- Visualizing data
- Simple tool to analyse and show UI
- Comfortable cloud tool that can be accessed anywhere.
- They should have better options for developers for free editions for personal use, not just commercial, so the usage and development will be improved.
- It offers a large variety of visualizations possibilities and lets the user tweak the visualizations to their specific needs if required.
- It also offers powerful data transformation tools that improve the usefulness of a user's data without having to modify the source data.
- It supports various data aggregation from various data sources.
- Spotfire is still kind of "data pulling" strategy based application, the user defines SQL like data fetching command, and also the refresh rate, the Spotfire tries to periodically re-run those "queries", although it does have some data cache mechanism, for rapidly changing data, this strategy's performance sometimes is bad, especially when the data source is not well designed but with large amount of data (an Oracle Database with big table without too much index while those columns needs be queried). The Spotfire should improve to better connect with the other data stream /data pushing based API/Systems, also allowing the end user to define "basic data query" and the "delta data query" and "what mechanism is used to determine the delta"
- It is really easy to filter and determine which criteria data should be shown in the graphics.
- You can set up different reports in the same dashboard or you can create several dashboards in the same link you share with users.
- The coding syntax is pretty easy to understand and the help section is really well written to understand the use of different formulas.
- The scale of colors to be used in graphics could be improved.
- If you compare with other products such as Power BI, the look'n feel doesn't look as friendly as in Power BI.
- I really don't know if this is possible, but in our case, it requires local users to be created, maybe it could be synced with Active Directory?
- I am able to quickly gain access to data of all types. It is able to dynamically develop visualizations that are both visually appealing and drive business decision making.
- I have developed many reports and dashboards that display operations performance to operators, managers, and leaders.
- The variety of available visualizations is vast, and it can satisfy most needs.
- There are some visualizations that it is incapable of rendering including circular genome maps.
The mapping functionality continues to improve in Spotfire with additional features being added at each new release.
Spotfire is being used by the whole Technology business unit. The main problem I have with Spotfire is that I use version 6.5.2 with a flex server and I cannot upgrade to version 7.0 or 7.5 so as not to use my flex Spotfire server. Reporting using a link es one of the best advantages the tool has but version 6.5.2 does not allow you to change the back color of the charts and pivots and using HTML. The look & feel of the pivots and charts is not that good and the creation of calculated columns is hard to develop since it does not use excel logic. E.G. a simple date expression of "Last Month" in excel has to be generated as Month([Date]) = Month(dateadd('mm',-1,DateTime now())) and Year([Date]) = Year(dateadd('mm',-1,DateTime now()))
On the other hand is an excellent tool to manipulate and report when you have more than 200.000 rows since excel collapses and Spotfire is still running
- Spotfire is excellent to manipulate data sources with more than 200.000 rows of data. Excel collapses with more than 200.000
- All courses of Spotfire are excellent and easy to follow.
- Spotfire has an excellent functionality at the "details-on-demand" section where you can click in any number of the pivot and you'll see all details in the already mentioned section
- The charts and graphics are not as good as the one in excell
- the "expressions" to create calculated columns are not easy as the ones in excel. E.G. a simple excel expression for "last month" in Spotfire is Month([Date]) = Month(dateadd('mm',-1,DateTimeNow())) and Year([Date]) = Year(dateadd('mm',-1,DateTimeNow()))
- If you have a mistake creating expressions for calculated collumns the only help Spotfire gives you is the number of character that has the error.
- the distinct count option is not available
- TIBCO Spotfire does a great job helping its users build advanced visualizations with little to no programming involved.
- It offers a large variety of visualizations and does a good job of letting its users tweak the visualizations to their specific needs.
- It also offers powerful data transformation tools that improve the usefulness of a user's data without having to modify the source data.
- Its very strength can sometimes be a weakness. Although it is easy to develop visualizations with this platform, it is often difficult to customize when needed. This is symptomatic of all such dashboarding applications, though.
- Not an application builder, insanely hard to create a layout that is appealing or to create user controls - possible with some Python but far too hard to create say a button to change the data plotted on an axis etc.
- Not designed to create end user applications.
The web option is also great. You can send the attendees of a meeting a link with the report and they access to a "read-only " version of the report. It is not necesary to attach a file to an email, as the link itself is enough.
TIBCO Spotfire Review: "Forget about charting in Excel when you have this amazingly intuitive and easy to use analytics tool!"
- Intuitive, easy to use and build analytics platform
- Save dashboard - reuse it with different data
- Easily exportable to ppt, pdf etc
- More online training would be great (similar to what Tableau has on LinkedIn or Youtube)
- Identify SMEs, certify them, have a forum for brainstorming
- "Did you know" mini-videos of how to do certain things in Spotfire
- Data Visualization
- Summarize Data
- Decision Making
- Analyzing different KPIs
- Trends across time
- Categorical Analysis of our KPIs
- Customization on Visualizations
- Give more freedom to developer
- The user is unable to customize certain parameters (such as fonts, colors, ect)
- Very easy to use charts and modify its properties.
- A lot of different types of charts.
- An interface very visual and intuitive.
- Using of marked records is a little bit confusing.
- Legends in chart has too many options and could be confusing to read for the user.
- Sometimes is a little bit difficult and not intuitive to find an option in the main menu.
The GIS integration is exemplary as well.
Spotfire is very well suited in situations where there is large amounts of data and a wide variety of users need to access it in different depths.
It is less suited for static/daily reports that need to mailed out to users.
