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With Spotfire 7, Tibco aims to make analytics more accessible

With Spotfire 7, Tibco aims to make analytics more accessible

New tools offer guidance based on best practices to give non-experts a jump start

The Recommendations tool in Tibco's Spotfire 7

The Recommendations tool in Tibco's Spotfire 7

Scan through the news announcements in the world of enterprise software lately, and there's a good chance you'll notice an overriding theme. It focuses on analytics, and it's all about putting the power of that once-highly specialized function within the hands of a broader spectrum of business users.

Oracle and Salesforce both made forays in that direction recently, for example, and on Tuesday Tibco Software announced a similar effort. Namely, Tibco launched Spotfire 7, a new version of its analytics and data-visualization platform that it says was built specifically for a wider audience.

One of the key new features in Spotfire 7 is a smart wizard called Recommendations that's designed to guide the analytics process. Tapping built-in best practices, the tool can suggest what type of graph is best for displaying time-series data, for instance, helping non-experts stay on the right investigative path. Users can create an entire dashboard with just a few clicks, Tibco says. As more data is included, Recommendations updates its suggestions, thereby eliminating the time-consuming trial-and-error process.

A streamlined user interface, meanwhile, is designed to make data discovery faster, easier and more precise. New style options allow users to adjust the look and feel of a Spotfire workspace depending on their audience and the type of data at hand. Sneak-peak previews allow users to test out new visualizations as they work.

In all, Spotfire 7 enables users to go from data to dashboard in less than a minute regardless of their level of experience, Tibco says.

Spotfire 7 is now available worldwide for desktop and on-premises deployments. On March 18, Tibco will conduct a webcast offering a fuller introduction.

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