TIBCO Spotfire

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TIBCO Spotfire is Great

March 04, 2022
We use TIBCO Spotfire mainly to display data in the form of dashboards. It is used by us to make decisions on plan changes by advising …
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Spotfire for data virtualisation

March 01, 2022
Using visual analytics and discovery platform to gain insights to drive data-driven decisions real-time.
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August 24, 2021
Spotfire is being used as an Enterprise level Business Intelligence Platform.Our data is being fed from various different ERP's and a ETL …
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TIBCO Spotfire - Better options available

August 14, 2021
We use Spotfire to create a dashboard for our end-user. We run several simulation and ML models on other tools like SAS, store the outputs …
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TIBCO Spotfire Usage and Functionality Review

July 18, 2021
TIBCO Spotfire is used by many business teams across our organization for reporting and visualization requirements. The dashboards serve …
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TIBCO Spotfire for Amazon Web Services


Per Hour (Starting)

TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Consumer

$25/mo, $250/yr

per seat

TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Business Author

$65/mo, $650/yr

per seat

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  • No setup fee
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  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

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BI Standard Reporting


Ad-hoc Reporting


Report Output and Scheduling


Data Discovery and Visualization


Access Control and Security


Mobile Capabilities


Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding


Product Details

What is TIBCO Spotfire?

TIBCO Spotfire® is a data visualization platform that aims to speed individual time to insight and spur analytics adoption across the organization. According to the vendor, Spotfire helps users quickly and easily generate insights with three new ways to support their analytical preferences: NLQ powered search, AI-driven recommendations, and direct manipulation. Users can add context with native streaming for integrated analyses of real-time and historical data, best-in-class geoanalytics, and one-click predictive analytics to go beyond basic visualizations and understand the factors driving trends and what will happen next.

TIBCO Cloud Spotfire® provides the same business intelligence tools as Spotfire Desktop, with the addition of web authoring.

According to the vendor, Spotfire's 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 deployed in companies in financial services, energy, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, government, travel & logistics, helathcare, life sciences and more.

TIBCO Spotfire Features

BI Platform Features

  • Supported: Administration via Windows App
  • Supported: Administration via MacOS App
  • Supported: Administration via Web Interface
  • Supported: Live Connection to External Data
  • Supported: Snapshot of External Data
  • Supported: In-memory data model
  • Supported: OLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
  • Supported: Multi-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
  • Supported: Data warehouse / dictionary layer
  • Supported: ETL Capability
  • Supported: ETL Scheduler

Supported Data Sources Features

  • Supported: MS Excel Workbooks
  • Supported: Text Files (CSV, etc)
  • Supported: Oracle
  • Supported: MS SQL Server
  • Supported: IBM DB2
  • Supported: Postgres
  • Supported: MySQL
  • Supported: ODBC
  • Supported: Cloudera Hadoop
  • Supported: Hortonworks Hadoop
  • Supported: EMC Greenplum
  • Supported: IBM Netezza
  • Supported: HP Vertica
  • Supported: SAP Hana
  • Supported: Teradata
  • Supported: Salesforce
  • Supported: SAP
  • Supported: Google Analytics

BI Standard Reporting Features

  • Supported: Customizable dashboards
  • Supported: Report Formatting Templates

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

  • Supported: Drill-down analysis
  • Supported: Formatting capabilities
  • Supported: Predictive modeling
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages
  • Supported: Report sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

  • Supported: Publish to Web
  • Supported: Publish to PDF
  • Supported: Output Raw Supporting Data
  • Supported: Report Delivery Scheduling

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

  • Supported: Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
  • Supported: Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
  • Supported: Predictive Analytics
  • Supported: Support for Machine Learning models
  • Supported: Pattern Recognition and Data Mining
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages

Access Control and Security Features

  • Supported: Multi-User Support (named login)
  • Supported: Role-Based Security Model
  • Supported: Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
  • Supported: Report-Level Access Control
  • Supported: Table-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Field-Level Access Control (BI-layer)

Mobile Capabilities Features

  • Supported: Responsive Design for Web Access
  • Supported: Mobile Application
  • Supported: Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features

  • Supported: REST API
  • Supported: Javascript API
  • Supported: iFrames
  • Supported: Java API
  • Supported: Themeable User Interface (UI)
  • Supported: Customizable Platform (Open Source)

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TIBCO Spotfire Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesAvailable in all regions
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, French, German, Portugese, Chinese, Italian


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is TIBCO Spotfire?

