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https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/Ji/QU/PSLA297N9OQF.JPEGAwesome data visualization toolTibco Spotfire is currently being used to replace adhoc reports from legacy applications. We also use it to build useful visualizations about utilization, performance metrics, etc. It is currently being adopted across the entire organization and about 5-6 departments use it now. It has allowed the company to have a tool that's interactive and doesn't require using another program to manipulate data.,Helps users build advanced visualizations and does a great job of allowing users to make changes as needed. Offers powerful data transformation tools which allows users to make changes to the data as needed without affecting the source data. Provides automation services to eliminate having to export/email a daily report manually.,Its a powerful tool but often lacks some very basic things like responsiveness when viewing visualizations on a different platform/resolution. This should be a feature included within the tool. The export options are minimal the pdf export leaves much to be desired. It requires reformatting or switching the page layout until you find the right format for your visualization. Spotfire chart features/functions are sometimes over complicated.,8,Oracle Access Management, Tableau Desktop,Online training In-person training Self-taught,8,8,Yes, it was fairly easy to learn once you get passed the nuisances of the tool. I learned more by "playing" around in the tool.On-line Training experienceWe use Spotfire to analyze patient data from different sources including all phases of clinical trials and marketed data. We develop visualizations and explore the data for analysis.,Analyzing the data is very quick. We can easily identify the areas which we are interested in through visualizations. We can automate the process by developing the visualization so it reduces repeated work.,Handling huge amount of data. More online videos for understanding the critical topics. Help button in Spotfire with detailed explanations regarding programming topics.,9,,Microsoft Access, JMP Statistical Discovery Software from SAS,Online training In-person training Self-taught,10,3,Learning Spotfire is ok as long as you have installed Spotfire on your machine and with proper material. However, I strongly suggest taking in-person training with Spotfire so that you can understand numerous tool options.Powerful and flexible software for analyzing large multi-parameter data sets.The software is very powerful and useful for in depth analysis of large volumes of data. It has multiple ways of visualizing and filtering data that helps to identify trends which are not visible in raw data. Spotfire is somewhat similar to MS Excel and compatible with it but has much greater flexibility and data visualizing power.,Data filtering is useful for customizing data sets. Multiple types of flexible visualizations help to discover important trends. Flexible data export function helps efficiently express the results.,Learning curve is rather steep. Some mutually-related functions and features can be grouped to make the software more intuitive. Pop-up hints may be useful especially for beginner users.,9,Online training,6,10Why Tibco SpotfireTibco Spotfire is being used across the organization for its analytical capabilities. It helps in doing predictive analysis, self-service BI and is an effective geo-analytical tool. Its near to real-time reporting helps do operational activities effectively.,Its recommendation engine for generating quick visual views and providing dashboard design & flow ideas Geo Analytics - Its Geo Analytical capabilities used in the Natural Resources industry are very helpful. Self-Service BI over the thin client. Their training videos and online community sites are the best! Its built-in support to scripting - Iron Python, TERR, JavaScript. Its basic ease of filter configurations and data mashups.,Its Server Administration! The node manager and server architecture is really good and makes sense. But when it comes to an administrator managing or building the environments, it becomes a nightmare. The logs need to be more descriptive and terms used should be user-friendly. While the KPI chart and Waterfall charts are a good addition to the visualisation stack, there is a lot of scope to add new visualisations in the kitty. Visuals that are available with jsViz - can be made a part of default visualization list or provide a template for those jsvis where users just need to feed in dimensions and measures. Images are limited to labels, tooltips or text area objects. Probably, object overlapping would give it a jazzy look. For example a background image for the whole page, currently we can only apply a background color via themes.,8,Tableau Server, QlikView, SAS Visual Analytics and Microsoft Power BI,SAS Visual Analytics, Tableau Server, QlikView,Online training In-person training Self-taught,1,10,I started working on Spotfire from version 5. It was pretty difficult to learn it back then but now with version v7.6, the tool doesn't seem that difficult to be adopted by the new resources and getting onboarded for this tool.,7Spotfire is a very handy software programTIBCO Spotfire is being used to analyze data sets. The graphs and tables created in TIBCO Spotfire are then used to improve the efficiency of our drilling rigs and the crews running them.,Compare a data set using multiple variables. Ease of use much better than other, similar products. Limiting and selecting specific data sets or variable types is very simple.,While it is very easy to understand the basics, some advanced options are difficult. Limited on the amount of ways you can compare different data points. Cannot bring two or more data sets into a single visualization easily.,8,Microsoft Exchange,8,8,
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November 01, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Awesome data visualization tool"

