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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.
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Spotfire keeps up the heat on readily accessible analytics for business users."
- Spotfire's interactive visualizations with drill-down capability make it extremely easy to gain insight from large data sets, and deliver that same ability to business users within minimal hand holding.
- The ability of Spotfire to "mashup" data from disparate data sources creates agile analytics that can provide real business insight in a manufacturing environment (e.g. process data combined with quality data).
- The strong capability of the web based platform relative to the traditional desktop platform makes it incredibly easy to disseminate analytics across multiple user groups.
- Default visualizations and colors are visually appealing and allow for quick diving into the data rather than spending significant time fiddling with the setup to get the data to "look right".
- The help files for building custom expressions within analytics files should be significantly updated to provide better usage examples. Frequently analysts have to look externally to find answers as to how to properly parse a custom expression.
- Errors require more feedback to direct the user as to how to correct the root cause of the error.
- Visualization builder should be context sensitive to prevent selections of incompatible data, or impossible axes, etc.
- Spptfore allows our users to 'discover' data patterns and to spot trends. We use it to perform financial fraud analytics
- Spotfire allows our users to easily drill down on data across hierarchies.
- Spotfire enables us to easily prototype a certain graph and data visualization for presentation.
- Spotfire enables us to do data profiling when we don't understand the relationships between the data.
- Product installation and product management is NOT as refined as some other enterprise tools
- The 'programing interface' (e.g the formula screen, the user function screen) can be improve so that developers can easily program their code without having to strain their eyes to look for errors
- At least with the version we are using, we need improvement on database connectivity and the entire data model organization. There is no obvious way to update the data model without throwing the entire thing out of the window.
As a field consultant I deploy TIBCO Spotfire, develop data visualization reports/dashboards/templates, and provide on-site training and mentoring. Most of my clients use Spotfire as an enterprise reporting solution. I have also helped the vast majority of those same organizations deploy ad hoc analysis environments. The ad hoc use cases are typically inter departmental analysis projects.
Almost all of my clients select TIBCO Spotfire for it's ability to easily visualize data, merge disparate data sets, scale across an expanding enterprise, and handle data loading in a variety of methods. Additionally, I work with a large number of clinical research and life sciences firms who have read about the growing number of Spotfire extensions (custom add-ins) that are geared specially to their industry. This level of customization generates a great level of interest in Spotfire.
- Data transformation. Pivoting, un-pivoting, aggregation, and numerous other data transformations can be achieved through a simple "Information Link" GUI or through custom SQL. Additional transformations, joins, calculation expressions can be achieved within the client as well.
- Standardized visualizations. Spotfire provides all of the typical types of visualizations (bar charts, scatter plots, tree maps, geo, dashboards, etc.) in a clean standard format that is easily recognized by users.
- Strong SaaS capabilities. Strong web-player out of the box that can be embedded and manipulated in your own site.
- Robust use of data structure. Spotfire provides a range of options from importing spreadsheets to connecting to existing databases. Data can be merged within Spotfire via the GUI, pushed to the database, or return select data sets based on user actions.
- Simple web and client interface. Intuitive interface for users and visualization report developers. Visualization options are limited for the sake of standardization
- Depth of reporting capabilities. Simple enough for a casual user to develop simple reports, but powerful enough data transformation and calculation expressions to build complex reports.
- One the greatest improvements with the latest versions of Spotfire (v6 and v7) is its ability to load enormous data sets. Spotfire was already the industry leader as an in-memory data visualization tool (as well as a hybrid data on-demand method), but it now supports numerous "big-data" data connections. This allows Spotfire to push demanding data processing into the database and return only the necessary metadata to build a visualization.
- Visual user interface customization has improved dramatically with the latest Spotfire versions. Version 6 allowed for much more custom HTML/CSS/Java Script to produce unique visual solutions. Version 7 took that further by allowing a GUI (point and click) to modify nearly the entire user interface. Essentially you can alter the UI to the point that Spotfire begins to look like any webpage you like.
- Error handling. The data engine and expression builder have almost no organic error handling or troubleshooting capabilities. Program errors, while minimal, are vague and appear spontaneously.
- Training for data transformation user interface. On-site and online training for visualization report development is good, but data engine training is minimal at best.
- Flexibility of visualization design. Design options are very limited and are not as powerful as Tableau or MS Excel 2010+.
- While version 7 has provided extensive flexibility in modifying the user interface, the amount of flexibility in adjusting data visualizations is still limited.
- Auto-save or version control. There is no auto-save or automated version control. The client will crash sporadically and all work is lost since the last file save.
- Progressiveness of visualization designs. Spotfire lags behind its competitors in the range of visualization types and the options available to manipulate the current visualizations.
- Standardization of design controls. Report authoring options that you would expect to be ubiquitous are not and those that are available are sometimes found in different locations.
- Resource hog! Spotfire requires a good deal of memory, processing power, and efficiently tuned data sources. Spotfire v7 is especially demanding on memory and processing power. All versions will demand efficiently tuned in database sources. Poorly tuned databases will become a bottleneck in performance.
- Upgrading can be challenging if you have custom extensions or Spotfire reports using complex operations (eg. large in-memory data, large number of tabs, complex logic, multiple data sources merging, etc.)
The greatest strength of Spotfire is its ability to merge data from numerous data sources and easily visualize said data. Additionally, Spotfire allows several methods to load data to achieve optimal performance while also being able to analyze across data sets.
- We like being able to look at large data sets to analyze the data we already have.
- The mapping tool is helpful.
- Multiple tables with maps on a single visualization are very helpful.
