Spotfire Cloud - a product with serious limitations.
February 20, 2019

Spotfire Cloud - a product with serious limitations.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

TIBCO Cloud Spotfire

Overall Satisfaction with Spotfire

We use Spotfire for creating an interactive and visual dashboard to present our organization performance for various KPIs. The aim is to create a view where users can see trends over time and apply various filters to drill down to detailed level information. Also, the dashboard is presented at executive level meetings to answer any questions raised regarding our performance. Currently, Spotfire is used by 100 or so users in various departments such as HR, Accounting, Performance etc.
  • Spotfire is good in enabling users to drill down data by applying various data filters by simply highlighting a particular area in a chart or toggling the filters on the side.
  • After the initial data upload, the speed at which Spotfire refreshes the data is quite impressive.
  • The ability to link charts with each other is also handy as you can change filters on one chart and all charts change to show the relevant data. That is the key feature that allows drilling down data.
  • The cloud version of Spotfire is very limited in its capabilities. Users have to pay a lot more for the desktop version which has a lot more features.
  • There are some serious limitations in Spotfire Cloud, like not being able to put a simple text Label on top of your visualization, or importing an image to go with your visualization. These things are a must and should be added to the cloud version
  • I mostly use Spotfire Cloud and it's very limiting in terms of types of data connections that it supports. Compared to Spotfire desktop version Spotfire Cloud is so limiting that it's almost not worth paying for it.
  • It's hard for me to tell as my position in the company doesn't directly involve this, but I feel it's been positive overall.
I work as a data analyst and mostly the end user of the product. I have no knowledge in terms of the above question.
It was an organizational decision to go with Spotfire. I had no input in it.
If someone is happy to pay for Spotfire desktop then it's a very good tool for data visualization. The Cloud version is so limiting that it's not worth considering. By offering such limited capabilities in the Spotfire Cloud version is almost putting users off from their products. They should seriously review what they offer in cloud vs desktop versions.

Spotfire Feature Ratings

Customizable dashboards
Report Formatting Templates
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Report sharing and collaboration
Publish to Web
Publish to PDF
Report Delivery Scheduling
Multi-User Support (named login)
Role-Based Security Model
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Responsive Design for Web Access
Not Rated

Spotfire Training

  • Online Training
  • In-Person Training
  • No Training
No fault of Spotfire, but we were trained on Spotfire desktop and then handed the Spotfire Cloud, which has many limitations when compared to Spotfire desktop. Since the two products are quite different in terms of what features they offer, the training was not very useful in the end. Therefore, the learning curve for me to use Spotfire Cloud has been very steep for the last year or so.