Score 8 out of 10
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Tibco Spotfire is currently being used to replace adhoc reports from legacy applications. We also use it to build useful visualizations about utilization, performance metrics, etc. It is currently being adopted across the entire organization and about 5-6 departments use it now. It has allowed the company to have a tool that's interactive and doesn't require using another program to manipulate data.
  • Helps users build advanced visualizations and does a great job of allowing users to make changes as needed.
  • Offers powerful data transformation tools which allows users to make changes to the data as needed without affecting the source data.
  • Provides automation services to eliminate having to export/email a daily report manually.
  • Its a powerful tool but often lacks some very basic things like responsiveness when viewing visualizations on a different platform/resolution. This should be a feature included within the tool.
  • The export options are minimal the pdf export leaves much to be desired. It requires reformatting or switching the page layout until you find the right format for your visualization.
  • Spotfire chart features/functions are sometimes over complicated.
Spotfire is well suited for building/creating dashboards or adhoc reports. It's also a great tool to use to measure performance. It's great for those who have knowledge of SQL/python and if you need to create/develop a tool for end users. If you don't have any knowledge of SQL/Python you may want to use a tool better suited for end users.
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October 31, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "On-line Training experience"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use Spotfire to analyze patient data from different sources including all phases of clinical trials and marketed data. We develop visualizations and explore the data for analysis.
  • Analyzing the data is very quick.
  • We can easily identify the areas which we are interested in through visualizations.
  • We can automate the process by developing the visualization so it reduces repeated work.
  • Handling huge amount of data.
  • More online videos for understanding the critical topics.
  • Help button in Spotfire with detailed explanations regarding programming topics.
The heat map is widely used as it will help identify high probability risk areas. It is less utilized in creating regular listings, which are not very useful as Spotfire is more of a visualization tool.
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October 30, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Powerful and flexible software for analyzing large multi-parameter data sets."

Score 9 out of 10
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The software is very powerful and useful for in depth analysis of large volumes of data. It has multiple ways of visualizing and filtering data that helps to identify trends which are not visible in raw data. Spotfire is somewhat similar to MS Excel and compatible with it but has much greater flexibility and data visualizing power.
  • Data filtering is useful for customizing data sets.
  • Multiple types of flexible visualizations help to discover important trends.
  • Flexible data export function helps efficiently express the results.
  • Learning curve is rather steep.
  • Some mutually-related functions and features can be grouped to make the software more intuitive.
  • Pop-up hints may be useful especially for beginner users.

It is particularly useful for large multi-parameter data sets where trends are obscure.

It is less appropriate for small or relatively simple data sets.

At this time it is the best software for geographic visualization . It is clear, simple and intuitive. This feature helps mapping the data to geographic locations that makes them much more informative.
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October 30, 2017

User Review: "Why Tibco Spotfire"

Score 8 out of 10
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Tibco Spotfire is being used across the organization for its analytical capabilities. It helps in doing predictive analysis, self-service BI and is an effective geo-analytical tool. Its near to real-time reporting helps do operational activities effectively.
  • Its recommendation engine for generating quick visual views and providing dashboard design & flow ideas
  • Geo Analytics - Its Geo Analytical capabilities used in the Natural Resources industry are very helpful.
  • Self-Service BI over the thin client.
  • Their training videos and online community sites are the best!
  • Its built-in support to scripting - Iron Python, TERR, JavaScript. Its basic ease of filter configurations and data mashups.
  • Its Server Administration! The node manager and server architecture is really good and makes sense. But when it comes to an administrator managing or building the environments, it becomes a nightmare. The logs need to be more descriptive and terms used should be user-friendly.
  • While the KPI chart and Waterfall charts are a good addition to the visualisation stack, there is a lot of scope to add new visualisations in the kitty. Visuals that are available with jsViz - can be made a part of default visualization list or provide a template for those jsvis where users just need to feed in dimensions and measures.
  • Images are limited to labels, tooltips or text area objects. Probably, object overlapping would give it a jazzy look. For example a background image for the whole page, currently we can only apply a background color via themes.
I have worked with multiple BI tools for data visualization, but the extensive customization with built-in scripting capabilities and ease of developing them are the best part for Tibco Spotfire. Of course, improvements are needed on the built-in visualization list, but it does offer you [the ability to] build your own visuals with JS at ease. These JS visuals can easily interact with the built-in visuals.
It's zoomins showing up specific layer details is cool feature. It should probably take the geo coding directly based on the city name or location name, but it needs us to add the geo coordinates. Its tibco supplied, but we have to configure them. Its not done automatically.
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October 30, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Spotfire is a very handy software program"

