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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 13, 2019

Great Analytic Software with great support and ease of administration

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Used by multiple business units for analytics / field analysis. Utilized by data scientists / analysts to create reports and other informational forms for use throughout the company.
  • Good technical support
  • Ease of use / upgrading on the back end
  • Intuitive and easy to use desktop / web clients.
  • Could use a built in updating feature
  • Better debug / report issue troubleshooting
  • Better cleanup of previous versions
Generally good analytic software with great technical support and ease of deployment.
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Lewis Mervin | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 02, 2019

Excellent for Cheminformatics Scientists in drug discovery

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I am a PostDoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge with a speciality in computational chemistry (also known as Chem(o)informatics). I use Spotfire within the Department of Chemistry on an academic license as part of my daily job. It’s an excellent tool for data visualisation for drug discovery. It helps me to quickly share key trends from both chemical and biological data that I generate from my research with colleagues in different groups and departments within the university. The ability to import and process large datasets is essential in my field.
  • Quick to plot complex graphs
  • Capable of loading large data sets
  • Customisable
  • Add functionality for colour map (e.g offered in Seaborn Clustermap function in Python)
  • Add functionality to calculate more cheminformatics-like columns like chemical scaffolds and similarity matrix calculations
  • Improve trellis functionality
  • Add functionality to add chemical structure within heatmap plot
Suitable for even large numbers of data points in both the chemical or biological data domains. Also powerful when calculated columns are to be inserted into tables. The filter and label function is a very powerful feature when subsetting data within one Spotfire project. It is also capable of exporting sheets to PDF format, so it is also convenient to share key findings with others. It is less appropriate for chemical data in less mainstream formats (e.g SDF, MOL2).
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Josh Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 07, 2019

TIBCO Spotfire: Robust, Shareable Data Visualization

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My experience with TIBCO Spotfire occurred within an engineering context. TIBCO Spotfire was used across the entire Medtronic Tempe campus. Spotfire is instrumental in rapidly sharing and analyzing data in a centralized, portable way. Its robust visualization tools allow engineers to rapidly identify trends which indicate either problems to be addressed or improvements which should continue. The automated nature of Spotfire allows analyses to be run on new data sets without any additional hassle.
  • Data visualization: TIBCO Spotfire quickly reveals trends through its robust visualization tools. Many different graphical representations of the data are immediately available and can be used effectively with either default settings or can be tweaked to the specific needs of an audience.
  • Extensibility: TIBCO Spotfire allows for the implementation of just about any data analysis you can think if. If the analysis that you want to run is not already built in, TIBCO Spotfire includes the option to write R or IronPython code to extend its capabilities.
  • Shareability: When you develop a tool or visualization in TIBCO Spotfire, you can publish it in such a manner that your audience only needs a link to view it: they don't even need to have Spotfire installed on their own machine. Web publishing maintains the interactivity of your visualizations and allows users to download data sets for their own use.
  • Feature parity between web publishing and the Spotfire client: some features of Spotfire that work flawlessly in the Spotfire client break when published to the web. In particular, custom JavaScript inserted into the analysis tends not to render well on the web even if it renders perfectly in the client.
  • Lack of thorough documentation: particularly when comparing Spotfire documentation to the documentation for Python, JMP, or Matlab, Spotfire's documentation is lacking. In particular, I remember finding documentation on custom SQL queries being very sparse. Most often I would base my Spotfire solutions on examples found on forums rather than on official TIBCO advice.
  • The execution time of custom R data functions: TIBCO Spotfire uses its own implementation of the R runtime (called TERR, TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R) which I noticed to be significantly slower than the open-source runtime for certain tasks.
  • Error reporting: error reporting by both TERR and IronPython is very opaque and makes debugging very difficult.
TIBCO Spotfire is perfect for when you need to develop a data analysis tool to be shared and used among many people. However, it is very difficult to learn how to use on your own, so make sure that somebody at your company has familiarity with the software so that you can ask them questions. From what I remember, TIBCO also offers services and training to help new users get started and advanced users get exactly what they want out of Spotfire.
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Jaren Lim | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 20, 2019

