Create External Report from TIBCO Spotfire Analytics

This article details how to build an External Report in Metric Insights that is linked to a Report on your Tibco Spotfire server. 

It assumes that you have already established connectivity to Tibco Spotfire via the respective plugin connection profile.

1. Access New > External Report > Tibco Spotfire

If necessary, you can create a new Report Type, Category, or Report Image Trigger on the go by clicking the [+] icon next to the corresponding field.

The New External Report screen opens. Provide the following information:

  1. Give your new External Report a Name
  2. Place your Report in a relevant Category
  3. Define whether you want Report content to be updated manually or automatically. For Automated Collection, define the following settings:
    • Choose the Report Image Trigger from the drop-down list
    • Select the Plugin Connection Profile you have created for Tibco Spotfire
    • Report: Select a Tibco Spotfire Report (Object) from the corresponding connection profile
  4. Next: define details to proceed with Report creation

2. Configuration tab > specify Report Details

  1. Show Report in: change from default "External Webpage" if you want your Report to be displayed in Viewer
    • You can choose between the iframe and static image options
    • If you select iframe, you can specify the Viewer Image Size
  2. Apply filters to your Report data by clicking [+Manage Filters]
  3. The External Report URL will be generated automatically based on your other inputs
    • You can modify the URL by appending a question mark (?) followed by any filter or parameter settings
  4. Test External Report: you can optionally test how your Report will be displayed on External Webpage or in Viewer, depending on the display option selected in #1
  5. Advanced:
    • Always collect all instances of external report: Collect all images and cache them on a schedule
    • On Demand: only when needed for distribution: Individual images are only collected when they need to be included in an email
  6. Save and Collect Image to generate a Preview Image for the Homepage
    • NOTE: when opting to display your Report as a Static Image, make sure you Collect Image before going to Viewer
  7. Enable and Publish to be able to go to Viewer

3. Verify display in Viewer

To filter Report Data in the Viewer:

  1. Select the required Filter Values
  2. Click [Apply Filters]
  3. Optionally, save your Filter selections as personalized Bookmarks