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- Outstanding statistical underbelly based upon R without a bolt-on addition.
- Great and simple management of data and calculated/binned data columns.
- Really simple security integration and configuration with in-house ICT infrastructure.
- Very cost-effective in our experience, again much more so under the TOA for procurement compared to other platforms.
- Tooltips require significant work in their flexibility of use compared to Tableau and Qlik e.g. Cannot easily customise value formats, cannot add any custom tooltips on text area elements, cannot interact with tooltip e.g. insert a checkbox in a tooltip that you can click.
- Cannot individual style charting objects/visualisations i.e. if you dont want a line chart to have axis lines - then when setting the global themes... all axes have to be enabled/disabled - so theming is very limited and individual visualisation formatting is limited - but look and feel thankfully good out of the box so can get by on good looks... for a while.
- Printing from the web player is almost unuseable - it fails completely with a dark themed analysis.
- Inadequate session sharing - Qlik does this very well
- Hierarchies are not drill through and you must show all values at each level AND this in the levels above which makes the axes labels unreadable when all expanded. SAS VA does the drill through the best of all the BI platforms on chart viaualisations in my opinion.
- Tables are very poorly thought through. Cross tables have no deill down - all levels of the crosstable are always expanded which is hopeless for alot of data. All tables look and feel is poorly implemented - no width as a percentage, no proper dynamic auto width, no column min-width, issues with conditional formatting. But spotfire isnt alone in poorly implemented tables. And different styling features and options on each table - very inconsistent.
- Connects to a wide variety of data sources quickly and easily for non- IT personnel.
- Simple but powerful data transformation and cleanup tools.
- Quick and easy visualization setup.
- Built in tools to customize visualizations, process automation, and perform complex analytics.
- No manual for new users converting from other platforms like Microsoft Excel. However, Tibco has over the last year significantly improved the availability of how tos through the Tibco Community forum, Blog, and Tips & Tricks web page.
- Not able to correct or change data in the Spotfire environment. You must go to the data source to make corrections.
- Tools and features offerings vary from Spotfire platforms (Desktop, Cloud, Enterprise, Web Client). So if you are working with different clients or departments that are on a differing platform, they may not be able to see or perform certain functions in an analysis.
- Quickly and easily aggregating and visualizing simple or complex data sets into an analysis.
- Provides both historical and real-time analytical capability.
- Ability to visualize data on a map or custom diagram is a powerful tool.
- Combine multiple data files into a single data file fast with the ability to transform the data in numerous ways.
- It can deal with a huge amount of data.
- Different graphic charts can be chosen related to the data you want to show.
- TIBCO Spotfire provides a good filtering system in order to show specific data.
- Sometimes I cannot tell if the data shown is right. The possibility of tracking data would be good.
- Some tables cannot be exported to MS Power Point.
- When importing data from clipboard the automatic matching is wrong sometimes and if you do not realise this you have empty tables later.
- Makes it very easy to manage large amounts of data.
- Interactive dash boarding for effective visualization.
- Allows linkage to database information for quick timely data access.
- I would like to see the ability for more robust formatting for visualizations with the ability to format using right click rather than having to pull up properties every time.
- I think more robust graphical interfaces to representing data and the associated labelling for those graphs. For example an easier way to provide cluster graphs.
- On the visualization it would be nice to have the ability to hide the headers for the respective choice particularly the 'colour by' options.
- Spotfire is great at letting you see the changes within the visualizations as you make them giving you the opportunity to be sure you are creating exactly what you want to see.
- Having the ability to allow users to view your visualizations over an internet connection and still modify their view without actually making changes to the file is a great option.
- The ability to use links to bring multiple data sources together helps to provide data that is useful to the end user.
- There is a function limitation that does not allow you to create table visualizations/details on demand if your data is in a cube format.
- Property controls are a great feature but creating a control that will limit the data is not always intuitive so you have to be very familiar with how to create the property controls and assign them.
- It would be nice to have a little more control over how table/cross-table/summary tables are created, such as being able to create a table that has the same look and feel as if it were created in say Excel with the functionality of Spotfire.
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Spotfire: great to use, easy to learn. Luckely, because the trainings are of poor quality"
- The drill down of data works very well. No static reports anymore, but fancy reports, from which you can check the details (by the drill down).
