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Desktop Options: Tibco Spotfire Spans Visualization and Deep Analytics Tibco Silver Spotfire is a hosted BI and data visualization offering, but it all starts with desktop analysis software. You can download and use the company's desktop authoring client (shown here) for one year at no charge. When you're ready to share visualizations with others, you publish them to Tibco's hosted collaboration environment. Fee-based hosting services are available starting at $79 per user, per month once the trial period is over. Spotfire also offers deep statistical and analytical options that take advantage of S+ and R programming languages.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?