- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- Easy usage, fast in creating typical dashboarding
- Good connection with big data bases
- We have found problems in native connections with Amazon Athena in order to use data directly stored in S3. We had to migrate some hot data to Redshift where we experienced no problems at all
- As a user of graphical programming libraries like Matplotlib, ggplot, and d3.js, I find limitations in creating highly customized dashboards.
- Helps analyze and report findings.
- Capability to export our analysis, so that analysis can also be read by someone who does not have the software installed.
- Easy to use and interactive visualization.
- Strong mobile access.
- Lack of production reporting.
- The look is not very customizable.
Review: "Tibco Spotfire offers smooth learning curve and quick wins for more focus on business analytics goals and less on technology"
- Short learning curve with a nice learn-by-doing dynamic.
- Cool visualisation options that really support decision-making process.
- Nice data preparation features to feed analytics with better data.
- Smoother integration with D3 libraries.
- Easier integration of R on Mac.
- Excellent visual design
- Create different types of graphs, spot charts and regular charts.
- Modify individual elements of a graph.
- Import data from different sources to gather data.
- TIBCO has limited integration with other software. This can be improved as it needs to become a full-fledged robust tool instead of a design replacement of Excel. One example is integration with automation tools so that it can become more functional.
- It has the potential to have more features from design to development.
- Increase APIs for integration so that it can become a part of other software. ( Excel, PPT, QTP, SEE Test)
- It can also have web-based APIs to make it very unique.
It addresses the problem of having to "hunt and search" for data. Many of our users are staff members who do not frequently use all of our systems but might need data from each of them. Spotfire gives a "one-stop shop" and common interface that makes it easy for the users to access to drill down to the data they need on the fly when putting together presentations, or deep dive analysis.
- Connecting to a variety of data sources; basically no matter what your backend systems are (from Excel to huge ERPs and data lakes), Spotfire can connect to it and provide suggestions as to the best way to visualize your data
- Ability to quickly slice and dice data and save that "view" as a bookmark. Not only are users quickly able to access data and filter just what they need, they can save a particular set of filters or "view" via the bookmark function so the need to create multiple views with the same dataset isn't necessary by the analyst.
- Quick and easy to design and publish. Basically, if you have a dataset, Spotfire can quickly visualize it for you. It's possible to embed data if you have large datasets for performance or connect directly to a backend system to get real-time data.
- Using community suggestions or ideas to quickly implement features. Simple things like using calculated values in other expressions would give designers lots of flexibility without having to do lots of data massaging and setup where source systems might not communicate together very well.
- Automation for updating data tables in the cloud environment. This is possible with an on-premise solution, but we need the ability to FTP or transfer files to the cloud services and have a schedule to refresh updated files.
- More flexibility over visualization design options. Need the ability to sort bars by value when they are in a hierarchy. Need to be able to stack bars when using two data sources. Need more functionality around colors and conditions/expressions.
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Transfom different format data sets and external sources data to dashboards in a blink of an eye."
- Filtering data
- Multivariate display capabilities
- Pretty easy to get started with for new users
- Though Spotfire is good at exporting figures/images to PowerPoint you cannot export clear images for Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw for publication quality figures.
- Spotfire has limited statistical analysis capabilities
- Some features available on the desktop version are not available in the web version (such as copy and pasting display set ups)
We use it to visualize and analyze data to identify the problems and make decisions.
- Syntaxs for calculated columns are easy to understand, master and apply.
- Spotfire can provide interactive, customized reports and dashboards.
- Set multiple column width at one time instead of change one by one.
- Keep the color constant for the same column in the various visualizations.
- Our business intelligence department can create on-the-fly ad-hoc reports & graphs for management and customers.
- It publishes quite well, creating visuals that can be easily read and understood.
- Handles multiple sources of data well.
- When the interface "chokes" so to speak, which is not often, it is not explicit in the reasoning. No error on the screen or in the log.
- When errors do occur they can be a bit vague. This makes it hard to troubleshoot.
- Support is good, but does need some improvement.
Only a select few employees currently are using Spotfire.
We tend to use Spotfire when we want to create dashboards for our clients that primarily deal with visualizing geographic data. We deemed this product to be the best fit for this niche need, and it is not our primary data analytics or business intelligence application of choice.
- GIS or any geographic dashboarding
- Concise and clean visualizations
- Basic data discovery
- Custom made visualizations and dashboards are not very intuitive
- Drill-down functions and LOD are good but not quick on par with industry leaders
- Relatively expensive to implement for smaller teams
In all other instances, we would pick Tableau or Power BI as our visualization tool of choice. Spotfire is not quite as leading edge as Tableau or as widely available as Power BI to be useful for us to take to our clients on a regular basis.
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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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