Spotfire helps with storytelling

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Used across various programs in SMU. Helps to visualize data for better insights and analysis. Spotfire makes use of a very user-friendly interface which helps to make visualizations clear and easy to understand. More users are being introduced to and enjoying Spotfire. The effectiveness of Spotfire helps to simplify data problems.
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Powerful visualizations and recommendations.
  • A good aid in visual storytelling.
  • Less well known.
  • Data types supported.
  • Integration with other software.
It is good when you have an idea to tell your story. Spotfire is helpful to achieve visual storytelling as it helps to visualize information well. However, it is important for you to check your data type. Because not all are well suited for use in Spotfire, resulting in the slower work process.
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Kyle Bland | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 01, 2019

Great Product!

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I am the only one who uses it. We do data analysis, wrangling, and data quality spot checks with Spotfire. It also aids us in our quarterly reserves process, where it is necessary to tie in historical costs, profit, forecasts, etc., with forecasts in our reserve database. The 'combine tables' feature is very helpful with this.
  • Combining Tables
  • Filtering Data
  • Graphics
  • Would like to see more GIS capability
Again, Spotfire is great when multiple sources of data need to be compiled. It is less suited for GIS purposes - even though that feature exists within Spotfire.

It is important that Spotfire add more formatting features. We use the charts for presentations but are having a hard time actually formatting adequately.
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Paul E. Everett | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 21, 2018

Smoke the competition with Spotfire!

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Spotfire is used to perform data analytics that can’t easily be done with other spreadsheet programs. Currently, the department that I work in does not use Spotfire. I used it on a trial basis and found it to be applicable and very effective. I am certain that other departments within Halliburton do use Spotfire.
  • Spotfire works very well as a central point for access to all data that could be used to analyze a subject and multiple types of spreadsheets and/or databases can be accessed with the same dashboard.
  • Multiple plots, graphs, charts, maps, and other analytic tools are simple to apply to easily-filtered data. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the user interface, as Spotfire is a very, very customizable and powerful tool.
  • Excellent support and educational resources are available to help decrease the learning curve and strengthen one's data analytic ability.
  • The use of Spotfire ultimately helps to better understand the relationships and patterns that are or could be significant in building value for a company.
  • It is not glitchy and has an intuitive user interface.
  • The code required to make customized commands could be improved by placing more focus on its usability for non-coders. This would greatly improve the use of Spotfire’s real power for many non-coder users.
  • Maybe the ability drag and drop a spreadsheet or multiple files to a “Spotfire Analysis Bucket” to initiate a new dashboard would be handy.
  • Easier access to download data from a particular graph to other spreadsheets.
In my experience, it is well suited for data analysis of many petroleum industry challenges where patterns and relationships exist but aren’t always apparent without full analysis.
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David Baltar Boilève | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 12, 2018

Fast and easy eye-catching advanced dashboards at a unbeateable price

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TIBCO Spotfire is being used for creating multiple Department Dashboards, such as Pharmacy, Oncology, Geriatrics. All these Dept. are working with 2 or more dedicated software with transactional databases providing partial information about their work. They are not able to get enough information. We use Spotfire to unify information and present summarise information in a graphical and comprehensive way, in order to give a global view to stakeholders.
  • Very fast to create new dashboards, system provides automatically options to make fine reports
  • Very good filters, easy to use for non-analysts, good graphics and a lot of possibilities to create reports
  • Very good technical support
  • Very good price with top performance
  • Sometimes difficult to know what product and package fits your products
  • Confusing documentation
  • Not very comprehensive user access rights
TIBCO Spotfire is perfect when you need to make a fast deploy to provide information with very good reports. It's very cost effective and high - performance.
Not using it
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Parthasarathi Bandyopadhyay | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 01, 2019

