- Good data transformation tools.
- Excellent connectivity to different data sources.
- Good forecasting and statistical capabilities.
- Can be hosted or cloud based.
We used this solution for four years up to the beginning of 2016.
Ours was a hosted solution with two servers. The main Spotfire server required very few restarts and it was normally down to a user creating a crazy report for millions of rows of data.
We have not encountered any scalability issues. However, the cost is prohibitive.
The technical support is above average. Our Spotfire support was handled by a Spotfire partner who was quick to respond. TIBCO's website does also provide a wealth of information through a knowledge base, community forums, technical block articles etc. They provided a few licenses for a development system so we could test patches etc out before deploying to our production system.
We used Oracle Portal. We switched as the technology was becoming dated and our analysts wanted something they could use themselves with minimal development involvement and to be easy to deploy their dashboards/reports to their users.
I wasn't involved with the setup as our IT team did this. They didn't complain about it afterwards.
Tibco is an expensive product and although we purchased it initially for a small user group, as usage grew licencing costs meant we had to be very proactive with users who had licences but were not using them. There didn't appear to be any options to reduce the per user licencing costs by changing to a per processor model unless you were spending £1m+.
We looked at Tableau, Qlikview, Jaspersoft, Oracle.