We all know business intelligence is important — but getting started with advanced analytics is daunting. That’s probably why everyone from the US Department of the Interior to The Texas Rangers has turned to Tableau for help. Yes, it’s possible to turn something as scary as “segmentation and cohort analysis” into a visual dashboard that a […]
Today we welcome guest bloggers Régis Longchamp and David Reksten, FME Certified Professionals from INSER. They will share part of an example they created for a client, which uses Tableau and FME to create a cartographic representation of the population distribution in Switzerland. INSER is a GIS consulting company based in Lausanne, Swizerland, and has been a Safe Software Gold […]
My regular morning begins with a cup of coffee, news websites, Facebook (just kidding – I am among 541 people in North America who don’t have a Facebook account), and since April, with checking the new FME coin submissions. In four months, there were only seven days when we didn’t receive any new coin tweets. […]
The first announcement of Docker for Mac was both unexpected and very exciting as it promised to enabled Docker containers to run “natively” on the Mac. I have “natively” in quotation marks as containers are not really run native but the whizzes at Docker pulled off some amazing magic to create a native container feel thus making the Mac a great Docker host. Instead of using VirtualBox or another heavy virtual machine, Docker for Mac uses the lightweight xhyve virtualization technology to host the Linux version of FME Server.
Data formats are designed to be either machine readable (structured so computers can process it) or human readable (easy for humans to understand). Some formats, like XML and JSON, are allegedly both. Let’s call these ambivert formats. This means when you, a human, open the file, you can read what’s inside — but the data […]
The FME 2017 betas are now available for you to download and play with, which means… Mars FME Explorers Wanted! Why You Should Be An FME Beta Tester 1. Get early access to FME’s newest functionality Be one of the elite few who gets to use new formats, transformers, and functionality before they’re officially released. […]
This is a short post about entries to the Game of Life challenge.
If you recall, Conway’s Game of Life is a raster grid where each cell either lives or dies according to a set of rules, producing a new grid to repeat the process. The result is a living grid that a couple of people managed to solve using FME – in quite a different number of ways!
In the first three posts in this series, we looked at what APIs are, how to use them to move data in the cloud, and how to migrate data via APIs. In this post, we’ll look at how (and why) to build your own API. Why should you care about creating APIs? FME allows you to connect […]
This is how it often happens. My colleague Robyn Jones knocks on the door in my office and asks: “Can we have a system in place that would track our #FMEcoin contest on Twitter in two days?” I love this kind of challenge. The gears in my head start whirring: “We have TweetSearcher, which I’ve […]
Technology lets people automate pretty much everything—from manufacturing to tweets to space exploration. We made FME so people can automate their data-related tasks. Here are a few real-world FME Server scenarios to inspire you, along with tips for your own data workflows. Why do we need data automation? Allow me to explain the motivation behind […]