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TIBCO Spotfire

Top Rated
491 Ratings

Microsoft Power BI

Top Rated
319 Ratings

TIBCO Spotfire

Top Rated
491 Ratings
Score 8.4 out of 101

Microsoft Power BI

Top Rated
319 Ratings
Score 8.1 out of 101

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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 Power BI

Power BI is great at dynamically reflecting real time data. It has wonderful views of data and can narrate a story that is powerful and impressive. Decisions can be made on the overall visuals shown. BI can show you where your sales are picking up while showing you areas to focus on. The quality of your BI dashboard tremendously improves with the overall quality of your incoming data. BI has great capability to share results across the organization in a secure and safe way in almost any computer platform. Mobile phones welcome too!
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Pixel Perfect reports
TIBCO Spotfire
7.3
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Customizable dashboards
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
Report Formatting Templates
TIBCO Spotfire
7.5
Microsoft Power BI
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Drill-down analysis
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Formatting capabilities
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.4

Report Output and Scheduling

TIBCO Spotfire
7.8
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Publish to Web
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
Publish to PDF
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Report Versioning
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
TIBCO Spotfire
Microsoft Power BI
7.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.8
Predictive Analytics
TIBCO Spotfire
7.3
Microsoft Power BI
7.5

Access Control and Security

TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
TIBCO Spotfire
Microsoft Power BI
8.3

Mobile Capabilities

TIBCO Spotfire
6.3
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
TIBCO Spotfire
6.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
TIBCO Spotfire
4.0
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
TIBCO Spotfire
6.9
Microsoft Power BI
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

TIBCO Spotfire
6.5
Microsoft Power BI
7.2
REST API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.6
Microsoft Power BI
7.7
Javascript API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.6
Microsoft Power BI
7.5
iFrames
TIBCO Spotfire
6.4
Microsoft Power BI
7.1
Java API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.3
Microsoft Power BI
6.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
TIBCO Spotfire
6.7
Microsoft Power BI
7.6
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
TIBCO Spotfire
6.3
Microsoft Power BI
6.9

Pros

  • It offers a large variety of visualizations possibilities and lets the user tweak the visualizations to their specific needs if required.
  • It also offers powerful data transformation tools that improve the usefulness of a user's data without having to modify the source data.
  • It supports various data aggregation from various data sources.
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  • Data blending from several different files is a big hit with our Power BI users. We have so many excel and CSV files and many of them are not clean, so making use of the data cleaning and blending saves us from countless pivots and lookups to just get data worthy of analyzing.
  • The visualizations are top notch, and available without additional cost. Everything is in vibrant colors and crisp, clear lines that whatever your produce is clearly pleasing to the eye. From mapping down to pie charts, the visuals are well done.
  • The Beta preview is very helpful, not all software allows you to preview or use things in beta, but Power BI has a wonderful set of tools and visualizations you can add into your work with very little effort or complexity.
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Cons

  • Spotfire is still kind of "data pulling" strategy based application, the user defines SQL like data fetching command, and also the refresh rate, the Spotfire tries to periodically re-run those "queries", although it does have some data cache mechanism, for rapidly changing data, this strategy's performance sometimes is bad, especially when the data source is not well designed but with large amount of data (an Oracle database with big table without too much index while those columns needs be queried). The Spotfire should improve to better connect with the other data stream /data pushing based API/Systems, also allowing the end user to define "basic data query" and the "delta data query" and "what mechanism is used to determine the delta"
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  • Microsoft Power BI could become a little more user friendly and added videos for training. This is one place where Tableau does a little better.
  • Power BI also needs to become available in the cloud for better usage.
  • Power BI deployment flexibility needs to be improved. This is better in other software.
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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 Power BI10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
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Usability

TIBCO Spotfire8.4
Based on 20 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 Power BI8.8
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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Reliability and Availability

TIBCO Spotfire8.0
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

TIBCO Spotfire8.8
Based on 12 answers
With a small or medium amount of data (up to 200-300K rows and 50 columns), its speed is comparable to QlikView and Tableau or even slightly slower - though hardly noticeable. With larger data volumes (up to 1M rows and 50 columns), it's getting faster than many others. Spotfire 4.02 gets really bogged down after 5-10M rows though.
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Support

TIBCO Spotfire9.7
Based on 21 answers
It's very responsive. But it doesn't always solve the problem quick enough. And they sometimes try to avoid admitting to having bugs.
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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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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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Implementation

TIBCO Spotfire9.0
Based on 13 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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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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Alternatives Considered

Spotfire has the unique feature for content analytics: Decipher unstructured, text-based data from any source (e.g., CRM case notes, support tickets, weblogs, social media feeds, emails); mix unstructured content with other data to understand root cause and identify new opportunities
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Microsoft BI tool does a better job than most of the other software. The reason is excellent visualizations and its capability to connect with various other software and data sources. Tableau does a better job when it comes to tutorials and being more user-friendly. Also Tableau has an easier deployment mechanism. Cost wise Power BI is better than Tableau. Overall, Power BI would be in top two with Tableau in competition.
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Collaboration and Sharing

TIBCO Spotfire7.7
Based on 35 answers
From an access perspective the tool is great, easy deployment on the web, and easy setup of the user access levels. It has a user friendly interface. Anyone can do it with minimal or no training. It's very intuitive.
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Microsoft Power BI8.3
Based on 46 answers
Power BI allows you to sync and share data within several tools, also you can share your reports and share the access to your workplaces with your company associates or with third party apps that will allow the access to providers, contractors or subcontractors, their ease to share data scale does not require a deep understanding of how to configure a complex platform to receive the data.
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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 Power BI8.4
Based on 45 answers
Microsoft Power BI is a great tool that allows me to sync and merge my top 5 spreadsheets into one huge dashboard, giving me the insights of changes that I cannot see at the first hand, is important to me have the control upon the data source sync schedules to prevent any disruption with the reports that I use to present the daily changes of opportunities.
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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

  • External and internal revenue growth. SaaS program has been developed using Spotfire. Internally, any employee has the ability to quickly develop reports by tapping into enormous data sources.
  • Rapidness of reporting vast amounts of data. Reports are easy to construct, publish, share, and update.
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  • It's a good start for setting up customized dashboards.
  • Available for all users based on Office 365 platform we have in place.
  • Doesn't really allow depth of report - specifically customization of visual displays.
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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 Power BI

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Microsoft Power BI Editions & Modules
Microsoft Power BI
Additional Pricing Details

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