Tibco Spotfire: The new gen BI

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Generally, Spotfire is not used as a standard tool in the organization. However, it is increasingly being used by the individuals within the organization for their presentation and visualization purposes. It is to be noted though that there are other tools too which are also used, albeit less often in the departments too (PowerBI is a prime one). The specific reasons it's being used so far is enhanced visualization and some advanced analysis which would not be intuitive in Excel. However, a lot of features are not being used as of now.
  • Visualization of data split into multitude of levels so that anyone seeing it can get more value out of it. For example, in a database having information about height and weight of all people in the school can be split into sex, ethnicity and/or country in a single screen which can provide a much greater insight
  • View and merge data from multiple sources and show them in one place. It's very easy to add data from SQL servers, Web servers, and local Excel/ASCII files in one place and see it seamlessly.
  • It is possible to make the entire installation on an intranet and access the system from any web-enabled device.
  • Spotfire does limit a lot of its functionality when it comes to linked data (where the data is not imported). I do understand the reasons behind it, but I find this very restrictive.
  • I have faced nagging issues with defining and managing relationships within multiple tables. Sometimes it makes sense, but most of the time it doesn't and the error messages are not at all useful.
  • In case the data is embedded, it takes a while to load. There should be a way to make it better.
Suitable: Complex visualization of data from multiple sources, Presenting multi-variate correlations, Standard BI tools which can be managed easily in an organization.
Less Appropriate: Where the data are simple this is an overkill, Data requiring a lot of calculations - It's a pain to deal with calculations with a linked database.

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Travis Morgan | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 20, 2019

Great Product that opens the black box that is your other software programs.

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I use Spotfire for every division, including Sales, Operations, and Finance. It has saved many man hours from running manual daily reports. Spotfire has also provided an in-depth look at our operations software, allowing us to track different metrics and evaluate the business at a high and accurate level that we were not able to do before.
  • Show the up-to-date status of operations.
  • Provides excellent visuals to analyze different accounting metrics including accounts receivables.
  • Automated reports in PDF format.
  • The exports to Excel should be formatted better or have the option to remember a set format so they look more professional when in an automated email.
  • Compare different events on the same timeline when the data has different date names. Such as tools shipped date vs tools returned date.
  • The main window when you open Spotfire X needs to look like the previous version 7. With X you cannot read the entire name of the reports and it is just wasted space on the right half of the screen.
Used for showing historical data of tools on a job. You must have an identified date column and cannot have two different date columns for the x-axis of a line graph.
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Tarun Sinhal | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 06, 2019

Excellent for complex & data-intensive requirements

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It is not used internally within our organization, but we helped our clients get it implemented within their organization. I would take an example of a client from the Oil & Gas sector to answer this question and rest of the questions. This client used it within the Planning & Strategy department. It was used to create dashboards for their future planning of demand-supply management.
  • As compared to other similar products (Tableau, PowerBI), Spotfire is more advanced when it comes to integrating with programming languages. In this particular project, all the data was processed in R and this processed data was to be used in dashboards. It was well integrated with Spotfire through TERR.
  • The visual aesthetics of the charts/graphs prepared using Spotfire can be improved when compared with other competing products.
  • Also, the user interface is not very intuitive for first-time users. It takes practice before one gets really comfortable using it.
Suited for scenarios with:
  • Higher data complexity.
  • Integration with external data.
  • Experienced users.

Not so much appropriate for:
  • Extra-ordinary visual appeal.
  • One-time users.
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sandeep N | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 05, 2019

TIBCO Spotfire -- Enter the New Era of Data Analytics

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We are using TIBCO Spotfire across the company to calculate and analyze the risk assessment of multiple clients. With the use of this amazing product, we saved our clients almost 80% of their loss due to theft. We also helped them in analyzing their stored data to figure out which store is doing good and which needs attention. Previously, we used other reporting tools, and migrated all our reports to TIBCO Spotfire some four years ago. The main advantage we see is that the reports run faster than other reporting tools, we can connect to multiple databases, calculated columns are cached in the report so that it increases your report speed, and many more.
  • Reports load faster than any other reporting tools, and your data can be cached in the memory to avoid the processing time.
  • It supports almost all the data sources available, which is lacking in other tools.
  • It supports Html, Java, R, and Iron Python coding. That means that you can customize your dashboards in whatever way you want them to be.
  • It can deal with more than 100 million records without a delay in loading.
  • Sometimes, visualizations save the values. For example, if you change the column name in column properties, that affects the axis in visualization, but not the "limit data by expression" in the properties data tab.
  • Like some visualization tools, we need to have detailed visualization in hovering the mouse pointer on the main visualization.
  • We need to have the option to auto-size your Text area UI to whichever device screen you are using. Currently, it is not auto fitting to different screen sizes.
It is well suited if you are working with large sets of data. I would say greater than a million. It is also well suited if you are working with data that refreshes more frequently and data that is not clean enough (so you can create calculated columns and clean on the fly). It is not suited if your data is never going to refresh (better to use an Excel kind of reporting service). It is also not suited if you like to see fancy looking charts like performance meter, donut chart etc. It is suited more if you want to work with predictive analysis using R or Python scripting
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Ariany Mata | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 28, 2019

