TIBCO Spotfire vs. Tableau

Tableau is ranked 1st in Business Intelligence Tools with 58 reviews vs TIBCO Spotfire which is ranked 11th in Business Intelligence Tools with 15 reviews. The top reviewer of Tableau writes "The visualizations bring out patterns buried under a mountain of data. The tool offers unparalleled flexibility in terms of the types of visualisation that one can create". The top reviewer of TIBCO Spotfire writes "The ability to handle large volumes of data through its in-memory OLAP is valuable". Tableau is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAS Visual Analytics and Oracle OBIEE. TIBCO Spotfire is most compared with Denodo, Microsoft BI and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform. See our TIBCO Spotfire vs. Tableau report.
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Pros
Visualization attributes: Marks – Color, Size, Label, etc.. Easily Accessible and Intuitive.It most valuable feature is its ease of developing visualizations, not just charts and graphs.It is a very stable product. It doesn't break.​Data is easily understood at all levels of the company.Business insights are shared across various departments.Its ease of use and ability to convert drag and drop gestures into queries.The ability to create complex calculations.​Its ease of use and ability to convert drag and drop gestures into queries.

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The ability to connect to many different data sources is one of the key features. The other would then be the different ways in which that data can be visualized.R and automation services.One of the main features is integrated statistical analysis.Data discovery is very simple.

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Cons
Small multiples (a.k.a. Trellis charts) are possible only through very hacky means. Update: Still remains a challenge.Improvements in schema security and row/column security need to be made.We would like a report model, because currently there is no schema that we can create in the tool.​Conditional formatting could be an interesting feature to provide to final users.The data preparation/blending options are very basic. They could be improved.Tableau is a company that does not respect partners.I would like them to include the Italian language, as I can see there are other foreign language in the product.They need to improve the bar chart position and width.

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I would like more easy-to-implement analytical algorithms. At the moment they include things like forecasts and regressions. They need to add a lot more of these types of things to the product because not everyone is a data scientist.Print capability and trigger-based events.Compared to competitors, the UI is quite dated.The number of charts available out of the box in Spotfire can be enhanced.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Tableau is an expensive solution, though it comes with its advantages.Tableau's licensing is pretty straightforward and simple.ROI is very high, but it requires a data preparation/blending tool.The price could be higher for the quality of software, so they revised the pricing in this version, and I agree with the price for top version. The top version costs about $70 per month, and the price is cheap for the quality.I like the payment model. For the people who need to create, they buy their licenses. Everyone else can use the free Tableau Viewer. This is much better than some of the competitor products, which require full licences for everything.The cost is high.Deployment of dashboards to viewers and unit supervisors can be prohibitively expensive.I wish there was more of a subscription model with the pricing when it comes to Tableau, so you can get all the latest version upgrades/features if you pay monthly/annually.

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The Tibco sales teams have been very difficult to work with - ignoring requests, misrepresenting level of demand, etc.

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Prasun MitraConsultant

I work in the area of data analytics and data management from a solutions standpoint.
From my experience on Data Visualization Tools and the their utilities from the customers standpoint I would like to mention the following key criteria not in the order of importance which varies from customer to customer(these are not necessarily all the criteria but are certainly among the important ones):
1.  Ease of use, ie does not require an IT guy to help operate all the time 2. Easy to deploy 3. Integration with portals or standalone 4. The user profiles: Who are the users in terms of their hierarchy in the org and their roles/responsibilities within the org? How do they best visualize their data? Where do they best visualize their data?-Mobile/desktop/conf room/tablets/ and so on. 5. How does the tool integrate with the data sources and how many different types of data sources do they support? Of course not all customers have a large number of data sources but the tool is likely to satisfy a majority of customers if it has good integration capability. 6. How does it work with cloud based apps of the customer? 7. Security of distributed reports/dashboards and data. 8. The tool's ability to support data "type" identification. 9. Speed 10. Types of reports/visualization/ etc

Regards, Prasun Mitra

09 January 15
Sanjay-KumarReal User

Hi There,

Amaze! I have been looking bing for hours because of this and i also in the end think it is in this article! Maybe I recommend you something helps me all the time?

In Web Player application, there is an attribute to logout a user on inactivity logout (inactivityTimeout - Spotfire.Dxp.Worker.Web.config).
Unfortunately it only works in library browser. So, it doesn't work when an analysis is open or on an administrator page like "Users & Groups". 
Is it possible to have a global inactivity timeout function to logout a user when he does nothing during a period of time (ie. 15min)?
Please note "Absolute session timeout" is not convinience for our users because they need to login every 15min.

https://asha24.com/blog/introduction-to-tibco-spotfire">I look forward to see your next updates.

Merci Beaucoup,
Irene Hynes

11 April 18
Orlee GillisCommunity Mgr

Hi Robert, do you have a link to the story published by the journalist about Data Visualization solutions?

20 October 16
it_user177480Real User

This is really helpful--thanks so much for the reply--I will definitely look at your post--thanks again! Bob

08 January 15
JhornberReal User

Hi Robert,

Last year I evaluated all the tools you mentioned. If you're interested in my actual evaluation criteria, you can locate the post on my profile page. Data visualization tools all tend to get grouped under a single category, but I think they can be subcategorized. A key qualifier in my mind is what type of data visualization tool one is looking for, or rather, what the primary use of the tool will be. If it's business-user friendly, drag and drop, ad hoc data exploration, I'd lean toward Tableau (though cost can be an impediment for some). However, If it's a polished, designed dashboards, that provide a more guided interaction, then I'd lean toward a more flexible tool like Qlikview. Alternatively, if your focus was on predictive analytics & data science, Spotfire (or SAS) might be a better option. One should also consider the state and type of data the Data Viz tool will be accessing, as some are far more flexible in the data types they ingest/combine, and each tool provides varying degrees of ETL-type functionality. There is, so far as I've determined to date, no single tool, that is the clear leader in all those areas, so it's likely about determining the specific needs of the business, and determining which tool balances them best. Hope that helps get you going!

J.

08 January 15
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Financial Services Firm
16%
Healthcare Company
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University
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Manufacturing Company
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Financial Services Firm
19%
Healthcare Company
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Manufacturing Company
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Comms Service Provider
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Energy/Utilities Company
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Financial Services Firm
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Healthcare Company
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Financial Services Firm
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Energy/Utilities Company
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Pharma/Biotech Company
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Midsize Enterprise
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