TIBCO Spotfire® is a data visualization platform that utilizes predictive analytics. In addition to data viz, it includes data wrangling capabilities, predictive analytics, location analytics, and real-time streaming analytics.

What is TIBCO Spotfire's best feature?

Reviewers rate Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) highest, with a score of 8.3.

Who uses TIBCO Spotfire?

The most common users of TIBCO Spotfire are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Oil & Energy industry.


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Score 8 out of 10
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We have been using Tibco Spotfire for last 5 years and it is one of the best Reporting tool and Data Visualization out there.The ease of use and integration of Java scripting, Iron Python, Visualizations MODS capabilities and HTML makes it best tool to visualize data with feature rich platform.
  • integration of Java scripting.
  • integration of Iron Python.
  • Drive revenue growth.
  • High License Cost.
  • Market products more like Microsoft.
  • Strong user community.
TIBCO Spotfire is our go-to for data quality control, data preparation, data visualization, and data analysis. Easy integration of statistical languages, time savings in developing working prototypes, and best of all, ease of use. It is simply a fantastic tool for all of the many roles that we fill here.
  • Online training
The TIBCO Spotfire learning curve is not steep, and one can pleasantly skill up with Spotfire by exploring various scripting techniques to develop out-of-box visual solutions. It support a lot of modern requirements, and compatible with other solutions. TIBCO Spotfire is also rated top notch in security and information sharing abilities.
TIBCO Spotfire out of the box could arguably be a lesser rival to Tableau and Power BI, as it does not look as polished enough. But its approachability is unparalleled and is very easy for even a novice with Visualisation software to pick up. In terms of integration, Spotfire will act like a sandbox allowing every aspect of the UI to be customized with other rich HTML/CSS/JS to truly bespoke the look and feel.
EDUARDO GRUBER | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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The tool was used to replace existing tools such as QlikTech and Microsoft Power BI. There were graphical configurations of operational indicators for the entire company. A powerful analysis tool that combines our NPS/CSAT and Ticket support history and data for trends in issues and instabilities in our systems. Its query engine is extremely efficient for high-speed input data processing and also for performing Ad-Hoc queries based on demands. details our records through its extensive data visualization capabilities such as tables and graphs.
  • Data segmentation
  • Integration with the most diverse systems
  • Ease of use
  • Data filter can be improved
  • Training materials
  • Self-service training
It is recommended for any size, as it can be a recipient of data usage for better decision-making. TIBCO Spotfire is independent of the industry these companies serve. It is extremely easy to build a new Spotfire dashboard being a powerful development platform to create reports and dashboards. With the features it offers, developers can implement highly customized dashboards.
  • no training
We do not perform any integration with other similar products.
Score 8 out of 10
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We use TIBCO Spotfire mainly to display data in the form of dashboards. It is used by us to make decisions on plan changes by advising whether new production plans are realistic and in line with past performance. Various inputs can be quickly changed if the production plan isn’t realistic and then a new review of the dashboard occurs. Having unrealistic plans causes waste in the supply chain.
  • Easy to create new dashboards
  • Display data in an easy to digest form
  • Ability to change views on the fly
  • Initial Load time is slow
  • Graphs aren’t always visually appealing
  • More options for input data sources
We use TIBCO Spotfire to display data for management. Management often needs information presented in different forms. In meetings with them, they will often ask for data to be arranged in contrasting modes and TIBCO Spotfire allows for this to be done seamlessly and on the fly.
  • Online training
  • in-person training
In person training initially was great as it got us used to the software and able to ask questions. The online training post in person training worked great as we could go at our own pace and refer to the material later on when we ran into trouble once implemented
No, we have not integrated TIBCO Spotfire with other software.
Score 5 out of 10
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Using visual analytics and discovery platform to gain insights to drive data-driven decisions real-time.
  • Extract , Transform and Load purpose
  • Data virtualisation
  • Business analytics
  • data virtualisation areas
  • interactive dashboards
We use it more for data virtualization areas, it is less appropriate for Business analytical purposes. We are highly using the Spotfire’s contextual collaboration capabilities which uniquely support our natural decision-making process—from spontaneous. A formalized workflow through a new level
  • Online training
Have not more impact, self learning is good
Not applicable. Currently trying to use with AWS services
Ankit Gada ☑ | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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One of the tasks for my project within the organization was to prepare reports that were built in Tableau and had to covert those reports to TIBCO Spotfire as those reports earlier build in Tableau and users wanted to migrate them to TIBCO Spotfire platform. This was a tricky part as understanding the differences of both - existing tools, as well as TIBCO Spotfire, need to be understood. TIBCO Spotfire was a quick tool to hold on and it has very crisp and clear features on its tool which made the decision to migrate reports and its feasibility at a faster rate.
  • Realtime Analytics
  • Customize Application or API
  • Embed TIBCO Spotfire Mods
  • Ad-hoc query for some databases
  • Performance is laggy at times
  • Limited Extensions Availability
TIBCO Spotfire will be best suited for real-time analytics where other tools fail to do at a quicker pace. It has Mods as a special functionality wherein custom applications can be implemented in order to perform advanced analytics on top of existing reporting data. Data science features like calculating the outliers, mean, median, etc. can be real-quick.
  • no training
TIBCO Spotfire was integrated with MDX queries and working on it was really quick and easy. My organization benefited from it as this tool didn't have any hassle while connecting through MDX queries and reports were built to perform advanced analytics. Also, transaction databases that had real-time data were used while connecting through TIBCO Spotfire provided a huge benefit in creating analytical reports and were delivered to users within less time.
Score 8 out of 10
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Our organization is always trying to understand our clients and serve them in the best possible way. So to achieve so we need to perform regular analysis and keep track of the business. And since this needs to be done on enterprise-level under the legitimate procedure, a lot of data need to be processed, analyzed and then processed data need to be converted into visual and easy depictions for various dashboards. So to achieve a solution for the motioned problem we have deployed the TIBCO Spotfire in the place. And it's actually working above the expectations from the individual. We are having a variety of dashboards from where we are able to analyze and forecast the views to customers/clients and it's helping them to run their business efficiently and smoothly, which directly and indirectly helps my organization to get trust and obviously a lot of engagements from the client and we are very happy at our end to attract and satisfy them.
  • Data analysis and in-depth visualization
  • Generation of graphs and other visuals after analysis are quite great and efficient
  • Its support for mobile device is quite great which enables anywhere anytime access
  • Great support for dashboards which is quite promising and a prominent part in the analysis
  • Best part which makes it even more better is it supports the expression language
  • The UI is not flexible in terms of usage. So customization option should be provided so a user can set up as per requirements
  • Few features seem to be not stable for example the text editor changes the code layout on its own, so we get different things that we have saved.
  • Absorbing and consolidating data from a numerous different provider regions is very difficult to handle and as well as very slow to analyze as it takes a lot of time for visualization
Scenarios, where TIBCO Spotfire is well sited, are 1. Data visualization at the enterprise level, to generate in-depth insights 2. Generate reports, charts, or graphs to represent insights in the most efficient way. 3. Plethora of apps are bundled to get analyzed results. 4. Supports a lot of languages so no need to be restricted by language boundary. 5. It supports a variety of users for example end-users, Statisticians or developers, or just business personnel to get an insight into the ecosystem. Places where TIBCO Spotfire seems to be less appropriate: 1. It's quite cumbersome if the data feed is from a vast number of regions. 2. When a lot of customization seems to be a frequent call.
  • Online training
  • in-person training
Yes that's true to fetch the best results from the tool it is very much required to know the tool very well from a close perspective then only the knowledge we own can go well in terms. So we had online training sessions and a few sessions from the experts as well and after this, we have found our efficiency, productivity, and correct increased by manifold.
We have integrated it with the TIBCO Jasper report. As we need to generate a few reports that need to be put on scheduled deliveries so that people who take market decisions can have a better understanding and act accordingly. So it actually helped the organization to automate this whole process and leverage the best and faster solution.
Score 7 out of 10
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It's used across the company for visualization and analytics.
  • Easy integration with open source R and Tibco's R.
  • Web and mobile capable.
  • Interactivity between visualizations is well designed.
  • Integration with open source Python.
  • Built-in visualization variety falls behind competitors.
For those looking to blend custom analytics and useful variety of off the shelf visualizations.
  • Online training
  • Self-taught
DIY is the best way to learn.
No. TIBCO's other products are too inflexible for some of our needs and require dedicated support.
August 24, 2021