Sharing my experience with TIBCO Spotfire. One of the greatest analytics platforms in the market today.

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Our product has an analytics module and it is powered by TIBCO Spotfire. We support and train our customers on how to use our analyses and TIBCO.
  • The analyses behaved excellently while working with huge amounts of records. This is one of the strengths for TIBCO Spotfire, the platform allows us to work with a significant amount of data without affecting performance.
  • There are several features that offer us different ways to suit the reports and analytics needs. For example, scheduling the execution of reports to improve performance and email reports on schedules to deliver information right on time. It is able to connect to different data sources and from different types of systems, etc.
  • So easy to use. It is amazing how you can easily develop analyses and reports. It gives you time to be creative instead of facing complex steps or trying to figure out how to do things.
  • It is as simple or as complex as you want. It allows you to add complex code if needed.
  • A very complete list of aggregations and statistics functions.
  • We could improve the Web player for the use of the Business Author users and add some functionalities that are only available to the Analyst today. Like creating markings, working with the filter schemes, etc. Basic functionalities that could be available for the Business Author.
  • Improve the architecture to support different single sign-ons if the customer has to be in a shared environment.
  • Improve the way to add code to the DXP ( java scripts, iron python, HTML, etc.).
  • Improve the text areas and visual theme for the easy personalization of analyses.
TIBCO Spotfire is well suited for scenarios where multiple data sources from different types of systems, need to be combined. It's so easy to connect to different data sources and map data. Excellent while working with a huge amount of data.
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Rajiv Besant | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 14, 2019

Why Spotfire?

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The use of Spotfire is increasing throughout the organization. The reason being, it is a platform that engages both IT savvy and non-IT savvy users. Within the organization, Spotfire is used is various ways, right from basic reporting to complex advanced analytics, everything is done using Spotfire.
  • Root Cause Analysis - You are able to guide your end users through the analysis in an intuitive manner
  • Fairly Complex visualizations can be easily created without any programming skills
  • Spotfire has amazing ETL capabilities, I have used multiple BI tools and in my opinion Spotfire is leading
  • Cascading Filters --> the newer BI tools in the market make cascading much easier
  • The responsiveness in text areas --> If you have pictures in your dashboard, currently the developers have to keep all sorts of screen sizes in mind otherwise the users will experience a 'distorted dashboard'
It is one of the better BI tools in the market. It is a great tool for descriptive and diagnostics analytics.
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Brandon Doss | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 08, 2019


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Departmental use for analyzing biotech research data.
  • Cloud deployment makes data accessible anywhere.
  • Ability to customize and save visualization formats/templates is very useful.
  • Joining data from multiple tables is simplified in Spitfire vs other platforms.
  • Initial setup of our Team account was very painful.
Spotfire is good for visualizing complete data sets and for joining incomplete data sets for visualization. However, we struggle when mathematical manipulations are required prior to visualizing the data. We find ourselves going to Excel, crunching the numbers, and sending a CSV back to Spotfire.
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James Spender | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 01, 2019

