Tableau vs Spotfire

Today almost all the industries try hard to mine their own business data, look for new trends, and data patterns. Most of the time, they need to predict the data for future work. The tool which we used to achieve these tasks is Business Intelligence (BI). This tool comes with all the new advanced levels of data reporting and visualization to perform the tasks efficiently. Two main giants comeThere are two main giants that come under Business Intelligence are Tibco Spotfire and Tableau desktop. In this article, I am going to explain the main differences between Tibco Spotfire and Tableau desktop business tools. So what you are waiting for is let's start learning the major differences between Spotfire and Tableau.

Introduction to Tableau Desktop:

Tableau Desktop is a type of business intelligence tool that is also an interactive data visualization software company founded by Christian Chabot, part Hanrahan, and Chris Stolte in the year 2003. The company headquarters is located in Mountain View, California, United States. Tableau is a visual analytics solution that allows people to explore and analyze data with simple drag-and-drop operations. The important point is that any user can connect to the Tableau desktop and be able to perform reporting and analysis and reporting very effectively and accurately. Tableau desktop is very easy-to-use as Microsoft-Excel so that even non-programmer can learn this tool without the knowledge of programming. After all, this is one of the powerful business intelligence tools to solve any complex analytical problems. Tableau desktop has its patent query language called “VIZQL” or (Visualization query language).

Introduction to Tibco Spotfire:

Tibco Spotfire is also one of the business intelligence tools, mainly used for analytical purposes. This company was founded in the Year 2007, the headquarter is based in Somerville, United States of America founded by Christopher Ahlberg. Tibco Spotfire software tool allows users to combine multiple data in a single analytical platform and provides a holistic view with interactive data visualization. The important operations that can be performed by Tibco Spotfire included are makes the business smart, offers Artificial intelligence-driven data analytics, and also makes any software application to plot interactive pattern data on maps. This Business intelligence platform also helps many organizations to transfer their data into powerful software application insights with ease and in less time usage.

Overview of Tableau Desktop and Tibco Spotfire:

In this article, we are going to explain the features and differences between Tableau and Spotfire also helps to a good understanding of the products. So in this section, you will be getting in-depth knowledge about these tools’ weaknesses and strengths. In this section, I am going to explain the complete differences between these two software tools based on its pricing, data analytical, and reporting actions.

Now it’s time to learn the basic differences between Tibco Spotfire and Tableau desktop

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1. Tableau desktop VS Tibco Spotfire: Pricing Comparison;

Pricing plays an important role in every organization, based on this; we are going to explain the major differences between Tibco Spotfire and Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop Tibco Spotfire
The price scheme is available in three forms With the Tibco Spotfire, only one –way of price scheme is available
The three types included are One-time payment, Annual Subscription, and Quote based. Only the Quote-based Price scheme is available
Tableau Desktop’s (personal edition) will be quoted at a price of $35 per month It is to be quoted at the price of $0.99 per hour
Tableau desktop’s (professional edition) will be quoted for $75 per user per month Tibco Spotfire offers its services at the price of $650 annual subscription
Price is low compare to Tibco Spotfire Tibco Spotfire Cloud comes at the price of $200 per month and $2000 per year subscription
Three ways of subscriptions available Whereas Tibco Spotfire tool comes in Subscription, perpetual, and term licenses based on the user requirements and needs from the organization

Features Comparison between Tableau and Spotfire:

Now let’s take a look at the basic feature differences between the Tibco Spotfire and Tableau desktop

Tableau Desktop Tibco Spotfire
Offers Toggle view and drag-drop features offers Big data analytical features
Provides a list of native data connectors Only provides data content analysis
Highlight the filter data Doesn’t offer any filter data
Shares dashboards, dashboard comments, mobile-ready inbuilt dashboards, and interactive dashboards No dashboards and mobile-ready inbuilt are available
Helps user to view the data notification No data notification available because of the one-time subscription policy
No predictive analysis available Here the predictive analysis is available
This enables the user to create queries without any use of codes Not so easy to create queries without using any type of codes
Translate query into visualizations Only data visualizations available
The data discovery process is difficult Data discovery is so easy with Spotfire
Automatic updates available As a one-time subscription, the user will not get any updates details
Location analysis is not possible with tableau Spotfire offers a special type of Location analytical tools
Managing metadata is very easy with Tableau Offers only big data management services
Events related to the process cannot be accessed A special type of event analysis available
No advanced collaboration tools are available Provides advanced collaboration tools
Visualization query language helps to create REST API applications It’s not possible to create any kind of REST API applications
Tableau public tools are available for data sharing applications No such public tools are available for any type of data sharing applications

Product differences between Tableau desktop and Tibco Spotfire:

As I said earlier, both these business intelligence tools can be used by organizations for the same and different requirements in a different way. Product differences between these two tools will give you more idea about the tools and their features. Let’s know the important comparison between Tableau and Spotfire

Tableau desktop Tibco spotfire
Tableau desktop tool provides a large number of data visualization tools Offers a lesser number of data visualization tools, they are provided as a just a part of Spotfire tools as compare to Tableau desktops
The tableau software tool is designed to work on operating systems like Windows and Macintosh OS environments Tibco Spotfire is designed to work on operating systems like Windows and Macintosh OS environments
Tableau Desktop software tool offers a large number of graphical features such as Charts, bars, and graphs for future data depiction

Tibco Spotfire offers only a competitive number of graphical features tool

Tableau Desktop software tool provides great data analytics features that help many business organizations to make friendly decisions and careful analysis of the past historical data

Tibco Spotfire Software tool offers a visual and also interactive way that helps Spotfire experts to take necessary decisions only based on the data underneath
Tableau desktop mainly offers data Toggle view, data dragging and dropping features, and also wholesale data list, data source connectors, highlight the data based on the conditions Tibco Spotfire software tool works based on big data analytical purpose, content analytical, predictive analytical, event analytical, location analytical, and also data discovery features
Tableau Desktop offers an in-built data integration with programming languages like R, and these R models can be run only when data integration with R gets finished Tibco Spotfire is considered as one of the best software tools to provide manual support and also able to integrate with programming language R and other additional integrations can be done with the Tibco family products
Tableau desktop is the best suitable software tool for medium to larger business enterprises Tibco Spotfire software tool can also be considered as the best tool to use for smaller to medium level business enterprises
Tableau desktop started supporting big data analytics since the launch of Tableau version 8.1 Tibco Spotfire is one of the top tools used as this contains in-built big data analytics
Tableau desktop has now added a new advanced feature of storytelling with the user interface In the Tibco spotfire software tool, there is no automatic storytelling features are available only you can see manual features of storytelling
Tableau Desktop offers the best support towards Microsoft PowerPivot application There is no such support provides towards the Microsoft PowerPivot application
Tableau Desktop offers the best data drill-down options to maximize the data accuracy level The features of Tibco spotfire are very competitive enough while comparing with tableau desktop software tool features
Tableau Desktop software tool has considered as a mature Tibco Spotfire is also a mature product with its features, same

product only after the release of Version 8.2

space provided, and also additional applications

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Data Analytical comparison between Tableau desktop and Tibco spotfire:

It a known fact that both these software tools have the capabilities to connect with external data sources, but tableau desktop has a higher capacity when compared to the Tibco Spotfire software tool. Let’s discuss them in the following table

Tableau desktop Tibco spotfire

This helps users to manipulate and visualize the larger sets of data

offers less manipulation and visualization capability when compared to Tableau
Tableau desktop has the ability to connect over more than 40 external data sources which can be extracted from Microsoft excel, Hadoop clusters. This enables users to create their own reports Tibco Spotfire has the ability to connect over more than 20+ external data sources  and enables users to work with many data formats
Ability to visualize the data on the repetitive patterns Helps experts to perform with MATLAB, SAS, R, or S+ from the user interface applications on the base of predictions

Customer support comparison between Tableau desktop and Tibco Spotfire:

This is one of the important sections because after all the customer is the one who is going to purchase these products. The customer support team will work from installation to product deployment. They also make decisions based on stakeholders where they play an important role in managing the organization’s image.

Tableau desktop Tibco Spotfire
Tableau Desktop provides 4 ways of customer support such as Complimentary, technical support, elite programs, and the OEM programs

Tibco spotfire also provides 4 types of customer support such as Complimentary, technical support, elite programs, and the OEM programs

Helps to solve non-critical and non-technical issues such as bugs, and configurational related issues. Helps experts to solve critical and non-critical issues such as debugging bugs, and also any configurational related issues
Tableau desktop customer support helps to grow, manage, and offers 100% satisfactory data ratings Spotfire users can also choose to visit the Tibco support portal in order to submit their requests and queries

The majority of customers choose to go with Tableau desktop because of its productivity level and accuracy

Compare to tableau desktop, less number of customers choose to work with the Tibco Spotfire tool

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In this article, I have tried my best to explain the major differences between Tibco Spotfire and Tableau desktop software tools. These two products are the Child products of parental company Microsoft Corporations. Users can differentiate the Tibco spotfire and Tableau desktops based on different categories such as pricing, product wise, basic features available, and customer support. I hope this article may help a few of you to learn and enhance the knowledge of Tableau desktop and Tibco Spotfire software tools.

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