Score 8 out of 10
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Spotfire is being used as an Enterprise level Business Intelligence Platform.Our data is being fed from various different ERP's and a ETL team is transforming the data in a way it can be consumed by spotfire.
During the design phase the spotfire and ETL teams come together and create a model where certain things will be handle in spotfire and most of them in the warehouse.
Spotfire is a very robust tool, pulling lots of data with less columns ,makes no harm and gives ideal results.
  • Spotfire has a great Geo Analytics platform where Geo-coding is automatically performed from version 6.0 and complex geoanalytics problems can be solved in combination with the Tibco Enterprise Runtime for R (TERR) engine, if the company has R language expertise
  • Spotfire has some cool inbuilt functions available through which we do not have to do manual calculations like Total,%Cumulative Sum,YOY,MOM QOQ kind of stuff, and lots other functions which make life simpler
  • Iron python scripting is an advantage but, of course, tricky initially if you do not have experience, but it can simplify users' lives if used properly
  • Scheduled updates and caching. If we are trying to get the dashboards up in a flash , this feature is useful
  • One more important thing in the latest version, is the business author piece on the web player where business users can develop their own stuff on Web, this is a good start and hope to see this developed further
  • Spotfire is coming up with new Mobile Metrics platform, i.e. it is responsive on mobile devices
  • Also there is a new KPI chart which can be very useful for Executive reporting.
  • Customizability on the Analyst end: Spotfire is a good tool, but there are a few points where it should improve. I cannot hide an object like a tab or visualization r
  • Data Load speed at the analyst level, I somehow feel when i try to load data in the analyst level it loads slow and while using at webplayer because of the schedule updates it runs fast. I know there is the caching concept, but it is unlike QlikView whichgives a great performance with the desktop version as well. I would expect the same to happen here