TIBCO Spotfire for rapid drill-down collaborative data visualisation

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TIBCO Spotfire is used by Trading Analysts for data visualization globally across all Oil and Gas trading teams. It is used for Trade Analytics to support data scientists in modeling fundamentals such as supply and demand, crack spread, dark spread, etc and to perform Energy Trading Risk Management. At another Retail client, it was used for data visualization for customer analytics.
  • Easy to use - can click on any data element to drill down.
  • Quick to annotate and share comments with other users through the toolbar and export/publish.
  • Easy to connect to a wide range of data sources including Hadoop/Hive and SQL RDBMS like SQL Server and Oracle.
  • Self-service business intelligence.
  • Online documentation could be improved.
  • Some licensing options have a subset of features.
  • The alternative Microsoft PowerBI is often free to add to Office licenses.
Good for a broad range of users who need to get started quickly with data visualization and collaborate and share their data. If they are already familiar with Excel or SAS, then they should find it easy to add data visualizations. If they are familiar with Tableau on the other hand, then they are probably better off sticking with that. It is also much more expensive than PowerBI.
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Ricardo Angel Granados López | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 22, 2019

Great results in a short time.

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We started last year looking for a tool to present huge amounts of data in a meaningful way to our investors. As electricity markets generate a lot of data, having a tool that helps to simplify part of the processing of information was one KPI. On the other hand, having a way to create visually appealing reports that are easy to follow and understand was the second main goal. With TIBCO Spotfire, you can create dashboards that plug into the data sources making live reports that update automatically. These can be online for everyone to see or sent via private links with the report of interest. The visuals are stunning and clear to our investors so they can follow up from one report to another. We thought that the price was high at first, but having tried and used the software, we can say it’s worth the price and for a data-intensive job it is a great companion.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great visuals.
  • Data source direct connection.
  • Online services.
  • Mobile device friendly view.
  • The learning curve to be able to use every aspect can be a few months.
  • If you are an academic or non-profit it can be taxing to have a monthly fee.
If you create weekly reports with a lot of data, Spotfire helps you speed up the process and make it easier. If you have a lot of data sources and every one of them has different formatting, you will have to spend a lot of time cleaning the data so Spotfire can read every source and produce the reports.
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Julie Sebby | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 07, 2019

Spotfire for Mid to Large Enterprises

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Spotfire is used by most departments in our company to access enterprise and local data sources. It is connected to over 30 enterprise data sources. It began as a tool for engineers, but anyone who wants to access data may work with the application to create dashboards, workflows, and other tools to aid in decision making and visualization.
  • Users get a better understanding of data when they see it in Spotfire, as opposed to Excel. Spotfire visualizations also have several functions like zoom sliders and hierarchies that are a significant improvement over charting in Excel.
  • Spotfire integrates with coding languages like IronPython, HTML, CSS and R in order to dramatically expand the out of the box functionality.
  • Features like property controls make the application dynamic and interactive in ways that Excel is not. These same features also make the application more efficient.
  • The application is not efficient when building large projects. There are many small features that could make building large projects faster like the ability to add more than one filter or property control at a time. Also, users shouldn't have to expand and collapse every single table in the Filter panel or in the Add filters dialog (when adding filters in a Text Area).
  • TIBCO has been slow to add in features that users have requested for years, like the ability to edit join operations. It's there now, but we waited years for that feature. The information designer hasn't seen an overhaul (or even any new features) in over 5 years.
  • Increasing the release frequency has resulted in a lower quality product. TIBCO lauded the "completely redesigned" user interface of Spotfire 10, but it's not a complete redesign and looks sloppy.
I think Spotfire is a good product, and we'll continue to use it. It is expensive relative to other competitors, and a successful launch will require internal support (support from the company, not just support from TIBCO). Therefore, I don't think it's a good fit for smaller companies. However, it is a good tool for larger enterprises who have many data sources that users need to access to. The combination of Spotfire Server, Automation Services, and Web Player make it a powerful enterprise tool.
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Matthew Thadeio | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 21, 2018

Simplicity and effectiveness are crucial to data organization!

