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By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2003-02-10 Print this article Print

: Executive Summary"> Executive Summary: Spotfire DecisionSite Posters 7.1.1

Usability Excellent
Capability Fair
Performance Good
Interoperability Fair
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
Organizations that do extensive data analysis will appreciate the power and comprehensiveness of DecisionSites graphing and data-filtering features. However, the Posters Web client is much less capable than the full Windows client, and the package as a whole is very expensive.


Starting prices for all the required pieces of Spotfire DecisionSite Posters range from $50,000 to $150,000, with large deployments moving into the million-dollar range. This cost limits the package to organizations that need the specific vertical extensions DecisionSite offers such as genomic data analysis or geographical analysis, or to a small set of employees doing extensive data analysis.

(+) Provides easy way to send preformatted charts of key data to colleagues; offers a discussion board to post comments on data, with comments linked to particular chart displays; full client offers great flexibility in displaying multidimensional data in a single view.

(-) High cost; Oracle8i database dependencies; Web client supports only 2-D scatter charts, histograms and bar charts, a small set of what the full client provides; Web client requires IE 5.0 or later; message board doesnt provide discussion threading.

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    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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