What’s new in Spotfire

Latest advancements to help you uncover insights for faster decision-making

05 / 2017
7.9

Edit Data Transformations

Spotfire 7.9 adds what has been one of the most anticipated new time-saving features, the ability to edit your data transformations. You can adapt to changes in data sources or tweak new transformations without having to start from scratch.

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Data Preparation Indicators

Now, whenever a data preparation step has encountered a problem in the data source view, Spotfire will notify you with one of several severity-ranked indicators. The indicators enable quick troubleshooting of data transformations, and when paired with the new edit transformation feature, drastically reduce your time to analysis.

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Load more Data from Salesforce

The native Salesforce.com connector for Spotfire is now able to load more data, such as the Case Table, which often keeps millions of records.

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Improved Kerberos Integration

Spotfire Information Services now supports constrained Kerberos delegation in combination with compatible JDBC drivers.

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Spotfire Cloud Data Access

Data from Amazon Redshift, Azure SQL, and OData can now be viewed in Spotfire Cloud Business Author and Consumer.

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Inline Data Cleaning

Issues in your data are most often found once you start visualizing it, so why not fix them right then and there? Spotfire now has new “replace value” and “replace all occurrences” features for easily cleaning up erroneous data values in table charts and the details-on-demand panel.

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Advanced Analytics

In Spotfire 7.9  99% of packages on CRAN―almost 10,000 community packages―can be loaded into the built-in R engine. We’ve also made significant improvements to the engine’s performance and to ease of use for creating graphics.

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Connectors and Live Query Tables

Microsoft Azure HDInsight, APACHE KNOX, SAP SSO, and Google Analytics Web Authentication are all now supported.

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Location Analytics Update

You can now right-click anywhere on a map and get geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) for a location. Nautical miles have also been added as a unit of measurement in addition to the existing imperial and metric units when using radius and rectangle selections.

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New Data Source Versions

Analysis Services 2016; PostgreSQL 9.5 and 9.6; MySQL 5.7; SAP BW 7.5; and Apache Spark SQL 2.0 are now supported.

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01 / 2017
7.8

Smart Recommendations for Adding Rows

Spotfire now automatically detects and recommends if data you add to an analysis should be added as rows to existing data.

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KPI Charts API

The KPI chart API allows authors and developers to automatically configure KPI Charts from IronPython scripts or custom tools. This enables creating more user friendly and powerful visual analytics applications for end users.

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Configurable in-db table visualization row limit

Administrators can now configure a system wide upper limit for the number of rows possible to visualize in a table visualization based on an in-database data table. The configuration is made in Spotfire Analyst Administration Manager, on the Preferences tab, under Data Import Preferences.

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Federated Authentication: OpenID

Spotfire Server now supports the use of OpenID Connect as a method of authentication.

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Enable Data On-Demand in Spotfire Cloud Analyst

Your analysis can benefit from on-demand loading when you have access to massive amounts of data, but you only need to work with some parts of the data at a time. When setting up an on-demand data table you can specify conditions based on one or more other data tables to control what to load.

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Support for WMS 1.3.0

The map chart now supports Web Map Service (WMS) 1.3.0 in addition to the previously existing 1.1.0 and 1.1.1 support.

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Specify proportions in LayoutDefinition AP

Getting a nice layout when automating dashboard creation has often been cumbersome. With the new capabilities in the LayoutDefinition API, developers can specify proportions (vertically or horizontally) to get full control over the layout of the visualizations on a page, similar to what is possible to configure from the user interface.

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Connectors: SQL Server 2016, Azure SQL and Azure SQL Data Warehouse support.

Spotfire's connector for SQL Server now supports SQL Server 2016, Azure SQL and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

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Spotfire Server can use Microsoft SQL Server

The Spotfire Server needs a database to store its own data. As of Spotfire 7.8, Microsoft SQL Server 2016 can be used as an option.

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10 / 2016
7.7

Sparklines on KPIs

Add context to your KPI charts with Sparklines that visualize the trend over time.

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TERR Aggregations

Use TERR to define your own Spotfire aggregations in R.

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Web Authoring of KPI Charts

Business Author users can now create and configure KPI chart visualizations using a simple drag and drop method.

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"Export Data To File" added to Automation Services, and "Send Email" improved

A new task, Export Data to File, has been added in Automation Services, and new features have been added to the Send Email task.

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Improved Map Chart Zoom Visibility

When using the Zoom Visibility property to create geographic drill-downs, map layers interactivity switches automatically as you zoom-in/out the map.

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Google Analytics and Salesforce Connections

Create and edit connections to Google Analytics and Salesforce in the web authoring client.

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Control the layout for different screen sizes

Create great mobile Spotfire dashboards and reports that scale with your screen.

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SAP BW Connection Improvements

Improved BEX variable handling and ability to configure how the SAP BW characteristics are displayed in the Spotfire UI.

