Some of the most impressive things about Spotfire data analytics and visualization tools come from the users –people who are always stretching the boundaries, finding new and innovative ways of making data dance.
In just the past month, users have posted ways to share data, annotate and even update databases with the insights and results that queries deliver. Making your data even smarter and finding new sources are regular occurrences for the thousands of people who gather in the TIBCO Spotfire Community website or with advice from the Tip Of The Week blog.
One idea showed other users how to retain and update data or comments for the benefit of future users — ensuring that the most recent updates are stored in documents for later use. And another tip – Implementing Custom Visualizations in TIBCO Spotfire – shows you how maps, diagrams and other images can be used to map data points that exist only in tables or charts. Mashing up data with relevant locations or other details means new opportunities for non-technical users to get the most out of these assets.
Thousands of users and thousands of posts led to the “Spotfire Analytics Exchange” — just scroll down to find this segment of the community site. It’s devoted to sharing scripts, controls, images and other creations that other users have built. Why reinvent the wheel when so many great solutions are just waiting for you to try them out? This growing forum lets people develop and collaborate on dashboards, data sets and find new ways of delivering data simply.
Most use existing toolkits like R and S+ so they fit hand-in-glove with other Spotfire installations and cooperate with other data systems already in use. Until you ask “Why not?” or say “Let’s try it” you may not know what else you can learn from your data or from other people tapping the power of data analytics and data visualization software. For those of us who’ve spent the past year studying the new insights of BI, the adventure of new discoveries keeps us coming back for more answers and new examples to follow.
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