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Microsoft BI vs. TIBCO Spotfire
May 2022
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"It is low-cost and easy to deploy. It is fully-featured.""I find Power BI's reporting feature the most valuable. The solution has improved a lot. There are new features getting added day by day. In the past, they didn't even have the printing feature, but now they have it.""The interface is very fluid.""My favorite feature is the power query editor, where it can do the data transformations.""The solution is very intuitive, you do not need to have too much programming knowledge to use it. Advanced Excel users can use it very easily.""I also find connecting to different data sources is quite simple. Other solutions we were using before were complicated.""The solution is easy to set up and implement.""The stability is good."

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"From a scalability standpoint, I would say it's pretty fantastic.""The out-of-the-box features are simple and easy to use across the board.""It's scalable.""The two features that I have found most valuable are its ability to customize the dashboards when it comes to the evaluation. The second feature is its ability to handle a large amount of data, which is also something very unique about it.""Spotfire is excellent for scientific applications, especially because of its integration with RNG."

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"The UI is the main improvement that could be made. Specifically, there is something called DAX, in Power BI, which is complicated compared to calculated fields used in Tableau.""When you go to the cloud, its licensing is not intuitive. It is a little bit complex. When you have to purchase a new license, it is difficult to understand on their website what exactly you need to pay and how you can group. It is something that is applicable to all Microsoft products. They're not always so simple and clear when it comes to licensing. Their support can also be better in terms of explaining how they resolved an issue and what steps they took to resolve it. They are able to resolve the issue, but they can be better at explaining the approach they took to resolve the issue. It could have something in the direction of machine learning. It can have some kind of integration with machine learning where you can ask for some reports with natural language.""Maybe they can enhance the UI a bit. Right now, it's very basic, I would say, compared to the MicroStrategy or Qlik.""There is no specific area that I have a problem with. It's just that, with whatever feature you come across, every visual has its own formatting and behavior. What you get in one visual for a feature, you don't seem to get in another.""It should be more user-friendly. There are very small or tiny icons that you need to move very carefully. If you go a little bit up and down, some of the values change. Its user interface should be improved. It should be like Tableau. Its performance is also slow and should be improved. I definitely feel some sort of speed issues with Power BI. The integration of Excel with Power BI would also be good.""It should be more scalable for an enterprise-level implementation. When you deploy large data sets, the response has to be faster in Power BI. This is one thing that needs to be improved in it.""The interface could be improved.""It's not really complicated, but I didn't find the things I was looking for. The ones I used to work with within Dash are more open, and there are more choices. But with Power BI, there are only limited types of plots that I can use. For example, when I wanted to put the plots in Power BI, there was no extendable space. You have a limited page where you can place a maximum of three plots in that, and you can't do more than that on a single page. You have to create a new page, a different page for that. That made it a bit annoying, and the filtering part is limited, with basic functions. If you want to make custom filtering or custom functions, you can't do that."

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"The handling and consumption of realtime data could be improved.""When it comes to data manipulation, there are features which are good, but one of the features which has really been missing in Spotfire is an offline ability for data manipulation.""Personalising Spotfire, as a whole, is painful and is something that could be made easier.""The initial setup can be difficult.""The design of the UI could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We have a premium Power BI license in-house that's quite an expensive license. It's $10 a month for four users and then I think 35,000 at the premium rate."
  • "It is somewhere in the middle in terms of price. Licensing is quite clear."
  • "Its cost seems to be unreasonable if you have many users, but for a lesser number of users, it is reasonable. It is $10 per month. Clients easily accept this option, so they must think it is reasonable. It is quite cheap as compared to other tools, such as Tableau. One of the best things about this solution is that it has a trial version."
  • "Once the trial period for the BI service is over, the cost is approximately $10 USD per user, per month, so it's quite reasonable."
  • "The pricing is very reasonable compared to any other tool."
  • "Microsoft BI is not very cheap. A premium license costs roughly 5,000 euros a month."
  • "This product offers good value for the money."
  • "Microsoft BI is free for the personal edition, but there is also a paid-for professional version."
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  • "The cost is a few hundred dollars per user per year."
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    Answers from the Community
    Esteban Fabiani
    Ariful Mondal - PeerSpot reviewerAriful Mondal (FH)
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    Hi @Esteban Fabiani ​- you may also read this comparative study on peerspot

    Ariful Mondal - PeerSpot reviewerAriful Mondal (FH)
    Real User

    Hi @Esteban Fabiani ​- Thank you for posting this great question. 

