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TIBCO Spotfire

Top Rated
491 Ratings

Tableau Desktop

Top Rated
1201 Ratings

TIBCO Spotfire

Top Rated
491 Ratings
Score 8.4 out of 101

Tableau Desktop

Top Rated
1201 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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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

We use Tableau when we want to obtain a fast and efficient result, since this option allows to work with data in real time or in memory, being able to extract massive data for a limited exploration quickly, using technology of database and computational graphics to analyze enormous sets of data and which is used in the different areas of the organization when we want to have quick results and easy to analyze according to the graphics presented.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Pixel Perfect reports
TIBCO Spotfire
7.3
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Customizable dashboards
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Report Formatting Templates
TIBCO Spotfire
7.5
Tableau Desktop
8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.4
Drill-down analysis
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Formatting capabilities
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
TIBCO Spotfire
7.7
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Report sharing and collaboration
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.7

Report Output and Scheduling

TIBCO Spotfire
7.8
Tableau Desktop
7.8
Publish to Web
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Publish to PDF
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Report Versioning
TIBCO Spotfire
7.9
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
8.0
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Predictive Analytics
TIBCO Spotfire
7.3
Tableau Desktop
7.1

Access Control and Security

TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Tableau Desktop
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
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
6.9
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Dedicated Android Application
TIBCO Spotfire
4.0
Tableau Desktop
7.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
TIBCO Spotfire
6.9
Tableau Desktop
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

TIBCO Spotfire
6.5
Tableau Desktop
7.1
REST API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.6
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Javascript API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.6
Tableau Desktop
7.1
iFrames
TIBCO Spotfire
6.4
Tableau Desktop
6.7
Java API
TIBCO Spotfire
6.3
Tableau Desktop
6.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
TIBCO Spotfire
6.7
Tableau Desktop
6.9
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
TIBCO Spotfire
6.3
Tableau Desktop
7.0

Pros

  • Dashboard
  • Charts
  • Visualization
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  • Graphs and charts are built very easily.
  • Tableau is very good at showing data visually
  • Easily help make a decision by looking at the pattern
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Cons

  • We would like to be able to automatically reload data for Spotfire Library files for our Consumers, who do not have access to reload the data, without having to purchase another "module" or license.
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  • Tableau is ill-suited to work with SSAS cubes, at least when you are used to analysis within Microsoft tools
  • Data preparation is not up-to-par with other leading vendor tools (although can be improved through Alteryx if you have access to it)
  • The ease-of-use is true for basic analysis, but rapidly gives way to a steep learning curve with more complex queries or when the business context is more mathematics oriented
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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
Tableau Desktop is a powerful tool with robust product support. Tableau has become a corporate standard for both internal analysis and client deliverables, whether as native Tableau workbooks or as Microsoft Powerpoint slides.
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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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Tableau Desktop8.6
Based on 23 answers
Entry-level data analysis is accessible even to beginners, some advanced analysis is possible, but it is not at this time an end-to-end solution for analytics, though imprvements are coming from version 10.2.
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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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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 Spotfire8.8
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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Tableau Desktop6.8
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 Spotfire9.7
Based on 21 answers
I have had great success with the support of the product.
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Tableau Desktop8.9
Based on 16 answers
Support has been excellent we have no complaints we kept fully up-to-date with the status of any other issues and all of our issues have been resolved quickly. They have been proactive and came to us to find out whether there was anything we wanted them to do which is amazing.
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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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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 Spotfire7.8
Based on 54 answers
We subscribed to the 8-week "Report Author Bootcamp." This is sufficient to familiarize one with the visualization side of Spotfire, but not the data engine side of Spotfire. At the time that I started using Spotfire there was not a "data engine" training course. We learned this side of Spotfire primarily through trail and error.
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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 Spotfire9.0
Based on 13 answers
The implementation seemed to be a smooth change.
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Tableau Desktop8.1
Based on 34 answers
Again, training is the key and the company provides a lot of example videos that will help users discover use cases that will greatly assist their creation of original visualizations. As with any new software tool, productivity will decline for a period. In the case of Tableau, the decline period is short and the later gains are well worth it.
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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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The department I worked in had around 30 people. I believe we had at least 15 licenses possibly more.
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Alternatives Considered

Spotfire is routinely selected for its data engine, its ability to merge data from various data sources, and then quickly visualize the data. Spotfire can be effectively used as an ad hoc analysis tool as well as an enterprise level reporting application.Tableau, Qlik, and MicroStrategy seemed to have a shorter learning curve and a more appealing user interface, but none of them touched Spotfire's data capabilities.
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QlikView is more customizable and has more depth, but is much harder to learn and much slower to develop. Tableau Desktop is much quicker to put together and if you have questions the community of support is much better. It doesn't handle as much data as QlikView does.
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Collaboration and Sharing

TIBCO Spotfire7.7
Based on 35 answers
I have collaborated on only a handful of projects so my experience is minimal. From what I have experienced I have two noteworthy comments. First, I have worked side by side with a coworker taking turns making changes in a project, and this worked fine. We were both able to make and save changes without issue. Second, I wanted a few coworkers with no Spotfire experience to interact with an analysis I had put together, but they did not have any Spotfire license, and thus were not able to do so - which is a minor annoyance with an obvious solution.
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Tableau Desktop8.2
Based on 81 answers
Since we are talking specifically about Tableau Desktop, I see its use as being for the "editor" of the analysis and dashboards (also why I mentioned some mobile & sharing features do not apply). But from the Desktop version you can save as PDF, image, push to Tableau Server (or Public), and open the file in Tableau Reader. There's an app to view Tableau on mobile, etc. This makes the Desktop version the center of the creation/editing process.
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Data Integration

TIBCO Spotfire8.5
Based on 35 answers
Spotfire's data engine is its number one asset. It allows the ability to load and merge data from flat files, data bases, big data sources, and images. For example, a user can build a data table in Spotfire that comprises of data from an excel file, sas7bdat file, a query from a MS SQL data base, and a query from a Oracle data base.Spotfire also has multiple methods to load data into an analysis. Data can be loaded into memory, fetched from a database on demand based on a user's actions, or push all of data integration into an external data source.Using Spotfire's Information Designer allows non-technical users to build their own queries against data bases. It also allows for central management of queries. In other words, the data and logic being used across all analyses can be centrally managed, thereby standardizing your results.
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Tableau Desktop8.2
Based on 81 answers
Has many sources that it can connect to.
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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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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

  • 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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  • Increased productivity: ability to automate recurring reports and speed creating new reports. Decreased error rate. Reduced days of effort to hours.
  • Increased client satisfaction: better visuals; more flexible, deeper exploration available; faster, higher quality delivery
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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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