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Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. TIBCO Spotfire and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"It's a pretty scalable product.""It gives you an edge if you are on the Microsoft platform. If you have been using Microsoft products for a long time or if you have the Microsoft infrastructure, this is the right tool for you. It has seamless integration with Microsoft SQL Server and other sources, and you get the best of the three things (SSIS, SSAS, and SSRS) in one suite.""The most valuable features are the easy creation of reports, dashboards, and the ability to perform analysis. It is important for us to create reports because we have some operations during certain hours and we can use this tool to track the information.""It gives us, the ability to do a lot of analysis quickly, similar to ad hoc analysis.""The stability is good.""The amount of customization that you can do is good, and it's relatively straightforward to do.""Constant collaboration is the most valuable. I can build a dashboard, and several co-workers can access this dashboard. We can share information that is important for decision-making. It is a very easy-to-deploy solution. It is compatible with a lot of data sources. It is also very stable and scalable. There is also a very good forum and a lot of help and online training.""The solution integrates with other Microsoft solutions very well."

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"From a scalability standpoint, I would say it's pretty fantastic.""Spotfire is excellent for scientific applications, especially because of its integration with RNG.""The out-of-the-box features are simple and easy to use across the board.""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."

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"I cannot comment on the stability as we haven't yet used it for a big project.""Actionable insights could be better.""The solution is somewhat costly in comparison with MSBI tools.""A lot of people work on Excel, so being able to export an Excel file as part of a subscription would be an improvement.""The Microsoft BI interface should be simpler and more user-friendly. I find it very difficult to move between their data sources and their analytics section.""This solution's performance when handling big data could be improved. Right now, if you're handling big data, the application becomes slow and the performance is very low.""Microsoft is behind IBM when it comes to security features.""Lacks the ability to copy data from BI into PowerPoint."

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"The handling and consumption of realtime data could be improved.""The design of the UI could be improved.""Personalising Spotfire, as a whole, is painful and is something that could be made easier.""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."

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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
    author avatarAriful Mondal (Wipro Ltd)
    Real User

    Hi @Esteban Fabiani ​- you may also read this comparative study on peerspot https://www.peerspot.com/produ...

    author avatarAriful Mondal (Wipro Ltd)
    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. 

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    The cost is a few hundred dollars per user per year.
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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 Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company25%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Pharma/Biotech Company11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. TIBCO Spotfire and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Microsoft BI is ranked 1st in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 155 reviews while TIBCO Spotfire is ranked 10th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 4 reviews. Microsoft BI is rated 8.0, while TIBCO Spotfire is rated 8.6. 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, Oracle OBIEE, MicroStrategy, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and Databricks, 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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