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TIBCO Spotfire

Top Rated
491 Ratings

Microsoft BI

594 Ratings

TIBCO Spotfire

Top Rated
491 Ratings
Score 8.4 out of 101

Microsoft BI

594 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

TIBCO Spotfire

Great for creating the visualizations to go with data, especially if you can already picture how you want to represent it. Not so good if you have to do any actual stats on the data, unless you're going to integrate python scripts.
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Microsoft BI

Flexibility, engagement, training resources, updates, cost, implementation, ease of use, support; these are the reasons why I would recommend Power BI. Power BI is best suited for situations where collaboration is needed among several different groups who are working concurrently on different activities. Where there are multiple levels of data that need to be parsed through. It's difficult to think of a scenario where it wouldn't be beneficial other than the obvious.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
TIBCO Spotfire
7.3
Microsoft BI
8.1
Customizable dashboards
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report Formatting Templates
TIBCO Spotfire
7.5
Microsoft BI
8.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.5
Drill-down analysis
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.6
Formatting capabilities
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.3
Report sharing and collaboration
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.8

Report Output and Scheduling

TIBCO Spotfire
7.8
Microsoft BI
8.7
Publish to Web
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft BI
8.7
Publish to PDF
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.5
Report Versioning
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Microsoft BI
8.8
Delivery to Remote Servers
TIBCO Spotfire
Microsoft BI
8.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Microsoft BI
9.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft BI
8.8
Predictive Analytics
TIBCO Spotfire
7.3
Microsoft BI
8.5

Access Control and Security

TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft BI
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft BI
8.8
Role-Based Security Model
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft BI
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft BI
9.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
TIBCO Spotfire
Microsoft BI
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

TIBCO Spotfire
6.3
Microsoft BI
8.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dedicated iOS Application
TIBCO Spotfire
6.9
Microsoft BI
8.7
Dedicated Android Application
TIBCO Spotfire
4.0
Microsoft BI
8.5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
TIBCO Spotfire
6.9
Microsoft BI
8.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

TIBCO Spotfire
6.5
Microsoft BI
8.4
REST API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.6
Microsoft BI
8.6
Javascript API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.6
Microsoft BI
8.4
iFrames
TIBCO Spotfire
6.4
Microsoft BI
8.4
Java API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.3
Microsoft BI
8.3
Themeable User Interface (UI)
TIBCO Spotfire
6.7
Microsoft BI
8.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
TIBCO Spotfire
6.3
Microsoft BI
8.0

Pros

  • Online storage of some documents. We do a lot of data sharing via cloud storage and it helps to have some flexibility when you work out of office or at home. You can upload it in the field and have it ready to go when you're back at the office.
  • Great graphics. Clients really want to see things they understand. Geophysics can be hard to understand so it helps to have so many great options for displaying the raw data we collect.
  • User friendly! I know it sounds like a simple thing but data processing programs aren't always easy to navigate from the get-go. I was able to learn pretty quickly how to manage things and get what I wanted out of it.
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  • EASY visualization of business data. Excel is the killer app so anybody remotely good at basic office tools knows how to make PivotTables and PivotCharts. If you don't, it's really easy to learn; give it a try... People think big data visualization is hard but it's not for most business use cases.
  • FAST visualization of business data. There are BI/Analytics tools out there, some of them beginning with the letter S, that are slooow. I do my taxes waiting for them to run basic queries/filters/charts. Microsoft BI (and Tableau, etc.) create compact data models to allow for pretty fast data loading and slicery.
  • FREE or at least REALLY CHEAP visualization of business data. Who has MS Office on their business computer? Oh, everybody. If you don't have Office Pro, pony up for that or get the monthly license. The bigness of data you can run on your own machine is fairly big; don't use cloud if you don't need it. By comparison, who enjoys throwing thousands of dollars away on bloated legacy BI software? Well, too many companies, apparently.
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Cons

  • 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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  • More than two dimensions. Yes, I know that 2D is the core of Excel's DNA. However, we're starting to deal with higher-dimensional arrays here in analytics land so better visualization support would be cool.
  • UI weirdness. By default, you are flipping back between regular Excel tabs and super-top-secret BI tabs. You create charts in one place, but look at them in the other. That kind of stuff. I know there are a couple of other ways to interact with Microsoft BI, but please figure out the main way.
  • Better hookups to other analytics tools including Microsoft's. Microsoft BI has a good variety of data connections, and I don't expect it to bloom into a full-fledged analytics tool, but it may be a good idea to keep hammering at connectivity with "hardcore" analytics. In my case, Python stuff.
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Likelihood to Renew

TIBCO Spotfire8.1
Based on 27 answers
Even though Spotfire does have bugs and inconsistencies and other shortcomings, it's certainly doing a great job overall. It provides great value for the money and is user-friendly enough.
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Microsoft BI8.0
Based on 25 answers
Assuming that I will continue to have a need to monitor and report on the operational aspects of the organization using transactional data, Microsoft BI is a solid choice. Its kind of like how you still have legacy applications that serve a strong need that is critical to the day to day operations. The fact that the tools are similar to stuff the users have already been using makes the adoption and buy in that much easier.
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Usability

