- Allows exploration of multiple datasets that are connected in different ways.
- Allows fast preliminary exploration of a dataset.
- Allows for the exploration of the results of large simulations and experiments.
- Hard to integrate with scripting languages, for example python, matlab, R.
- Not clear how to handle in-memory and out-of-memory processing for large scale data.
- Documentation could be better.
- Providing multiple different avenues to connect to structured data and providing the option to sit on top of the data or embedding data into the analysis.
- Location analytics (maps) have been greatly improved in the latest versions of Spotfire.
- Very steep learning curve.
- Although I am an advanced user, it can be daunting for a new user. Almost too much functionality. Too bad there is not a Spotfire basic for the new user.
- Area charts like in Excel are missing.
- Any analysis that utilizes more than a few hundred data points will benefit from Spotfire.
- Any analysis that you don't know what you are looking for. You can easily create multiple different views to analyze data.
- Any analysis using structured data currently residing in databases
- Advanced users can do on-the-fly analysis of data which is very impressive
- Not useful for basic graphs. Leave that to Excel.
- Connecting to various data sets, the ability to have the data connections in the information designer is a huge plus.
- The ability to set up and manipulate the query in information designer and use it over and over.
- The ability to add columns and/or rows from data sources.
- It could be more flexible with the formatting of the analytics.
- I do not like that if a mistake is made in the path of a file, you must replace the data and do all the transformations over. Seems it would make more sense to provide a place to just correct the path.
- The ability to do more than one transformation at a time would be nice. For example, changing column names.
- TIBCO Spotfire can advance very well on the mature analytics curve. We can diagnose, measure and predict using OOB functions or extend the power of Spotfire developing application in R to be processed by TERR.
- The interface is very clean is much easier to understand for endpoint clients, like a business user. They can start analysing data very fast!
- Spotfire can publish and share users insights very fast. It provides some nice collaboration tools to work together with your colleagues and make nice and beautiful results.
- Would be nice if mapchart were able to use custom images instead of default shapes. Most of customers ask for this.
- The interface could be more flexible instead of the "window like" arrangement. I mean, it will be nice if we can overlap some components.
- The transformations need some easier way to edit. I know it's not easy to implement but many customers ask for this, indeed.
The above comment is not true when working in an SAP environment, specially BW. The hierarchies are very complicated to fetch and in Brazil we have lots of companies using it. We really need some enhancements on that.
- Spotfire is excellent at taking multiple data sources and combining them into a single space where they can be viewed through various charts, tables, and other visualizations.
- Filtering allows the user to drill down to exactly the data that needs to be used for a specific analysis.
- The ability to add calculated columns in Spotfire allows users to combine data sets quickly and easily without having to change the source data.
- The ability to use complex formatting in certain visualizations is lacking. For example, on a line chart you can choose to make all lines solid, or all lines dashed, but not a combination of the two.
- Novice users may not realize that certain data is being filtered out of their analysis. A large symbol somewhere on the page indicating that filters are being applied may prevent incorrect analysis.
It addresses cost analysis, production surveillance, data management and exploration.
- As an agnostic platform it gives you the ability to connect to many different data sources so that you can maximize your analysis through hosting all necessary avenues of data in one location.
- Gives you the ability to drill down to uncover hidden insights within the data.
- Uses R which gives the user the ability to create models using advanced data functions to tackle complicated business problems.
- The main thing I hear [about] is the aesthetics on some of the charts because they are used to seeing it a certain way in Excel and having more control.
- Being able to modify the details that are involved in the source information.
- Multiple scales on the line chart.
- Integration of different data sources.
- Great user experience - easy to implement and use.
- I would like to have more ability to calculate things (not just trough calculated columns).
- Ability to somehow implement hard inputs for visualizations.
- Visualization is very quick and interactive
- Connection to modeling tools such as R and SAS is very important. We need functionality to run R code out of Spotfire dashboards and read a wide range of native format files
- Server client and cloud options are very important for easy sharing of end products
- I would like better data management capabilities, e.g. ability to do joints, selection, variable transformations in a more streamlined way. Some functionality exists, but it is still somewhat limited and cumbersome.
- Ideal tool for visualization of both data and models
- Less good as standalone analytics tool; does not have powerful functionality that data scientists will need for model development
- Handles large data sets very well (ie. thousands to millions of rows of data)
- Gives users flexibility on creating the types of visualizations they can create based on what questions they ask.
- Can easily integrate with data sources, for example, connecting directly to databases.
- Makes it easy for a user to spot trends or outlying data and identify it.
- Empowers user with the ability see the data in a different way and make decisions.