Score 8 out of 10
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TIBCO Spotfire is being used to analyze data sets. The graphs and tables created in TIBCO Spotfire are then used to improve the efficiency of our drilling rigs and the crews running them.
  • Compare a data set using multiple variables.
  • Ease of use much better than other, similar products.
  • Limiting and selecting specific data sets or variable types is very simple.
  • While it is very easy to understand the basics, some advanced options are difficult.
  • Limited on the amount of ways you can compare different data points.
  • Cannot bring two or more data sets into a single visualization easily.
TIBCO Spotfire is well suited for comparing trends and how efficient something is. It is very easy to manipulate the data inside a visualization to find what you are looking for.
I haven’t used the mapping feature of Spotfire.
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October 27, 2017

User Review: "Opinion about TIBCO Spotfire"

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Used by some departments who seem to really like it, and not by others who really do not because it doesn't truly "analyze" it just draws pretty pictures and takes a lot of time to get data cleaned up so Spotfire can use it. Used to visualize data geographically (mapping), by performance indicators, and data from various and different sources.
  • Makes pretty pictures out of data
  • The training modules need work. The audio goes way too fast. For most trainees, keeping up with what they are trying to do themselves on the screen while listening and watching a module that is now 5 steps ahead, means having to stop every 15 seconds to back up, and it gets exhausting and annoying after much time.
  • Spotfire has lots of capabilities, and the redundancy built in means there are several ways to do the same thing. However, it also means the screen is so cluttered, and the icons so small, that it strains the eyes to see and use. Seems like the redundancy could be reduced to make the screen shot more user friendly and less eye straining.

Any true analytical steps that Spotfire can do, Excel and SPSS can do better. Some things Excel and SPSS can do, Spotfire cannot do at all.

Spotfire can "use" data from many different data sources, but in order to use data from Excel, SPSS, etc., it has to be massaged all over again so Spotfire can use it. By the time you get done making the data usable by Spotfire, you could have three or ten other analyses done with conventional software.

Spotfire is most useful to make pretty pictures out of data to use in presentations to managers, customers, and other stakeholders. It doesn't actually improve the ability to analyze data, but does improve the way the data can help show and tell a story.

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October 27, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire: "Spotfire Desktop Review"

Score 8 out of 10
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Spotfire is being used by our company. We have tested this product for over a few years now and educated others on Spotfire as well. It assists all groups to create a dashboard in a quick manner even if an employee is lacking the SQL ability they have learned to use Spotfire for a data visualization for current spreadsheets.
  • Data Visualization Recommendations
  • Pulls in data quickly
  • User-friendly interface
  • The scheduling needs improvement
  • Better Predictive Analytics
  • More interactive visualizations built in
Spotfire is well suited for the business user that understands data and can query SQL and connect to a database. It is meant to be utilized as a data visualization tool for summarizing and not detail level. The option is there, however you must be aware of the space a user needs for all the data that is being reviewed.
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October 26, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Spotfire - complex and customized"

Score 8 out of 10
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We implement it for our clients, it's one of the most popular technologies we currently offer.
  • Possibility of introducing custom functionality is much better than any other BI tool
  • Able to do complex calculations
  • Some performance issues with large amounts of data
  • Many simple or annoying little things that remain unsolved for years, even though regularly posted on Tibco Community
  • Even with the latest version, the look and feel is a bit outdated
High complexity of analysis, and highly customized.
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October 26, 2017

User Review: "TIBCO Spotfire - Practical Outlook"

