Spotfire in a K4 - 12, bilingual, international school in Colombia
Updated December 09, 2016

Spotfire in a K4 - 12, bilingual, international school in Colombia

Olga Polyakov | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with TIBCO Spotfire

The TiBCO Spotfire Platform is being used by Colegio Nueva Granada to provide access to data from a variety of sources to teachers, administrators and other school staff. A variety of dashboards are available to teachers to monitor student performance in the classroom and on standardized tests. Dashboards for tracking trends in school metrics are available to administrators to track trends and monitor progress towards school improvement objectives.

The problem that Spotfire solves is decreasing the burden in gathering actionable data so educational staff are able to make data-informed decisions about their teaching strategies in the classroom. Furthermore, accreditation standards are very data focused, and Spotfire helps us achieve those standardized at higher levels.
  • Merge data from a variety sources into a single data table
  • Easy user interface for the author and the end-users
  • Customer technical support
  • Innovation with new releases
  • Filter elements added into text boxes do not have the name of the filter above them as they do in the filter menu.
  • Calculated columns in the receiving table are not available as columns on which one can match during a merging process unless they were calculated using a data table transformation.
  • The legend icon for graphics is hidden until you scroll over it. Inexperienced users don't know it is there.
I found Spotfire more intuitive as an author compared to Tableau. Even after completing the intro course in Tableau, I had difficulty recreating steps to achieve a particular set of graphics. In contrast, I was easily able to remember how to achieve a set of graphics within Spotfire. Also, at the time of the evaluation, Tableau did not support a variety of merging protocols while Spotfire did. I believe that is no longer an issue with Tableau, but at the time of purchase, Spotfire supported Right, Left, Inner and Full Merges while Tableau only supported Right merges.
Spotfire supports a variety of data sources. Creating Information Links from an SQL database is easy, and those information links become the data source for TIBCO Spotfire in our setup.
We don't really share across multiple authors, so I'm not to familiar with this feature. I do know it exists, but the organization lacks multiple Spotfire Authors with whom to collaborate.
TIBCO Spotfire is well suited for interactive use. It is not well suited for report generation. When we provide graphics for printed reports, we can not export them from Spotfire. We have to export the base data table into Excel and recreate the graphic. This is understandable, since the two goals are very distinct, and I'm not sure it would be possible to meet both needs at the same time.

TIBCO Spotfire Feature Ratings

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