Frequently Asked Questions
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What are we announcing?
TIBCO Software Inc. and PerkinElmer have entered into a strategic relationship to provide the next generation of scientific research and development applications to the marketplace.
PerkinElmer has licensed the exclusive, worldwide rights to the TIBCO Spotfire® software platform in certain scientific research and development markets. These markets include basic and preclinical development in life sciences; research and development in chemical, petrochemical, environmental, food and beverage, consumer products and academia; as well as quality assurance and quality control in manufacturing. PerkinElmer will execute all new license and maintenance agreements, and develop new software applications for use with the TIBCO Spotfire® platform, in these markets.
In addition, we have licensed the TIBCO Spotfire Lead Discovery® source code and we will be the sole source of future product enhancements to this product in these markets in the future.
We have done this because of a perfect fit with our portfolio and the tremendous strength of the TIBCO Spotfire brand. We will now provide enhanced, self-service “data in” and “data out” capabilities across all existing software and instrument platforms.
Who should I contact if someone has questions not in this FAQ?
Michael Swartz (Michael.Swartz@PerkinElmer.com +1.617.308.7326)
Who is TIBCO?
TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TIBX) is a provider of infrastructure and analytics software. The TIBCO Spotfire® platform is unique in its ability to seek, understand, and respond to real-time events. This provides comprehensive visibility into trends and opportunities, as well as the intelligence and agility to recognize and instantly react to key events – capturing opportunities and averting risks within ever-shortening time frames.
Automation of systems, data, processes, business rules, and people is at the core of the TIBCO Spotfire platform, creating an environment that allows real-time information to flow freely across enterprises. With a foundation of automation, the TIBCO Spotfire software platform conducts event processing which then correlates all of the events happening throughout the enterprise – seeking out and identifying the most meaningful events and immediately taking intelligent action.
The visual analytics of the TIBCO® software platform give enterprises the tools to understand big data, enabling them to clearly see what's going on throughout their organization and optimize operations
PerkinElmer sees many longer-term opportunities to apply the TIBCO Spotfire® event management capabilities to the R&D industry as well as tibbr®, TIBCO’s enterprise social networking software.
Is this restricted to research and development in the life science industry?
No, it is not restricted just to life sciences. This will serve end users in R&D in any industry with the exception of clinical development applications in the pharmaceutical industry.
What do you mean by the “TIBCO Spotfire® Analytics in Action Platform”?
This includes TIBCO’s entire Spotfire® product offerings. An example would be if a customer wanted to buy TIBCO Spotfire® Statistics Services to predict the PK/PD properties of lead compounds, PerkinElmer could sell the customer a license to the TIBCO Spotfire® Statistics Services product.
What is TIBCO Spotfire® Lead Discovery (TSLD)?
TIBCO Spotfire® Lead Discovery software is an easy-to-use, highly visual and interactive environment for exploring chemical structures and any associated data such as biological assay results.
Why is this happening?
This strategic relationship with PerkinElmer will ensure that TIBCO Spotfire® customers in life science research will continue to have a TIBCO Spotfire® platform that is relevant to scientific data and analytics. Thanks to the investments of PerkinElmer in furthering TSLD software and developing other applications plus the PerkinElmer sales channel, this relationship will extend the reach of the Spotfire platform to organizations and institutions that have not been effectively reached.
With PerkinElmer investing in scientific R&D applications on the TIBCO Spotfire® platform for the research market, TIBCO will be able to focus its own investments on improving the main platform for everyone.
What happens to customer’s existing support/maintenance contracts?
All customers in the relevant markets will renew their maintenance agreements upon the next renewal event directly with PerkinElmer (or one of its subsidiaries). The advantages to the customer of doing so are:
- This will be the only way to get access to updates of the TSLD product that PerkinElmer releases.
- PerkinElmer has a global support organization with scientific domain knowledge based at PerkinElmer Informatics Centers of Excellence in Boston and Shanghai.
Until maintenance renewal, the obligation for support resides with TIBCO.
Do existing contracts and license agreements need to be re-done and run through legal? How will they be transitioned to PerkinElmer?
No. Existing PerkinElmer license agreements will remain in place and in effect. TIBCO Spotfire® software products will be added to these agreements as an addendum.
What happens to all the companies that have integrated their cheminformatics products with TIBCO Spotfire® and their partner agreements?
These relationships will be transitioned to PerkinElmer to nurture. PerkinElmer’s intention is to continue to provide an open chemistry platform that works with a range of different cheminformatics systems.
What if a customer engagement is scheduled to begin in the next couple weeks?
This is an opportunity to introduce PerkinElmer as the place for TIBCO Spotfire® in these markets. Where TIBCO Spotfire® expertise is needed from TIBCO on a transitional basis, PerkinElmer will act as a general contractor.
What’s the plan for training of PerkinElmer staff?
The PerkinElmer Informatics division is making a substantial investment in staff and training. All applicable PerkinElmer staff will obtain formal certifications from the TIBCO Spotfire® training program.
TIBCO, TIBCO Software, TIBCO Spotfire, Spotfire and TIBCO Spotfire Lead Discovery are either registered trademarks or trademarks of TIBCO Software Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.