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Likelihood to Recommend

TIBCO Spotfire

In my experience, it is well suited for data analysis of many petroleum industry challenges where patterns and relationships exist but aren’t always apparent without full analysis.
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Microsoft BI

Most suitable scenarios:
-Large scale report automation and distribution.
-Self service BI for internal and external users.
-Relational databases and multidimensional models.
-Comprehensive security & access control.

Less appropriate scenarios:
-Non-relational databases
-Low budget
-Tight timeframe

I'd invite anyone reading this far to think hard on his/her goals with BI. Are you trying to build a solid and endurable BI service for your clients or your own organisation? Or do you just need to have some quick visualisation of the data you have to make strategic or operational decisions in a few weeks time?

Implementing a MicrosoftS BI stack takes time, knowledge, and skills, none of these comes cheaply these days. If your answer to my first question is "yes", go ahead and study Microsoft BI a bit more then make your decision on your own. If you see my second question is most relevant to you, go and grab a web-based BI tool such as SiSense, Tableau, Splunk, and so on. Take the free trial option and see if you can test your ideas fast and at a lower cost. Good luck!
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
TIBCO Spotfire
7.2
Microsoft BI
7.9
Customizable dashboards
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Microsoft BI
7.9
Report Formatting Templates
TIBCO Spotfire
7.5
Microsoft BI
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.4
Drill-down analysis
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Microsoft BI
8.2
Formatting capabilities
TIBCO Spotfire
7.6
Microsoft BI
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report sharing and collaboration
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.9

Report Output and Scheduling

TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Microsoft BI
8.2
Publish to Web
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft BI
8.3
Publish to PDF
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.8
Report Versioning
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Microsoft BI
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Microsoft BI
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
TIBCO Spotfire
Microsoft BI
8.1

Data Discovery and Visualization

TIBCO Spotfire
8.1
Microsoft BI
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.5
Microsoft BI
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Microsoft BI
7.9
Predictive Analytics
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Microsoft BI
8.0

Access Control and Security

TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.4
Multi-User Support (named login)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Microsoft BI
8.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
TIBCO Spotfire
Microsoft BI
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

TIBCO Spotfire
6.3
Microsoft BI
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Microsoft BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
TIBCO Spotfire
7.1
Microsoft BI
8.4
Dedicated Android Application
TIBCO Spotfire
3.7
Microsoft BI
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
TIBCO Spotfire
7.1
Microsoft BI
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

TIBCO Spotfire
6.6
Microsoft BI
7.8
REST API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.7
Microsoft BI
7.9
Javascript API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.7
Microsoft BI
8.3
iFrames
TIBCO Spotfire
6.5
Microsoft BI
7.7
Java API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.3
Microsoft BI
7.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
TIBCO Spotfire
6.8
Microsoft BI
7.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
TIBCO Spotfire
6.5
Microsoft BI
7.4

Pros

  • Spotfire works very well as a central point for access to all data that could be used to analyze a subject and multiple types of spreadsheets and/or databases can be accessed with the same dashboard.
  • Multiple plots, graphs, charts, maps, and other analytic tools are simple to apply to easily-filtered data. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the user interface, as Spotfire is a very, very customizable and powerful tool.
  • Excellent support and educational resources are available to help decrease the learning curve and strengthen one's data analytic ability.
  • The use of Spotfire ultimately helps to better understand the relationships and patterns that are or could be significant in building value for a company.
  • It is not glitchy and has an intuitive user interface.
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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 software takes a while to start up. It's almost like using a Windows 7 machine with an old hard drive.
  • Sometimes creating the most aesthetically-pleasing graphic takes a long time. This is because of the many adjustments that have to be made to a graph in Spotfire. Some other visualization software makes it easier.
  • Although Spotfire has a number of advanced modeling capabilities, it would be nice to have more rather than having to build R scripts for some of the more advanced models.
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  • Visualization and presentation is an area that may need some improvement. I have used a competitive tool Tableau which has better visualization capabilities against Pivot Charts/Power BI.
  • For ultra large organizations, certain BI solutions require more volume of data to be processed. Although Microsoft Windows Azure, HDInsight and various other big data mechanism can cater to this need, other MS BI tools like Power Pivot, SharePoint etc... need to be more performance oriented.
  • Licensing is one aspect which is relatively more complex as compared to its competitors. Microsoft is now following subscription-model approach in a lot of areas but still there is a scope of improvement in providing more clarity and simplicity when purchasing MS BI tools.
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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
Microsoft BI is fundamental to our suite of BI applications. That being said, Northcraft Analytics is focused on delighting our customers, so if the underlying factors of our decision change, we would choose to re-write our BI applications on a different stack. Luckily, mathematics are the fundamental IP of our technology... and is portable across all BI platforms for the foreseeable future.
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Usability

TIBCO Spotfire8.5
Based on 21 answers
This is a wonderful product that is easy to learn. The support of the company allows users to become experts of the product in no time.
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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 Spotfire8.9
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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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 Spotfire9.8
Based on 22 answers
I have had great success with the support of the product.
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Microsoft BI7.1
Based on 6 answers
Quick response. Lots of blogs and support forums are there to get the answer myself
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In-Person Training

TIBCO Spotfire7.7
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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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 Spotfire7.9
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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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 Spotfire7.9
Based on 14 answers
Please have the infrastructure as per the software/hardware requirements suggested by Spotfire.Host Spotfire server and web players on separate machines.Use physical boxes instead of VMs, if possible.
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Microsoft BI9.6
Based on 7 answers
Be prepared to help business users define their data. We found that different campuses had different definitions for the same thing. This took some change management and negotiating to get each team to come to a common understanding.
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Alternatives Considered

TIBCO Spotfire has a definite advantage over competing programs due to its user-friendly interface that requires no understanding of programming language to produce effective graphs. Spotfire also excels in producing graphs that display multiple variables on all axes, which the other programs I have used generally have trouble doing in an as effective way.
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We chose Microsoft BI due to performance, functionality, TCO and openness (yes, I know, this sounds strange for Microsoft).
  • SAP Business Objects has a less attractive GUI for end users, inferior Excel integration, inferior SharePoint integration, requires more labor to enhance performance and has higher licensing costs than Microsoft BI.
  • Tableau Server has no real ETL capabilities... and thus requires an underlying BI stack. So, while Tableau rules the visualization world with Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server doesn't give us all of the capability we need for a full BI solution for our clients. Tableau Desktop makes an excellent complementary product to Microsoft BI. We typically recommend using both to customers in certain situations.
  • Microstrategy - Comprehensive Multidimensional/HOLAP platform, expensive, visualizations are better than SAP BO, but not as strong as Microsoft, especially Microsoft SSAS + Tableau (which can be acquired at a lower price point). Excel integration isn't as seamless as SSAS to Excel either.
  • Oracle - Expensive, patchwork of acquired BI tools rather than a platform, inferior visualizations. This platform is meant for customers who are already trapped in Oracle licensing.
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Scalability

TIBCO Spotfire8.9
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

  • I am not sure about the licensing costs.
  • We used the free Cloud version for a short duration.
  • Helped achieve the goals of the class where my students were doing data analytics in the Healthcare domain.
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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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