Benefits and Insights

Why use Spotfire?

Key differentiators & advantages of Spotfire

  • Scale for Large (or Small) Enterprises: Suitable for large organizations while also scaling well to small organizations, making the software flexible and keeping users in control of their data. 
  • Built for the Individual: Built with the individual analyst in mind, Spotfire desktop handles insights and data discovery versus an analyst deriving their insights from intel. 
  • Maintain Agility: Comes equipped with advanced predictive analytics tools that help enterprises stay agile in a constantly evolving business space. 
  • Complex Problems: Tailored to non-technical users and lets them combine geographical data, big data and more to solve any problem. 
  • TIBCO Community: The Tibco Spotfire community churns out e-learning courses, wiki entries and freely distributed dashboards for businesses to utilize. 

Industry Expertise

Spotfire is deployed in some of the largest organizations in the world. They work across industries and have footholds in the manufacturing, IT space, finance spheres and more.

Key Features

  • Location Analytics: Offers robust locational analytics. Utilize geocoding, reverse geocoding and multi-layered maps right out-of-the-box. 
  • Streaming Analytics: Create interactive dashboards and integrate with the IoT, social messaging and more with real-time and historical data to stay on top of constantly changing data. 
  • Visual Analytics: With colorful dashboards and an intuitive UI, its visual analytics capabilities make it easy to find data as it becomes relevant and generate insights on the fly. 
  • Intelligent Data Wrangling: Automatically find data outliers, deficits and discrepancies, and then analyze that data to discover the underlying cost. 


User feedback indicates the following limitations of TIBCO Spotfire, as of the time of this review:

  • Can crash while extracting large volumes of data.
  • User interface is not intuitive and straightforward.
  • It is not suitable for small datasets.
  • Lacks proper documentation capabilities.

Support Suite

TIBCO offers various support options to its customers, as well as training resources.

mail_outlineEmail:Email support isn’t mentioned.
phonePhone: Customers can call for support at any time by visiting the “contact us” page on its website.
schoolTraining:Training modules are self-service and come in the form of support threads on its support portal.
local_offerTickets:It has a multi-tiered support system. Support teams are arranged at bronze, silver, gold and upgrade only levels. Gold maintenance gives users access to 24x7 support coverage, unlimited support contacts and more.

Cost of Ownership

License/Subscription Cost
  • On-Premise: Provides customized subscription plan and prices are based on customer needs and requirements
  • Cloud-based/SaaS model: Based on recurring subscription fee model – per user/per month/annually, plus 250GB cloud storage
Maintenance Cost
  • On-Premise: Included in the upfront license cost
  • Cloud-based/SaaS: None
Installation/Implementation Cost
  • On-Premise: Included in the upfront license cost
  • Cloud-based/SaaS: None
Customization Cost
  • For both types of deployments, cost will vary depending on the modules selected and the level of customization or add-ons required for developing or enhancing an existing product feature or module
Data Migration Cost/Change Management/Upfront Switching Cost
  • Dependent on your current software, amount of data to be migrated, availability of migration tools, complexity of data and gaps between the existing system and the new system
Training Cost
  • For both types of deployments, initial training support is provided to help streamline the implementation process
  • Provides training support through Spotfire Community, live webinars, classroom and online training, interactive demos, a resource library and on-demand webinars
Recurring/Renewal Costs On-Premise
  • Includes cost for updates, maintenance, upgrades and patches
  • Recurring monthly fee that typically includes maintenance, remote monitoring, upgrades, training and support
  • The renewal cost will vary depending on the modules you select

Spotfire Reviews

Average customer reviews & user sentiment summary:

1167 reviews


of users would recommend this product

Synopsis of User Ratings and Reviews

Based on an aggregate of reviews taken from the sources above, the following pros & cons have been curated by a SelectHub Market Analyst.


  • Easy to Use: It is easy to use and has a convenient platform, as noted by around 65% of reviewers who mention ease of use.
  • Interactive Visualizations: It provides the ability to create interactive data visualizations, as mentioned by 78% of the users specifying visualizations.
  • Informative Reports: It provides automated and informative reports, as stated by more than 91% of reviewers who refer to reports.
  • Customizable Dashboards: It offers highly customizable dashboards, as observed by 86% of the users who specify dashboards.


  • Slow Performance: Around 75% of reviewers who mention performance report that it becomes slow while extracting large datasets.
  • Small Datasets: It is not suitable for small dataset analysis, as observed by 100% of the users who note data analysis.
  • User Interface: All the users who refer to the user interface state that it is not intuitive or straightforward.
  • Documentation: It lacks proper documentation capabilities, as noted by 80% of reviewers who specify documentation.

Researcher's Summary:

TIBCO Spotfire is an analytics solution that provides its users with the ability to create powerful interactive data visualizations. Its ease of use and accessible platform makes it convenient to explore data and get valuable insights. However, it lacks an intuitive and straightforward user interface. It offers customizable dashboards and informative reports. It’s an ideal solution for managing large data volumes, but many reviewers have noted that it becomes slow while extracting large datasets. Also, it is not suitable for small data sets and qualitative data analysis.

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