- Out-of-the-box, Spotfire does not do actual data analysis well, meaning it is really not meant to be used for complex calculations of data.
- Requires a 3-tiered architecture (Oracle Database, Application Server, and thick client) for setting up.
- It does not have a strong curve-fitting engine.
One thing that has remained constant is that you need to realize it's a very expensive tool as well. Many small companies are shut out without budget. They also used to require a 3 year commitment up front, and it would of course be licensed per user, plus annual license and support for the server, database etc... not sure if this is still the case. I am fortunate not to have to worry about that.
Currently our company is using version 6.5 but will be upgrading in the near future. Tibco continues to improve on features.
- A new user can pick up this software, and quickly link it to an Excel workbook. From that point the software is very intuitive, and visualizations are quickly generated.
- The software can easily be taken to the next level, and allow users to create dashboards for business intelligence.
- Ultimately the software can address complex problems through the use of R scripting.
- Adding infographic functionality to allow users to create aesthetically pleasing visuals.
- Allow users to use multiple windows from the same visualization so that two computer screens can be used.
The problem that Spotfire solves is decreasing the burden in gathering actionable data so educational staff are able to make data-informed decisions about their teaching strategies in the classroom. Furthermore, accreditation standards are very data focused, and Spotfire helps us achieve those standardized at higher levels.
- Merge data from a variety sources into a single data table
- Easy user interface for the author and the end-users
- Customer technical support
- Innovation with new releases
- Filter elements added into text boxes do not have the name of the filter above them as they do in the filter menu.
- Calculated columns in the receiving table are not available as columns on which one can match during a merging process unless they were calculated using a data table transformation.
- The legend icon for graphics is hidden until you scroll over it. Inexperienced users don't know it is there.
- Handles working with large amounts of data. I access a relative small database with about 5000 records. I have to chart multiple features of the data and use Spotfire together with Access to accomplish this.
- Filter and groups data. Grouping and filtering data in charts on the fly helps make sense of data.
- Easy to update data.
- I have yet to get into using vba and programming with Spotfire. My company is a version or two behind the latest version of Spotfire and I find the training material on line for Spotfire is focused on the current version of Spotfire, so getting the examples of work with our version has been challenging.
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Spotfire is a great BI tool and the company is very happy with the results given by this tool"
TIBCO Spotfire is being used across the whole organization. [It is] addressing inventory, delivery material, customer satisfaction, invoicing, and AP/AR issues. We are using it in all these areas and we are working on more dashboards for more areas.
As an international company for the moment we started with US and we are working on Mexico and Central America.
- Give us a fancy way to present information
- Give us a quick way to detect issues
- Give us the possibility to drill down inside the information as needed
- In the inventory side to detect materials with inventory days more that expected according the type of each material
- In the billing side, give us the visibility to know the amount to be finalized and detect the areas with more opportunities
- In the financial side, is important to know how the company (and each department) is doing against the budget and YAGO
Is well suited to analyze information and drill down the information as needed, to detect areas with issues or gains. It is user-friendly, users prefer to use this tool once they can be more productive.
Is less appropriate in the case when presented in different devices automatically (we need work on the development side).
TIBCO Spotfire is being used company-wide within the technical department for troubleshooting analysis/process condition management.
TIBCO Spotfire has been wonderful to visualize data quickly and differently and is now essential to help troubleshoot any current issues and to prevent reoccurring issues.
- Quick to use/high visibility.
- Easy to filter out any unnecessary data.
- Easy to present data to other groups such as maintenance to resolve issues.
- Graphs are superb!
- If possible use some of Excel's formulas in the cells.
- The ability to monitor input data and if data is added, Spotfire would recognize it and alert that data is now modified.
- Security : Here we can design the row level security based on the user who logs into the system. even row level security can be build for huge data set(millions of records), By keeping actual data-table in cache we can bring live data for security table and applying restriction on already cached data(no waiting time)
- Using HTML & J-Script
- Using of Python script: All the property can be controlled thru Python scripting. with single click event we can in-work python scripts which execute dynamically.
- Doesn't support cube/Hyperion data source directly.
- In-DB connection are not flexible, wont support embedding or adding calculated columns.
- R engine for Predictive modeling is Fantastic.
- Ability to use HTML and Java Script to make dashboard like a true webpage.
- Ability to use Java scrip to build custom visualization like Speedometer.
- Over functions to Slice and Dice Data are very Efficient, Calculations columns are easy to understand and use.
- Ability to have Text area, [for example] floating text area within visualizations.
- A GUI for creating joins between tables would be good add on.
- Ability to change joins on the fly.
We also use Spotfire to deliver self-service data visualization to our clients.