Score 6 out of 10
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We use Spotfire to design Enterprise-wide dynamic end-to-end automated reporting and analytics solutions. We were able to significantly reduce the TCO and eliminate bottlenecks associated with the use of some legacy tools like Excel, PowerPoint, etc. On the other hand, Spotfire lacks some esthetics, doesn't offer all modern chart types, and could be difficult and expensive to learn.
  • Data input automation
  • Automated data transformation procedures
  • Relatively easy to implement
  • Types of charts and tables
  • Availability of basic statistical functions
  • Lack of good documentation and examples beyond basic
When consumers of dashboards are looking for efficiency and information at their fingertips, ready to self-serve and not extremely picky on the esthetics of Spotfire dashboards. The more the user base is focused on results and convenience rather than look and feel of dashboards and charts, the more tech-savvy the user base is, the happier they will be.
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October 26, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Spotfire - All in one tool for reporting, analytics and dashboards"

Score 10 out of 10
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Tibco Spotfire is used extensively at our organisation and by our clients to leverage and gain insights into large quantities of data. We primarily use it for data exploration, reporting, predictive analytics and data segmentation. With Spotfire we are able to build comprehensive dashboards quickly and efficiently without the need for specialist BI developers.
  • Quickly build reports from large quantities of data and then publish those reports via the web player.
  • Ability to work with data sets in different formats, i.e. data aggregation or SQL queries are not required.
  • Out of the box analytics that makes it easy for business users to gain insights into their data.
  • Ability to leverage R scripts in Spotfire.
  • Easier functionality of Python scripts.
  • Stability improvements are required, software has a tendency to crash.
  • Easier optimisation of reports for the web player especially where large data sets are involved.
Spotfire may not be appropriate for mission critical reporting, e.g. financial reporting.

Well suited to enable business users to quickly build, change and enhance reports.
Works great in the states - however does not work well in Africa.
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October 26, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "A week with Tibco - so WORTH it!"

Score 8 out of 10
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Tibco Spotfire is the supported tool for accessing an Oracle data warehouse. The data stored in the warehouse is all of our historical human resources data from across the enterprise (we have several operating companies under our brand umbrella) and the warehouse is "fed" every day with new transactions coming from each company's HCM system. We do ad-hoc reporting with Spotfire, build dashboards for analysis, and generally use it to answer any business question that may come up where we need the employee data.
  • Visualizations - it isn't just a data extraction tool but charts and tables can be easily built.
  • Dashboards - I've put together sample dashboards in just a few hours.
  • External Data - very easy to pull in data from different data sources - Oracle tables, Excel, etc..
  • Visualizations - while it is a strength it is also a weakness. We currently use another tool for dashboarding and we will move to Spotfire because it is more powerful but the actual charts in the other product are more appealing.
  • Set up - we are responsible for setting up our own joins, information links, elements, etc. This is overwhelming for beginning users.
  • SQL - It is hard to debug issues with the SQL. I often find myself copying the SQL into another tool to decode and build and then will copy it back to Spotfire.
It may not be suited for the inexperienced user simply because of the complexity of the setup. But that is more likely due to the way our company supports the product (that everyone is on their own). But once all of the setup is complete, creating reports and charts is pretty easy and quick.
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August 28, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire: "Spotfire Review"

Score 8 out of 10
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Only a small portion of the organization has system access. The analytics team uses Spotfire to analyze product data and support manufacturing investigations.
  • It's really easy to create interactive visualizations
  • Can quickly merge different data tables and manipulate the data using pivots and other transformations
  • Great design and aesthetics
  • Sometimes runs slowly when working with large data sets
  • It's difficult to add additional files after you've already performed a transformation on the data
Spotfire is really powerful at analyzing data. You can easily create interactive dashboards to gain insight. The wizard is useful because it suggests visualizations based on your selected data set.
The geographic visualizations are very powerful because they allow the user to drill down on the data and link various data sources. It's easy to create new maps and perform interactive analysis. One of the most useful features is being able to connect the data to real-world scenarios.
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November 08, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Spotfire feedback"

Score 9 out of 10
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TIBCO Spotfire is used as a dashboard construction tool. Dashboard report is fixed and responsibility is shared with business counterparts. As far as they can access to modifications if needed and they are able to drive any variants of each report. Spotfire allows this strategy of reporting management and avoids any specific developments like previous coded solutions.
  • Spotfire accepts information from either an Excel Table or a database
  • Spotfire allows rapid design of a report sheet with pre-organised forms and views
  • Spotfire is equipped with filters , easy to manage, in case of dynamic analysis as a sample.
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Spotfire is well suited as a rapid reporting design tool, to get rapidly a sheet view of data analysis and repeatable views integrating evolutions of the month or any refresh into the data source. But it is important to keep the data source model to allow any refresh. The model is accessible in a second hand with a web application interface.
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November 02, 2017