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We used the TIBCO platform to analyze our Summer Learning Academy testing scores to identify areas of growth and deficit within the program. TIBCO allowed for simplicity in data visualization that were difficult to create through Excel or PowerPoint. The easy-to-understand tables allowed for us to easily identify our progress and help secure funding from grants. Data visualization in education is vital and the simpler it is to understand, the easier it is to explain to those that are unfamiliar with academic testing scores.
  • The user-friendly platform is easy to navigate.
  • Excellent customer service and support as well as tutorials.
  • Easy-to-understand tables that allow you to easily organize complex data sets into something more understandable.
  • Professional development opportunities for education professionals and the capabilities of using TIBCO for improvement.
Sometimes data can be too much and the question has to be asked “why am I analyzing this”. Those in education sometimes prefer the “less is more” approach and TIBCO allows for both less and more. The capabilities of the program are amazing but can be overwhelming for some.
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Sean (Wen) Xiao | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 10, 2019


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Spotfire is used across the whole organization, for scientific data visualization.
  • Various visualization templates with easy drop-to-show functions.
  • TERR/Infolinks for customized data operation.
  • Library and web player for easy sharing of analysis results.
  • More integration with Python.
  • More support on different column type in database connection, like TSvector in PostgreSQL.
  • Animation of the data, like gif-export of data changing over a given time window.
It's good enough for daily use, more complicated visualization can be accomplished from easily scripting. It did confuse me that there are many products under TIBCO Spotfire, sometimes, I have to explain the differences, but I'm not sure if it is absolutely correct.
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Boris Mergold בוריס מרגולד | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 11, 2019

Spotfire for Accelerated Analytics

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Spotfire is used by our clients as part of software solutions providing embedded analytics to the end users.
Other companies use Spotfire for self-service analytics, combining data sources.
We also have users from hardware companies where validation engineers use Spotfire for ad hoc data analysis.
  • Data Preparation in Spotfire 10 is combined with an AI engine and makes it very easy for business users to combine data from diverse data sources.
  • Dashboard creation in Spotfire 10 can be done with help of searching without deep knowledge of the tool.
  • Creating analytical applications can be done without scripting or writing code.
  • Ad-hoc data analysis can be done by the untrained user.
  • Embedding new Visualizations can be done with JsVIZ framework but the process is not easy.
  • Integration of community add-ons. The community does not provide add-ons that can be embedded in Spotfire.
  • Marketing of the product. The market is not aware of Spotfire capabilities.
Best case is interactive dashboards or ad-hoc analysis by business analysts. It is great for analytical dashboards and analysis that use R engine.
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Pablo Lacerda Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 12, 2019

Powerful Data Analytics Tool

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Spotfire was used by my organization mainly to analyze geological and oil production data and gain insight in order to address current challenges and make future decisions. It is used across the whole organization on an as-needed basis.
  • Spotfire allows me to integrate multiple sources of data into a single database.
  • Spotfire plotting allows me to look at five variables at the same time.
  • Spotfire allows me to instantly switch between different variables and visualize them.
  • Ternary diagrams are missing, and it currently requires some awkward manipulation of two dimensions using trigonometry to display such a diagram.
  • Displaying photos associated with data points, besides the tooltip, is currently beyond the skills of regular users.
I would recommend and actually have recommended Spotfire to all my colleagues in my profession, who need to regularly analyze geological data and draw insight from correlations.
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Rajat Wadhwani | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 08, 2018

Simply Powerful for Data Visualization

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It is being used to create dashboards which helps to make business decisions which are data driven across the whole organization. It helps to generate value out of data which otherwise would have been lying around.
  • Great variety of charts/graphs which one can choose to visualize data
  • Platform to code in Iron Python makes it really powerful.
  • Very well integrated with other platforms.
  • Takes great deal of time to understand each and every functionality.
  • The application sometime crashes if a database is huge
  • Need a plugin to export live data and update as the data flows
Data Analysis is a hot topic nowadays and Python is used extensively to analyse data and create visualizations but everyone is not comfortable [with] geting visualizations. Spotfire is really a very powerful tool to create visualizations.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 30, 2019

Great product!

