TIBCO Spotfire Review

If you have to deploy visualizations you can do it based on the business needs


What is our primary use case?

We have two primary use cases. One is for the data exploration and the second is for deploying the dashboards for the specific business use cases.

What is most valuable?

There are two features that I have found most valuable. One is its ability to customize the dashboards when it comes to the evaluation. If you have to deploy visualizations you can actually do it based on the business needs and even customize them for the business prep centers. Other tools are not as flexible as Spotfire's ability to integrate HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.

The second feature is its ability to handle a large amount of data, which is also something very unique about it.

What needs improvement?

In terms of what could be improved, when it comes to data manipulation there are features which are good, but one of the features which has really been missing in Spotfire is an offline ability for data manipulation. In Qlik you are able to simply manipulate the member's data, manage it, and build data through SQL queries. This means you can actually do your data modeling offline. If we had this type of capability in Spotfire that would make it a very superior product with respect to the others in the market. Now it is hard to manage offline.

You really have to rely on the external sources to do the entire data modeling for the exploration or for the visualization development. But what Qlik has also started offering is that they have a wider capability where you can actually have offline data and do your data modeling through the SQL. This means you can actually manipulate a member's data before you utilize it in a visualization. So you really don't have to rely a lot on the enterprise source, and you can manage data in your own source and then deploy the dashboard supporting this.

Additionally, support could be improved. Lastly, the third feature which I would really recommend improving is the diagnosing and monitoring tools, which are really missing in the overall portfolio of Spotfire.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using TIBCO Spotfire for five, six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

TIBCO Spotfire is a scalable product. 

We have more than 3,000 people using it.

We do plan to use it more in the future. We really recommend the new capabilities and really try to simplify it as we go.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have access to the technical support, though from a technical support perspective, I do feel this is one of the areas which can be improved. There is not a lot of self-service available in the technical admin support. That means that for almost every single issue you may have to rely on the technical support because the online materials are not enough.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before using TIBCO Spotfire we were using Power BI. However, we were really not able to find a good scalable solution with Power BI.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy. It took roughly a couple of days.

What about the implementation team?

There was a team for the initial setup. A couple of engineers.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

TIBCO Spotfire is an expensive product.

What other advice do I have?

I would totally recommend this product. 

On a scale of one to ten I would rate TIBCO Spotfire an eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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