- Very fast to create new dashboards, system provides automatically options to make fine reports
- Very good filters, easy to use for non-analysts, good graphics and a lot of possibilities to create reports
- Very good technical support
- Very good price with top performance
- Sometimes difficult to know what product and package fits your products
- Confusing documentation
- Not very comprehensive user access rights
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Spotfire requires some effort, but offers the best combination of advanced analytics with data visualization"
- TIBCO Spotfire performs well for analysts that need more than just real-time data visualizations. These analysts need the ability to create advanced models.
- TIBCO Spotfire's graphs are a little bit more difficult to create than some other data visualization tools. I think this comes with the advantage of allowing the user a greater ability to customize visualizations.
- The suggested graphs part of creating graphs is world class. It offers more than just one suggestion and makes it easy for the user to create usable graphics.
- 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.
- Dynamic visualizations, I like that it's intuitive to flip between different ways of seeing the data until I can get the story the data is telling.
- Importing data, I like being able to import a csv (or in the past, use custom sql to query a db) then do multiple transformations (pivot, calc cols, etc.) and create the visualizations I need. Especially beneficial that I can add to or replace the initial imported data and as long as I match the format the transformations and visualizations will update.
- As great as it is to view data in Spotfire, the universal reporting standard is powerpoint. Spotfire does a good job allowing me to export the visualizations I have created to a format everyone can view.
- Would like to be able to use network graphs without a separate license.
- The built-in SQL in Spotfire developer is clunky, but there's no good way to debug custom written SQL.
- Zoom on map reports is too discretized, I find I want to zoom to a point that is between two options so I end up with a visualization that is either too far away and has empty space or too close and is missing data. Geographic plotting in new to me and the crappy zoom overall feels out of place with Spotfire's general fluidity.
- Online storage of some documents. We do a lot of data sharing via cloud storage and it helps to have some flexibility when you work out of office or at home. You can upload it in the field and have it ready to go when you're back at the office.
- Great graphics. Clients really want to see things they understand. Geophysics can be hard to understand so it helps to have so many great options for displaying the raw data we collect.
- User friendly! I know it sounds like a simple thing but data processing programs aren't always easy to navigate from the get-go. I was able to learn pretty quickly how to manage things and get what I wanted out of it.
- The interface makes it a little difficult to try and rearrange or make adjustments to the raw data. It's easy to display the data but not as easy if you have to make some minor tweaks to titles or sorting.
It is less appropriate for those who don't deal with a lot of data presentation in their work or where the data presentation in graph form is not the key focus.
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Easy to use program that makes effective data display, from the most complicated to the most basic data"
- Customization - can change anything about an image from the color to the layout. Much easier than Microsoft products!
- User friendly - no tutorial or instruction manual necessary.
- Great data organization - very easy to display even the most complex data in an understandable way.
- Sometimes it is difficult to import data from things like Microsoft Excel.
- It would be nice to have multiple different export file types so that Spotfire can be more compatible with more programs.
- Ease of use
- Handling of samples. We would have liked something closer to a laboratory information management system, where samples could be tracked before sequencing. Even tracking the position of a vial in a fridge/rack would be useful for us.
- Great marking and colouring options to highlight necessary data. Particularly helpful in scatter plots with segment colouring options.
- The details visualisation allows quick analysis of multiple parameters to identify trends
- Adding calculation columns are easy and simple to write if more data is required. Refreshing of data from source is also helpful.
- I find it difficult to view large scale data on x-y scatter plots where multiple data needs to be viewed on the x-axis. We generally put depth drilled on the y-axis and up to 3 variables on the y-axis but Spotfire does not view this data very well.
- Ability to auto calculate a trend line by selecting two points of data on x-y scatter plot would be useful for viewing.
- The print preview button doesnt save the last setting so when printing multiple landscape views I had to change my options every time. Just a bit tedious.
- Don't really understand trellis options yet but still learning on this.
Not good for holistic view of drilling campaigns and presenting data to the customer. Print preview needs to be clearer images and larger definition for power point and word documents.
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Information Systems that students use Spotfire for real-world data analysis."
None of the students had used Spotfire before that class. They had all used Tableau, SAS, and Excel for reporting and data analytics.
- Spotfire allows for many different types of data sources.
- The ability to choose what filters to apply to a chart is a user-friendly way to share the information with stakeholders.
- The chart types are varied.
- Liked the ability to tie charts together to the same legend or filters.
- Would like to see more chart types supported.
- Would like more tutorials or YouTube video tutorials.
- The Cloud version menu and navigation were a bit hard to understand.
Learning curve takes some time. Good for an educational setting.
Improves clustering algorithm techniques. More agile development.