Suitable Key questions to buy/use TIBCO Spotfire:

Do you have an enterprise data warehouse ready and are looking for a BI tool which can get you results fast with less development?

Do you have a group of analyst who are good at Excel type reporting and can learn a new tool and do better reporting?

Do you have a group of data analysts who want to study data to identify patterns in it?

Are you looking for a tool/technology company which takes customer feedback and incorporates them into the tool quickly?

Are you looking for a tool whose tech forum is increasing?

Apart from the above questions, if your team has basic programming skills , they can utilize the power of Java Script/Iron Python and R language to make wonders in spotfire.

Ideally any scenario is possible in Spotfire, but do not consider this as data Transformation tool, basic transformations are possible ,but typically its a reporting tool which can tell the story of your data effectively.

My purpose to use the software is short development cycles sometimes overnight if data is there.

Spotfire has a range of connectivity to different data sources
  • Self-taught
Spotfires Map Chart has inbuilt geo coding.As long as you Country,state & city within your data, integration map chart to the fines details is pretty easy.
It offers different types of Charts, and also offers different layers to be overlaid on the map.We can overlay a Feature or marker layer.
For example
1.you want to show how the sales are in the US by state, you can overlay the Feature layer on the base Map.
2.Now you want to see all the costcenter offices in each state by lat long positions, you can see them in the Marker Layer, as each markers.
There is a lot of scope of taking these maps to the next level by using R functions too...