User Review: "Tibco spotfire"

Score 8 out of 10
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It was used by my previous organization for translational research. It addressed the problem of data analytics and visualization. I recently used a paper (which is accepted) where I also used TIBCO Spotfire 6.5 and other analytics and programming took for data analytics to create a visualization and do data analytics.
  • Visualization
  • Analytics
  • Data management
  • Images to put
  • Legends to visualize
  • API uses iron python instead of python which is different and complex
For biopharmaceutical data analytics it is good to use. For omics office and Genomics research it is not good.
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November 02, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Versatile Tool"

Score 10 out of 10
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I'm working in the commercial excellence department and we use Spotfire sales and activity reports across 6 different affiliates, we also use the tool to create our own calculation engine of some targeting processes.
  • Dynamic tool
  • Implementation of different data sources
  • Multi environment options
  • Resolution depends of the environment used
  • Friendly use of dimensions
As i said we have used TIBCO Spotfire for some different kinds of sales and activity reports using our own database coming from our CRM and internal sales tools in an "easy" way.
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October 27, 2017

User Review: "Tibco Spotfire"

Score 8 out of 10
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It's used to analize KPI coming from several departments. It allows us to show every KPI of interest coming from several source systems.
  • Allow to analize KPI coming from several source systems
  • Allows us to create easy to read and interactive analysis
  • Different dashboards can be set up to have a single access point
  • More ways to customize charts might be needed
  • Better integration with javascript might be needed
  • Customizable lable for values in chart might be needed
I think it is well suited in a big company where there is the need to carry on data analysis in a new, more productive way
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October 27, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Amazing tool to discover hidden stories in your data"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use Spotfire for ongoing clinical data review. It makes it much easier compared to static patient profiles
  • Very user intuitive
  • You can select specific data points and dive deep
  • Visually pleasing
  • Very presentable and story telling
  • Data loading is slow
  • If data is not embedded, I am seeing issues with a few visualizations
Spotfire is more suitable for ongoing data review and investigations. It is great for visually presenting complicated data.

It is not so great for data manipulation when compared to SAS or R.
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October 27, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "I recommend Spotfire"

Score 9 out of 10
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As a preferred BI tool for analyzing and reporting data. Spotfire has made a steep change in the quality and quickness of making data available at all levels in the organization
  • Connecting to sources.
  • Visualizing data.
  • Dashboards.
  • Filter/mark data to see trends.
  • Exporting charts to reports.
  • More control on visualization features.
  • Iron Python scripts & training.
Scenarios where you want to connect to multiple data sources, modify, split, pivot, transform data and visualize and share. It covers almost all aspects of a good dashboard. The help manual could be improved.
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October 26, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Great program"

Score 9 out of 10
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It is being used for reporting and creating meaningful visualizations.
  • Recommends visualizations for you
  • Mapping capabilities - though having pre-set coordinates would be nice
  • Filtering on historical dates and timelines
  • Mapping capabilities - coordinates, additional layers
  • Calculations and formulas to be more user-friendly, like Excel
Creating quick graphs and timelines is really good. Could use a bit more on user friendliness on the graphical tables. I like the idea of them but don't find them as easy to create.
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June 27, 2017

"Tibco Spotfire Review"

Score 7 out of 10
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We use TIBCO Spotfire to create dashboards and visualize the available data. Before TIBCO Spotfire we used Cognos.The company recently started using TIBCO Spotfire. After a review of our project they will decide to go further with the software and possibly create more dashboards with the application.
  • Nice colors
  • Customize a table with scripting
  • Multiple tabs
  • The HTML isn't working that well
  • More information about scripting would be nice
  • Exporting a visualization to Excel with color coding would be nice. The colors in your table visualization are lost after an export to Excel
It is good to give a quick view of data. There does not need to be much handled to get a nice result. There are still a few things to improve. But the tool is easy to work with. After a few introduction videos are you able to start with the application.
The upgrade Spotfire made last time are very useful! The 7.8 upgrade has a lot of changes. Still there are a few things to improve like the use of Javascript. Further, I like the tool, it's very easy to learn and not that difficult to use. It's a good tool for new people or people who are new to BI.
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March 23, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Data Analytics in a Click"