- We haven't worked with it yet, but I expect the relations which can be found in the data can be very helpful.
- I find it very useful that we can make one report with several datasources underneath. (I'm used to Business Objects, you couldn't do that very easy in that too.)
- The courses aren't good. No documentation and I think it's called 'robotcourses'. You get to know what you can do with Spotfire (how to click), but principles, pros and cons aren't explained.
- TIBCO could pay more attention to the dataset, how it's best organized to get the best results from your reports.
- It would be helpful if the course could be held in Dutch.
Making trends is very easy to do with this tool in short time.
Making a kind of reports which you can make very easily with Business Objects ( a lot of numeric values on a page, with a small lettersize) is not easy to do and it doesn't look nice. It's not 'pixelperfect'.
- Drill Downs, the visualizations within Spotfire are fantastic. Our management and staff absolutely love the power it provides to really drill down into data to get more details on the information they are looking at.
- We pull in data from several different tools on different platforms into one visualization. This was a must have for us.
- User friendly - with simple training our users were able to be up and running to view and navigate any visualizations that were created for them. Creating the visualizations took more training. However the online training was really fantastic. Very well done and that is a huge plus with any new tool.
- Pie chart labels, it would be great to get more options for sizing and placement.
- It would be great to have some pre-defined themes. Right now you can have a white background or black for the visualizations which is really nice, but it would be great to have a few more options.
- On the bar chart labels, it would be great to be able to maneuver or change those as well as the pie chart labels. I am duplicating this one as its not so easy to come up with Spotfire complaints, I really like this tool and am thrilled that we have it.
- Spotfire is very simple to learn and to understand.
- Spotfire is great to use as a tool to share patterns and trends and allow others less familiar with Spotfire to be able to simply search the data.
- Data can be imported from external sources such as an ERP like SAP, Excel, or Access.
- The simplicity of the software sometimes causes limitations to users not familiar with coding.
- Online resources for learning and problem solving are sometimes few and far between.
- Reports that take hours to refresh data can be scheduled, making them available to users on a click.
- Users can change filters on the fly, and get their answers in no time.
- One visualization can cater to different types of user roles. A Store Manager would be interested to see store level details; an area manager would want to see all stores under his area, and likewise for Region/Zone managers. We can create one visualization that shows summary based on what level users choose from drop down - store or area or region or zone.
- One can compare trending for sales of a product across all states, for example, by breaking down a visualization by state using the Trellis feature of Spotfire.
- Defining hierarchy levels in Spotfire is very easy. One doesn't need to do any dimensional modelling, or build cubes for this.
- Checkbox Filters: Filters just trigger report refresh the moment there is a change is list of values. This sometimes become painful in case of Checkbox filters. Suppose there are 10 values in a checkbox filter, and one wants to view data for only 3 out of 10 values. The moment one unchecks a value, spotfire starts loading the data. There is no way to control the loading/refresh of data only after all 7 values have been unchecked.
- Importing Excel files was fantastically easy compared to other BI tools. Other tools required selecting the range of data in Excel and creating a table out of that prior to import. Others had multi-step processes. Accessing an Excel file in Spotfire was the easiest.
- The recommended visualizations are fantastic for users who aren't as comfortable exploring data that they have possession of. This feature automatically suggests ways to visualize data enabling users to start exploring much sooner rather than figuring out how they could possibly 'see' their data.
- Filtering schemes are one of my personal favorites. I often walk groups of people through several scenarios as we explore data together. To prepare for these sessions I like to have filtering schemes set up so that I can quickly choose a scheme that includes several filters that get instantly applied to a page. This is fantastic because it saves time and often provides a dramatic change to the visualization depending on the scheme I select. It's a really cool feature.
- I feel that the overall look and feel of Spotfire can be improved. When put up against some close competitors, Spotfire beats them all in function but it's a bit lacking in polish. This isn't important to a user like myself but when projected on a huge display it doesn't look as modern as some competitors.
- The Capital Markets and Credit Loss Management areas both use Spotfire and we have proven results. Essentially we access big data from other systems like Bloomberg databases and then end users analyze this data to make business decisions. We have two or three dashboards are active for capital markets decision making.