In an enterprise architecture, if Spotfire Advanced Data services(Composite Studio),data marts can be managed optimally and scalability in a data perspective is great. As the web player/consumer is directly proportional to RAM, if the enterprise can handle RAM requirement accomodating fail over mechanisms appropraitely, it is definitely scalable,
Alan Peterson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
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We have migrated away from TIBCO Spotfire to Tableau and found that it does everything we needed from Spotfire at a substantially lower price and increased ease of use.
  • Ad-hoc data analysis.
  • Visualizations.
  • Data management / sharing.
  • Simplicity of installation.
  • Frequency of updates.
  • Complication of use.
TIBCO Spotfire is well suited for data analysis and visualization - importing data and making it available to others on the team. It's a fine product, it's just more expensive and harder to manage than its competitors.
  • no training
We did not integrate it with any other products.
Score 5 out of 10
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We use Spotfire to create a dashboard for our end-user. We run several simulation and ML models on other tools like SAS, store the outputs on a SQL database and present the results on a Spotfire dashboard for our internal customers. We also use Spotfire for several spot checks and quick analyses.
  • Enterprise-wide license
  • A lot of options to connect to many databases
  • Help tools
  • The UI can be simpler. Tableau is a lot simpler and neater.
  • Options for animations. Sheets like Tableau have it.
  • Options for geospatial mapping.
I think Spotfire would be very useful for a new user who is getting into data visualization. But it’s not a great tool if you want to do [anything] really complicated - need visualization experiments or dashboards. I think Tableau is a lot better. It is a lot easier and more visually appealing.
  • no training
We had no training. I asked me colleagues for help. My manager offered to pay for a Udemy course, but nothing else. My team does conduct spotfire classes for other teams sometimes, but that was after I got comfortable with the tool. So I didn’t find it useful.
We haven’t. We use other tools for this.
Score 9 out of 10
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TIBCO Spotfire is used by many business teams across our organization for reporting and visualization requirements. The dashboards serve many end users for their daily updates and business requirements. The required data comes from different data sources, and users access Spotfire to examine daily changes and impact on their business needs. Also, it allows them to download data and visualizations that can be used for presentations.
  • Easy to build reports and visualizations.
  • Simplifies the process of data federation by allowing definition of data models and information links.
  • Spotfire provides [an] easy way for end users to dig deeper and manage data.
  • Provide data lineage maps that would help developers.
  • More drag and drop functions that facilitate development efforts.
  • Need more administrative tasks such as ability to see user activity in structured manners.
TIBCO Spotfire is well suited in areas where ad-hoc analysis need to be performed and results can be displayed in different visualization formats.
  • Online training
  • in-person training
Training provided by TIBCO was very useful for our Spotfire users community in learning more efficient ways of utilizing Spotfire capabilities and functions.
We did not integrate Spotfire with other TIBCO products.
Score 10 out of 10
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It is being used in three areas. Advanced Analytics, Pricing, and Marketing. Across the three business units Spotfire is an analytics tool, whereas Tableau is used for reporting dashboards.
  • It has the best coding integration (python, R) of any BI product
  • The ability to work with very large datasets (10 mil+) is better than competitors
  • Export options are more complete and have better functionality
  • The data canvas is the best tool to join and transform data vs. competitors
  • User interface is less intuitive and changes are more visual than functional.
  • Dedicated settings to build solutions for mobile would be appreciated.
  • More statistical and analytics functions would be good. The list has been static for a while.
Spotfire is a more capable analytics tool than Tableau or PowerBI, for example. It makes analysis accessible to non-analytics users and augments Excel well. It also blends data very well. The learning curve is a little steeper but otherwise it best suited for analytics professionals looking to provide visualizations to their work.
  • no training
No formal training other than what could be accomplished via documentation (very thorough) and online sources such as YouTube. Tableau has a much larger user community and hence more freely available resources.
We use TIBCO Data Science (TDS) as well as Spotfire. But the integrated capabilities of Spotfire to run R data functions makes much of the capabilities of Data Science redundant. The TDS interface and output are not contemporary, although the power is obvious. Integration is possible but another added cost.
Score 10 out of 10
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I am a faculty member in the Business Intelligence and Analytics Department, Heider College of Business, at Creighton University. I learned about [TIBCO] Spotfire years ago when it was at Stanford and followed it's progress since then. About 5-6 years ago, I incorporated it into my graduate Business Intelligence and Analytics Visual Analytics and Visualization course (about 100 students a year, all online). While we use Tableau for the majority of the course just because it is free and easy, we do use [TIBCO] Spotfire for 20% of the course so the students can not only see a different system, but see the power of [TIBCO] Spotfire and how easily one can get complex but easy to understand visualizations. In my opinion, [TIBCO] Spotfire is best of breed. We use the Cloud version only because about 70% of the students have Macs, not PCs. Even though the Cloud has less functionality than the desktop version, I feel we can still experience a great deal of the features and visuals that Spotfire offers. I always get feedback from the students that they love the product, and are thrilled to have experiences in the course with it.
  • Drill-down visual creation
  • Brushing interaction
  • Ease of use of the cloud version
  • Cloud documentation
  • Pricing for academia (ie. free) - students and faculty using it in a course
  • Mac desktop version
  • Some complex tutorials/demos
As I described in the first question, I am a long friend of [TIBCO] Spotfire. I believe that the user experience is excellent, and that students pick it up quickly. The students in our program are all working professionals in various business and health care fields and often have experience with other visualization tools. After using [TIBCO] Spotfire in several assignments, the comments are always positive and generally ask for more time in the course with [TIBCO] Spotfire. Many of the charts that they had difficulty creating in with other tools, such as a Parallel Coordinate Chart, are straightforward in [TIBCO] Spotfire. This makes a big impression.
Course is still a success - but I would like to be able to use [TIBCO] Spotfire more comprehensively than we do now.
We have not.
Braeden Gilchrist | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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TIBCO Spotfire is a powerful data analysis tool our company uses for data exploration and data visualization. TIBCO Spotfire is flexible when it comes to connecting to varied data sources. Additionally, we deliver data products to our customers. On top of the data, TIBCO Spotfire makes it easy to create template data visualization for our customers to analyze data on the web. These custom views can be quite complex, as TIBCO Spotfire can be extended using Python, R, and JS.
  • Data connection
  • Data visualization
  • Web access
  • Change management aka GIT
  • Labels
  • Custom annotations
TIBCO Spotfire is great for sharing data analysis internally between power users and report viewers. It is my go-to tool for data exploration. It might be less appropriate for multiple users working on the same project at the same time. There may be better tools for supporting external users, as deployment can take effort.
  • no training
We mainly integrate TIBCO Spotfire with our SQL servers. We have used TIBCO Spotfire to use our custom data services via TIBCO Spotfire calls and IronPython API. The feedback loop between data engineering and data analysis and visualization has been key to the success of Enverus. Then to quickly publish the outputs to customers has been incredible.
Gilberto Henriquez M. | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use TIBCO Spotfire in order to display a large amount of data in a user-friendly and [fast] way. This is the key of our product: visualization with data rows from 2M to 5M that load information in less than 50 seconds. We are starting to work with Predictive and R, but we are very excited about the benefits we can get with this platform. [It is] a very intuitive developer platform, and not so complex but powerful enough for most of the things. Many solutions out there have the power too, but they are not user friendly or cost effective.
  • Web player data visualization. They are pretty fast with low server requirements.
  • Visualization needs to be from this age. They look sometimes like Office 95. Maybe embedded the Jviz D3 visualization, or integration with Google visualizations.
It's less appropriate if data is not set for performance. If the data table is not set to be rows, but more columns, it is a pain to use it on Spotfire. It behaves excellently if data load fast enough. It can manage itself as a stand-alone platform but can also be integrated with others. One visualization of one variable to analyze, this is the rule on TIBCO visualizations. More than that, most of the time, is not possible.
It is good, but I just use simple SQL server, so I don't have to get much information.
  • Online training
  • in-person training
Personally, I got in person training seven or eight years ago, but after that everything has been under online youtube training, reading version control features and so on.
It is a very fast learning curve, you can do simple stuff immediately, and complicated stuff in a week. It introduces you to several worlds that are optional. For example, you can make calculations from the database using data direct database connection (like most of the visualization tools on this segment), or you can do it on the application itself, or send it to a R server using python script. In my personal case, maybe 90% is done on the visualization itself, so it´s faster for the user. The side part is that this way requires [you] to load all data on the visualization and not only aggregated columns.
We did not make integration with any platform itself, all integration is done on backend using database tools. However, we did use some tools inside Spotfire to make our life easier. It wasn't so hard compared to other platforms and even with the Spotfire version update, that are quite often, we didn't have to make any major change in our code in the last 2 to 3 years.
Thomas Plumridge P.Geo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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TIBCO Spotfire is used across the company for a variety of data analytics and corporate KPI tracking. I have leveraged it extensively to help me process large volumes of data and create visualizations which can then be presented to our executive team to inform business decisions. It is also used to track our ongoing activity in our business in a series of dashboards, allowing for us to compare across the organization and be informed about where performance is exceeding or underperforming our expectations.
  • Functional dashboards which can be understood quickly by those who use them
  • Great visualizations for disparate data sets
  • Ease of integration of multiple data sets into one consolidated data table
  • Linking of standalone data tables with data pulled from an API link through information links
  • Easier mapping integration with data, especially with data of different geospatial projections
  • More functionality in spatial sampling
It is ideal for situations where you are pulling together multiple datasets and integrating them into one visualization. It does fall a bit flat for working with more than two Y-Axis sets on combination tables, where Excel is better at displaying that type of information.

