- Getting info from several data sources
- Unlimited quantity of data
- Interactive dashboarding
- Available on Windows only
- Mobile application not that well developed - let's say this is not really adaptative to the screen size
- Sometimes it is a bit too long to sync data sources
- Geo data were quite complicated to implement and configure
- Highly Customize able with HTML, Python, R and others. If you can think of something and know the code, it is open format for you to deliver those results.
- Good amount of charts to display information to tell stories better about your data.
- Easy to connect to multiple data sources, regardless of if its in database or flat file.
- Our user base is missing functionality in Spotfire that causes our users to export Spotfire data into Excel, which causes more headaches. Spotfire could do a much better job providing self service functionality.
- Development beyond basic charts requires knowledge of programming languages
- Several times I have completed the creation of a report and later I had to make a small change. This change requires me to go through the entire report creation process again.
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Transfom different format data sets and external sources data to dashboards in a blink of an eye."
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "When you think you are good at data visualization, there is much more coming ahead"
- Harmonization of concepts: often it is the case that more than one department needs similar kinds of reports, but produce them independently in Excel, access, through sql queries, etc.
- As a result, the management has trouble reconciling the values presented by the departments.
- Analysts are pressed to explain the differences and spend hours from trying to understand and reproduce the steps each department has taken to arrive at the discussed value, just to learn their selected data, categorization of variables and data treatment was different based on each department specific needs.
- With Spotfire, one department can become responsible to produce the analysis, while adjusting some visualizations to suit the second department specifications. As a result, less work and more transparence on the concepts used by each part of the organization.
- Easy access to data: instead of Excel spreadsheets or even some more sophisticated sql treated analysis which are made into PDFs and sent by email, the analysis access through browser is more stable.
- Interactive data analysis: its often the case that you show an indicator and someone asks, what are the contracts behind that total? How much of this is due to interest income, etc. With the drill down capabilities and sub analysis these questions are easily answered.
- The difference sum is sometimes painful, because it does not set consider an initial 0 value.
- For example, using the difference sum to de-accumulate a running sum observations for the year, will set January as 0 and the first significant value only in January. There should be an easy option to just define a difference sum between the months introducing an initial 0 observation so that the first January of the series also appear correctly.
- The so called "Sankey Diagrams" are also not so simple to implement
- Visualizations made easy with just a few clicks
- Able to handle large amounts of data to create extensive plots
- Very user-friendly, with a large community of users who also share ideas
- Perhaps providing more samples of utilizing R in Spotfire (for users who started learning Spotfire with no experience in R)
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "SpotFire is highly recommended for organizations to gain efficiency and analytics"
It is not well suited for very small data sets, nor individuals who are not capable of spending 10-15 hours learning how to Use it.
- Interface has everything you need to create your desired visualization
- Upon selecting specific parts of the visualization you get to see which data is responsible for the visuals
- You can add multiple visuals on one page
- Concise story telling software
- For writing a script an additional software is required
- TIBCO Spotfire does a great job helping its users build advanced visualizations with little to no programming involved.
- It offers a large variety of visualizations and does a good job of letting its users tweak the visualizations to their specific needs.
- It also offers powerful data transformation tools that improve the usefulness of a user's data without having to modify the source data.
- Its very strength can sometimes be a weakness. Although it is easy to develop visualizations with this platform, it is often difficult to customize when needed. This is symptomatic of all such dashboarding applications, though.
- Not an application builder, insanely hard to create a layout that is appealing or to create user controls - possible with some Python but far too hard to create say a button to change the data plotted on an axis etc.
- Not designed to create end user applications.
The web option is also great. You can send the attendees of a meeting a link with the report and they access to a "read-only " version of the report. It is not necesary to attach a file to an email, as the link itself is enough.
- 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.
- 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"
- It is really easy to filter and determine which criteria data should be shown in the graphics.
- You can set up different reports in the same dashboard or you can create several dashboards in the same link you share with users.
- The coding syntax is pretty easy to understand and the help section is really well written to understand the use of different formulas.
- The scale of colors to be used in graphics could be improved.
- If you compare with other products such as Power BI, the look'n feel doesn't look as friendly as in Power BI.