- Spotfire can access databases and build dashboards very well. Performance is good, because the data is cached. There are also excellent statistical tools.
- Visualizations are generally good.
- Scheduling and Distribution: Tools like Business Objects or Cognos have excellent distribution mechanisms. Tibco Spotfire does not allow you to distribute a report directly. You have to first create an XML file and then distribute it. It's possible to see and open the reports, but it does not have scheduling flexibility like other tools.
- Excel Export and Enterprise support: Most people use Excel to analyze data but it's not possible to export the data to an Escel format.
- The Sum Tables. It allows great data review.
- The bar charts help show totals and easy compare by date ranges
- The map helps see the location of the data. I work with lease and mineral data.
- User manual in pdf form.
- Sometimes the program is a little advanced and I don't understand it.
- I would like to see more teaching videos linked to each type of chart styles to help explain.
- Easy to build dashboard instead of creating a metalayer unlike a universe design in Business Objects.
- This tool can be handled by various types of users (not only by developers of Spotfire), to design a few quick analytic reports.
- Analytics can be good with visualizations.
- If you know SQL you can create any db query and put it into an information link then design the dashboard upfront in Spotfire desktop.
- The server supports different databases and big data I guess.
- What I could not find here is any specific dimension or measure being defined in a Spotfire layer.
- Not sure yet - Does do the dimensional model internally or just consider the numeric as a measure and the non numeric as a dimension?
- It would be nice if this tool could generate a design of a data model after the developer has created or defined the data points in the report.
- Data visualizations are stronger in tableau than in Spotfire.
- Dashboards can be rapidly developed in Spotfire.
- If the report design needs more security and a long term consistent design of data layer then this may not be ideal.
- I do not have much knowledge in server level information/configuration and in memory practice with this tool, so I can not comment on that now.
- We are an advertising company, and Spotfire has helped our business in many ways. Its visualizations are very rich and of its data crunching abilities features have provided data insights very rapidly.
- We use it primarily to track advertising campaign performance on behalf of clients. We are able to see at a glance which are the top-performing campaigns and which are performing less well. Based on this, we can then take necessary action plan for the campaigns.
- We also use the product heavily to provide us with audience insight. We can track user impressions and clicks and re-target ads to people as they visit other websites. Ultimately we can crunch through lots of data to better understand what triggers a purchase decision.
- Tibco Spotfire is good at handling big data, but I would like to see it handling the very biggest data. Data volumes are growing as there is more and more customer analysis and segmentation information and it's important to keep up with these volumes.
- Automation of live data is very quick.
- Easy to get used to.
- Many ways to manipulate the data.
- Some limitations on several visualizations that cannot be done with Spotfire.
- Can create charts in Excel that cannot be replicated in Spotfire at this time.
- Speed and efficiency with large data-sets is somewhat lacking.
- Spotfire provides a lot of proximity to the data. I can quickly throw up a dozen different visualizations to evaluate the data from multiple perspectives, with drill-down visualizations easily created and defined by data "markings" rules.
- My favorite is the on-demand link capability, which enables me to easily trawl through data sets (where I've pre-defined a connection.)
- Spotfire has excellent drill-down capability. Two clicks and you have set up a secondary visualization that explores a sub-set of the data from a different perspective.
- Spotfire has a system of markings that can define what data shows up in what visualization or circumstance. It is very handy to rapidly explore the "corners" of your data, if you will, to see the odd features or characteristics of the data.
- Flow of data. What I mean is, I end up with these large files with a dozen tabs where I'm splitting off a chunk of data, performing calculations in a cross-table, exporting and saving it as a .csv, re-importing it, doing more calculations, and then merging these results back into another data set. And then I'm only interested in a subset of this new data, but I'm opening up the entire massive report and adding a new tab to view it.
- Tibco Enterprise Runtime for R. This isn't a "try-it-you'll-figure-it-out-as-you-go-along" application. At least, I never could.
- Getting questions answered. The community, availability of experts, and easily-googled reference questions. Getting "OVER" statements correct can be tricky. Understanding how to approach a particular situation within Spotfire can be uncertain. The paid training, I thought, was excellent -- but it was relatively expensive, and (at least a year ago, maybe it's gotten better, because this has been consistent feedback) it seemed there should have been far more training freebies.
