TIBCO Spotfire Review

The ability to create dashboards in real-time is valuable in our industry.

Valuable Features

Being able to create dashboards on the fly while stakeholders give requirements in real-time is extremely valuable in advertising. Creating dashboards with high interactivity and drilling down with record sets of multi-millions of rows is very fast. Stake holders would have experience a very long lag with similar tools on the market.

Spotfire also has a sky-is-the-limit extensibility to it that is very impressive. I can say yes to almost anything a stakeholder asks for and be able to deliver.

There is a bevy of advanced analytics tools included that only SAS can compete with.

Improvements to My Organization

Our organization utilizes Spotfire in many ways, we have had major success in using Spotfire for resource utilization and project management as well as with big data in website analytics.

We have demonstrated creating tools using advanced analytics in Spotfire that our analytics team can run and get the information needed to provide insights extremely fast.

Room for Improvement

Some of the syntax for custom expressions can be complicated and the learning curve for advanced work is steep.

Training is only offered by Tibco and there are not many courses for advanced usage. There are a few internet blogs and community forums I can turn to, but I would like to see more training options available.

Stability Issues

The only stability problems we have encountered are due to the anti-virus software running on the servers, but it is very rare and runs 24x7 for months without any intervention.

Scalability Issues

The product is very scalable. If server resources are running low, we can spin up a virtual server and create a new node to help share the burden.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Technical support can be a slow process involving email threads and scheduling screen share meetings, but they usually solve the problem in the end.

Implementation Team

Implemented in house.

Other Solutions Considered

We evaluated Tableau and PowerBI

Other Advice

Spotfire is a very impressive solution and I would highly recommend it.

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