- 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.
- Data extraction. The tool is very strong to connect to multiple data sources.
- Data transformation. The tool offers great capabilities to transform data when needed.
- Data manipulation. The tool is very good in managing large data sets.
- Training. The training videos provided by TIBCO are related to version 6.5 even though we acquired version 7.0.
- Visualizations. The out of the box visualizations are pretty standard and not very appealing for certain people.
We had some key individuals in accounting and operations that were looking for a way to view and compare data from several different databases in one location and be able to enhance those results visually to appeal to the C-Level. After spending weeks looking for the right product we tried Tibco Spotfire and knew that we had found the product that would serve our needs.
We started off with 1 stand alone license and quickly grew to 5 licenses. This year we will be expanding to a network model with 20+ licenses. Our C-Level was impressed with the different ways we were able to compare data and highlight the key areas that are important to them. From simple scatterplot charts to detailed heat maps, Spotfire does it all for us.
Tibco provides numerous free classes, seminars, and webinars to help you learn the program and start off quickly. We were able to hit the ground running, connect to multiple sources like our MSSQL2012 Database, a Postgre SQL DB, some Excel files, and an access DB.
There is no question, if you need the business intelligence and in-depth analytics, Spotfire is the program for you.
- Spotfire easily connects to multiple sources to pull data into a project and can be saved so you don't have to connect to those sources again.
- Spotfire gives you plenty of templates to choose from or you can make your own visual chart.
- Spotfire gives you plenty of options to export your data to be readable and accessible by anyone in the company.
- We would have liked to have seen more of a tutorial or video when you open the program for the first time.
- Spotfire integrates maps and data seamlessly.
- Spotfire is fully programmable and easily customized.
- Spotfire makes quick work of cutting and slicing data many different ways to help us understand our data.
- Build in some of the industry specific functions that third parties are creating and selling.
- Ability to mash up data from multiple sources simply and easily
- Ability to interact with the data to get just the view that I need to make a better decision
- Ability to share some or all of the analytics application with colleagues in the organization
- Custom calculations to support KPI's that drive business. Spotfire enables us to do things like statistical significance z-testing and calculating share of voice by expressing one column as a percentage of another.
- Links to existing database and hence eliminates the process of importing and exporting data frequently.
- Easy to add and delete columns to support extra KPI's.
- Different filters for different views on the same tab. This is sometimes an issue when, for example, I want to be able to see data for March and April on the same tab. It''s not possible to have different views of the data on the same tab. I have to build two tabs.
- Formatting of charts with labels. If I want to put percentage labels on charts (for example, conversion or click rate percentages) it works fine on the X and Y axes, but there are no controls for attaching the labels to individual data points like individual bars in a bar chart.
- Web preview of the reports: When I build a report using the desktop client, it doesn't always look exactly the same when viewed through the web viewer. For example, if a chart is compressed in the desktop client, it will be significantly more compressed when viewed through the web viewer and is sometimes impossible to read. I have to go back and forth between the desktop client and the web viewer to figure out how big a chart needs to be before it is easily readable on the web. This is sometimes frustrating.
- Spotfire is a very intuitive design tool. It’s very easy to manipulate X axes and Y axes to build visualizations. The tool does not have a heavy learning curve. It’s also well-designed in that once you learn one thing, it’s quite easy to use that knowledge to do something else. The UI is quite consistent. Once you know one thing, it’s easy to do other things.
- Marking visualization components and filtering for drill-down into the underlying data are very intuitive and easy to understand.
- The tool is also very easy to customize. For example, the SDK allows for custom visualizations.
- Ease of use though is primordial. We did not want to deploy a tool that was so difficult to use that we would not get any internal adoption. The primary goal was to bring in a product that could be used by people of all different skill levels and would be widely adopted across the organization.
- On the back end, when designing visualizations, actually getting data into the product can be a bit esoteric. For a technical person, writing SQL queries is relatively straightforward. But the product has been designed for less technical users. All users are forced to use a GUI which is poorly designed and very difficult to use. The Information Designer (used for setting up data sources and creating information database queries) is the weakest part of the product and needs to be redesigned.
- Data volume. Ours is a very data-intensive business. We produce Terabytes of data. This huge volume of data is not always practical to pull in. The desktop version of the product loads all data into RAM and not on disk which can be problematic. Obviously, it can only load what data your physical machine has resources for. Once you have all the data, of course, it’s very easy to filter and drill down and the product works very well. The problem is the hard RAM limit. Tableau works around this problem by doing some smarter caching so that you are not pulling everything into RAM. This is not really a problem for sales, but for engineering where the volumes of data tend to be very large, the overhead can be prohibitive.
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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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