- Spotfire is a nice all-in-one package (extraction, visualization, and heavier-hitting advanced capabilities) but we've hit a point where we want a dedicated ETL tool, and easier-to-use visualization tools for non-quant, non-analytics people. (But quantitative analysts like myself are the losers in this transition-- we really like our Spotfire!)
TIBCO Spotfire excels with providing proximity to data for visual exploration by advanced analysts. For this reason I like to use it for cleaning data sets --- I'm not just relying on some summary statistics, but I can rapidly highlight the unusual data points or kink in the graph and explore with several visualizations and then look at the underlying data rows. It's also highly extensible, including a pretty impressive range of management through relatively simple IronPython scripts.
In my experience, the people who prefer Spotfire are the more advanced analysts. They really like to explore what is happening and poke it from a bunch of angles. Regular business people, and simpler analysts, find it a little too complicated and not as "beautiful" in the graphics.
- We use the product daily to proactively monitor performance of our clients. Analysts log in, and the data is automatically populated for them. This has saved us many hours of filing through spreadsheets, and lengthy queries to look at data. The graphs, the drill-downs, the functionality, and the features have grown our ability to do a lot more without adding resources.
- Excellent tool to visualize the data. The user experience is great as well, and the novice user is able to navigate with minimal training.
- The speed with large datasets is a drawback. We have large amounts of data that flow through Spotfire every day, and would like to see Spotfire process the data faster.
- Simplicity. Spotfire is very user friendly and easy to navigate.
- Create Details Visualization. This button is used tremendously. It allows for controlling one graph from another.
- Manipulation. The charts and tables can be filtered and manipulated to get at the exact information you're looking for.
- A filter ability where the date will stay current and update another filter date to always be X amount of days before.
- The coding language isn't the easiest. I don't know if using a more well known computer language is possible.
- The modeling features could have more notes about them.
- Visualizations are very nice looking and sleek.
- A lot of different kinds of ways to import data.
- Very nice web interface to create visualizations on the go.
- Limited functionality on the "graphical table" visualization.
- Hard to rename columns. It often shows the name of the column that comes on the report (Ex: Avg (Planned Hours))
- When data is updated, sometimes it loses the formatting.
- Analyst friendly: a lot of functionalities are implemented to help analysts/developers in their work. This is a good mix between ease of use and advanced capabilities. For example, it is very easy to join data tables, to clean data, to compute new columns, and to define complex aggregations.
- Fast: even locally, Spotfire is able to handle large amounts of data.
- Nice looking interface: the desk top client, the web interface or the export look both professionnal and detailed.
- The labels on the graph appear/disappear in an uncontrolled way, depending on the size - not very convenient
- A very specific point: when adding 4 columns or more to a bar chart (for example for different aggregations), I did not find how we could change the display name on the x axis - not very convenient.
When you have small amounts of data (< 1000 lines), Spotfire might be too heavy for what you intend to do.
When you have medium amounts of data (10 000+ lines), Spotfire is great if you need some advanced computations/aggregations features. Excel pivot tables are very limited and Spotfire helps with building very advanced filters/aggregations/formulas and displays. It is also much faster, especially for join requests.
When you have large amounts of data, Spotfire can help you by provinding both complex analyses and dashboards, in a scale that Excel will never be able to catch up with.
In a nutshell : Spotfire is very useful either if you want to do advanced computations, if you need user friendly dashboards and also if you need to quickly handle a large amount of data.
- Easy to set up analyses and visualizations.
- Easy for novices to interact with data, analyses, and visualizations.
- Visualization software runs fast, allowing good real-time interactivity with data.
- Engineering, marketing, sales, and customer support don't seem to be talking with one another. There were many instances where I was promised one thing and got something else, and it often took weeks to resolve--if it got resolved at all.
- What finally killed it for me was when I did a mandatory update of the software, and the updated software introduced a bug which made it impossible for me to continue my work with one of my clients. Getting them to even acknowledge the bug was slow and painful, and it took weeks of teeth pulling before they finally admitted they have no plans to fix the bug.
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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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