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Score 8 out of 10
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TIBCO Spotfire makes data visualization work much more streamlined and easy to execute. Despite handling multiple types and large data sets, the TIBCO Spotfire software helps in providing recommendations and good user interface to create visualizations. As a result, the team can focus more on the value of the visualizations and insights that are to be found
Tim Daciuk | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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There is some need for implementation planning with the end in mind. We decided to have TIBCO install and configure the platform, and, I would recommend this approach. TIBCO has had experience with this type of work and we decided that rather than trying to "muddle through" we would have them work on it. One important thing is that you must identify those people supporting TIBCO Spotfire and literally have them work shoulder to shoulder with TIBCO in order to understand the installation and configuration.
Michael Soliman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The original architecture I created for our implementation had only a particular set of internal business units in mind. Over the years, Spotfire gained in popularity in our company and was being utilized across many more business units. Soon, its usage went beyond what the original architectural implementation could provide. We've since learned about how the product is used by the different teams and are currently in the middle of rolling out a new architecture.

I suggest:
  • Have clearly defined service level agreements with all the teams that will use Spotfire. Your business intelligence group might only need availability during normal working hours, but your production support group might need 24/7 availability. If these groups share one Spotfire server, maintenance of that server might be a problem.
  • Know the different types of data you will be working with. One group might be working with "public" data while another group might work with sensitive data. Design your Library accordingly and with the proper permissions.
  • Know the roles of the users of Spotfire. Will there only be a small set of report writers or does everyone have write access to the Library?
  • ALWAYS add a timestamp prompt to your reports. You don't want multiple users opening a report that will try and pull down millions of rows of data to their local workstations. Another option, of course, is to just hard code a time range in the backing database view (i.e. where activity_date >= sysdate - 90, etc.), but I'd rather educate/train the user base if possible.
  • This probably goes without saying, but if possible, point to a separate reporting database or a logical standby database. You don't want the company pounding on your primaries and take down your order system.
Score 10 out of 10
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I was not involved in our company's initial implementation. In my first experience with Spotfire, which actually was called Spotfire Decisionsite, the implementation was fairly easy. As long as you have expertise in house that can assist with setting up the database instance and the application server, it is not that difficult to implement with no customization.
January 17, 2014


Avinash Yerra BOCP, OCA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Initially migrations had lot of issues (environment to environment). The big problem is that there are no specific automated client tools for dashboard migration as there are with some other tools. If I share information links with someone else and he then changes the file, this also impacts my data. Migrating dashboards from a development environment to a production environment is a very manual process and we work with Tibco consulting for assistance. I have to keep two full-time resources on staff to help with this. Automated migration tools would be a huge advantage.

TIBCO Spotfire Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

BI Standard Reporting (3)
Pixel Perfect reports (30)
Customizable dashboards (276)
Report Formatting Templates (241)
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
Drill-down analysis (271)
Formatting capabilities (284)
Integration with R or other statistical packages (207)
Report sharing and collaboration (256)
Report Output and Scheduling (4)
Publish to Web (213)
Publish to PDF (251)
Report Versioning (18)
Report Delivery Scheduling (161)
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (289)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (254)
Predictive Analytics (218)
Access Control and Security (3)
Multi-User Support (named login) (224)
Role-Based Security Model (191)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (210)
Mobile Capabilities (4)
Responsive Design for Web Access (164)
Dedicated iOS Application (114)
Dedicated Android Application (12)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (136)
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding (6)
Javascript API (57)
iFrames (43)
Java API (49)
Themeable User Interface (UI) (58)
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (50)

What is 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

  • Supported: Administration via Windows App
  • Supported: Administration via MacOS App
  • Supported: Administration via Web Interface
  • Supported: Live Connection to External Data
  • Supported: Snapshot of External Data
  • Supported: In-memory data model
  • Supported: OLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
  • Supported: Multi-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
  • Supported: Data warehouse / dictionary layer
  • Supported: ETL Capability
  • Supported: ETL Scheduler

Supported Data Sources Features

  • Supported: MS Excel Workbooks
  • Supported: Text Files (CSV, etc)
  • Supported: Oracle
  • Supported: MS SQL Server
  • Supported: IBM DB2
  • Supported: Postgres
  • Supported: MySQL
  • Supported: ODBC
  • Supported: Cloudera Hadoop
  • Supported: Hortonworks Hadoop
  • Supported: EMC Greenplum
  • Supported: IBM Netezza
  • Supported: HP Vertica
  • Supported: SAP Hana
  • Supported: Teradata
  • Supported: Salesforce
  • Supported: SAP
  • Supported: Google Analytics

BI Standard Reporting Features

  • Supported: Customizable dashboards
  • Supported: Report Formatting Templates

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

  • Supported: Drill-down analysis
  • Supported: Formatting capabilities
  • Supported: Predictive modeling
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages
  • Supported: Report sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

  • Supported: Publish to Web
  • Supported: Publish to PDF
  • Supported: Output Raw Supporting Data
  • Supported: Report Delivery Scheduling

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

  • Supported: Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
  • Supported: Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
  • Supported: Predictive Analytics
  • Supported: Support for Machine Learning models
  • Supported: Pattern Recognition and Data Mining
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages

Access Control and Security Features

  • Supported: Multi-User Support (named login)
  • Supported: Role-Based Security Model
  • Supported: Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
  • Supported: Report-Level Access Control
  • Supported: Table-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Field-Level Access Control (BI-layer)

Mobile Capabilities Features

  • Supported: Responsive Design for Web Access
  • Supported: Dedicated iOS Application
  • Supported: Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features

  • Supported: REST API
  • Supported: Javascript API
  • Supported: iFrames
  • Supported: Java API
  • Supported: Themeable User Interface (UI)
  • Supported: Customizable Platform (Open Source)

TIBCO Spotfire Screenshots

Smart Visual AnalyticsReal-time Streaming BIUnparalleled Location AnalyticsIntelligent Data WranglingBuilt-in Predictive Analytics

TIBCO Spotfire Videos

What Are Spotfire Recommendations?
Introducing TIBCO Spotfire X
Spotfire X - Quickstart
An Overview of Spotfire X - Analytics, accelerated

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TIBCO Spotfire Pricing

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More pricing information from TIBCO Spotfire

On-premise Editions Pricing
Pricing DetailsTerms
TIBCO Spotfire PlatformPlease contact TIBCO sales
SaaS Editions Pricing
Pricing 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

TIBCO Spotfire Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesAvailable in all regions
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, French, German, Portugese, Chinese, Italian

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TIBCO Spotfire?

TIBCO Spotfire® is a data visualization platform that utilizes predictive analytics. In addition to data viz, it includes data wrangling capabilities, predictive analytics, location analytics, and real-time streaming analytics.

What is TIBCO Spotfire's best feature?

Reviewers rate Drill-down analysis highest, with a score of 8.7.

Who uses TIBCO Spotfire?

The most common users of TIBCO Spotfire are from Enterprises and the Oil & Energy industry.