Score 9 out of 10
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TIBCO Spotfire is used extensively across several departments within the company. Spotfire is used to create reports used throughout the company. The engineering department uses it mostly for analyzing data. Spotfire allows us to quickly manipulate and analyze data that we are unable to do in Excel. The vast amount of data we deal with often crashes Excel. Spotfire allows us to import the data and create charts, reports, maps, and other visualizations in a few clicks that would have taken hours in Excel. The amount of time saved by using Spotfire makes it a very important tool to our department.
  • The ability to import and analyze very large amounts of data very quickly.
  • The ease of creating professional looking charts and reports.
  • A simple user interface that makes it easy for new users to pick up using the basics, but still offers experienced users almost endless possibilities.
  • The mapping capabilities are lacking. I would like to have a greater ability to manipulate the appearance of the data on the map.
  • I have also noticed that some functions are limited in their use if using data linked to a SQL database. This is referring to actual functions like if one is trying to create a calculated column.
  • It would be nice to be able to create an additional data table within Spotfire based on linked data from multiple sources.
Our company receives daily flowback reports. These are combined in a Spotfire tool that allows us to easily see trends with the well that we are unable to see in the raw data from the daily reports. We also have a tool that allows us to map current rig activity as it related to our current acreage position.
The zoom feature only allows preset levels. A more robust zoom feature would improve the mapping by allowing the user to see only the specified area.
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January 11, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Spotfire - a solid BI application"

Score 7 out of 10
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Several different reports are generated for both internal and external use. Primarily we provide our customers with analytics based on the data which has been collected by the customers using our software platform. Internally we also have executive and trend reports which can tell us about the number of users on our platform, the usage of the platform, and trends.
  • When designing reports it is easy to change between the different the visual diagrams.
  • The formatting capabilities are extremely detailed, which makes the visual appearances the best in the business.
  • The export to PowerPoint feature works, but doesn't have the same visual appearance as the visuals in the report. Would be great if you could hand-pick or mark which visuals to include in the PowerPoint before actually exporting. This would keep the consistency of the PowerPoint reporting.
  • One feature which I have been missing is the ability to only show part of some data in a visualization, without using the zoom feature. Using the zoom shows the zoomslider, and limiting data or filtering data away changes the statistics which I would like to keep. So what I am looking for is something that doesn't have the zoom slider displayed, but works in the same way. This will for example make it possible to show 2015 and 2016, but not 2014 and 2017. If you could also enter a offset you could make it only look at two and one year back in time relative to the current year, without hardcoding which years to not show.
Spotfire is well suited for querying on very defined and "small" datasets. When querying from many data sources and when doing many computations in Spotfire, you lose valuable time when waiting for the report to finish. Therefore, ideally run Spotfire on a Data Warehouse or a cube where the majority of data is ready for reporting or where the majority of data is pre-computed.
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April 17, 2017

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Spotfire was effective in a SAP-driven procurement-related business application"

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Spotfire is being used by a specific department, namely Procurement. It is used to raise visibility of performance metrics as well as historical data housed in SAP BW HANA. An example of historical data is volume and price information. Spotfire enables us to quickly drill down into a specific material and understand how much product we have purchased and at what price.
  • Spotfire is oriented to the design of dashboards, not single visualizations. There is no need to design visualizations and then take them to a different "worksheet" where the layout needs to be further designed. I like the ability to design visualizations in the same place where these will be consumed, i.e., as dashboard elements.
  • Markings and Bookmarks are two powerful elements of Spotfire. Markings make the sharing of filters across visualizations intuitive and flexible. Bookmarks are extremely powerful, allowing you to create stories and share insights based on custom views.
  • The in-memory engine is super fast. As long as the data is loaded in the workbook, calculations are extremely fast.
  • Cross-tables are very easy and powerful in Spotfire.
  • My biggest disappointment with Spotfire is the way the SAP BW connector works. It is not possible to transfer 'key' values from SAP BW to Spotfire, and the data table update routine is not clear, well documented, or straightforward.
  • The calculations syntax is not very intuitive and in some cases, very complicated. The calculation editor does not give you good feedback as to why your calculation syntax is off.
  • Designing dashboards for multiple devices is a headache. There is no built-in way to design for different layouts and ensure dashboards can be consumed seamlessly on monitors, laptos, and portable devices.
TIBCO Spotfire can be easily deployed in a number of enterprise settings, ranging from small companies to large organizations. I used Spotfire in a small five-user setting, but I know it is being used by large enterprises as well.
It does not provide intuitive feedback when WMS layers do not charge properly or errors occur. It experiences lag when rendering large datasets or handling complex geometries. When dashboards with geographic components work well, they are priceless. However, lots of trial and error time is consumed on the back end to produce the result, to the point that it's often easier to settle for a dashboard without geographic context, or if the dashboard is not too complex to create it on the ArcGIS API.
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December 17, 2016

