4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 7, 2016
need to improve mobile supported formats and maps / geo functionalities
Take it, it's the best Product x cost
graphics on maps and mobile
improve mobile support
3 out of 5.0, Reviewed Oct 18, 2016
When first purchasing the tool, we felt it was very affordable and clearly the best tool on the market in roughly 2013. We were sold licenses to other components of the software that we neither used nor needed. Also, in trying to combine various licenses across the enterprise, we ran into an issue where we owned 2 versions of the same product, but one was rebranded as part of another vendor package. We could not get either Tibco or the other vendor to allow us to combine licenses. This was a frustration. Also, currently the response time for enhancement requests has gone down hill since the original CEO or Tibco left the company and the second CEO took lead. Focus seems to be on other, newer Tibco software acquisitions and not on the Spotfire tool. One huge disconnect is the slow data connector to Teradata and the inability for Tibco to upgrade this driver to Teradata. Also, Spotfire is touted as being able to handle large data sets, however, we have found that processing bottlenecks occur especially in the desktop version, where data must be essentially cached in Spotfire before visualizations work. In addition, default packet size configurations on the Spotfire side, does not optimize Client to Server round trips especially when leveraging high bandwidth networks. Manual trial and error configuration can be done for optimization, but it is not user friendly by any means. A self-service tool like Spotfire should be smarter than this and regulate itself based on Server, Network and other enviornment variables to maximize performance.
Watch Tibco and their upkeep of Spotfire or the lack thereof. See what they are focusing on. Other vendors like Tableau, Microsoft, and others (see Gartner's Magic Quadrant) are taking away market share now for a reason. If Tibco does not wake up in this market and start putting real dollars towards Spotfire, then they will continue to fall behind their competitors and for valid reasons. The competitiveness of this market is fierce and any vendor who lets up on providing innovations and prompt responses to customer needs will be left in the dust in my opinion.
It is fairly easy to use and accomodates most of our needs. Especially for organizations who are immature in Advanced Analytics, this tool will help with Descriptive Analytics as well as some basic Predictive Analytics. A good way to get your feet wet in the analytical space.
Poor response time for enhancement requests, vendor does not seem to listen or prioritize customer's needs. No major releases with significant and innovative changes for a long time...not keeping up with competitors...
Invest more dollars into Tibco, especially in making connectors more efficient and performant. Also, to take a look at the underlying architecture, especially how data is loaded before visualizations and optimize load and run times to reduce user wait time.
Make sure that we have a tight relationship with Tibco and that they are fully engaged, long-term, in making Spotfire the top Analytical Visualization tool on the market. Have a strong vendor management program around Spotfire, to provide pressure to make changes and enhancements to accomodate changing data visualization needs. Make sure Tibco is not rebranding and reselling their toolsets under a different vendor, if they are, then make sure that we don't already own any of their toolsets. We could not have anticipated a change in the CEO, but we could have made sure that we facillitated a "C" level relationship between both of our companies so that we could influence strategy more. I also wish we would have tested large machine produced datasets with Spotfire before going all in and having thousands of users on it that have needs to create visualizations around datasets in the Terabytes.
Not satisfied with the timeliness and the current response to enhancement requests.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jul 6, 2016
We have had very good luck wth Spotfire and it has been easily adopted by our user community.
Carefully look over the Spotfire licensing model before making your final decisions regarding the number and type of licenses you need.
Ease of use and the quality of the visualizations produced.
The licensing model makes no sense.
Better licensing model.
Do more end user training earlier on in the implementation.
Spotfire integrates very well with our data warehouse structure.
We are pleased with the service and support we get from Tibco Spotfire.
The integration of Spotfire is fairly straightforward.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed May 9, 2016
Extreme ease of use and mature user interface made complex visualization of complex data simple and easy to explain to end users.
I would definitely recommend trying it.
Ease of use.
I would like to have a better management of data upload for no db based report.
Better user documentation. Documentation by use cases are lacking.
I would try using this product rather than trying to build something using a product like Excel.
Overall support was good.
Integration was simple for the use case I had tried.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Apr 18, 2016
First, look closely at Spotfire's feature set; it is often underestimated. There is more than one audience in your organisation for Spotfire and don't be limited by one particular focus. Second, after purchasing Spotfire, invest in training and engage the right people to get the most from Spotfire's advanced analytics features, which are just as relevant to mainstream BI as they are to forntier data science. Third, use it widely!