- I really don't know if this is possible, but in our case, it requires local users to be created, maybe it could be synced with Active Directory?
- Providing information on Spotfire training.
- Examples of ways you can use Spotfire with analytical data.
- Hard to use for people, because it is not intuitive.
- Expressions, IF statements, etc. are hard for people to grasp, because they are not like Access, or SQL.
- Allows for easy creation and utilization of data visualizations.
- Easy to setup folders and permissions to allow several users to access data.
- The ease of use allows for users to access and utilize data to make strategic decisions throughout the organization.
- Understanding the full benefits of the program takes time and experience.
- Some SQL language requires different setting/filters/statements than Teradata.
- Some of the options that are used are too buried to easily locate.
TIBCO Spotfire is not desired for simple data sets that are being used in a single graph.
- Spotfire can ingest extremely large data sets very quickly. We use Spotfire to analyze data sets of 5 million + rows - a feat Excel 2010 cannot handle.
- It is very easy to join tables and insert columns (VLOOKUP) in Spotfire.
- Spotfire is very user-friendly, and management loves to see the big picture, but then having the option to drill-down to the granular level of data as well.
- 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.
- Great visualizations
- Easy to use once data connection/information links are established
- Scalable to multiple users via web client
- Difficult to create data connections using custom SQL
- Limited support of DB2 connections (DB2 on the mainframe)
- Limited support of network connected documents on a shared drive
- Easy to get data into Spotfire, and to combine data from many sources.
- Easy to create and edit visualizations to meet the needs of the issue and/or end user.
- Dashboards can be built that deliver insight along with flexibility to allow end users some capabilities to explore the visualizations or customize the inquiry.
- Can provide or deploy advanced analytical models.
- There is a need for additional graph types. The visualization set that comes with TIBCO Spotfire is becoming rather limited.
- Working with R is rather difficult.
- There is no ability for text display visualization; a word cloud or similar would be useful.
Tibco Spotfire has some geographic capabilities. It has basic mapping, the ability to import maps and the ability to use the functionality of Spotfire on those maps. Additionally, with a bit of effort, it is possible to use some of the geographic analytical functions available in R, or using other functionality available on the net.
However, as it is not a GIS, some of the advanced features and more easy of use capabilities are not really there. Spotfire is fine for simple mapping and presentation, but, for more complex spatial analysis, one would probably look for another package.
In summary, Spotfire is probably suitable for about 90% of geographic uses, if not more. For the high end user, it will probably not work, but, for most people and their needs (including me) Spotfire can easily do what one needs.
- I am able to quickly gain access to data of all types. It is able to dynamically develop visualizations that are both visually appealing and drive business decision making.
- I have developed many reports and dashboards that display operations performance to operators, managers, and leaders.
- The variety of available visualizations is vast, and it can satisfy most needs.
- There are some visualizations that it is incapable of rendering including circular genome maps.
The mapping functionality continues to improve in Spotfire with additional features being added at each new release.
- It helps us visualize and connect data into meaningful relationships quickly.
- Has the abilities to implement quite complex statistical models or down to just simple charts to help review connected or manually loaded data.
- Easy to use and learn. Great help topics and training tools available from TIBCO.
- Could help to have better mobile support for on the go analysis of visualizations.
- Cloud architect support would be helpful to be able to manipulate and create new visuals when away from my desktop.
- Would be helpful at times to be able to connect more one-on-one with an individual vs. videos and help documentation.
*Allows non-users of data (executives etc.) to be able to quickly grab what's important to them without having to spend a lot of time interpreting.
*Creates dynamic visualizations to allow for on-going update of data without having to "re-run" reports
- Building data visualizations is infinitely easier with Spotfire compared to Excel.
- Manipulating data in charts is another huge strength of Spotfire. Trellising data, removing data on the fly and coloring data trends based on different variables is incredibly easy.
- The mapping feature allows you to build dynamic dashboards. I barely use IHS Accumap anymore now that I have built out my own visual dashboards using the GIS mapping feature.
- Custom expressions can be cumbersome to learn and are not entirely intuitive.