- Providing information on Spotfire training.
- Examples of ways you can use Spotfire with analytical data.
- Hard to use for people, because it is not intuitive.
- Expressions, IF statements, etc. are hard for people to grasp, because they are not like Access, or SQL.
- Allows for easy creation and utilization of data visualizations.
- Easy to setup folders and permissions to allow several users to access data.
- The ease of use allows for users to access and utilize data to make strategic decisions throughout the organization.
- Understanding the full benefits of the program takes time and experience.
- Some SQL language requires different setting/filters/statements than Teradata.
- Some of the options that are used are too buried to easily locate.
TIBCO Spotfire is not desired for simple data sets that are being used in a single graph.
- Spotfire can ingest extremely large data sets very quickly. We use Spotfire to analyze data sets of 5 million + rows - a feat Excel 2010 cannot handle.
- It is very easy to join tables and insert columns (VLOOKUP) in Spotfire.
- Spotfire is very user-friendly, and management loves to see the big picture, but then having the option to drill-down to the granular level of data as well.
- We would like to be able to automatically reload data for Spotfire Library files for our Consumers, who do not have access to reload the data, without having to purchase another "module" or license.
- Great visualizations
- Easy to use once data connection/information links are established
- Scalable to multiple users via web client
- Difficult to create data connections using custom SQL
- Limited support of DB2 connections (DB2 on the mainframe)
- Limited support of network connected documents on a shared drive
- Easy to get data into Spotfire, and to combine data from many sources.
- Easy to create and edit visualizations to meet the needs of the issue and/or end user.
- Dashboards can be built that deliver insight along with flexibility to allow end users some capabilities to explore the visualizations or customize the inquiry.
- Can provide or deploy advanced analytical models.
- There is a need for additional graph types. The visualization set that comes with TIBCO Spotfire is becoming rather limited.
- Working with R is rather difficult.
- There is no ability for text display visualization; a word cloud or similar would be useful.
Tibco Spotfire has some geographic capabilities. It has basic mapping, the ability to import maps and the ability to use the functionality of Spotfire on those maps. Additionally, with a bit of effort, it is possible to use some of the geographic analytical functions available in R, or using other functionality available on the net.
However, as it is not a GIS, some of the advanced features and more easy of use capabilities are not really there. Spotfire is fine for simple mapping and presentation, but, for more complex spatial analysis, one would probably look for another package.
In summary, Spotfire is probably suitable for about 90% of geographic uses, if not more. For the high end user, it will probably not work, but, for most people and their needs (including me) Spotfire can easily do what one needs.
- Spotfire's marking capibilities on line charts make it very easy to identify associated points on cluttered line graphs.
- Spotfire's filtering makes it very easy to boil analyses down to specific subsets of data, and then build them back up to whole again.
- Spotfire has the capability to link to many different data sources, making it relatively easy to keep an analysis up to date by linking to a live data source.
- As an Excel user, it is an odd transition to shift from thinking in terms of cells to thinking in terms of tables and columns. Some things that would be intuitively easy with Excel (adding 4 random cells from a document by clicking on each of the 4 cells) become much more complicated when you have to think in terms rows and tables only.
- When linking multiple live data sources together, then adding calculated columns to those data sources, then moving columns from one data table to another in one project, Spotfire can take a long time to open a project. It is also relatively easy to end up with a document that does not calculate the intended results in the most efficient way, and methods to troubleshoot inefficiencies are not always immediately obvious.
- Scatter plot line formatting could be more customizable. By default, Spotfire wants to use the same line type for each series in a scatter plot, and it is not easy for this user to figure out if there is a way to change line types per series on a chart.
- It helps us visualize and connect data into meaningful relationships quickly.
- Has the abilities to implement quite complex statistical models or down to just simple charts to help review connected or manually loaded data.
- Easy to use and learn. Great help topics and training tools available from TIBCO.
- Could help to have better mobile support for on the go analysis of visualizations.
- Cloud architect support would be helpful to be able to manipulate and create new visuals when away from my desktop.
- Would be helpful at times to be able to connect more one-on-one with an individual vs. videos and help documentation.
*Allows non-users of data (executives etc.) to be able to quickly grab what's important to them without having to spend a lot of time interpreting.
*Creates dynamic visualizations to allow for on-going update of data without having to "re-run" reports
- Building data visualizations is infinitely easier with Spotfire compared to Excel.
- Manipulating data in charts is another huge strength of Spotfire. Trellising data, removing data on the fly and coloring data trends based on different variables is incredibly easy.
- The mapping feature allows you to build dynamic dashboards. I barely use IHS Accumap anymore now that I have built out my own visual dashboards using the GIS mapping feature.
- Custom expressions can be cumbersome to learn and are not entirely intuitive.
- Some simple coding tasks in Excel are a lot harder to do in Spotfire.
- Not having the ability to set y axis intervals like you can in Excel for charts can be a bit frustrating at times.
- The best part of Spotfire is that we can integrate different kinds of files in order to complete every table
- Spotfire provides a better view of the inconsistent data and gives us many possibilities to hide or to treat only the correct data
- Besides displaying classical and representative graphics, we can also configure the project as an online app by adding buttons, by giving the consumers the possibility to switch between different tabs, as with a classical website.
- It misses the possibility to enter or fill new data manually. We can display new fields but it's not possible to save the information that we fill and that we generate..
Well suited : Integrate files and new data.
Less appropriate : Integrating .XLSX isn't always easy because data types are not recognized.
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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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