4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 18, 2016
Tibco has always provided excellent support for the Spotfire platform both on the web and phone support.
First consider the types of data your users want to analysis and how users will access this data i.e. spreadsheets, Access databases or much larger datasets like Oracle or SQL databses. Then you need to consider who will be looking at the results of the analysis; is it just a small subset of users or is there a much broader audience in your organization. Spotfire will grow organically in your organization once users see what can be done with Spotfire. That's why I always recommend an enterpirse model for spotfire rather than adhoc, one off usage.
Spotfire is relatively straightforward to learn and use. There isn't a massive learning curve and the user can be up and running fairly quickly with some training and I do recommend that users take at leat some basic training.
Spotfire is still growing and maturing as an enterprise BI tool. I wish the AD and LDAP integration was more straight forward. I would also like to see improvement in how Spotfire manages the various data connectors. The Administrative tools and the backend are also still a bit clunky to use. I would also like to see a backup and restore feature for the Spotfire library where an Admin could replace 1 corrupt file in the Library without having to replace the entire library.
Tibco tends to bolt on various pieces of functionality to Spotfire and or, provide additional tools at a cost. I wish they would simply build a unified enterprise model that has all the various parts built in rather than nickel and diming the customer by trying to sell them various bits pieces and parts.
We would have considered Spotfire as an enterprise application rather than simply an adhoc business Analytics tool. Spotfire caught on very quickly in our environment and the demand for spotfire outstripped the the model that we used to rollout spotfire i.e. on a case by case basis. We had to rollout a much larger enterprise model of Spotfire in our environment in or do meet the user demand which grew very quickly.
Tibco\Spotfire support has always been very good whether it's via email or over the phone.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 30, 2016
Data exploration by visualization
Understand that spotfire is very powerful if you organize your data by column.
As a data science, it is as important to explore data by visualization as simply doing statistics. Spotfire is extremely powerful and efficient at dynamic data exploration. We can learn many things about our data with multiple graphic options linked to data filtering.
quality of graphic output is low. For publication purposes, I usually end up re-draw figures using a different tool.
I wish they provide either site wide license, or con-current licenses rather than fixed user licenses.
Negotiate a more flexible site wide license agreement rather than a fixed number of licenses.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 15, 2016
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Feb 25, 2016
Great versatility and data analytics capabilities.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Feb 22, 2016
Able to support varied data sources and implement solutions for managing NOJV operations.
Remember to include the end user and make their job easier. Otherwise you will end up with an enterprise solution that no one uses. They will continue to use Excel and Powerpoint.
The ability to interrogate data is second to none. Accessing multiple data sets to allow for full integration is much easier to achieve. Spotfire supports ad-hoc analysis.
Programming support is needed for full functionality of the software but this is not needed for many applications. Most managers are not aware that tremendous functionality is available and accessible to non IT staff.
Develop an enterprise pricing model for all users and include all software instead of a mix.
Develop stronger internal support capability and the ability to fund small niche projects without budgeting cycles.
Utilizing general product support is not easy given the large scope of the company and internal service support providers.
Integration and deployment is really a function of the supporting organization. Higher management committment results in better outcomes.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Aug 10, 2015
Vendor was very diligent in understanding the business needs and the business priorities and creating a plan accordingly.
Define the life cycle of the process instead of relying on the as is. You get the biggest benefit if you leverage the capabilities to redesign your process as you implement the transaction life cycle management solution.
Engage the business units earlier in the process.