Benefits and Insights

Why use Spotfire?

Key differentiators & advantages of Spotfire

  • Scale for Large (or Small) Enterprises:  TIBCO Spotfire is built for large organizations, and is built to handle the needs of large enterprises. It also scales well to small organizations, keeping the software flexible and keeping users in control of their data. 
  • Built for the Individual: This software is built with the individual analyst in mind, with Spotfire desktop handling insights and data discovery versus an analyst deriving their own insights from intel. 
  • Stay on Top of Your Future: Spotfire is equipped with advanced predictive analytics tools that help your enterprise stay agile in a constantly evolving business space. 
  • Solve Tough Problems: The product is tailored to non-technical users and lets them combine geographical data, big data, and more, to solve any problem. 
  • Access to the TIBCO Community: The TIBCO Spotfire community churns out e-learning courses, wiki entries, and even freely distributed dashboards for businesses to utilize. 

Industry Expertise

Spotfire is deployed in some of the largest organizations in the world. The program works across various industries and has footholds in the manufacturing sphere, the IT space, finance and more. Major brands that use this tool include JetBlue, Bank of Montreal and Mercedes.

Key Features

  • Location Analytics: Spotfire offers robust locational analytics. Utilize geocoding, reverse geocoding and multi-layered maps right out-of-the-box. 
  • Real-Time Streaming Analytics: Create interactive dashboards and integrate with the IoT, social messaging and more, with real-time and historical data. Keep on top of constantly changing data. 
  • Visual Analytics: With colorful dashboards and an intuitive UI, Spotfire’s visual analytics capabilities make it easy to find see data as it becomes relevant, and generate insights on the fly. 
  • Intelligent Data Wrangling: Automatically find data outliers, deficits and discrepancies, and then analyze that data to discover the underlying cost. 


Some of the product limitations include:

  • Calculating custom fields in Spotfire is fairly difficult when compared to MS Excel. Users need to manually calculate data in the Spotfire tool
  • Does not offer robust metadata functionality
  • Difficult to customize visualizations and drill down into data sets for a more granular view
  • Does not let users specify custom SQL instructions when accessing a data source
  • Difficult to write and understand Spotfire coding

TIBCO Spotfire Support Suite

TIBCO offers various support options for its customers, as well as training resources.

phonePhone: Customers are able to call TIBCO for support at any time, by visiting the “contact us” page on TIBCO’s website.
schoolTraining: Training modules are self-service and come in the form of support threads on TIBCO’s support portal.
local_offerTickets: TIBCO Spotfire has a multi-tiered support system. The support teams are arranged at bronze, silver, gold and upgrade only levels. Gold maintenance gives users access to 24/7 support coverage, unlimited support contacts and more.

License/Subscription Cost
  • On-Premise: Provides customized subscription plan and prices are based on customer needs and requirements
  • Cloud-based/SaaS model: Based on recurring subscription fee model – per user/per month/annually, plus 250GB cloud storage
Maintenance Cost
  • On-Premise: Included in the upfront license cost
  • Cloud-based/SaaS: None
Installation/Implementation Cost
  • On-Premise: Included in the upfront license cost
  • Cloud-based/SaaS: None
Customization Cost For both types of deployments, cost will vary depending on the modules selected and the level of customization or add-ons required for developing or enhancing an existing product feature or module
Data Migration Cost/Change Management/Upfront Switching Cost Dependent on your current software, amount of data to be migrated, availability of migration tools, complexity of data and gaps between the existing system and the new system
Training Cost
  • For both types of deployments, initial training support is provided to help streamline the implementation process
  • Provides training support through Spotfire Community, live webinars, classroom and online training, interactive demos, a resource library and on-demand webinars
Recurring/Renewal Costs On-Premise
  • Includes cost for updates, maintenance, upgrades and patches
  • Recurring monthly fee that typically includes maintenance, remote monitoring, upgrades, training and support
  • The renewal cost will vary depending on the modules you select

Spotfire Reviews

The following reviews for Spotfire are taken from the SelectHub ReviewFeed which collects and aggregates reviews from across a variety of online review platforms such as Capterra, Software Advice, Gartner Peerinsights, PC Mag and G2 Crowd.

Healthcare / Social Services
100 - 499
Nice way to visualize data
Allows you to group and visualize data in many different ways.
Requires some trainings to use the software.
Using Spotfire to visualize complex data
Software / IT
2 - 9
Software Advice
Just another BI tool
It was not hard to get stared and create some visualizations and analysis which is the main purpose of a BI interface.
Maybe is because I'm comparing it with another BI tools like Qlik or Tableau and that is why I think is an inferior product and just don't quite like it.
Oil & Gas
10000 - 24999
Data Analytics and Data Manipulation
Graphs and charts available helps to analyze the data. Integration with Python also helps to analyze and manipulate the data as per the requirement. Documentation is very detailed. User community very supportive.
Integration with R is also required for statistical analysis and prediction using the data.
Helps to generate value for the business and report out the data.
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