- 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.
- 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.
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Powerful and flexible software for analyzing large multi-parameter data sets."
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Well suited to enable business users to quickly build, change and enhance reports.
- 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'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 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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- 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
- Customizable lable for values in chart might be needed
- 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
It is not so great for data manipulation when compared to SAS or R.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Spotfire was effective in a SAP-driven procurement-related business application"
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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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