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

Find out in this report how the two Reporting Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed QlikView vs. TIBCO Spotfire report (Updated: March 2020).
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"You can switch views easily.""On the positive side, QlikView's scripting is a great asset as it functions as an ETL.""Easy to analyze data by click-through.""Once you open it up, you see everything that you can do.""The scalability is there.""We can scale it if we need to.""It is useful to use a tool like this to have a view of data at a point in time. You can extract and create little data sets that you can store, and then over time, you can have a view for tracking changes. Especially when you work with a relational database or a database that's a production database, the data is dynamic, but if you use QlikView, you can take a snapshot of different datasets. In your own time, you can then get insights and report, build, analyze, and draw whatever you need from the data, which is quite useful."

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"The ability to create a real-time data mark, using just one piece of software, is the best feature of this product.""Spotfire is excellent for scientific applications, especially because of its integration with RNG.""It’s stable and straightforward.""It's scalable.""This solution allows us to integrate data from across all client departments, for effective reporting via a single dashboard.""From a scalability standpoint, I would say it's pretty fantastic.""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.""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."

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"The user interface is old.""The only thing I would improve about it is the fact that it refreshes all the time, and when it does that, it just deletes all the options you had, all the filters that you had selected, so you need to select them from the beginning.""They could improve the update time.""If a user wanted to see something not included in the application the new object had to be created by a power user or developer because Qlik view's scripting has somewhat of a learning curve.""It is really old. We are moving towards converting everything into a Power BI environment. We want to have a self-service type of BI environment where different levels of users in organizations can log onto a portal and retrieve the data they need or get the necessary insights for decision-making that's important for them or their business unit. They have built a new version of QlikView called QlikSense, which probably competes with newer BI tools, such as Power BI, but they are far behind. That's why we are moving towards a newer tool that's easier to use and has more visualizations to represent the data.""Sometimes the filters are disappearing, and I'm not sure why this is happening.""They could improve the speed."

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"The handling and consumption of realtime data could be improved.""We would like to see some improvement in the default properties of the solution, so that there is less need for us to spend our time coding.""The initial setup can be difficult.""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 of TIBCO Spotfire is in the middle range of difficulty. The initial setup of Power BI is easier.""I would like to see the visualization library in this solution expanded, so that I can increase what I can offer to our clients.""The design of the UI could be improved.""When you do the data loading, it is slow."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It has an annual license. It is expensive as compared to other competitive tools that do more for less. In South African rands, we pay about 100,000 to 200,000 a year."
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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."
  • "This product carries a monthly licensing charge, with the amount depending on the features that are to be included. This costs also covers the use of technical support."
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    Comparison Review
    Guillermo (Bill) Cabiro
    I do use both Tableau and QlikView. Although very different, I really like both solutions. They belong to the new BI generation known as Interactive Visual Analytics. In my opinion, QlikView has a more intuitive interface for regular users or executives that are not technical experts but the development side is a little more complex. Up to version 12 QlikView did not provide drag & drop features. If a user wanted to see something not included in the application the new object had to be created by a power user or developer because Qlikview's scripting has somewhat of a learning curve. On the positive side, QlikView's scripting is a great asset as it functions as an ETL allowing the integration of hundreds of different data sources into the same visual app. Another feature that’s extremely useful is Qlik’s proprietary Associative Model that allows the users to visualize data relationships that exist as well as those that do not. Tableau on the other hand is a lot easier to use for developers, analysts or power users who need to connect, manipulate and visualize data rather quickly. While this makes Tableau a better fit for the more analytical crowd, it may not be as appealing or intuitive to the regular or casual business users as QlikView is. Tableau has full pivot, drag & drop and drill down capabilities that are great for developers or power users. They can rotate measures and dimensions and graph them instantly using visualization best practices as suggested by… Read more →
    Answers from the Community
    Michael Roytman, MBA Global Management
    Ed Dallal - PeerSpot reviewerEd Dallal

    I kinda agree with the below assessment with the following additions:
    Graphics: Qliksense: Good, Tableau Excellent
    Ease of use: QlikSense: Good, Tableau: Good

    Hope this helps!

    it_user155820 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user155820 (User)


    1.)Implementation Speed-- High (Qlikview) Good (Tableau)
    2.)Scalability-- Limited by RAM (Qlikview) Very Good (Tableau)
    3.)Drill Down-- Excellent(Associative Search) (Qlikview) Good (Tableau)
    4.)Dashboard Support-- Good (Qlikview) Excellent (Tableau)
    5.)Big Data Support-- Good (Qlikview) Above Average (Tableau)

    Michael Roytman, MBA Global Management - PeerSpot reviewerMichael Roytman, MBA Global Management (Vertex Inc.)

    Thank you, Everyone. All of your point are valid and well taken.
    Greatly appreciate your time and insight!

    it_user78465 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user78465 (CEO at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees)

    We thought Tibco's Spotfire was the best of the three BI tools you've asked about in terms of:

    1) its end user experience,
    2) their engineering receptivity to questions and suggestions, and
    3) its' overall functionality for the money.

    As previously mentioned by another reviewer, scale (in terms of the size of your company/IT department/budget) and leadership buy-in are critical factors to consider in making such a decision. In other words, you can't/shouldn't buy what you can't afford, ... and if your company's leaders aren't interested/won't listen once you stand up whatever visualization solution you choose, what's the point?

    With those considerations in mind, it may be best to clarify that our company wasn't willing to settle for the functionality that such traditional BI vendors as those three had to offer.

    Here's why ...

    To suggest that any of those three business intelligence tools actually accomplishes true 'data visualization,' or even more interestingly its most intriguing cousin, data animation (a la Edward Tufte and Hans Rosling) would be a real stretch.

    Alternatively, we would highly recommend Information Builders' (IBI's) solution, and especially the newly emerging data visualization/animation functionality that is being offered by IBI through their new and improved InfoDiscovery tool this Spring (2015).

    Watch out for it :)

    We believe that IBI's solution is head and shoulders above those three other BI tools, as well as all of the other myriad of BI tools we evaluated in terms of:

    1) end user experience/intuitiveness of design and handling,
    2) drag and drop capabilities, and in essence
    3) cutting IT out of the BI hand holding/red headed step child syndrome that has plagued the IT industry for far too long.

    We were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to preview what the IBI engineers have been able to accomplish in this regard so far, and quite honestly, they knocked our socks off!

    In our collective opinion, IBI's solution is the most complete BI tool out there (especially relative to its' data visualization/animation functionality) as far as we have seen.

    And the kicker is:

    1) they listened intently to our request for this sort of data visualization/animation functionality (voice of the customer),
    2) brought their programming whizzes to meet with us to best understand what we were after,
    3) engaged the leadership of their company in our ideas and recommendations,
    4) met with us periodically along the way to keep us abreast of their progress,
    5) built the program to in fact achieve that vision as we had requested,
    6) asked for and received our input recently to make the prototype even better prior to launch, and
    7) are in the process of demo'ing it now yet further to other IBI super-users to both show it off and to secure yet further improvement ideas.

    That's what makes IBI the sort of IT business partner/company we truly enjoy and appreciate doing business with!

    John Becker
    Chief Governance Officer
    Phenix Energy Group

    it_user199530 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user199530 (Decision Analytics Architect at a financial services firm)

    Love the site. We are doing a comparison with the same data set at the moment will give you my personal feedback once completed.


    it_user174663 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user174663 (Systems/Applications Specialist with 201-500 employees)

    This is a great question!

    I am not confident enough of answering it though I will be much interested to read if someone else manage to complete such a review.


    it_user4008 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user4008 (CEO with 1,001-5,000 employees)

    This is not a trivial question for anyone to tackle openly and objectively

    I would respond to the person requesting a free Gartner report on DV leaders with the following questions:

    · Is your firm committed to selecting one of these vendors?

    · Is the question based on 2 or 4 developer's licenses or an enterprise system?

    · Would this be a tactical decision or strategic?

    it_user176847 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user176847 (BI and Location Analytics Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees)

    Each product serves the purpose of aggregating data and providing visual display of the data depending on the enhancements configured for data visualization (i.e. geospatial map viewer). Tableau is the less costly and easy to use like Qlik of the three products with Spotfire being the most costly and complicated to configure and generally used by companies with larger IT budgets. There is a report comparing these BI products.

    Carolyn French

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It is useful to use a tool like this to have a view of data at a point in time. You can extract and create little data sets that you can store, and then over time, you can have a view for tracking… more »
    Top Answer:It has an annual license. It is expensive as compared to other competitive tools that do more for less. In South African rands, we pay about 100,000 to 200,000 a year.
    Top Answer:It is really old. We are moving towards converting everything into a Power BI environment. We want to have a self-service type of BI environment where different levels of users in organizations can… 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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    QlikView is a Business Intelligence tool that allows you to keep tabs on all of your business-related information in a clean, clear, and easy to access database that is intuitive to build and simple to navigate. It is ideal for business owners who wish to improve overall output by creating the most productive system possible.

    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.

    Learn more about QlikView
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    Sample Customers
    Canon, Gatorade, Amcor, Panasonic, Fila, Cambridge University Hospitals, Global Retail Bank, North Yorkshire Police department, Lanoo Group Publishers, and AonGroep Nederland.
    Allergan, ASSS de Montreal, Avantium, Blue River, Bank of Montreal, Citibank, FrieslandCampina, Hellmann Logistics, Merck, Novartis
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
    Consumer Goods Company5%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Energy/Utilities Company26%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Energy/Utilities Company15%
    Pharma/Biotech Company9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Buyer's Guide
    QlikView vs. TIBCO Spotfire
    March 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about QlikView vs. TIBCO Spotfire and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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    QlikView is ranked 5th in Reporting Tools with 7 reviews while TIBCO Spotfire is ranked 8th in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 9 reviews. QlikView is rated 7.8, while TIBCO Spotfire is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of QlikView writes "Snapshots are helpful for having a view of the data at a point in time and comparing changes, but it is expensive and far behind other modern tools". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TIBCO Spotfire writes "Excellent for scientific applications with a good ability to customize". QlikView is most compared with Tableau, Qlik Sense, Microsoft BI, SQL Server and Google Data Studio, whereas TIBCO Spotfire is most compared with Microsoft BI, Tableau, Qlik Sense, Alteryx and Palantir Foundry. See our QlikView vs. TIBCO Spotfire report.

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