Our Spotfire admin is on PTO this week, so I am walking in my old shoes this week. A user reached out when he received the error message “Spotfire could not publish”, and he was unable to save in the Spotfire library. Nine times out of ten, this error is related to temp files being deleted while Spotfire is open. But that wasn’t what happened in this case. This time, the user was trying to save a DXP that was larger than the library limit, which only became a problem when he added on-demand controls to his project. Read on to learn why on-demand caused the problem and how we fixed it.Read More »Error – Spotfire Could Not Publish
This week, I ran into an issue with a user whose Spotfire desktop application kept prompting him to install the latest version of Spotfire (to match the latest version installed on the server). He would click install, and the installation would run. The next time Spotfire opened, the process would repeat itself. Fixing this isn’t a simple reinstall, but it is a relatively easy fix. Read on to learn how to solve this problem.Read More »Spotfire Prompts to Install Over and Over
Long load times are a problem all Spotfire users struggle with eventually. The first step to reducing load time involves understanding which tables are taking the longest to load. Spotfire provides this information in the Help menu, but it’s not in a form that is easy to work with. This week, I need to help one of our project teams optimize their Spotfire project, so I built an Excel template to parse this data. Now I know what to go after in order to improve Spotfire load times.Read More »How to Improve Spotfire Load Times
This has been a busy, busy week. I’ve never posted an article a day before. I kicked off the week with my first post on Spotfire logging. I explained how to set up and configure logging, as well as install logging information links and a DXP with logging data. My second post explained how to interpret the data in the ACTIONLOG information link. The third post explained log categories and actions so that in the fourth post you could understand how to use all the other logging views. This is the final post of the week, which wraps everything up. It will explain how to join logging data sets to get exactly the logging data you need. Read on to find out more.Read More »Join Logging Data Sets
This is post 4 of 5 in my one-a-day series on Spotfire logging. Each post builds on the previous. Yesterday, I explained logging categories and actions. Today, I will show you how that knowledge will help you know what to do with all the other views with logging data. Read on to learn how to use all of the Spotfire logging views.Read More »Understanding Spotfire Logging Views
Welcome to my Wednesday logging post, number 3 of 5 this week. The first post explained how to set up your Spotfire installation to log user actions. The second post detailed the questions you can ask and answer using the ACTIONLOG. This post sets the stage to understand all of the other logging views by taking a closer look at the LOG_CATEGORY and LOG_ACTION columns. With a good understanding of these categories, you’ll be able to use even more of the log data. Read on to learn more.Read More »Spotfire Logging Categories and Actions
Yesterday, I posted on how to set up logging in Spotfire. At the end of that post, I showed you just how much data is available with logging, and it’s a lot. But, there is one place you can go to answer most logging question — the ACTIONLOG view. So, in this post, I will explain how to use the Spotfire ACTIONLOG data to understand user activity. We’ll ask and answer important questions like…
- Is usage increasing or decreasing?
- Is training helping users?
- Who isn’t using their license?
- Who are my top users?
- What are the most commonly used files?
- Who deleted my information link?
Read on to learn more.Read More »How to Use the Spotfire ACTIONLOG
Last week, my manager asked the question — “Is anything connected to xyz information link?” So, I showed users how to answer that question with a simple search in the Library Administrator. This week, I was asked — “Who isn’t using their license?” This is also a fairly simple question to answer if you have logging setup and understand the maze of views containing logging data. While I felt like I had a pretty solid understanding of logging, I didn’t understand all the data I was seeing. So, I had to reach out to TIBCO for clarity. Ultimately, I wound up going down a very deep rabbit hole learning even more about logging. Since there isn’t much out there on logging, I distilled it all into 5 blog posts that will be released one at a time Monday thru Friday. This post kicks it off by explaining how to set up Spotfire logging. Read on to learn more.Read More »How to Set Up Spotfire Logging
I can’t tell you how many times my manager has asked me — “How many projects connect to the <insert name> information link? While this might seem like a difficult question to answer, the information is just a few clicks away in the Library Administrator. The key is knowing how to search for it. If you don’t know how to search for it, maybe you have relied on the terrifying-yet-effective method of clicking delete in the Information Designer and waiting for Spotfire to tell you what the info link is connected to. Rather than be afraid you are about to break something, let me show you how to use the Library Administrator to search for DXP dependencies. Read on to learn more.Read More »How to Search for DXP Dependencies