It also should allow users to manually adjust the vertical axis scale as there may be reasoning in modifying it to a smaller or larger range but maintaining the same data step.

It would be ideal to enhance the ability to sort data. For example, there are instances where you want to sort data in a stacked bar chart by something other than count or alphabetically.
  • in-person training
There was a one day course we took through a TIBCO partner (CADEON), which walked through the basics of TIBCO Spotfire and how to use it. I found this helpful, but not nearly comprehensive enough for my purposes. I have leveraged the online community of users to help me find solutions to most of my roadblocks
We have not integrated with other TIBCO products.
Score 7 out of 10
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Across the organization by maybe ~10-20% of the overall staff (~1/3 of the engineers/geologists).
Mainly being used as a visualization tool, though personally I am still getting better acquainted to it.
My key thing is that a lot of what I see as its value I can also do in Excel which I am much more adept at.
One key thing with TIBCO Spotfire is the ability to tie to live data sources.
I'm hoping to figure out ways to use Spotfire for more advanced analytics.
  • Tie to live data sources
  • customization with formulas
  • sharing work books
  • more user friendly interface
  • better customization of the asthetics of the charts etc
a dashboard to stay current on finances, industry activity.
  • no training
I did not recieve any formal training outside of a few sit downs with colleagues.
Score 8 out of 10
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Spotfire is used by most of the company. The production engineering department creates reports for the field and Executive team to use. It gives us great visibility on our daily production, LOE, costs, and production analytics.
  • Data import is easy.
  • Creating visuals is simple and straight forward.
  • You can create visuals to show exactly what you need.
  • Sometimes it can be difficult to make a formula work exactly as you need in Spotfire. I've experienced many times where a simple formula in Excel doesn't work in Spotfire. There is always something a lot more complicated that needs to be done instead.
Spotfire is very well suited for companies with lots of data they need to be able to look at quickly. It can easily be used with SQL data connections or an Excel sheet so it should be appropriate for any size company.
  • Online training
It helped but I still do a lot of web searching for answers on how to make certain functions and formulas work.
January 17, 2021