    All the tools have base-level functionalities which could serve your day-to-day data analysis and visualizations. 

    There are various aspects that you would need to consider before choosing these tools such as 

    1. what are the primary use cases? Who will be using them? (Power BI is more user friendly)

    2. Do they require a lot of customisations on the UI/UX  ( Spotfire can be more flexible with IronPython scripts for custom UI development, Tableau has the best quality UI and charts)

    3. Which cloud platform or server you would be using and what kind of computation power is required (if you are a Microsoft shop then Power BI should be preferred as it can be integrated with many MS applications at ease)

    4. Cost - probably one of the key concerns  (Power BI will be cheaper (desktop version is free) than Spotfire and Tableau) 

    5. Availability of talent within an organization as well as in the market (more talent available for Power BI and Tableau)

    6. Many Oil & Gas, Manufacturing companies prefer Spotfire, but a slow move towards Power BI or Tableau or other visualization tools based on use cases. Many companies use Microstrategy for enterprise reporting

    7. You may download free buyer guide reports from Peerspot, which would help you to choose the right one. 

    All the best. 

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:There are many...It would rather depend what System BI architecture or Enterprise legacy you have at your end...I would recommend as follows:  1) If you have legacies of SAP, Oracle  - look for SAP… more »
    Top Answer:Oracle OBIEE is great in allowing design and creativity per the individual needs of the organization. Dashboards are fully customizable and very user-friendly. This solution is very stable. Oracle… more »
    Top Answer:The most interesting feature of Microsoft Power BI is that it's very user-friendly.
    Top Answer:We do pay a yearly licensing fee. Three years ago, we paid for four years upfront. It's not overly expensive.
    Top Answer:We'd like better dashboard integrations. The initial setup can be difficult. The design of the solution could be updated.
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    Also Known As
    SSRS, SSAS, MSBI, MS Reporting Services, Power BI, Microsoft BI Tools, Microsoft Big Data, Power BI Pro, MS BI
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    Microsoft BI is a business intelligence solution that turns data into insightful and useful business information that is relevant to all levels of the business.

    Microsoft BI combines familiar Microsoft tools - Office, SharePoint, and SQL server, with extra features for end-users, such as Power View and Power Pivot. This powerful product gives businesses a competitive advantage by allowing end-users to better analyze their data, collaborate and better present their data.

    TIBCO Spotfire is your secret weapon. You can create beautiful, interactive visualizations that will help you find the critical insights hiding in your data - fast. Spotfire gives you the tools to quickly and easily examine, organize, analyze and comprehend your data to see connections, patterns, and opportunities.

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    Sample Customers
    Konica Minolta, Klout, Mahindra Satyam, The Weather Channel, Argus, Credit Suisse, NCR, and Sysmex.
    Allergan, ASSS de Montreal, Avantium, Blue River, Bank of Montreal, Citibank, FrieslandCampina, Hellmann Logistics, Merck, Novartis
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company24%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Energy/Utilities Company12%
    Pharma/Biotech Company8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft BI vs. TIBCO Spotfire
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. TIBCO Spotfire and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    609,272 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft BI is ranked 1st in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 188 reviews while TIBCO Spotfire is ranked 10th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 5 reviews. Microsoft BI is rated 8.0, while TIBCO Spotfire is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Microsoft BI writes "A complete ecosystem with an builtin ETL tool, good integrations with python and R, and support of DAX and Power Query (M languages)". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TIBCO Spotfire writes "Excellent for scientific applications with a good ability to customize". Microsoft BI is most compared with Tableau, Amazon QuickSight, MicroStrategy, Oracle OBIEE and SAP Crystal Reports, whereas TIBCO Spotfire is most compared with Tableau, Qlik Sense, QlikView, Alteryx and Denodo. See our Microsoft BI vs. TIBCO Spotfire report.

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