- Map labels are very limiting when looking at a large data set. Threshold on labels should be limitless.
- Markers on maps shapes should have more options.
- Zooming in on maps should be more smooth.
- Analyzes data very quickly.
- Allows for easy manipulation of axis and plot/chart styles.
- Handles large data sets with ease.
- Formatting for presentations and output leaves much to be desired.
- The ability to customize the appearance of outputs and visualizations is lacking and severely limited, especially when trying to conform to corporate branding.
- It is missing many of the familiar functions and tools that are present in the Microsoft office suite and it could integrate better.
- Predictive analytic capabilities that are simple to execute.
- Self guided analytics for all levels of users.
- Cloud based platform simplifies delivery process, provides overall seamless insight across many departments with excellent data integration.
- Need to have Excel output options for table and cross table charts.
- Increased label options on the tree maps allowing customized series of informational display options.
- Area charts and more visual art options.
- Geo Localization. Very good because the geo mapping feautures are very strong.
- Data integration. except for mdx but it can connect directly to many datasources without any difficulty
- Data Vizualizations. With few clicks you can make a good output of a dashboard
- OLAP integration.
- Quality on the layout.
- Drive the dashboard with custom filters like Penthao.
- Visualizations are very good.
- Makes analysis and explaining to others easy.
- Filtering of data to view details of your complex data.
- Creation of workflows using R, matlab and others.
- Nice box plots. It would be great if we can export the table as a table or text. At present it can be only exported as a picture.
- It would be nice if not only maps but also biological pictures like pathways were be available.
- Analytic tools
- Go in deep from the general picture to details
- The different ways to show the data
- Configure the access to different users
- R is more powerful in statistics terms
- Freehand joins is not enough
- Connection with Google analytics should be direct
- Access native SQL Database.
- Joins to other data well.
- Provides calculated options to enhance or correct data.
- Functionality. Missing several key options.
- Documentation. Not very user friendly or specific.
- Assistance with specific data specific requirements is lacking.
- Not only does Spotfire provide recommended visualizations based upon the data you want to look at, it will then build those visualizations for you, taking half the clicks as other BI tools.
- Spotifire allows you to create detailed visualizations from multiple data sources and tables on the same page. You cannot do this with Tableau.
- Spotfire automatically creates and populates a filter panel based on the columns of the tables you import. With Tableau you have to build each filter panel from scratch.
- Spotire could advertise it's user community more so that more customers are aware of it.
- I particularly enjoy how Spotfire enables us to triage any problems fairly quickly. We can directly connect to a database, pull in a subset of data, and then quickly create visualizations to make judgments on problem severity. For example: we can grab server response data, create a bar chart and then quickly add standard deviation and average lines to the bar chart.
- This could just be a problem of the (fairly old) version of Spotfire we're using, but being able to directly control database chunksize would be great. The desktop client seems fairly chatty, so you really feel the network latency when you are doing a direct connection with a database across the country.
One key thing to remember is that Spotfire is a great analysis tool. If your company just wants numbers in a spreadsheet format, then you might want to stick with Excel or Crystal Reports. Don't buy a solution and then spend a year looking for a problem it can supposedly solve. ;)
- Enables you to visualize and analyze data.
- Perform predictive analytics based on statiscal models.
- Interaction with the data which enables slicing & dicing of the data based on specific requirements which can be very fluid and change from hour to hour
- Share analyses with other team members, partners and vendors.
- Connect to disparate data sources for analysis.
- Run more interactive sessions/meetings without having to say, "I'll get back to you on that".
- It's an interactive visualization and BI tool, so if you are looking to generate static formatted reports or invoices then this is probably not the tool you need.
Spotfire v6.x - Great improvement to the Map Chart. Another big improvement is being able to move parts of analysis from one dxp to another, which saves you a lot of time and enables multi-user development.
Spotfire professional v5.5 has a new architecture and built-in support for statistical modeling. There is a huge improvement in performance and broader statistical support.
- Spotfire makes it so easy to visualize a large amount of data in the graph of your choice. The filtering mechanism is simple while powerful. The interactive marking feature allows you to drill down to the data very quickly. Dynamic aggregation is really handy. All of these can be applied to one or more tabular data sets with no need of up-front dimensional modeling.
- The architecture of the product is sound. A .net API can be used to customize existing or create new visualizations that can be deployed to Web Player and Spotfire Professional. Spotfire Server provides support for security, deployment and management of the library items and so on. Each of these server components are fully fault-tolerant and production ready.
- For version 4.5 or earlier, the loading of the data was slow when the data set got larger. Version 5.0 or later should have made this much better, even though I didn't have a chance to use it.
- Spotfire Server needed some polish. It was Java-based, in contrast to .net-based Web Player. The interfaces and documentation for customization and extension were poor.
- Earlier versions did not have support for non-relational data, which was introduced in later versions.
- 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).
- Visualization (presentation, reporting, slice and dice).
- Ability to handle large and diverse data sets.
- Customer interface.
- The analytics interface could be improved.
- Support for financial libraries and inbuilt libraries could be increased.
- Spotfire enables us to build holistic analysis platform: connection to data, basic analysis, advanced analysis, publishing of the results.
- Analysis is interactive and data is interconnected across tables.
- Easy programming of basic analysis functions.
- I would like to keep visualization parameters unchanged when I switch source table in visualization to new table and new table has the same columns.
- Information link is static. I would like to have an option to choose columns in info link interactively.
- Heavy analysis may take a lot of resources on my desktop. I would like to have an alert when too much resources are consumed in order to reduce my template to match available computing resources.
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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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