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TIBCO Spotfire -- Enter the New Era of Data Analytics
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March 05, 2019

TIBCO Spotfire -- Enter the New Era of Data Analytics

Score 9 out of 101
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TIBCO Cloud Spotfire Enterprise

Overall Satisfaction with TIBCO Spotfire

We are using TIBCO Spotfire across the company to calculate and analyze the risk assessment of multiple clients. With the use of this amazing product, we saved our clients almost 80% of their loss due to theft. We also helped them in analyzing their stored data to figure out which store is doing good and which needs attention. Previously, we used other reporting tools, and migrated all our reports to TIBCO Spotfire some four years ago. The main advantage we see is that the reports run faster than other reporting tools, we can connect to multiple databases, calculated columns are cached in the report so that it increases your report speed, and many more.
  • Reports load faster than any other reporting tools, and your data can be cached in the memory to avoid the processing time.
  • It supports almost all the data sources available, which is lacking in other tools.
  • It supports Html, Java, R, and Iron Python coding. That means that you can customize your dashboards in whatever way you want them to be.
  • It can deal with more than 100 million records without a delay in loading.
  • Sometimes, visualizations save the values. For example, if you change the column name in column properties, that affects the axis in visualization, but not the "limit data by expression" in the properties data tab.
  • Like some visualization tools, we need to have detailed visualization in hovering the mouse pointer on the main visualization.
  • We need to have the option to auto-size your Text area UI to whichever device screen you are using. Currently, it is not auto fitting to different screen sizes.
I feel Tableau is more rigid and not flexible compared to Spotfire. I feel that difference while working with retail data that has more than 10 million records. On Tableau, it took almost 10 minutes to open up a report. Whereas Spotfire did this in a minute. Our data is also live, so we need to be updating the report every thirty minutes. We do this using the scheduled update, which is lacking (the process is too difficult to do every time) in Tableau.
  • It's really profitable when you look at the output you receive.
  • Clients are happier, and the contract price goes higher with them when we are able to tick their requirements.
  • Installation on the server saves time for both admins and users.
  • Online training
  • In-person training
  • Self-taught
I have been under self-training after getting my Bachelor's degree. After that, I was trained under a company. After completing my Masters in the United States, I got to know about the forum, and the people posting questions helped me a lot in learning the new things going on with the product. If I am struck with anything, TIBCO support is always there to help me.
My company has not integrated them with any other products yet. We are planning to integrate with TIBCO BW in the future. Right now, we have integrated R Studio to make advanced predictive analytics, and we are really happy in seeing the results. It's very easy to integrate and use other products with Spotfire.
It is well suited if you are working with large sets of data. I would say greater than a million. It is also well suited if you are working with data that refreshes more frequently and data that is not clean enough (so you can create calculated columns and clean on the fly). It is not suited if your data is never going to refresh (better to use an Excel kind of reporting service). It is also not suited if you like to see fancy looking charts like performance meter, donut chart etc. It is suited more if you want to work with predictive analysis using R or Python scripting

TIBCO Spotfire Feature Ratings

Customizable dashboards
8
Report Formatting Templates
9
Drill-down analysis
10
Formatting capabilities
8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
10
Report sharing and collaboration
10
Publish to Web
10
Publish to PDF
10
Report Delivery Scheduling
10
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
10
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
10
Predictive Analytics
10
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
10
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
10
Responsive Design for Web Access
10
Dedicated iOS Application
9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9
REST API
10
Javascript API
10
iFrames
10
Java API
10
Themeable User Interface (UI)
10
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
10