- Good user management
- Good visualizations
- Easier to lean and share
- More custom visualization support
- Something like Microsoft Power BI where they have a whole community from where custom visualizations can be downloaded and used within a few clicks. This is for users to use different visualizations other than what comes out of the box.
- Some of the options that are used are too buried to easily locate.
- Ability to look at multiple types of data at the same graph
- Ability to post data onto a map to better visually compare them
- Ease of use when manipulating data on a graph
- More built-in functions for basic users to manipulate data within the software (sort of like Excel vlookups, match, and index functions)
One weakness is becoming caught up in correcting data while hampering your progression.
- Great variety of charts/graphs which one can choose to visualize data
- Platform to code in Iron Python makes it really powerful.
- Very well integrated with other platforms.
- Takes great deal of time to understand each and every functionality.
- The application sometime crashes if a database is huge
- Need a plugin to export live data and update as the data flows
The speed of development and flexibility of the data presentation capabilities and data ingestion independent of data source makes the time to solution appreciated.
- Easy to add new JDBC data sources and expose data for analysis
- Easy to create multiple visualizations and link them between dependent data and filters
- Easy to extend with Python Scripting
- Date handling and creating hierarchies very good.
- Axis scaling is not easy to achieve logical values especially with multiple scales
- Prompts for data selection inputs to a query is not user friendly and requires work to build into analysis
- No versioning or autosave exists on creation and library
- Easy for general analytics and not overly complex data security requirements.
- Great when users have a good familiarity with the data.
- More complex when source and row or column level security needs to be applied
- Spotfire can handle large datasets by design.
- Visualizations are linked, so one view can be used to establish the critical data, but different views can be used to present and clarify the data for different stakeholder groups.
- Because data can be integrated from different sources, recent information that may not be fully probated can be included in an analysis with established data.
- There are times when I want to look at local data quickly, but every time I start up Spotfire it hijacks my web browser to require login to the Cloud. This design is particularly vexing if I have no internet access. I understand that this is the design, but it does not mean I have to like it.
- Startup can be slow.
- Automating building decline curves for oil and gas wells.
- Reading and writing to and from Oracle database with Python or information links within Spotfire.
- Looking at competitor data across the Permian Basin. Utilizing IHS data to see every well in the Permian Basin.
- Spotfire’s TERR and bass R are not totally compatible, especially for CRAN packages.
- IronPython does not run transactions sequentially which can make development difficult.
- IronPython API reference material is terrible and of virtually no use.
- General bugs with Spotfire itself. Example: restarting Spotfire can cause certain things to start working sometimes.
Bad: lots of user inputs, heavy script development (no version control), big data (everything stored in memory and begins to lag with > 2 gigs of data loaded)
- Spotfire allows quick visualization of large and often complex data sets.
- Spotfire allows the integration of data from differing oil and gas disciplines that serves as a bridge for analysis, discussion and presentation.
- Spotfire allows us to look for relationships in our data from different angles quite easily. If we can dream it, we can do it with Spotfire.
- I wish that Spotfire had a better method of producing a probability distribution chart. I have been through the online workflows, but still wind up using Excel for this most of the time.
- While I have gotten better with the Custom Expressions, it would be nice to have them simplified a bit more.
- Explore data and detect patterns
- Provide suggestions for different types of graphs that could be done
- Many times I want to use the same data but show different years in different tabs and I would like to have the option of applying different filters by a tab.
- Fitting curves could have more options for differential equations and show the parameters with more decimals (or at least give the possibility to the user)
- 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.
- Handles large data sets.
- Creates great visualizations.
- Combines multiple data sets and helps me compare them.
- Navigating the coding is a bit challenging.
- Editing data sets in Spotfire would be nice. You can only look at data you input into the program.
- Exporting visualizations to powerpoint only lets you make a whole slide. Making a well scaled image would be awesome.
- Visualisations such as scatter plots, density plots, and table manipulation and presentation, are very good and useful
- Regression analysis: training, evaluation and prediction aspects are presented in a very intuitive manner
- Ability to creation customised user controls using the text area, and also the filters based on the table content are very good aspects
- Forecasting: Currently we are not able to download forecasted values, nor are we able to see the values using tooltip. Even Excel is able to do a better job for this particular aspect.
- Classification Tree: Presently there is no graphical output; possible to use r code, but it's cumbersome
- Logistic Regression: They need to provide users with the choice to either create one model for a single class (based on user choice,) or create a model based on two models (for both classes) and use of method such as Bayesian posterior probability calculations.
- TIBCO Spotfire is user friendly. You don’t need programming experience to be able to work with Spotfire
- Ability to easily generate different types of visuals for your process/equipment.
- Very easy to drill down to details using Spotfire
- On Demand feature is very helpful
- Easy to swap columns. Data may come in very unstructured
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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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