis

9.0
90%
43 Ratings
8.3
83%
273 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

9.0
90%
43 Ratings
7.6
76%
286 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

9.3
93%
29 Ratings
7.9
79%
209 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.3
83%
43 Ratings
8.1
81%
258 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

9.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

92%
8.1

TIBCO Spotfire

81%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 5/5 features

Publish to Web

9.0
90%
38 Ratings
8.4
84%
215 Ratings

Publish to PDF

8.7
87%
43 Ratings
7.7
77%
253 Ratings

Report Versioning

9.6
96%
38 Ratings
8.0
80%
18 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.3
93%
43 Ratings
8.1
81%
164 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

9.4
94%
23 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
8.0

TIBCO Spotfire

80%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

9.6
96%
38 Ratings
8.2
82%
291 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
36 Ratings
7.9
79%
257 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

9.3
93%
34 Ratings
8.0
80%
221 Ratings

Access Control and Security

9.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

92%
8.3

TIBCO Spotfire

83%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 4/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

8.6
86%
44 Ratings
8.4
84%
225 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

9.3
93%
42 Ratings
8.0
80%
194 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.4
94%
42 Ratings
8.4
84%
213 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

9.3
93%
27 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

9.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

92%
7.4

TIBCO Spotfire

74%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

9.0
90%
30 Ratings
8.1
81%
167 Ratings

Mobile Application

9.3
93%
25 Ratings
7.7
77%
125 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

9.3
93%
28 Ratings
7.6
76%
138 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

8.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

82%
7.8

TIBCO Spotfire

78%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 5/6 features

REST API

8.1
81%
18 Ratings
7.8
78%
63 Ratings

Javascript API

8.1
81%
17 Ratings
7.8
78%
61 Ratings

iFrames

8.5
85%
15 Ratings
6.9
69%
45 Ratings

Java API

8.4
84%
19 Ratings
7.6
76%
50 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

8.0
80%
18 Ratings
8.3
83%
62 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

8.4
84%
18 Ratings
8.2
82%
52 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform is rated higher in 14 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Performance, Support Rating, In-Person Training, Online Training, Implementation Rating, Configurability, Ease of integration, Product Scalability, Vendor post-sale, Vendor pre-sale

Likelihood to Recommend

8.4

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

84%
65 Ratings
7.8

TIBCO Spotfire

78%
319 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.4

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

84%
22 Ratings
7.0

TIBCO Spotfire

70%
27 Ratings

Usability

8.8

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

88%
10 Ratings
8.3

TIBCO Spotfire

83%
24 Ratings

Availability

10.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

100%
7 Ratings
7.1

TIBCO Spotfire

71%
27 Ratings

Performance

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
17 Ratings
7.1

TIBCO Spotfire

71%
27 Ratings

Support Rating

8.6

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

86%
18 Ratings
8.5

TIBCO Spotfire

85%
48 Ratings

In-Person Training

10.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

100%
3 Ratings
7.7

TIBCO Spotfire

77%
52 Ratings

Online Training

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
2 Ratings
7.9

TIBCO Spotfire

79%
54 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
15 Ratings
4.0

TIBCO Spotfire

40%
30 Ratings

Configurability

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
2 Ratings
7.1

TIBCO Spotfire

71%
3 Ratings

Ease of integration

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
1 Rating
7.0

TIBCO Spotfire

70%
2 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
2 Ratings
7.0

TIBCO Spotfire

70%
4 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
1 Rating
5.0

TIBCO Spotfire

50%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
1 Rating
5.0

TIBCO Spotfire

50%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

SAP

BI was used to manage our parts and machines. It can be used to manage your factory or systems to properly allocate items to select places. However the system does not respond well, and it can scale well provided you have an actual team knowledgeable in this field. Once you get it set up it works well, but of course, if you try and add new implementations, it can become hazardous to your business.
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TIBCO Software Inc.

I was asked to analyze a huge distributed data set and it was no feasible to develop Data Model level that quickly. Spotfire's scripting capabilities helped a lot to convert the requirements in to a feasible requirement, it allowed to programmatically read data, dynamically transform and visualize on the fly. This was not feasible with other tools, without having a data layer established. This saved a lot of time.
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Pros

SAP

  • This software is easy to initially learn, and very powerful in producing reusable reports.
  • It is much faster than my company's internal manual queries. The ability to build off of a saved query and share queries to other users is a great positive.
  • My favorite part is that you can run queries in the background and it does not interfere with your current work or slow your computer down.
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TIBCO Software Inc.

  • It has the best coding integration (python, R) of any BI product
  • The ability to work with very large datasets (10 mil+) is better than competitors
  • Export options are more complete and have better functionality
  • The data canvas is the best tool to join and transform data vs. competitors
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Cons

SAP

  • The installation can be very complex and time-consuming, it requires a lot of planning and foresight as to what role the software will play in the organization.
  • The software has a relatively large learning curve that takes dedicated users months to get comfortable with, the UI is a bit intimidating for new users.
  • SAP could organize their help better, it can be difficult to find dependable solutions to issues via their website and support channels.
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TIBCO Software Inc.

