Establish Connectivity to TIBCO Spotfire Analytics

This article describes how to connect to Tibco Spotfire in order to load data into Datasets and Reports in Metric Insights.


For details, refer to Prerequisites for connecting to Tibco Spotfire

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 the Type of the New Data Source

  1. Select "Other" and choose "Tibco Spotfire" from the drop-down list
  2. Move to the Next step

3. 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

4. Optional Tibco Spotfire Parameters

Optional Parameters allow Users to limit the number of Objects fetched to Metric Insights.

If necessary, configure any of the the following parameters:

  1. Tibco Spotfire Search Query: use a search command to narrow down the list of Spotfire Objects brought into Metric Insights
  2. Spotfire Document Filter: limit the number of collected Spotfire Objects by name
    • wildcard  (*)  is supported
  3. Document ID List (comma-separated): specify IDs to fetch only selected Documents

4.1. How to obtain Document IDs in Tibco Spotfire?

Global Unique Identifiers (GUIDs) are used to filter Tibco Spotfire objects.

  • A GUID can be obtained from the UI
  • See details below
  1. Right-click a Document
  2. Select "Share Link"
  3. The value after file=represents the Document ID

5. 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. New Remote Collector: make sure you add a Remote Collector, otherwise the plugin connection will fail
  6. Test Connection (this will also Save your data)

6. Other settings

  1. You can create Datasets directly from the respective tab
  2. Click Permissions to assign permissions to Groups or Power Users