I love Spotfire's depth of functionality and the power it gives me, particularly through IronPython scripting and R, to find innovative solutions for our customers and, importantly, self-service solutions for our business teams.
I think the visualisation set could be richer, but then Spotfire can hook into the d3.js library, opening up as rich a set of visualisations as you would ever need.
If I had one criticism of the vendor, it would be that it doesn't provide enough documentation on some of the more advanced features of the product, although I think this is improving and there are lots of bloggers out there and a very active Spotfire community to help.
If we could start over, we would accelerate the rollout of Spotfire use in the organisation, blending its use as both a solid, centralised analysis tool and a powerful individual analysis tool. We would also more aggressively exploit its advanced data science capabilities.
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5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Apr 14, 2016
Spotfire was initially adopted for a specific solution based on its capabilities. The ease of use and speed of new source implementation quickly extended to other areas driven by business demand.
Consider user group segmentation and how to manage configurations effectively across similar but groups with different needs.
Product stability and resource utilization has been exceptional while running on a windows platform. The support team have demonstrated good product knowledge and were highly responsive in offering design solutions as well as addressing environmental issues we had. TIBCO have a frequent hot fix process to address issues and this has proven to be pretty painless and is even available, for the most part on a hot environment. Certain parts of the upgrade to the web server will require an IIS restart.
While not specifically a Spotfire product issue, but the ease that Spotfire, and other tools enable self discovery, it can be easy for users to create reports with large data sets, that they are inclinded to do which moves a lot of data unnecessarily or causes them to report that performance is poor. It is necessary to have the report data link designer to have row limit filters or data select filters that do not cause excess data selections.
Product has many capabilities but would like a means to segment business groups and multiple data sources through security to limit access and increase flexibility inside separate groups. After reading details on the most recent 7.5 release, I see this seems to have been achieved.
Plan for a larger footprint and more capacity on the servers as the adoption and extension was faster than forecast.
Working with many SW vendors, experiences vary a lot but the experience with TIBCO has been that some support agents are exceptional consultants and all others are just great. Timely and helpful and clear in communications, actions and next steps.
All product installations were flawless. Product upgrades have similarly gone well, although there is always some post upgrade configuration work in each case.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Apr 6, 2016
A very powerful product that has become largely adopted within the organisation for a number of use cases - some of which have been 'game changing'. The relatively minimal IT support requirement has been hugely important in the ability to drive adoption and innovation. The agressive product development of Spotfire has continued to keep us engaged over the years (e.g. mapping, TERR, in-DB, custom themes). On the downside, the high cost means we only have a very small percentage of employees with pro licenses - other products that are more cost effective to roll out to everyone are therefore being considered.
For business critical reports/dashboards - its better to have some dedicated super users of Spotfire who can build a depth of knowledge of the product over a large group of occasional users.
The flexibility to use for many different use cases. The combination of the expression language, python, R etc. mean you can really come up with innovative solution.
The information designer - its starting to look very dated and most people do not find it very intuitive. Compared to the functionality in more recent products like Power BI, its becoming a constraint for casual users to adopt Spotfire.
Establish clearer protocols for supporting the application from a technical standpoint. We currently have very few people with a depth of knowledge to support technical issues, perform upgrades and use the API. Often left to business users to cover the gaps. We would have probably created a 'devops' team capable of covering all technical needs and working closely with business users.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Apr 6, 2016
No bad experiences.
Works well for scientific and engineering community of end users.
Look at other uses of the software besides only for the scientific and engineering community. See more applications for business end users and starting to build out use cases.
Took over existing system that was already integrated.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 15, 2016
Overall a great technology platform to start our analytics revolution for the services we offer our clients and internal customers.
Focus more on adoption at inception.
The power for the analyst persona to leverage this tool is great.
Training of varying products ranges.
Focused more on adoption at inception
Turn around times for any issues or questions was fast.
Also been able to support and roll out changes to our company without assistance from vendor.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 10, 2016
Easy to use and results in a short period of time
do a test with real data for ease of use and obtain short-term results
To adopt the use of a product in an organization, both are important - a good product and good support, besides the product in a short period of time gets results.
Technically, the administration of the server side is missing or it does not know how to perform the administration of TIBCO product on which it rests. Some operational aspects are not very intuitive and you need a little help to get started with.
take the same solution