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January 16, 2014

TIBCO Spotfire: "Spotfire-Review"

Score 9 out of 101
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Review Source

Software Version
Modules Used
Spotfire Server/Spotfire Web Player/Spotfire Automation Services/Stastical Services

Overall Satisfaction

  • The Capital Markets and Credit Loss Management areas both use Spotfire and we have proven results. Essentially we access big data from other systems like Bloomberg databases and then end users analyze this data to make business decisions. We have two or three dashboards are active for capital markets decision making.
  • Spotfire can access databases and build dashboards very well. Performance is good, because the data is cached. There are also excellent statistical tools.
  • Visualizations are generally good.
  • Scheduling and Distribution: Tools like Business Objects or Cognos have excellent distribution mechanisms. Tibco Spotfire does not allow you to distribute a report directly. You have to first create an XML file and then distribute it. It's possible to see and open the reports, but it does not have scheduling flexibility like other tools.
  • Excel Export and Enterprise support: Most people use Excel to analyze data but it's not possible to export the data to an Escel format.
  • The data analysis we perform allows us to make better trading decisions. Capital Markets has made some very good trading decisions based on analysis of Bloomberg data which can result in huge gains in the millions of dollars.
Helping to our business users for better data evaluation
I think the API needs to be updated in the tool.

Product Usage

7 - Architect
Library Administrators (Migrations)
  • Capital Markets area: To evaluate markets.
  • Credit Loss Management Area: To evaluate Loans (We can't provide details)


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.
  • Vendor implemented
  • Implemented in-house


Pretty helpful, if we follow instructions about testing , we can learn tool very quickly.


I think Spotfire should improve customer service, because it sometimes takes a couple of escalations before issues are resolved.


We have several BI tools like Microstrategy, Crystal Reports etc. as well as Tibco Spotfire. It is my job to advise our users as to what would be the best tool to use depending on their requirements. For example, some features are not available in Microstrategy. I do not recommend Spotfire for ad-hoc report purposes because the report builder has to be a developer with technical skills. Users cannot build dashboards themselves; they can only filter the data and export the data, but they cannot build the dashboards. It's not that Spotfire has poor usability, it's just that it requires a developer to build the dashboards.


We have huge infrastructure in place and solid Monitoring on Spotfire
We have had a few hiccups with millions of rows of data evaluation in dashbaords


Vendor Relationship

Spotfire Bundles and Bulk Licensing deals work well