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Robust visualization and analytics available for a small budget"

Score 9 out of 10
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  • Spotfire provides advanced visualization that can be further customized with custom expressions, which is a very powerful and versatile functionality. Coupled with property controls that allow users make various selections and changes to variables, this functionality allows creating pretty robust 'what if' scenarios. Such has multiple applications ranging from price analysis and price development to budgeting to cash flow to engineering.
  • Spotfire is very good at data transformations and enrichment. This allows aligning multiple otherwise disparate data sources and analyzing data from those data sources side by side and on the same view. That in turn provides deeper insight into data.
  • Spotfire offers a wide range of formula types including statistical formulas that allow for high degree of customization and flexibility in building visualizations and/or logic. This in turn again allows getting more insight into/from data.
  • Combination chart does not allow stacked bars along with a line. So, if the user does stacked bars i.e., based on one column but broken down with the column's individual values by color, then the line is not possible to do.
  • The statistical table of the box plot visualization, though very useful and customizable, cannot be formatted and the default formats aren't based on the columns' formats either.
  • Data transformations, though extremely useful and critical for data alignment for multiple data sources, cannot be changed once implemented for a data table. If changes are due, the entire data table must be re-done.
  • There are multiple bugs that either unexpectedly shut down a Spotfire session or otherwise interfere. For example, if a data table has data transformations and columns inserted from external tables and if such a data table is embedded then it may become un-refreshable. Sometimes, that can be corrected by selecting "Linked to Source", saving the file and re-opening. But sometimes, it becomes un-refreshable for good, meaning that the data table must be re-done from scratch.
  • If a column that is being used in any expression or as a matched column is deleted, the entire data table becomes embedded and will have to be re-done from scratch.
  • There's limited functionality to personalize visualizations with colors, shapes, fonts, etc.
Great with very large sets of data such as 1 to 10 million rows. Spotfire has very extensive capabilities including formulas, statistics, k means, regression and even custom programming. Visualizations are really easy and versatile too. I much prefer spotfire to Tableau.
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December 12, 2016

TIBCO Spotfire Review: "I want this thing to hum"

Score 10 out of 10
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We use Spotfire for dashboarding, data visualization and scripting for statistical and predictive modeling. Most of our departments use it from operations, production, safety, to finance and corporate. We find a lot of value in the customization and development options of Spotfire and the TERR engine. The business problems being addressed via Spotfire range from the improvement in speed and accuracy in production forecast models to the variance reconciliation of realized and recognized cost models.
  • Data assimilation and aggregation
  • Data Visualization Style Offerings
  • Continuous version improvements
  • Unreasonably high priced TERR scripts; Need more templates with TERR scripts (forecasting, statistical scipts, etc.) and IronPython styling examples templates that are more reasonablly priced.
  • Would like the ability to map and save colors to particular data values across all visualizations.
  • Would like chronological movie play functionality to view chronological flows on map charts.
  • Would like more customized oilfield chart offerings like for example, 3D surfacing, geological logs, lithological facies clustering charts, tree diagrams, cross sectioning functionality, etc.
Well suited for quick data analysis with precalculated (SQL views) linked data. Spotfire slows down when too many internal calculated columns or scripts are embedded on the user end.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (28)
7.3
Customizable dashboards (178)
8.3
Report Formatting Templates (154)
7.5
Drill-down analysis (177)
8.3
Formatting capabilities (185)
7.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages (135)
7.7
Report sharing and collaboration (167)
7.9
Publish to Web (139)
8.2
Publish to PDF (161)
7.9
Report Versioning (18)
7.9
Report Delivery Scheduling (103)
7.4
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (188)
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (168)
8.2
Predictive Analytics (144)
7.3
Multi-User Support (named login) (149)
8.2
Role-Based Security Model (125)
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (139)
8.2
Responsive Design for Web Access (110)
7.4
Dedicated iOS Application (75)
6.9
Dedicated Android Application (11)
4.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (90)
6.9
REST API (26)
6.6
Javascript API (26)
6.6
iFrames (18)
6.4
Java API (21)
6.3
Themeable User Interface (UI) (27)
6.7
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (20)
6.3

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.

