It addresses the problem of having to "hunt and search" for data. Many of our users are staff members who do not frequently use all of our systems but might need data from each of them. Spotfire gives a "one-stop shop" and common interface that makes it easy for the users to access to drill down to the data they need on the fly when putting together presentations, or deep dive analysis.
- Connecting to a variety of data sources; basically no matter what your backend systems are (from Excel to huge ERPs and data lakes), Spotfire can connect to it and provide suggestions as to the best way to visualize your data
- Ability to quickly slice and dice data and save that "view" as a bookmark. Not only are users quickly able to access data and filter just what they need, they can save a particular set of filters or "view" via the bookmark function so the need to create multiple views with the same dataset isn't necessary by the analyst.
- Quick and easy to design and publish. Basically, if you have a dataset, Spotfire can quickly visualize it for you. It's possible to embed data if you have large datasets for performance or connect directly to a backend system to get real-time data.
- Using community suggestions or ideas to quickly implement features. Simple things like using calculated values in other expressions would give designers lots of flexibility without having to do lots of data massaging and setup where source systems might not communicate together very well.
- Automation for updating data tables in the cloud environment. This is possible with an on-premise solution, but we need the ability to FTP or transfer files to the cloud services and have a schedule to refresh updated files.
- More flexibility over visualization design options. Need the ability to sort bars by value when they are in a hierarchy. Need to be able to stack bars when using two data sources. Need more functionality around colors and conditions/expressions.
- Easy to use with dynamic dashboards and interactive visualization
- Strong mobile access across a variety of platforms
- One of the best features is the capability to export the analysis to make it run in a web browser without losing the core interactive and filtering functionality making it available to anyone without having to install any software. This characteristic can result in huge savings in custom web application programming efforts.
- The look and feel is not very customizable out of the box, which is the cherry on top when it comes to analyzing data. If you are looking for a nice looking sexy reporting tool, this is not it but I doubt you will find one with the brains and sophistication Spotfire has that.
- Lacking embedded BI and production reporting
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Transfom different format data sets and external sources data to dashboards in a blink of an eye."
- Visually identifying clusters within data sets
- Using color effectively to convey relationships in the data
- Creating relatively complex visualizations (like heat maps and 3D scatter plots)
- Can be somewhat daunting to get going on the more complex analyses (I had to access technical support)
- Error messages are not very detailed.
- Can slow down when handling large amounts of data, or updating from a central data server
Not suitable for easily pre-owned processing data (MS Excel is much more amenable to that).
- Filtering data
- Multivariate display capabilities
- Pretty easy to get started with for new users
- Though Spotfire is good at exporting figures/images to PowerPoint you cannot export clear images for Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw for publication quality figures.
- Spotfire has limited statistical analysis capabilities
- Some features available on the desktop version are not available in the web version (such as copy and pasting display set ups)
We use it to visualize and analyze data to identify the problems and make decisions.
- Syntaxs for calculated columns are easy to understand, master and apply.
- Spotfire can provide interactive, customized reports and dashboards.
- Set multiple column width at one time instead of change one by one.
- Keep the color constant for the same column in the various visualizations.
- Our business intelligence department can create on-the-fly ad-hoc reports & graphs for management and customers.
- It publishes quite well, creating visuals that can be easily read and understood.
- Handles multiple sources of data well.
- When the interface "chokes" so to speak, which is not often, it is not explicit in the reasoning. No error on the screen or in the log.
- When errors do occur they can be a bit vague. This makes it hard to troubleshoot.
- Support is good, but does need some improvement.
Only a select few employees currently are using Spotfire.
We tend to use Spotfire when we want to create dashboards for our clients that primarily deal with visualizing geographic data. We deemed this product to be the best fit for this niche need, and it is not our primary data analytics or business intelligence application of choice.
- GIS or any geographic dashboarding
- Concise and clean visualizations
- Basic data discovery
- Custom made visualizations and dashboards are not very intuitive
- Drill-down functions and LOD are good but not quick on par with industry leaders
- Relatively expensive to implement for smaller teams
In all other instances, we would pick Tableau or Power BI as our visualization tool of choice. Spotfire is not quite as leading edge as Tableau or as widely available as Power BI to be useful for us to take to our clients on a regular basis.
- Paired with the cloud version, Spotfire allows users to access the library from anyplace with an internet connection.
- Numerous data visualization options allowing a unique and customized dashboard/.dxp. You are never stuck with the status quo.
- Advanced level uses include — TSSS (Tibco Stastistical Services Server) to regression modeling, etc. if you can fathom it, chances are the software has the capability.
- Open source R/TERR scripting allows the use of both propriety and open source scripting to advance and develop your .dxp/dashboard
- Spotfire can be quite daunting upon first inspection. For the end-user especially.
- Developers/analysts need constant interaction to ensure familiarity with the software. Enlisting in a “boot camp” is definitely recommended.
- To the point of being too complex — a simple chart or statement in excel or access requires much more intricate and lengthy manipulation to achieve the same result.
Analysts — can use Spotfire for real-time data — plus any applicable analysis.
Less appropriate - simple end-user who is accustomed to a particular report/dashboard. I can foresee a major learning curve with Spotfire.
- Spotfire offers a wide variety of data connectivity options. From simply using Excel documents to connecting to cloud sources like RedShift.
