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What advice do you have for others considering TIBCO Spotfire?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering TIBCO Spotfire, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 5Real User

My advice for anybody who is implementing Spotfire is to first speak with TIBCO to make sure that your data model and everything that operates in the background is implemented correctly. If it is done improperly then it may render slowly. Don't assume that you know everything, the way we do in my company. There are times when we get something new and because it has to be done our way, we end up breaking it. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

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Top 20Real User

I would totally recommend this product. On a scale of one to ten I would rate TIBCO Spotfire an eight.

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Top 20Real User

I would definitely recommend Spotfire. If you're considering using Spotfire, just be sure to implement and scale it properly. Too often, many companies will buy a fantastic product, but they have very immature users. If you're going to buy a strong product, you need to put a strong emphasis on training and developing your users. As a consultant, I've seen a lot of companies that say, "Spotfire can't do this." Sure enough, after I'd look into it, the answer was always undertrained users.

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We use it a lot with TIBCO EMS. It works relatively well with that. It is able to gather performance metrics on it. We are using the non-AWS version.

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When looking into a product like this, you really need to think not just about what your requirements are today, but to think about it from a requirements point of view for 18 months or two years down the track. Also, think about whether or not you just want to do BI dashboards or real analytics. If it's the latter, then Spotfire's the tool for you. If not, if your company isn't ready for analytics, then you're probably better off getting a cheaper visualization tool. When selecting a vendor the most important criteria are * credibility * time in the marketplace * service support * geographical footprint. I would rate Spotfire at eight out of 10. I still think there is work to done on the visualization side of things. And there is also work to be done on the statistical algorithms.

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One of the best data visualization and analytical tools I have worked with and would definitely suggest others to evaluate and go for Spotfire to get the best ROI.

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