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TIBCO Spotfire is being used by our team to serve as a KPI dashboard for various clients to show the performance on their data using analytics. It is also being used to create new visualizations that can further highlight how the data can be viewed and further sliced into smaller chunks to be able to dive deeper into it.
  • Better Visualizations.
  • Data extraction options are easier to use.
  • Fast and slick performance.
  • Sometimes the customization features in the visualizations can be difficult to work with.
  • Data loading performance is not always the best.
  • Lack of material design and newer UI features.
Well suited for the following scenarios:
  • KPI dashboard design -- It is very helpful in designing dashboards which highlight KPIs showing data in different forms and visualizations.
  • Multi-page layout -- For scenarios where the data is supposed to be viewed in different pages, TIBCO Spotfire can help.
  • Slicing and dicing data to view different pivots -- Spotfire can show the data in various ways which helps in creating custom KPIs and visualization.
Not well suited for the following scenarios:
  • Flashy UI -- Spotfire does not have the design features or customization to use complex or flashy UI features.
  • Larger datasets -- Spotfire has lagged performance when used with extremely large datasets.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 23, 2019

Powerful & Automatable Visualisation Platform

Score 9 out of 10
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We utilised Spotfire to help analyse results from complex observational assessments to help identify opportunities for efficiency, financial and CEX improvements across customer care and back-office operations. We built each tool and methods we defined allowing us to take data from pre-defined studies and actually start analysing results mid data capture. The dashboards we created allowed us to evidence any need for change and associated impact in seconds, while also provided a portal where clients can access our finished dashboards as a takeaway document, alongside traditional excel and PowerPoint documents.
  • Data transformation such as Pivots and Unpivots were a key feature.
  • The ability to self publish and manage dashboards without IT support allowed us to be very agile when delivering projects.
  • Custome calculation functions, with supported rules and built-in error checking, made the process very intuitive.
  • Combining graphs and objects into the same space was impossible.
  • Making things look pretty was not as easy as some other projects.
  • Export functionality was lacking.
  • No market place for community built visuals.
  • UI design a little different to most products, increases learning time.
Great tool for hosting and publishing dynamic dashboards, the ability to structure inputs and replicate for similar projects made our lives much easier and increased efficiency.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 15, 2019

Spectacular Spotfire Saves Time.

Score 8 out of 10
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Tibco Spotfire is used as the main reporting and analytics tool. It's used to give detailed sales and ordering analysis to help stores and the head office understand how to change the business for the better. It is used for budget modelling and higher level analytics in the head office to understand traffic and benefit of programmes such as promotions and events. It also provides fast access to organised data than our ERP systems and takes the work out of interpreting it.
  • Fast to insights - its easy to get the first few hundred yards of a report or analysis completed.
  • Handles millions of rows of data without issue. If you are currently an Excel heavy organisation and are limited by the processing power and rows limit, then Spotfire will help you considerably. Adding data is simple and fast and so our weekly reporting is easy.
  • Visually bright and interest and beautiful, with very useful features to make it easier for the end user to navigate through the available data. Highly adaptable to many uses.
  • The Web Player is superb, so easy for non-technical end users, and no burden on the IT team.
  • There is an extensive amount of online resources to help you and a useful community. I've also found the support teams to be very helpful.
  • Arguably the most useful feature of Spotfire is the information builder which allows sql queries on APIs to databases and ERPs, however, this doesn't come with the entry package, spotfire cloud. As a small company we cannot justify hosting ourselves and we're not big enough for enterprise, so we have to manually load the data ourselves every week.
  • The custom expression feature unlocks some of the better features, but requires some level of programming to understand.
  • Cloud gets the updates to Spotfire a lot later than the non-cloud users.
I think Spotfire is well suited to helping build navigation and summary views of data, it is perfect for dashboards, and has some excellent mapping and visualisations. You can get to a dashboard of your key metrics extremely fast and in a visually pleasing way. Its great if you have generally untechnical people, and you want to empower them with data.

