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How would you decide between Microsoft Power BI and TIBCO Spotfire?

Hi peers,

I'm a BI Consultant and today I work with Microsoft Power BI. However, I'm trying to understand better the market and the competitors. 

Currently, I have a customer who is in the process of deciding between TIBCO-Spotfire and MS Power BI. I want to understand the main differences between those tools. Which one would be your choice and why?

Also, how is MS Power BI compared to Tableau?

Thank you!

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34 Answers

Ariful Mondal - PeerSpot reviewer
ExpertModeratorReal User

Hi @Esteban Fabiani ​- you may also read this comparative study on peerspot

Ariful Mondal - PeerSpot reviewer
ExpertModeratorReal 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. 

Esteban Fabiani - PeerSpot reviewerEsteban Fabiani

Thank you very much @Ariful Mondal ​, for all your suggestions and valuable comments, kind regards
Esteban Fabiani

Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Community Manager

Hi @Sai-Krishna, @Santosh Kurakula, @DenisGauder, @reviewer1441695 and @reviewer1431795,

Can you please help answer this question to @Esteban Fabiani? Tnx.​

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