  • They should have a lower price point for users to access the analyst version who don't require advanced capabilities. For example, a lower price if users just need to do some basic slicing and dicing with their data and not have to the data science functionality (ie. K-means clustering, regression modeling, classification modeling, etc.).
  • Currently, you can't change the font type/color on the axis, which I'm sure will eventually be available in the future as they have a Tibco Ideas portal that they're fairly responsive to and act on. I guess at the end of the day, it's about the data and what insights you get from it.
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Pricing Details

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    TIBCO Spotfire

    Starting Price

    $0 per seat

    Editions & Modules

    TIBCO Spotfire editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Analyst$125/mo, $1250/yr1
    TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Business Author$65/mo, $650/yr2
    TIBCO Spotfire for Amazon Web Services$0.993
    TIBCO Spotfire PlatformPlease contact TIBCO sales4
    TIBCO Spotfire Cloud EnterprisePlease contact TIBCO sales5
    TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Consumer$25/mo, $250/yr6

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    For Enterprise engagements, please contact TIBCO directly for a custom price quote.

    Pricing Info

    Likelihood to Renew

    SAP

    The institution has decided to move in a different direction, and will be using MSBI for reporting. I have been very happy with the Business Objects suite of tools, and will continue to use them heavily until we make the transition.
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    TIBCO Software Inc.

    -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

    SAP

    From a server and client side perspective. the Business Intelligence Platform provides a foundation for all aspects of content development, distribution, analysis, collaboration and self service. Ease of use from targeted content delivery through controlled accessibility. Content exporting in the format of the users choice. Scheduling for internal or external delivery. Public and private folders for secure content access when requied. Web based for viewing on the users device of choice without the need to download additional applications.
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    TIBCO Software Inc.

    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

    SAP

    When we implemented 3.1, we had a tough time managing the system: It took almost a year to stabilize.

    With 4.0, we want to roll out to more users, and are holding back because of fears about the performance issue
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    TIBCO Software Inc.

    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

    SAP

    Overall, the tool (Web Intelligence 4.2) is fast and solid. One issue is a dependability on JAVA for a full feature report creation/edit capabilities (as opposed to limited HTML option). Second, planned end of JAVA support by major browsers (Chrome is already not supporting JAVA applet).
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    TIBCO Software Inc.

    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 Rating

    SAP

    SAP has released various versions of SAP BO BI. starting from 3.1 and going to 4.0,4.1,4.2 and latest being 4.3. SAP provides support to these new versions. As new versions keep on coming, support for the very old software goes out of scope from SAP. it is when the different organization plans to get their BO content migrated from a lower version to a newer version. The newer version had definitely added functionality and features which ease the work of users.
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    TIBCO Software Inc.

    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

    SAP

    SAP authorized training is best, Please go ahead with it. Even lot of online training options/videos available for self learning
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    TIBCO Software Inc.

    The instructor was very in depth and provided relevant training to business users on how to create visualizations. They showed us how to alter settings and filter views, and provided resources for future questions. However, the instructor failed to cover data sources, connecting to data, etc. While it was helpful to see how users can use the data to create reports, they failed to properly instruct us on how to get the dataset in to begin with. We are still trying to figure out connections to certain databases (we have multiple different types).
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    Online Training

    SAP

    I haven't used it or got feedback from the end user.

    Content looks to be pretty detailed. Focused on SQL but not BW.
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    TIBCO Software Inc.

    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 Rating

    SAP

    Hire specialists and experienced staff. Mix some beginners so that everyone is not a leader but a learner too. Plan well; architect well; break down implementation in small steps and move towards larger steps. Create a centralized and authorized SAP Business Objects implementation team.
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    TIBCO Software Inc.

    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

    SAP

    Some organizations use Spotfire which is far more advanced in terms of its analytical capabilities vs. Lumira/PA etc. but the sharing/storage side of the BI Platform is far superior and much better managed. The ability to create user groups, access levels etc. on BI Platform helps to keep the platform secure.
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    TIBCO Software Inc.

    TIBCO Spotfire is beyond an ordinary BI tool. It is capable of providing fit-for-purpose solutions and multifaceted, time-efficient dashboards which can be developed with a few button clicks to highly complex, scalable, and contemporary visual solutions with popular enablers such as on-demand and self-service analytics. It is one of the most preferred BI and analytics partners for various business needs.
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    Scalability

    SAP

    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform supports SOA Service Oriented Architecture. You can start/restart/enable/disable all the servers. You can seamless do load balancing and clustering. It supports all leading application and web server. Supports LDAP SSO integration. People who can work on excel with training they can work on SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence, dashboard, Lumira, Information design tool product suite. Tool is very user friendly and easy to learn and implement
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    TIBCO Software Inc.

    In an enterprise architecture, if Spotfire Advanced Data services(Composite Studio),data marts can be managed optimally and scalability in a data perspective is great. As the web player/consumer is directly proportional to RAM, if the enterprise can handle RAM requirement accomodating fail over mechanisms appropraitely, it is definitely scalable,
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    Return on Investment

    SAP

    • By generating and distributing reports in a timely manner, we were able to save millions of dollars for the company which otherwise would not have been visible.
    • Almost realtime dashboard, saved the company a huge amount by showing the outages and kept the company from buying a tool to do just that.
    • It showed the customers who were not paying the bills and were missing in the system due to some loophole. This was visible by doing reporting on the theft usage of electricity.
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    TIBCO Software Inc.

    • We can only use it for the free trial period.
    • I have to 'rebuild' the course sample files and accounts on Spotfire every semester.
    • It is perfect as an excellent alternative to Tableau in the course.
    • We have to use the less powerful Cloud version since the majority of the students have Macs. This means we can't use advanced AI features, for example.
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