- Some simple coding tasks in Excel are a lot harder to do in Spotfire.
- Not having the ability to set y axis intervals like you can in Excel for charts can be a bit frustrating at times.
- The best part of Spotfire is that we can integrate different kinds of files in order to complete every table
- Spotfire provides a better view of the inconsistent data and gives us many possibilities to hide or to treat only the correct data
- Besides displaying classical and representative graphics, we can also configure the project as an online app by adding buttons, by giving the consumers the possibility to switch between different tabs, as with a classical website.
- It misses the possibility to enter or fill new data manually. We can display new fields but it's not possible to save the information that we fill and that we generate..
Well suited : Integrate files and new data.
Less appropriate : Integrating .XLSX isn't always easy because data types are not recognized.
- Visualizations can be created in a reasonable amount of time.
- Customers can create their own unique visualizations.
- Visualizations can be shared with other users.
- Our analysis is made up of multiple DXPs. It would be nice if there was an easy way to set a date filter and have it apply to all DXPs. It can be updated on one DXP and shared to the others so customers do not have to constantly change the date. The same applies to filters, but need to have an indicator if a filter is being applied.
- Very difficult to trouble shoot when I have an issue. Probably will get better the more experience I get with using Spotfire.
- Enhance the Print (Export to HTML) like the Export to PDF was enhanced.
- The speed with which the tool can be used to create presentation-grade visuals.
- Quickly being able to provide insight and derive correlations from large data sets while being able to filter/manipulate data on the fly.
- Providing a spatial to graphical interface.
- I think from my team's perspective, trying to find a better means of data storage has been a major issue. Creating databases that include all necessary data yet don't slow the application down so much that it is essentially unusable has been a challenge.
- Visualization - the number of options available
- Lack of QA of documentation. Sometimes, the documentation appears to have been written by an engineer, without the end user in mind. Steps are assumed/missing so it makes it difficult to follow and frustrating.
- I love that we can connect it straight to our database so that the data is continuously updated.
- I have used Spotfire to automate some of my repetitive weekly responsibilities and it has given me hours back in my week.
- There are so many functions that Spotfire can do that I haven't even been able to learn all of them. There are endless possibilities.
- I wish that there was a way to put a background color to the visualizations. I take screen shots and put them in reports, but it's white on white which doesn't make for a very interesting report.
- I have tried to do an automated weekly email of visualizations that I put on a report, but I have to open the report and take screen shots because they don't have the same formatting when it comes in the email. Disappointing when you spend a lot of time getting the formatting just right.
- I wish that there were stacked area charts. That is the only visualization that I have wished to use and been unable to.
- Easily reads in multiple data formats
- GUI to alter and customize visualizations is user friendly
- Having the data cached in memory makes the application very fast
- Integration with external data analysis tools/languages like R and Python
- Predictive analytics features like decision trees and Bayesian networks
- Ability to set up data pipelines to Hadoop clusters
- Pulls in data from a variety of sources
- Quick and nice looking visualizations
- Filtering and slicing up data to see different metrics
- Limited variety of specializations
- Limited ability to set some preferences (lines on tables, how labels appear, etc.)
- Some features are buried in non-intuitive places
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About TIBCO Spotfire
TIBCO SpotfireⓇ is a data discovery and business intelligence tool with capabilities that range from colorful graphic visualizations for the entry-level user to in-depth statistical analysis. According to the vendor, their built in analytical engines help users utilize the results of data mining, help in-house intelligence analysts crunch proprietary numbers, and drive new business growth. The vendor also says they help anticipate opportunities and risks by seamlessly integrating predictive models and real-time event streams into user-friendly business intelligence solutions that work.
TIBCO Spotfire® Cloud provides the same business intelligence tools as Spotfire Desktop, with the addition of web authoring and unlimited sharing. Because it is software-as-a-service, it requires no installation.
Spotfire Platform is designed for larger deployments within organizations. According to the vendor, its differentiating hybrid in-memory/in-database analytics architecture supports the most demanding enterprise needs, easily scaling to thousands of users and limitless rows of data.
Spotfire is is deployed in companies in energy, financial services, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, and life sciences industries.
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