TIBCO Spotfire8.4
Based on 20 answers
There's a wide range of uses the tool can provide. Building simple visualizations and dashboards is extremely easy, probably as easy as it gets. More customized visualizations take some time to learn and understand but that's expected compared to other tools.
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Microsoft BI7.0
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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Reliability and Availability

TIBCO Spotfire8.0
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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Microsoft BI9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
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Performance

TIBCO Spotfire8.8
Based on 12 answers
Setting up demos and visualization is very easy. You are able to accomplish a number of functions in a limited time.
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Microsoft BI7.0
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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Support

TIBCO Spotfire9.7
Based on 21 answers
I have had great success with the support of the product.
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Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
We are not currently utilizing Microsoft's technical support.
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In-Person Training

TIBCO Spotfire7.7
Based on 52 answers
They did go above and beyond for us and not only did they train my team well but they also provided some solutions to our problems.
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Microsoft BI6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
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Online Training

TIBCO Spotfire7.8
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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Microsoft BI8.5
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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Implementation

TIBCO Spotfire9.0
Based on 13 answers
Overall, it was a good implementation but several bugs on the server side persisted a long time without proper identification.
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Microsoft BI9.6
Based on 7 answers
Thorough project planning and requirements gathering ensured project's success.
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Breadth of Deployment

In previous roles as well as my current vendor consultation role, I have seen Spotfire start in one business unit and expand to the entire company. Operations, research, IT, accounting, finance, and executives all end up performing ad hoc analyses or reviewing reports through Spotfire. Typically their are analysts or developers in each business unit or group that build Spotfire analyses. Decision makers typically review analyses through the webplayer. The ability to allow everyone in an organization to review visualizations is very simple through the webplayer.
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It's deployed in departmental and company-wide implementations through our customer base. In the global 2000, we typically find either Microsoft or SAP as the corporate standard. There is probably a bit more SAP than Microsoft out there, particularly for ROLAP implementations. When MOLAP is leveraged, there are more Microsoft customers.
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Alternatives Considered

Spotfire is much more powerful than Google Drive and more navigable than Microsoft Office. Though Google Drive is free and has collaborative abilities, Spotfire is a really great more professional alternative that still allows collaboration and has excellent graphics. Microsoft Office (excel specifically) is powerful but takes time to learn and is common enough that graphics begin to all look the same. Spotfire is a great way to freshen things up.
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Looking at the visualization portion of BI, there are three types of tools.
  1. Programming packages. Free and powerful, they let you make any diagram, at the cost of difficulty of use.
  2. Specialist software like Tableau and Microsoft BI. This is the best choice in most cases due to ease of use and quality of output.
  3. More generic software offered by the big IT companies, often part of a BI suite. There's really a lot of variety here. Use this when it fits the workflow and you are already using the relevant software. But, personally, I'd still use the specialist software.
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Collaboration and Sharing

TIBCO Spotfire7.7
Based on 35 answers
Spotfire provides multiple ways to share data across multiple user groups. It's simple to publish any analytics file to the library to allow other users to interact with the data. Multiple platforms (web application, mobile applications, and desktop) all provide similar amounts of capability to interact with the data. Bookmarking allows sharing of individual views with filters, marking, and formatting.
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Microsoft BI8.2
Based on 27 answers
It is easy to export anything you build in Microsoft BI to Excel or other tools and then share it from there. With SSRS being a web based reporting tool, that makes it very easy to share reports with anyone that has access to the internet or the network. At this point the weak point in report accessibility is on tablets and smartphones, Microsoft is working to make all of their tools HTML5 compliant, but it is not there yet. Security for all of the tools is baked in and is easy to setup if you already have a Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure. If you are not using Microsoft Active Directory you can still enhance the tools to use your own security tools without a lot effort. I believe that in the very near future this rating will be a 10 as well, once all of the tools are supported on all platforms using established standards.
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Data Integration

TIBCO Spotfire8.5
Based on 35 answers
I am currently using data from several sources like Palantir PLAN and Excel, and the product works perfectly with this two sources. It is easy to manage data access and merge data from these sources.
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Microsoft BI8.7
Based on 26 answers
There is no data that I have not been able to get with the Microsoft BI tools. The tools will accept flat files and access any database that has a way to query it, even if that is through a web API. If you need to get some data into a Microsoft BI solution, there is a way to do it. You can go down the custom development route if you have to, but in most cases there is someone else that has tried to do the same thing and shared their solution online for you to use. The Microsoft BI tools are used in so many different companies and scenarios that it is very rare these days that you are first one doing something. There is also the speed factor, depending on the source of the data I have run into more issues with the source systems not being able to keep up with the processing on the Microsoft BI side.
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Scalability

TIBCO Spotfire8.8
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

  • Faster data output.
  • More consistent displays.
  • More universal use across the office.
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  • Business users easily learned self service BI with training and what to do and what not to do with self service BI
  • Learning curve for Powerpivot and other office 365 tools for IT team who already knew about data warehousing concepts is steep
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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 Spotfire Cloud - Monthly
$2001
TIBCO Spotfire Cloud - Annual
$2,0002
TIBCO Spotfire for Amazon Web Services
$0.993
TIBCO Spotfire Cloud Enterprise
Please contact TIBCO sales
1. Per Month, Per Authoring Seat
2. Per Year, Per Authoring Seat
3. Per Hour (Starting)
Additional Pricing Details
For Enterprise engagements, please contact TIBCO directly for a custom price quote.

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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
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