- Spotfire is very good at combining data from multiple sources, such as from database queries, files, and web-based data sources. We make use of data from all of these sources, and this is a key feature.
- Spotfire provides a good expression language for performing calculations using the data that has been loaded into a Spotfire document. The expression language makes it easy to write calculations that can be reused. Additionally, expressions can be stored in document properties, providing a centralized set of calculations for easy (and error free) reuse throughout a Spotfire document.
- The IronPython scripting language makes it possible to create fully-automated work flows, automate the creation of standard visualizations, and provide user-specific Spotfire documents.
- Although the IronPython scripting language is very useful, you need to understand the Spotfire API to make full use of the scripting language. The API documentation could be improved to be more readable and understandable.
- The scatter plots need to be able to support multiple data sets on both the X and Y axes, and the axes labels should have more options, such as which side of the plot the labels appear on.
Another use is "what-if" scenarios. It is very easy to create document property controls in Spotfire to vary the inputs to standard calculations and view the results of those change in real-time in multiple visualizations.
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.
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.
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...
- It is very easy to use.
- It is interactive.
- It is a robust tool.
- It manages large amounts of data well.
- In the creation of information links - this needs to be made more robust to allow for more complex SQL queries.
- In Data Preparation - Ability to stage data.
- How Document Properties are organised can be improved.
- Creating aesthetically pleasing visualizations is immensely easier than Excel. Also, the Spotfire interface is similar enough to Excel that our engineers did not have any trouble learning the new software.
- Slicing the data to perform different aggregations is one of the most elegant aspects of Spotfire. The GUI that drives the underlying SQL server is designed and implemented very well. It appears like a normal "What You See Is What You Get", but all of the commands performed using the mouse can be found as properties within the analysis file, allowing easy modifications of the default properties.
- Spotfire is very fast. It utilizes multi-threading to perform calculations on and rendering of hundreds of thousands of records in seconds and never interrupts the GUI, allowing the user to merrily continue working on the analysis.
- Several of the visualizations are visually similar to what a user would be familiar with if they have used Microsoft Office charts. However, the Spotfire versions do not allow for the customization of some of the basic appearance properties. For example, there is a visualization that looks like a table, but you are not able to change the text alignment within the cells (I believe the latest version of Spotfire has added this feature).
- Easily plot data and edit graphs - much more capable than Excel.
- Mapping is a key feature.
- The support is outstanding, great customer service.
- The software is not intuitive. Finding menus can be a challenge.
- Help options are limited.
- Very well suited for visualizing coherent data sets.
- Excel provides easier implementation of calculations.
- Visualizations: clear, user-friendly, multiple options.
- Web player: great to share information across company, especially with those that don't use the desktop version.
- Layout: lots of options, you can personalize the page to look however you need it to.
- Bookmarks: it can be difficult to use bookmarks, and sometimes hard to keep track of which ones I have worked and which I haven't (even though it gives me a time update).
- Formatting between a desktop screen and a laptop screen: the view always is more condensed on our laptops, and I'm not really sure why - it would be great if it looked the same!
- Well suited when there is a lot of data or you want to show a variety of visualizations.
- Not well suited with a little bit of data or if you don't have time to set up the visualizations how you want them to look. Sometimes if you have a lot of different data sources, it can also be confusing. Be sure that calculated columns are how you want them to be!
[It's used] across the whole organization. During the downturn people across the company have started using Spotfire with Terradata as a go-to tool to mine data from our existing systems. With Spotfire we can quickly connect to multiple tables and quickly analyze the data. In addition, Spotfire is more stable than Excel.
We have looked at Tableau and Microsoft BI as well. The visualizations are a little snazzier, but in my opinion Spotfire has more usability and it has more options for data crunching.
- Ease of use and you can change filters on the fly. I've created visualizations in a few seconds during presentations based on feedback from the audience
- It's more stable and doesn't crash my computer like Excel does.
- Add more visual themes
- Make the visualizations look more refined
- Ease of use. I can quickly build a prototype to show business users what their data will look like.
- General training. When I was new to Spotfire I took a few of their training classes. They were very good and covered a lot of information.
- Flexibility in reporting. The ability to filter and mark your data allows any user the ability to start at a high level and quickly and easily drill down to a small data set.
- HTML content. I would like to be able to easily insert visualizations into a text area.
- Filtering dialog content across multiple tables. This is always hard to set up across multiple tabs and tables.
- Report templates. You can start from another report or apply styles now but there is no way to start a new report with a group of setting already applied.
- Visualization. Spotfire is behind some of the other vendors in the number of charts available to use in a report. There are no gages or area charts.
The tool was designed for interactive access and does not have the ability to burst custom reports out to a large number of users.
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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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