Yes, you read that correctly. I have been provided an exclusive, first sneak peek at TIBCO Spotfire 6.5 thanks to TIBCO Spotfire Predictive Analytics Product Manager, Louis Bajuk-Yorgan. Note TIBCO Spotfire 6.5 will be officially announced in two weeks at the upcoming TIBCO Transform conference in Houston on April 28-30. The TIBCO team has blessed me publicly sharing one of my favorite new features – the ability to call TERR scripts directly from the TIBCO Spotfire 6.5 expression language. This is just one small area of the preview functionality that will be shown at the 12th annual Transform event. As with any preview functionality, the exact implementation details may change a tiny bit when released to market. However, the core build is ready to go and I must say that it does look nice.
Delivering advanced analytics to the masses with simple point-and-click is indeed a current trend. I have talked about seeing this in the analytics industry in my last article regarding SAP InfiniteInsight. In that article I mentioned TIBCO Spotfire already having point-and-click predictive for mere mortals in their base Professional desktop offering. With the latest version TIBCO Spotfire 6.5, they are taking it a step further.
The new ability to easily call TERR scripts directly from the TIBCO Spotfire 6.5 expression language will open the doors to empowering business users to leverage many more predictive algorithms. In the past, it was a bit challenging to learn TERR or R syntax to attempt to call R in TIBCO Spotfire functions. That task was more of a data scientist, power analyst or business intelligence professional level activity requiring an understanding of the TERR or R language, predictive function calls and how to pass variables. Bottom line, it was a bit daunting for a typical business user and thus an underutilized gem.
What I saw implemented in 6.5 hides the TERR or R syntax complexity. It looks simple enough for most business analysts to quickly figure out and much easier than other comparable predictive visual analytic RServe function call solutions that are available in the market today. Here is a video demonstration with TIBCO Spotfire 6.5 showcasing a classic predictive clustering example that a business analyst may want to use to explore customer segmentation and the variables influencing cluster groups.
I will share more exciting news with you on the latest and greatest innovations with TIBCO Spotfire 6.5 following the public reveal at the end of the month. For more information on quiet TIBCO Spotfire – yes I still do feel that they are “the quiet giant” in this cool data discovery niche – check out their demo gallery and resource center.