TIBCO Spotfire® offers several web services APIs that can be used for various tasks. This page will cover these in time, but for now we want to focus on Scheduled Updates.
Important Information: Enabling the Web Services API and Configuring Groups
In order to be able to use the Spotfire Public Web Services API, the following two conditions MUST be met:
- The Spotfire Public Web Services API must be enabled on the Spotfire server. It is disabled by default, for security reasons
- The user that is accessing the API must be a member of the API Users group on the Spotfire server
Enabling the Spotfire Public Web Services API
The instructions for doing this can be found here: Enabling the Web Services API , but here's a practical example:
Adding a User to the API Users Group:
The user that will access the Public Web Services API must be a member of the API Users Group:
You can, of course, nest groups, so one practical way of doing this could be to make the Administrators group be a sub-group of API Users, then all Administrators will be API Users by default.
Scheduled Updates is the mechanism whereby a Spotfire analysis can be loaded into memory on the Spotfire Web server, refreshed with the latest data and ready and waiting for a user to load. Once the analysis is in memory, its load time is almost instantaneous. Scheduled Updates can even refresh the data in an analysis while the analysis is being viewed and interacted with, either notifying the user, or transparently updating during the session.
Periodic and Event Driven Updates
Scheduled Updates can be scheduled on the Spotfire server but they can also be triggered by an external system via a Web Services API. This means that an external system could generate new data or respond to an event and then trigger the analysis to be updated on the Spotfire server.
Scheduled Updates by Calling the UpdateAnalyisService Web Service
Please see the tutorial here: