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TIBCO Spotfire vs. Tableau
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about TIBCO Spotfire vs. Tableau and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"It is very easy to implement and to use.""The ability to create complex calculations.""It's very easy to set everything up.""I have found Tableau easy to use and the features are superb.""Its dashboarding is the most valuable. It is easy to create visualizations and dashboards and import Excel sheets and ESP files in Tableau as compared to other tools.""I like Tableau's heat maps and the storyboard. You can create data stories and tons of visuals with it, and it goes together really well. Tableau lets you manipulate the data in various ways.""The best part about Tableau is the visualization.""It's very easy to visualize data with this product. The visualization maps of and frames that we have been able to cross-reference has been excellent."

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"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.""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 out-of-the-box features are simple and easy to use across the board.""It’s stable and straightforward.""From a scalability standpoint, I would say it's pretty fantastic.""It's scalable."

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"We have products like Tableau, Power BI, Cognos, and QlikView in the data visualization segment. Compared to those, Tableau is quite costly.""The solution does have scalability issues.""From a downside perspective, some of the more advanced modeling techniques are actually fairly difficult to do. In addition, I just fundamentally disagree with the way you have to implement them because you can get incorrect answers in some cases.""The process of embedding the dashboards on external portals and websites could be improved.""When it comes to large datasets, the data should be extracted faster.""People are migrating to Microsoft BI due to the speed, which is quite slow to load, and the lack of visualization options.""The solution could improve the scalability, it is difficult to make changes.""An advanced type of visualization is a bit tricky to create. It has something called a Calculated field, and that sometimes gets a bit difficult to use when you want to create an advanced type of visualization."

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"Personalising Spotfire, as a whole, is painful and is something that could be made easier.""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.""When you do the data loading, it is slow.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost of the solution should be improved."
  • "It is reasonable and cheap as compared to other major tools. It has a good price, and people go for it because of its pricing."
  • "Pricing is not bad. It's competitive."
  • "At $70 per month, I think the price is a bit scary. I have a small consulting firm in Ghana, working in about 15 different African countries, and when it comes to our part of the world, $70 a month is a lot of money for software."
  • "The professional version of Tableau is quite expensive."
  • "It is a bit difficult for some people when they hear $70.00 per month, as some solutions are available for less than $10.00 or for free."
  • "The solution is very expensive. If you have many users then it is going to cost your company a lot of money."
  • "The price of Tableau is high, although there are different types of licenses available."
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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."
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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 depends on the Data architecture and the complexity of your requirement. Some great tools in the market are Qlik Sense, Power BI, OBIEE, Tableau, etc. I have recently started using Cognos… more »
    Top Answer:Both tools have their positives and negatives. First, I should mention that I am relatively new to Tableau. I have been working on and off Tableau for about a year, but getting to work on it… more »
    Top Answer:Tableau is easy to set up and maintain. In about a day it is possible for the entire platform to be deployed for use. This relatively short amount of time can make all the difference for companies… more »
    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: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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    Buyer's Guide
    TIBCO Spotfire vs. Tableau
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about TIBCO Spotfire vs. Tableau and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Tableau is ranked 2nd in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 102 reviews while TIBCO Spotfire is ranked 8th in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 7 reviews. Tableau is rated 8.2, while TIBCO Spotfire is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Tableau writes "Lets me train new users quickly, easily, and intuitively". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TIBCO Spotfire writes "Excellent for scientific applications with a good ability to customize". Tableau is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAP Analytics Cloud, Amazon QuickSight, SAS Visual Analytics and Workday Prism Analytics, whereas TIBCO Spotfire is most compared with Microsoft BI, QlikView, Qlik Sense, Alteryx and Denodo. See our TIBCO Spotfire vs. Tableau report.

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