Spotfire is the best tool to empower analytics to produce visually rich results
July 05, 2021

Spotfire is the best tool to empower analytics to produce visually rich results

Jim Putnam | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
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Spotfire Platform

Overall Satisfaction with TIBCO Spotfire

It is being used in three areas. Advanced Analytics, Pricing, and Marketing. Across the three business units Spotfire is an analytics tool, whereas Tableau is used for reporting dashboards.
  • It has the best coding integration (python, R) of any BI product
  • The ability to work with very large datasets (10 mil+) is better than competitors
  • Export options are more complete and have better functionality
  • The data canvas is the best tool to join and transform data vs. competitors
  • User interface is less intuitive and changes are more visual than functional.
  • Dedicated settings to build solutions for mobile would be appreciated.
  • More statistical and analytics functions would be good. The list has been static for a while.
Spotfire is the best application for power users by virtue of its wide variety of visualizations, incorporated analytics, superior data canvas, and ability to integrate code such as R or Python. The learning curve is steeper and the menus are Windows 7 once you are past some superficial visual improvements. But the power is unmatched.

Tableau has a smoother web publishing platform and user access management. And to create reporting tables, as one might create in Excel, are easier. But it falls down in flexibility and overall analytics power. Power BI is a disaster all around, but it has tight integration with other Microsoft applications.
  • Positive impact on pricing to complete advanced analytics.
  • Improved our efficiency by smoothly exporting results.
  • Very good for ad hoc analysis of data.
  • no training
No formal training other than what could be accomplished via documentation (very thorough) and online sources such as YouTube. Tableau has a much larger user community and hence more freely available resources.
We use TIBCO Data Science (TDS) as well as Spotfire. But the integrated capabilities of Spotfire to run R data functions makes much of the capabilities of Data Science redundant. The TDS interface and output are not contemporary, although the power is obvious. Integration is possible but another added cost.

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

Yes

Are you happy with TIBCO Spotfire's feature set?

Yes

Did TIBCO Spotfire live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of TIBCO Spotfire go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy TIBCO Spotfire again?

Yes

Spotfire is a more capable analytics tool than Tableau or PowerBI, for example. It makes analysis accessible to non-analytics users and augments Excel well. It also blends data very well. The learning curve is a little steeper but otherwise it best suited for analytics professionals looking to provide visualizations to their work.

TIBCO Spotfire Feature Ratings

Customizable dashboards
9
Report Formatting Templates
6
Drill-down analysis
10
Formatting capabilities
8
Integration with R or other statistical packages
10
Report sharing and collaboration
9
Publish to Web
9
Publish to PDF
9
Report Delivery Scheduling
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9
Predictive Analytics
9
Multi-User Support (named login)
Not Rated
Role-Based Security Model
Not Rated
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
7
Responsive Design for Web Access
9
Dedicated iOS Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
6
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