Not so well suited for quick analysis you might do in Excel - it's still quicker to use Excel.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (29)
Customizable dashboards (258)
Report Formatting Templates (225)
Drill-down analysis (253)
Formatting capabilities (265)
Integration with R or other statistical packages (192)
Report sharing and collaboration (239)
Publish to Web (199)
Publish to PDF (236)
Report Versioning (18)
Report Delivery Scheduling (149)
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (271)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (237)
Predictive Analytics (203)
Multi-User Support (named login) (208)
Role-Based Security Model (176)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (194)
Responsive Design for Web Access (153)
Dedicated iOS Application (109)
Dedicated Android Application (11)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (128)
Javascript API (51)
iFrames (38)
Java API (42)
Themeable User Interface (UI) (51)
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (44)

About TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire® is a data visualization platform that aims to speed individual time to insight and spur analytics adoption across the organization. According to the vendor, Spotfire helps users quickly and easily generate insights with three new ways to support their analytical preferences: NLQ powered search, AI-driven recommendations, and direct manipulation. Users can add context with native streaming for integrated analyses of real-time and historical data, best-in-class geoanalytics, and one-click predictive analytics to go beyond basic visualizations and understand the factors driving trends and what will happen next.

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.

TIBCO Spotfire Features

BI Platform Features
Has featureAdministration via Windows App
Has featureAdministration via MacOS App
Has featureAdministration via Web Interface
Has featureLive Connection to External Data
Has featureSnapshot of External Data
Has featureIn-memory data model
Has featureOLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
Does not have featureROLAP (SQL-layer querying)
Has featureMulti-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
Has featureData warehouse / dictionary layer
Has featureETL Capability
Has featureETL Scheduler
Supported Data Sources Features
Has featureMS Excel Workbooks
Has featureText Files (CSV, etc)
Has featureOracle
Has featureMS SQL Server
Has featureIBM DB2
Has featurePostgres
Has featureMySQL
Has featureODBC
Has featureCloudera Hadoop
Has featureHortonworks Hadoop
Has featureEMC Greenplum
Has featureIBM Netezza
Has featureHP Vertica
Does not have featureParAccel
Has featureSAP Hana
Has featureTeradata
Does not have featureSage 500
Has featureSalesforce
Has featureSAP
Has featureGoogle Analytics
BI Standard Reporting Features
Does not have featurePixel Perfect reports
Has featureCustomizable dashboards
Has featureReport Formatting Templates
Ad-hoc Reporting Features
Has featureDrill-down analysis
Has featureFormatting capabilities
Has featurePredictive modeling
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Has featureReport sharing and collaboration
Report Output and Scheduling Features
Has featurePublish to Web
Has featurePublish to PDF
Has featureOutput Raw Supporting Data
Does not have featureReport Versioning
Has featureReport Delivery Scheduling
Does not have featureDelivery to Remote Servers
Data Discovery and Visualization Features
Has featurePre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Has featureLocation Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Has featurePredictive Analytics
Has featureSupport for Machine Learning models
Has featurePattern Recognition and Data Mining
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Access Control and Security Features
Has featureMulti-User Support (named login)
Has featureRole-Based Security Model
Has featureMultiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Has featureReport-Level Access Control
Has featureTable-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Has featureField-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Does not have featureSingle Sign-On (SSO)
Mobile Capabilities Features
Has featureResponsive Design for Web Access
Has featureDedicated iOS Application
Does not have featureDedicated Android Application
Has featureDashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features
Has featureREST API
Has featureJavascript API
Has featureiFrames
Has featureJava API
Has featureThemeable User Interface (UI)
Has featureCustomizable Platform (Open Source)

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TIBCO Spotfire Competitors


  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Has featureFree or Freemium Version Available?Yes
  • Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
  • Entry-level set up fee?No
On-premise EditionPricing DetailsTerms
TIBCO Spotfire PlatformPlease contact TIBCO sales
SaaS EditionPricing DetailsTerms
TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Analyst$125/mo, $1250/yrPer Seat
TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Business Author$65/mo, $650/yrPer Seat
TIBCO Spotfire for Amazon Web Services$0.99Per Hour (Starting)
TIBCO Spotfire Cloud EnterprisePlease contact TIBCO sales
TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Consumer$25/mo, $250/yrPer Seat

For Enterprise engagements, please contact TIBCO directly for a custom price quote.

TIBCO Spotfire Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
Live Chat
Video Tutorials / Webinar

TIBCO Spotfire Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Mobile Web
Supported Countries:Available in all regions
Supported Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Portugese, Chinese, Italian