TIBCO Spotfire Features

BI Platform Features
Has featureAdministration via Windows App
Does not have featureAdministration via MacOS App
Has featureAdministration via Web Interface
Has featureLive Connection to External Data
Has featureSnapshot of External Data
Has featureIn-memory data model
Has featureOLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
Does not have featureROLAP (SQL-layer querying)
Has featureMulti-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
Has featureData warehouse / dictionary layer
Has featureETL Capability
Has featureETL Scheduler
Supported Data Sources Features
Has featureMS Excel Workbooks
Has featureText Files (CSV, etc)
Has featureOracle
Has featureMS SQL Server
Has featureIBM DB2
Has featurePostgres
Has featureMySQL
Has featureODBC
Has featureCloudera Hadoop
Has featureHortonworks Hadoop
Has featureEMC Greenplum
Has featureIBM Netezza
Has featureHP Vertica
Does not have featureParAccel
Has featureSAP Hana
Has featureTeradata
Does not have featureSage 500
Has featureSalesforce
Has featureSAP
Has featureGoogle Analytics
BI Standard Reporting Features
Does not have featurePixel Perfect reports
Has featureCustomizable dashboards
Has featureReport Formatting Templates
Ad-hoc Reporting Features
Has featureDrill-down analysis
Has featureFormatting capabilities
Has featurePredictive modeling
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Has featureReport sharing and collaboration
Report Output and Scheduling Features
Has featurePublish to Web
Has featurePublish to PDF
Has featureOutput Raw Supporting Data
Does not have featureReport Versioning
Has featureReport Delivery Scheduling
Does not have featureDelivery to Remote Servers
Data Discovery and Visualization Features
Has featurePre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Has featureLocation Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Has featurePredictive Analytics
Has featureSupport for Machine Learning models
Has featurePattern Recognition and Data Mining
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Access Control and Security Features
Has featureMulti-User Support (named login)
Has featureRole-Based Security Model
Has featureMultiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Has featureReport-Level Access Control
Has featureTable-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Has featureField-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Does not have featureSingle Sign-On (SSO)
Mobile Capabilities Features
Has featureResponsive Design for Web Access
Has featureDedicated iOS Application
Does not have featureDedicated Android Application
Has featureDashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features
Has featureREST API
Has featureJavascript API
Has featureiFrames
Has featureJava API
Has featureThemeable User Interface (UI)
Has featureCustomizable Platform (Open Source)
Additional Features
Has featureSmart Recommendations for Visualizations
Has featureConnectors: OData, Mongo DB, Apache Cassandra, Apache Spark, Attivio
Has featureEmbedded R Runtime Engine
Has featureK-Means Clustering, Holt-Winters Forecasting, Line Similarity
Has featureMulti-Layer Map Charts and Support for Shape Files

TIBCO Spotfire Videos (3)

TIBCO Spotfire Downloadables

TIBCO Spotfire Integrations

Google Analytics, Salesforce.com, Attivo Networks, TIBCO Simplr, Wordsmith by Automated Insights

TIBCO Spotfire Competitors

Pricing

Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Has featureFree or Freemium Version Available?Yes
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?No
On-premise EditionPricing DetailsTerms
TIBCO Spotfire PlatformPlease contact TIBCO sales
SaaS EditionPricing DetailsTerms
TIBCO Spotfire Cloud - Monthly$200Per Month, Per Authoring Seat
TIBCO Spotfire Cloud - Annual$2,000Per Year, Per Authoring Seat
TIBCO Spotfire for Amazon Web Services$0.99Per Hour (Starting)
TIBCO Spotfire Cloud EnterprisePlease contact TIBCO sales

For Enterprise engagements, please contact TIBCO directly for a custom price quote.

TIBCO Spotfire Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
Live Chat
Forum/Community
FAQ/Knowledgebase
Video Tutorials / Webinar
Phone
Email
Web

TIBCO Spotfire Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Mobile Web
Supported Countries:Available in all regions