Array is also interested in the new SharePoint integration, Weaver said. The company began rolling out SharePoint about a year ago and has already created templates for project teams. Tying in Spotfire visualizations to those workspaces is definitely on the agenda, he said.
But Array is less enthused about the hooks into Tibbr. "It's interesting but its not going to be a priority," he said. Array doesn't currently use Tibbr and is centrally located enough that it doesn't need such software right now, he said.
Spotfire encompasses a number of components, including a server that handles data access and modeling, as well as a number of Web and desktop clients. Pricing varies according to the installation.
Tibco's offering competes with the likes of QlikView and Microsoft PowerPivot, both of which also incorporate an "in-memory associative data model (as opposed to relational or multidimensional) which indeed allows a lot more flexibility in analysis," Forrester Research analyst Boris Evelson said in an email.
While social BI collaboration features like the Tibbr integration "are important," rivals including Panorama Software and QlikView have introduced or will shortly introduce similar features, he added.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com.