Establish Connectivity to Tibco Spotfire

Follow the steps below to create a new Plugin Data Source that is required to allow Elements to fetch data and images from Tibco Spotfire objects.


For details, refer to Prerequisites for connecting to Tibco Spotfire


  • Data can be fetched from Spotfire Table objects only (no graphs)
  • Image collection is available for Table, Graph and Chart objects
  • Visual Editor for constructing queries without knowledge of specific commands
  • A full object hierarchy is supported

1. Access Admin > Data Sources

At the bottom of the screen click [+ New Data Source].

The Select the Type of New Data Source pop-up opens.

2. Select "Other" Data Source Type and choose "Tibco Spotfire" from the drop-down list

  1. Select "Other" and choose "Tibco Spotfire" from the drop-down list.

Move to the Next step.

3. Provide the Required Tibco Spotfire Parameters

  1. Data Source Name: set a name for the data source
  2. Tibco Spotfire Server: define the server protocol (http or https) and a hostname
  3. Username: note that your Username must be in the same format that your Tibco Spotfire server uses for authentication 
  4. Password: provide your password credential

Proceed to configuring Advanced Settings.

4. Advanced Configuration

  1. Generate Object List
    • automatically: all Reports are going to be fetched by the system
    • manually: Reports may be added one-by-one or via CSV file
  2. Object List Refresh Trigger: from the dropdown, select the Trigger that will be used to fetch data via the Tibco Spotfire plugin
  3. Object Selection Method: specify how Tibco Spotfire Reports will be fetched
  4. Optionally, state the maximum number of concurrent Threads to utilize during data and/or image fetch to be used in background processing when the system updates Reports for this Data Source
    • If you do not specify any value for this setting, batch data collection processing will be single-threaded
  5. Multiple dimension values delimiter: optionally, specify the Delimiter for Multiple Dimension Values (Configuring this parameter allows to support fetching aggregate data for several Tibco Spotfire Filter Values)
  6. New Remote Collector: make sure you add a Remote Collector, otherwise the plugin connection will fail
  7. Test Connection (this will also Save your data)

5. Other settings

  1. You can create Datasets or Elements directly from their respective tabs
  2. Click Permissions to assign permission to the Data Source to Groups or Power Users


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