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Developer APIs

Create custom panels in the web client to visualize contextual information, adding controls or other domain specific functionality to Spotfire.

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Improvements to Tables and Cross-Tables

Create more compact and better looking tables and cross tables, with better control over cell width, alignment, and absolute sorting.

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Easier Administration

Easily monitor and maintain your scheduled updates and your web player resources from new web UIs. Easier deployment of data connectors to Spotfire Analyst users.

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Multilayers Map Chart via Spotfire Business Author

Create map charts with multiple layers of data. Use your favorite map background. Visualize map layers from GIS.

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Self-Service Data Lake and Text Analytics

Attivio has the ability to identify, integrate, unify and provision virtually any type and amount of structured data and unstructured content. Spotfire's new self-service connector to Attivio makes it easy for business users to connect to, search and analyze the result in Spotfire.

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Web Panel API

Leverage the new Web Panel API to create custom panels in the web client to visualize contextual information.

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05 / 2016
7.6

KPI Charts Any Time, Any Where

See real-time business performance metrics at a glance—on your phone, your tablet, or your computer.

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Support for Tile Map Services (TMS) on Map Charts

New support for Tile Map Services (TMS) means you can more easily use the base map background of your choice.

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Configure Map Chart Auto-zoom via Spotfire Business Author

Set a map chart to automatically zoom-in to the filtered data.

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Unpivot from Data Panel

Spotfire data panel now has a built-in unpivot option on the right-click menu.

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Spotfire Business Author Connector for Salesforce.com

Business Author users can now automatically connect to Salesforce.com.

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New Data Connectors for MongoDB and Apache Cassandra

Import data from two major in-memory NoSQL databases without any external applications or platforms.

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More Control Over Cross Tables

Change individual column width, text alignment, and orientation to make your tables more compact and readable.

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Radius Selection on Map Charts

In addition to rectangle and lasso selection tools, the new radius tool lets you mark data around a location.

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View, Configure, Refresh Data Sources

From both the source view and the library, you can now select between "Always New Data,” "Stored Data,” and "New Data When Possible.”

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Google Analytics Data Connector

Spotfire® Business Author and Spotfire® Analyst can incorporate Google Analytics data with ease and speed.

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More Connection Options for these Key Sources

Amazon Redshift, Hortonworks, Oracle and Oracle MySQL, Pivotal Greenplum, Pivotal HAWQ, and Postgres SQL.

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03 / 2016
7.5

New Architecture, Better Control and User Experience

Control how resources are scaled, isolated, and used with rules that route users to specific resources.

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Higher Productivity with Threaded Conversations

A chat box within the visualization helps groups focus, bring insights, and make decisions.

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Waterfall Charts Show the Forest and the Trees

Quickly see how parts of the whole negatively or positively affect the total.

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Improved Data Panel with Instant Data Profiles

An improved data panel let's you get a quick overview of your data and easily make adjustments.

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Apache Spark Analytics

Spotfire has certified connectivity with Apache Spark so you can perform large-scale data analysis.

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SAP HANA Analytics

Spotfire now has an improved integration with SAP HANA Analytics. Expanded support for SAP HANA Information Views and Attribute Views promotes a greater navigability of the data, in addition to overall performance enhancements when handling SAP HANA Analytics.

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Split Columns Dialog Box

In a few clicks you can split a column with multiple values in its cells into columns for each of the distinct values.

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Quickly Refresh Linked Data

Press Refresh while in a Spotfire Cloud analysis for the latest updates to the data.

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TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R Supports 5,300+ R Packages

You can use much of the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) with Spotfire out-of-the-box.

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Easier to Find Data Connectors

ODBC Drivers for TIBCO Spotfire Analyst are now available directly in the 'My Downloads' section of Spotfire Cloud.

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Reduced System Requirements

he Spotfire Analyst client now runs on 32-bit operating systems and no longer requires Internet Explorer 10+.

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Better Explanations through Annotations

Comments that can explain and draw attention to key points in your visualization.

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Synchronization Across Multiple Windows

Interacting with a visualization in one browser window automatically updates the other windows.

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Box Plots Have More Options

Deliver more information with horizontal lines on whiskers, single diamonds for median values, or dotted lines for averages.

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Inline Data Cleansing

Change the data order and categorization, create new columns, fill in empty values, and format on the fly.

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Salesforce.com Analytics

The new driver makes it easy to browse your Salesforce data and answer questions fast.

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Data Table Source View Shows Process and Results

View data table sources and what’s been done to the data, and preview the results from each of the intermediate steps.

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Streamlined Filter Selection

The streamlined filter selector allows quick selection and deselection of filters to get the view you need faster.

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Months and Days Treated as Time, Not Text

Column names and data are sorted in time sequence (not alphabetically), with local culture settings upheld.

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Data Connector Improvements

Improvements to connectors for Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, SAP BW.

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API for Embedding Visualizations in a Webpage

Embed Spotfire visualizations in HTML for an interactive data analysis experience on the web.

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