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The GIS integration is exemplary as well.
Spotfire is very well suited in situations where there is large amounts of data and a wide variety of users need to access it in different depths.
It is less suited for static/daily reports that need to mailed out to users.
- 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
- Spotfire's marking capibilities on line charts make it very easy to identify associated points on cluttered line graphs.
- Spotfire's filtering makes it very easy to boil analyses down to specific subsets of data, and then build them back up to whole again.
- Spotfire has the capability to link to many different data sources, making it relatively easy to keep an analysis up to date by linking to a live data source.
- As an Excel user, it is an odd transition to shift from thinking in terms of cells to thinking in terms of tables and columns. Some things that would be intuitively easy with Excel (adding 4 random cells from a document by clicking on each of the 4 cells) become much more complicated when you have to think in terms rows and tables only.
- When linking multiple live data sources together, then adding calculated columns to those data sources, then moving columns from one data table to another in one project, Spotfire can take a long time to open a project. It is also relatively easy to end up with a document that does not calculate the intended results in the most efficient way, and methods to troubleshoot inefficiencies are not always immediately obvious.
- Scatter plot line formatting could be more customizable. By default, Spotfire wants to use the same line type for each series in a scatter plot, and it is not easy for this user to figure out if there is a way to change line types per series on a chart.
- 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.
- 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.
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About TIBCO Spotfire
TIBCO Cloud Spotfire® provides the same business intelligence tools as Spotfire Desktop, with the addition of web authoring.
According to the vendor, Spotfire's 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 deployed in companies in financial services, energy, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, government, travel & logistics, helathcare, life sciences and more.
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