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Stephen DuBois, PE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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It is currently being used in our Engineering department and we hope to expand that across other groups within our company. Our data was limited to Excel spreadsheets and this has helped to move us past this to fully utilize the data we are collecting.
  • Clean and versatile presentation of data.
  • Adding and subtracting information in analyses.
  • Some data streams should be visibly controlled (colors for gas, oil, and water) should be defaulted.
The graphing ability is impressive, as data is looked at and quickly added or subtracted.
  • no training
We are signing up for training as the software was not intuitive.
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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TIBCO Spotfire is used across the entire organization for implementing forecasting, data visualization, and model building. We use TIBCO Spotfire because of its advanced analytics capabilities combined with its broad data visualization offerings. Perhaps the most useful aspect of TIBCO Spotfire is the R Script interface, where we can use R scripts in Spotfire to create useful models and graphs.
  • 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.
TIBCO Spotfire is perfectly suited for the data scientist and the financial analyst who is willing to go beyond simple accounting visuals. The data scientists get the entire range of job responsibilities, from data exploration to final model building to visualization. The financial analyst with a more technical background gets the ability to present financial data in a more unique way.
  • Online training
  • Self-taught
The Spotfire training has come in two forms - online webinars and self-taught. The online webinars provide interesting updates on what is capable with Spotfire and what others are using the software for. The self-taught training is a bit more difficult than other software tools because Spotfire is less well-known, which means that the online presence is smaller. With that said, I think we've solved most of our issues simply by trial and error. It's one of the advantages of Spotfire - trial and error only leads to new knowledge, rather than breaking the product.
We have not specifically purchased any other add-on products to Spotfire. With that said, we are considering looking at Spotfire X. In addition, we are thinking of using Spotfire for more data wrangling, location analytics, real-time graphics, and real-time streaming of data. Of these, I think the two most important items that will save time are making the data wrangling tasks more automated and making the real-time streaming of data actually real-time streaming of data. Accomplishing these two tasks is more difficult than what it sounds.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use TIBCO Spotfire for staff as a cross section of users across the organization. It enables faster, simpler, and more timely reporting and analysis information sharing to those that need it daily and weekly.
  • Easy template spreadsheet reports and charting for daily consumption
  • Easy deployment of new features to users
  • Easy application updating to users when addressing bugs in the app
  • Ability to leverage emailing reports automatically for staff in office and away
  • Upgrading the product is still clunky.
  • Support website to search is poor. Google is friendlier to find what I need
  • More granularity for permissions to the library
  • Improve web player design to current web standards
For small companies, TIBCO Spotfire is expensive to get into. Other players are more cost-conscious. There is a huge learning curve to start, if it's new to you.
  • Online training
  • in-person training
Faster analytics development, better report decision making
Automation services, statistics services, data virtualization tdv, statistical services
Some support requests are easy to get the help and answers needed. Some times support takes weeks to figure out how to resolve the issue or get us the necessary info required.
Pretty easy to use once you get to 10.x platform. We are evaluating 11.x that just came out this week to see what improvements are in it for users.
Jenna Montgomery | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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TIBCO Spotfire is being used by every department in my organization, but mainly by our fundraising and operations departments. The software helps us answer important questions about our current donor base and also helps us identify locations and demographics where we could increase our donor base.
  • The location and geospatial analysis tools are excellent and are great at giving a geographical context to our data.
  • If you are familiar with BI tools, TIBCO Spotfire is easy to set up and start using.
  • There are several options to visualize your data in ways that are compelling and tell a story.
  • We are a smaller organization so we always have to justify the cost (it can be a little pricey for smaller organizations).
  • Not a bad thing necessarily, but the software is so powerful that I feel like my organization is only scratching the surface with its capabilities. We need some guidance and help with the more advanced features.
  • We wish there was more robust documentation available online; it seems to be a bit lacking in certain areas.
For mapping and geospatial analysis, TIBCO Spotfire is top-notch. While it does not have all of the capabilities of a complete GIS program, it does allow you to create beautiful looking maps from your data without much time or effort. It is easy to share and publish these maps so that we can use them in our reporting, marketing, etc.
  • no training
We are a smaller organization so we relied on a few key individuals who have backgrounds in data analysis and software to help train the members of the organization that would be using TIBCO Spotfire. It would have been helpful to have some more formalized training, but being so busy, it would have been hard to find the time to wrangle in all the various members and departments using the software.
We have integrated TIBCO Spotfire to TIBCO Cloud. This integration has been immensely helpful, as it has allowed my organization to access our data and information anywhere in the world and when they are out in the field.
James Kim | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Spotfire is being used across the whole organization for various applications. Overall, it integrates multiple sources of data to be able to spend more time analyzing rather than data manipulation. For me, I merge well, completions, reservoir, and geological data together to find trends and correlations that contribute to well performance, determine top operators, and potential areas for acquisition.
  • Absorbs vast amounts of live & static data.
  • Customized dashboards.
  • Quick results.
  • Some visualizations are a little clunky.
  • Could use some refinement in the UI.
  • Would like to see more customizable plots/charts.
  • Not being able to align gridlines with multiple scales
In my work, the ability to combine engineering, geology, and economics into one platform is powerful. In my role in A&D, I use existing dashboards that I've created to quickly get up to speed in a new basin or play as I can quickly look at where the best wells are, the best operators, and also why (completions, economies of scale, concentrated land base, own facilities, etc.). If I were to do this the "old" way, it would take weeks rather than hours or days.
  • in-person training
I never took the formal training that was offered in our company, as it happened the month before I joined. However, I learned from colleagues and through various web searches/resources. There are a lot of resources out there (Dr. Spotfire, TIBCO Community, etc.) that I use similar to how I figured out advanced functions in Excel. Through this, I became one of the power users within the company.
We also use TIBCO Data Virtualization, which gives us live links to our data.
I have found Dr. Spotfire very helpful, as Neil's videos and articles lay out solutions very well. I've enjoyed them so much that I've let others know about them.
I haven't received any formal training on Spotfire, but have become a "power user" in my company. There are enough online resources to get up to speed with the software, and it has proven to be very versatile in different use cases.
Geographic visualizations are usually on my first page to show the location and size of various assets that I look at. It also helps me to know where to go next, once I get a geographical lay of the land.
October 30, 2020

