We use Spotfire in many ways. Primarily, it is a fast data wrangling tool that lets you dig through and visualize data very quickly. Our team, in particular, uses it to look at oil and gas production data. In addition, we use Python and R in the backend to build more advanced applications.
There is a tough learning curve to overcome to use Spotfire. Being self-taught, it took me a couple of weeks to have any idea what I was doing. Becoming “good” took about a year and an expert took about 3 years.