TIBCO Spotfire Review
Allows you to customize the application and use html in text areas.


Spotfire is a very intuitive design tool. It’s very easy to manipulate X-axes and Y-axes to build visualizations. The tool does not have a heavy learning curve. It’s also well-designed in that once you learn one thing, it’s quite easy to use that knowledge to do something else. The UI is quite consistent.

The tool allows you to customize the application. For example, the SDK allows for custom visualizations. But for that one should have the programming knowledge, C# is must to learn.

The best feature which I found is use of html language in text areas. You can design the text area with background colors and images as well you can add borders in text areas.

Spotfire supports the S plus and R language which we can used for predictive analysis. It’s a complex part of Spotfire.

It allows you to make your custom sql queries and load the required data only. Information designer is the best part in Spotfire, you can create columns, use conditions, pivot, unpivot, and make joins. It’s a kind of sql editor.

Marking visualization components and filtering for drill-down into the underlying data are very intuitive and easy to understand.

Version 6.0 has some added features like maporama in their maps, later on in coming releases they are going to add more to maps.

You can limit your data by using simple expressions.

These are the points which makes Spotfire different from other BI tools.

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

3 Comments

it_user7077Consultant

Hi Akrati,
Great review!
I was wondering about the mapping tool (maporama), is it very intuitive? Would you recommend users to use it or wait for the next version?
Thanks!

08 April 14
it_user67839ConsultantTOP 20

Yes indeed, good article, pointing the most appreciated features in Spotfire!
Thanks

08 April 14
it_user103542Consultant

Hi Hadas,
Yes i would like the users to use maporama and find the difference between release 5.5 and 6.0, Hopefully will see some more attractive features in the coming release.

Thanks alot!!

09 April 14
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