Easy to use!

Score 8 out of 10
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TIBCO Spotfire is widely used by business analysts at my company for data analysis and data visualization purposes. It would especially valuable for someone who was only using Excel and/or VBA for data analysis.
  • Analytics.
  • Visualization.
  • Automation.
  • Bad documentation.
  • Small user-base.
  • Lack of available training.
The tool is well suited for data analysts or business analysts who only have been using Excel or VBA for data analysis. On the other hand, the tool is not as good as R or Python which have much better analysis capabilities.
  • Online training
  • no training
With the online training that I got, I am able to be more confident to operate the tool without trying to figure out the stuff one by one myself. What is more, the training also give me the ability to make critical modification which helps us to adjust the tool in the future.
Score 10 out of 10
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It is used mainly within my department, which uses it as a support tool for making investigative analysis and reporting. My department also provides reports to other departments, which use such reports for consumer users. The business problems addressed by Spotfire are mainly finance, market, and process analysis.
  • User-friendliness: People with different backgrounds become expert users of the software very quickly.
  • Report management: it is very easy to amend a report modifying formulas, views, and data structures.
  • Look and feel: in a well-designed report, it is very easy to find the right insights, thanks to embedded functionalities as marking and filters.
  • Some visualizations should be more configurable and customizable.
  • Data mapping could be more efficient if represented in a graphical way.
  • Company customizations, such as logo and templates, are not immediately accessible to high-level users.
It is very well suited to tasks related to discovery analysis. It may improve in terms of static reporting and publishing.
  • Online training
It provided us with the basics of the tool. We managed to become expert autonomously quite shortly.
Automation services and statistics services. We strongly benefited from such integrations, since they gave us the opportunity of automating a lot of formerly manually-operated tasks, therefore reducing our operational costs and use of advanced R scripts in many reports accessed via a web player.