Teaching Graduage Visual Analytics and Visualization with Spotfire Cloud
June 29, 2021

Teaching Graduage Visual Analytics and Visualization with Spotfire Cloud

Cindy Corritore | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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TIBCO Cloud Spotfire

Overall Satisfaction with TIBCO Spotfire

I am a faculty member in the Business Intelligence and Analytics Department, Heider College of Business, at Creighton University. I learned about [TIBCO] Spotfire years ago when it was at Stanford and followed it's progress since then. About 5-6 years ago, I incorporated it into my graduate Business Intelligence and Analytics Visual Analytics and Visualization course (about 100 students a year, all online). While we use Tableau for the majority of the course just because it is free and easy, we do use [TIBCO] Spotfire for 20% of the course so the students can not only see a different system, but see the power of [TIBCO] Spotfire and how easily one can get complex but easy to understand visualizations. In my opinion, [TIBCO] Spotfire is best of breed. We use the Cloud version only because about 70% of the students have Macs, not PCs. Even though the Cloud has less functionality than the desktop version, I feel we can still experience a great deal of the features and visuals that Spotfire offers. I always get feedback from the students that they love the product, and are thrilled to have experiences in the course with it.
  • Drill-down visual creation
  • Brushing interaction
  • Ease of use of the cloud version
  • Cloud documentation
  • Pricing for academia (ie. free) - students and faculty using it in a course
  • Mac desktop version
  • Some complex tutorials/demos
The only other tool we use in my course is Tableau. Tableau is very popular regionally (Omaha, NE), runs locally on Mac and PC, is free for students and faculty, and has a web outlet for sharing. It also plays well with AWS. For these reasons, we use it as the primary visualization tool in the course. As I mentioned earlier, we use [TIBCO] Spotfire as an example of another tool that is popular and excellent.
I have found that Spotfire is easier for them to use for many tasks, such as quickly building a visual, adjusting variables and data, and synchronizing charts.
  • We can only use it for the free trial period.
  • I have to 'rebuild' the course sample files and accounts on Spotfire every semester.
  • It is perfect as an excellent alternative to Tableau in the course.
  • We have to use the less powerful Cloud version since the majority of the students have Macs. This means we can't use advanced AI features, for example.
Course is still a success - but I would like to be able to use [TIBCO] Spotfire more comprehensively than we do now.

Do you think TIBCO Spotfire delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with TIBCO Spotfire's feature set?

No

Did TIBCO Spotfire live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of TIBCO Spotfire go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy TIBCO Spotfire again?

Yes

As I described in the first question, I am a long friend of [TIBCO] Spotfire. I believe that the user experience is excellent, and that students pick it up quickly. The students in our program are all working professionals in various business and health care fields and often have experience with other visualization tools. After using [TIBCO] Spotfire in several assignments, the comments are always positive and generally ask for more time in the course with [TIBCO] Spotfire. Many of the charts that they had difficulty creating in with other tools, such as a Parallel Coordinate Chart, are straightforward in [TIBCO] Spotfire. This makes a big impression.

TIBCO Spotfire Feature Ratings

Customizable dashboards
10
Report Formatting Templates
Not Rated
Drill-down analysis
10
Formatting capabilities
9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
4
Publish to Web
Not Rated
Publish to PDF
Not Rated
Report Delivery Scheduling
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
10
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
Not Rated
Role-Based Security Model
Not Rated
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Not Rated
Responsive Design for Web Access
Not Rated
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated
REST API
Not Rated
Javascript API
Not Rated
iFrames
Not Rated
Java API
Not Rated
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Not Rated
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Not Rated