- Spotfire has a very robust feature set not limited to just visualizations. Some data wrangling and science tasks can be performed as well.
- Spotfire has integration with Open Source R and TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R (TERR) through use of TIBCO Statistic Services Server (TSSS).
- When creating visualizations there are limitations to text placement as well as text areas that have to be present. This limits the overall control of how the visualizations look.
- Spotfire takes the approach of analysts having to wait to bring data into local PC memory first rather than producing a subset of data to begin working with. This can sometimes take a bit if you are working with millions of rows.
- Automation services could definitely use some upgraded functionality as to how it schedules jobs.
With this being said, you can see there is a time commitment, it's not exactly simple, but it is a powerful tool. Most people also arrive at this conclusion.
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Preferred application for all data presentation and of low to medium complexity data analysis"
- Spotfire is great at creating visuals which are easily understood and interacted with.
- Spotfire is expandable with a strong community of Java, Python, and HTML codes available to expand capability.
- Spotfire makes updating visuals and data models a background process.
- Spotfire's statistical visual standards aren't inline with manufacturing standards by default.
- Spotifre is not a data entry interface without much background coding.
- Bulding interactive dashboards.
- Wide range of connection options both JDBC and ODBC.
- Building custom extensions (C#, IronPython ...)
- The documentation some times needs more details, because on average I found answers on TIBCO Community pages, but not directly at the documentation.
- Administration panel could be improved in a way, so that fewer direct interactions with servers are needed (by that I mean connecting to the server and making changes manually).
Less appropriate: if your data set is somewhat small, then I wouldn't recommend using something as advanced as Spotfire.
- The learning curve is very shallow and we are able to get valuable results with minimal amounts of training.
- Spotfire is very configurable and allows us to customize it to our business needs.
- Support for this product is done very well and really helps us solve our business challenges.
- I'd like to see some better documentation and help features. I feel those are lacking!
- I think the GUI looks a bit dated and I'd love to see a new look and feel to it.
- Excellent visualization of data in different formats
- Strong data analysis tools beyond basic graphing and functions
- The user interface can be overwhelming at times
- Training and tutorials on the site can be improved by adding a more beginner section
- Easy integration with open source R and Tibco's R.
- Web and mobile capable.
- Interactivity between visualizations is well designed.
- Integration with open source Python.
- Built-in visualization variety falls behind competitors.
- Spotfire is easy to use. It is simple to upload data and make graphs.
- Spotfire allows you to make complicated graphs without too much trouble. These graphs would be much more difficult to make in Excel or Prism.
- Spotfire has limited text options.
- Graphics look slightly less professional than using other software.
- Data Visulization
- Creating Data functions, which you can integrate with your visual maps.
- Lacking embedded BI and production reporting.
- If you don't have code correct it would jamm onto backend rather than giving errors.
- Sometimes acts funky when you work with SQL Server.
- Visualizations are incredible
- You can easily manipulate the date to where it makes the most sense.
- Easily adjustable to adapt to what you need to get out of the data.
- Need more support in learning the platform
- It's overwhelming to learn at first.
TIBCO is easy to use and it's a powerful tool, even for beginners.
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "When you think you are good at data visualization, there is much more coming ahead"
- Harmonization of concepts: often it is the case that more than one department needs similar kinds of reports, but produce them independently in Excel, access, through sql queries, etc.
- As a result, the management has trouble reconciling the values presented by the departments.
- Analysts are pressed to explain the differences and spend hours from trying to understand and reproduce the steps each department has taken to arrive at the discussed value, just to learn their selected data, categorization of variables and data treatment was different based on each department specific needs.
- With Spotfire, one department can become responsible to produce the analysis, while adjusting some visualizations to suit the second department specifications. As a result, less work and more transparence on the concepts used by each part of the organization.
- Easy access to data: instead of Excel spreadsheets or even some more sophisticated sql treated analysis which are made into PDFs and sent by email, the analysis access through browser is more stable.
- Interactive data analysis: its often the case that you show an indicator and someone asks, what are the contracts behind that total? How much of this is due to interest income, etc. With the drill down capabilities and sub analysis these questions are easily answered.
- The difference sum is sometimes painful, because it does not set consider an initial 0 value.
- For example, using the difference sum to de-accumulate a running sum observations for the year, will set January as 0 and the first significant value only in January. There should be an easy option to just define a difference sum between the months introducing an initial 0 observation so that the first January of the series also appear correctly.
- The so called "Sankey Diagrams" are also not so simple to implement
- Visualizations made easy with just a few clicks
- Able to handle large amounts of data to create extensive plots
- Very user-friendly, with a large community of users who also share ideas
- Perhaps providing more samples of utilizing R in Spotfire (for users who started learning Spotfire with no experience in R)
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "SpotFire is highly recommended for organizations to gain efficiency and analytics"
It is not well suited for very small data sets, nor individuals who are not capable of spending 10-15 hours learning how to Use it.
- Interface has everything you need to create your desired visualization
- Upon selecting specific parts of the visualization you get to see which data is responsible for the visuals
- You can add multiple visuals on one page
- Concise story telling software
- For writing a script an additional software is required
- Efficient with analysing milions of rows of data
- Very logical user interface
- Heavily customizable
- Supports many programming languages
- The UI is not very intuitive
- The charts are just not as aesthetically appealing as in PowerBI
- There's no easy way of creating dashboards viewable on mobile devices
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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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