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We performed a comparison between Microsoft BI and TIBCO Spotfire based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two BI (Business Intelligence) Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Microsoft BI vs. TIBCO Spotfire report (Updated: September 2022).
632,539 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"There is a feature in Microsoft BI that allows JSON data to SQL on the dashboards effectively and quickly.""I like that I can use Power BI to upload data. That is very important for me. The visualization is also convenient and easy to use.""The most valuable feature is integration with Python.""The drill-down capabilities and automatic charts are the best ones. The visualization is also very good. In terms of visualization, no competing product, such as IBM Cognos or any other product, has the same capabilities.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft BI is its visualization and its ease of use.""We have found that the reporting and publishing are great.""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.""We have found the product to be scalable."

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"From a scalability standpoint, I would say it's pretty fantastic.""The most valuable features of TIBCO Spotfire are visualization. It's very nice, clear, and, flexible. You can analyze many data types and the user interface is very good.""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.""It's scalable.""It’s stable and straightforward.""The out-of-the-box features are simple and easy to use across the board.""The ability to create a real-time data mark, using just one piece of software, is the best feature of this product."

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"The setup took a lot of tinkering with InfoSec to allow us to do stuff.""We would like improvements made to the paginated reports so that it produces quality similarly to SSRS.""Microsoft BI could improve by having better collaboration between developers working on the same dashboard. The developer platform is all done on a single laptop and it's difficult to have the same project files work. Two developers have to go back and forth. You have to have the project file on one developer's laptop making it difficult to co-develop.""Some kind of expression wizard, where the user can build a complex expression without any knowledge of DAX, can be a good addition to the product.""I would like it to be a little bit more secure when I'm using the design feature on my desktop. For example, to have the ability to set up security passwords for opening the file. Currently, they don't have that. Tableau, for example, has a visual way of doing data processing steps, whereas the Power BI system still has some code, although it is very low code. It would be great to have the kind of view that Tableau has.""If you look at the new tool, even though they promised that you could do data modeling, that you could do everything from the Power BI side, if your data is really large in volume, sometimes it doesn't work on the Power BI. More feature testing from their side would certainly help users.""They are improving it all the time. What would be nice is if they could respond to feature requests more quickly. They can provide faster support for new features.""One opportunity for improvement would be on the Power Query side. As a consultant, I know Power Query is not the main strength of Power BI. It is not where Power BI shines, but many customers use Power Query to do full ETL workloads for deliverable cookies."

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"I would like to see the visualization library in this solution expanded, so that I can increase what I can offer to our clients.""When you do the data loading, it is slow.""The design of the UI 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.""The initial setup can be difficult.""The handling and consumption of realtime data could be improved.""The initial setup of TIBCO Spotfire is in the middle range of difficulty. The initial setup of Power BI is easier.""Personalising Spotfire, as a whole, is painful and is something that could be made easier."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Setup is easy, and the cost is economical. You do sometimes need to pay additional costs for third party products which "plug-in" to Microsoft BI."
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  • "The cost is a few hundred dollars per user per year."
  • "The cost of TIBCO Spotfire could improve. It should be less expensive. It's the most expensive visualization tool in our company."
  • "The price-point for this solution is negotiable depending on usage levels."
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    Answers from the Community
    Esteban Fabiani
    Ariful Mondal - PeerSpot reviewerAriful Mondal (FH)
    Real User

    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:Power BI is an advanced visualization tool oriented to big data with a very complete set of widgets to visualize information, control users accessing information, the configuration of governance… 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 cost of TIBCO Spotfire could improve. It should be less expensive. It's the most expensive visualization tool in our company.
    Top Answer:There's one area I see that specifically needs improvement. That is when you do the data loading. It is slow. For historical data, when you talk about gigabytes of data, terabytes of data, then it… more »
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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 Company14%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Energy/Utilities Company26%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Energy/Utilities Company15%
    Pharma/Biotech Company9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft BI vs. TIBCO Spotfire
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. TIBCO Spotfire and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    632,539 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft BI is ranked 1st in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 187 reviews while TIBCO Spotfire is ranked 8th in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 8 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 Amazon QuickSight, Tableau, MicroStrategy, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and Salesforce Einstein Analytics, whereas TIBCO Spotfire is most compared with Tableau, QlikView, Qlik Sense, Alteryx and Palantir Foundry. See our Microsoft BI vs. TIBCO Spotfire report.

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