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TIBCO Spotfire

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Likelihood to Recommend

TIBCO Spotfire

The TIBCO Spotfire software is completely relevant and useful in the various data visualization techniques
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Tableau Desktop

Tableau is best suited for scenarios where the data has been already prepared for visualization--in other words, where Tableau is used for actually building the visualization assets, and not for pre-processing the data. On the other hand, Tableau does not seem to shine in situations where complex data pre-processing is needed--think, for instance, of complex joins of large tables.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
TIBCO Spotfire
7.2
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Customizable dashboards
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Report Formatting Templates
TIBCO Spotfire
7.5
Tableau Desktop
8.0

Ad-hoc Reporting

TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Drill-down analysis
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Formatting capabilities
TIBCO Spotfire
7.6
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Publish to Web
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Publish to PDF
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Report Versioning
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Report Delivery Scheduling
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Tableau Desktop
7.5
Delivery to Remote Servers
TIBCO Spotfire
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

TIBCO Spotfire
8.1
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.5
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Predictive Analytics
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Tableau Desktop
6.8

Access Control and Security

TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Role-Based Security Model
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Single Sign-On (SSO)
TIBCO Spotfire
Tableau Desktop
7.3

Mobile Capabilities

TIBCO Spotfire
6.3
Tableau Desktop
7.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Dedicated iOS Application
TIBCO Spotfire
7.1
Tableau Desktop
7.2
Dedicated Android Application
TIBCO Spotfire
3.7
Tableau Desktop
7.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
TIBCO Spotfire
7.1
Tableau Desktop
8.2

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

TIBCO Spotfire
6.6
Tableau Desktop
7.1
REST API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.7
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Javascript API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.7
Tableau Desktop
7.1
iFrames
TIBCO Spotfire
6.5
Tableau Desktop
6.7
Java API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.3
Tableau Desktop
6.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
TIBCO Spotfire
6.8
Tableau Desktop
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
TIBCO Spotfire
6.5
Tableau Desktop
7.0

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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  • Blending data from a variety of different sources such as SQL Server and CSV and Excel files. Allows you to get up and running quickly, without waiting for data integration, loading, etc.
  • Ability to designate a column of data to be a dimension or a metric. Enables a whole new level of flexibility versus a pivot table!
  • Drag-and-drop detail for pop-up text. Great way to annotate visual without extra work or consuming screen space.
  • Linking filter actions across objects on a dashboard significantly enhances visualization and interaction for the user.
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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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  • Cannot put multiple metrics on the secondary vertical axis. Some workarounds available, but less than ideal.
  • Wonderful feature of floating containers in dashboards, however, "No Fill" for background color is white, not transparent, which limits where you can float the containers.
  • Metric calculations are SQL based, so more complex joins and formulas require custom SQL coding.
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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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Tableau Desktop8.9
Based on 39 answers
The releases of Tableau since 8.0 I would describe as incremental unless you are a MAC user. As of June of 2014 Tableau claims to have 17,000 unique customers, a statistic I accept to be true as they are a publicly held company. The unique company name count now exceeds 20,000. Tableau delivers an excellent product. Beta tests are thorough, due dates are met and client acceptance is high
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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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Tableau Desktop8.6
Based on 23 answers
To perform a visualization, the data is needed, they can be in different sites: servers, internet, different formats: SQL, excel, acces, in both cases Tableau Desktop is able to interoperate with them and make them available to the operator so that the work is very easy, the only thing that you should have is some basic knowledge of the database to start using it, if the objective is to use it for BI or BD or to make infographics or executive or alert reports because it is necessary to master them relevant concepts to those areas of knowledge.
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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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Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 10 answers
When used as a stand-alone tool, Tableau Desktop has unlimited uptime, which is always nice. When used in conjunction with Tableau Server, this tool has as much uptime as your server admins are willing to give it. All in all, I've never had an issue with Tableau's availability.
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Performance

TIBCO Spotfire8.9
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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Tableau Desktop6.6
Based on 9 answers
Tableau's connections to third-party sources can be somewhat slow due to the time required to speak to a source over a network. However, if you properly utilize Tableau's Data Source Extracts, then the speed is incredible. On the other hand, Tableau makes it very easy for the user to put too much data into one dashboard, which can impact performance. All in all, if you use the tool properly, speed should not be a concern.
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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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Tableau Desktop9.0
Based on 16 answers
I personally have no had any experience with the HelpDesk. However, our clients speak highly of it.
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In-Person Training

TIBCO Spotfire7.7
Based on 52 answers
The on-site trainer really set the foundation for our usage of Spotfire, but that only went so far since he didn't have intimate knowledge of our data. That being said, their "Help" documentation in the desktop client is great! I've learned most of what I needed from the documentation and experimentation.
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Tableau Desktop9.4
Based on 4 answers
Extensive and beneficial - users have shown great benefit of training and put it to practical use.
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Online Training

TIBCO Spotfire7.9
Based on 54 answers
There are a number of tutorials on the web and the company does highlight uses in specific industries including finance
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Tableau Desktop8.0
Based on 4 answers
The training for new users are quite good because it covers topic wise training and the best part was that it also had video tutorials which are very helpful
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Implementation

TIBCO Spotfire7.9
Based on 14 answers
I don't have any insight on the implementation
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Tableau Desktop8.1
Based on 34 answers
The desktop application seems to be extremely well done. The app is tightly integrated with Tableau server and makes managing various workbooks and projects relatively straightforward. By working with data extracts, it is easy to quickly develop visualizations and analytic tools and then ship them off to Tableau server for other individuals to consume.
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Alternatives Considered

TIBCO Spotfire has been the tool of choice for our team. After comparing to other tools, it was the best decision we could make. After using the tool for some years and receiving the trainings available, we can say it was a good decision. At the moment we had to decide, other software were not available or not achieving our goals, we got some demos from other vendors but Spotfire was the one that made us feel it was the best.
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Tableau Desktop is less complex and has a better array of visualizations.
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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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Tableau Desktop7.0
Based on 3 answers
Although tableau is highly interactive and fast but with very large dataset its performance degrades heavily. So up to certain extent its really good but after that we have to take care of its performance issues.
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Return on Investment

  • Users know more about the data than they did when we worked in Excel.
  • Decisions can be made faster when we have Spotfire projects to support decision making.
  • Users are more aligned on the data and the story it's telling because we share projects across users and regions, as opposed to everyone having their own spreadsheet and their own version of the story.
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  • Rapid Prototyping.
  • Great story-telling tool.
  • Industry Leading visualizations > Customer satisfaction.
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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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Tableau Desktop

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Tableau Desktop Editions & Modules
Tableau Desktop
Edition
Personal
$9991
Professional
$1,9991
1. per user
Additional Pricing Details
Free trials are available for both editions.

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