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Author:
Mark Ireland
   |    April 5, 2018    |    By Mark Ireland

Queues and Data Processing Jobs: FME Server and the Art of Queuing

Although waiting in queues is equally fair, the actions at the end of the queue might not be. That’s why, for example, supermarkets have a special checkout for “ten items or fewer,” because one person with a monster-sized shopping list could block the queues for shoppers with just one or two items.

When you think about it, the same issue applies to the queue in FME Server. That’s why FME Server 2018 adds the ability to create multiple queues, and map them to multiple engines.

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    March 27, 2018    |    By Mark Ireland

Lightspeed Batch Processing: The Hidden Update in FME 2018

Batch processing is an important capability for a data translation and transformation tool like FME. So when we implement new functionality and somehow forget to give it much coverage… well my only excuse is that each FME release must have over twenty person-years work put into it, and it’s hard to fit all of that into a one-hour webinar!

The forgotten update in this case is a new parameter in the WorkspaceRunner transformer. While it’s easy to miss, with the right handling and in the right scenario, it can really make FME batch processing fly at lightspeed.

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    January 30, 2018    |    By Mark Ireland

How to Join Data with FME and (Maybe) Land Your Dream Job!

When I was interviewed for a job at Safe Software, one question asked was “Do you know the difference between a left join and an inner join?”

Because I’ve had access to FME, I’ve rarely since needed to do SQL joins; so my knowledge of left and inner joins has remained a bit sketchy… until today!

Because today is when I started to try out the latest transformer to hit the Filters and Joins category: The FeatureJoiner.

FME
Author:
Don Murray
Author:
Grant Arnold
About FME    |    January 18, 2018    |    By Don Murray and Grant Arnold

Elastic Processing in the Cloud with Docker and FME Server

Cloud and container technologies are key to efficiently completing compute-intensive tasks. We have been experimenting with “Elastic Processing” for large tasks that can be broken into many smaller ones. Here’s how we used FME Server to exploit the elasticity of the cloud. Plus, see how we put it to the test and cut an 8-hour […]

FME
Author:
Tiana Warner
About FME    |    January 16, 2018    |    By Tiana Warner

FME 2018.0 Release: Top 23 New Features

FME 2018.0 is now available. Download the latest version of FME There’s a lot to be excited about this release! Our developers have worked hard to make workspace authoring more efficient, to add new formats and transformers, and to completely refresh how you automate your workflows in FME Server. Here are the top 23 new features. For […]

FME
Author:
Tiana Warner
About FME    |    January 9, 2018    |    By Tiana Warner

FME World Tour 2018 Registration is Open

Registration is officially open for the FME World Tour 2018! Save your seat to jump on the chance to learn from the experts. Whether you’re new to FME or a life-long user, you can expect a full day of knowledge at this exciting event. FME World Tour 2018: What’s in it for you? The Safe Software team embarks on […]

FME
Author:
Jen Luther Thomas
About FME    |    December 20, 2017    |    By Jen Luther Thomas

12 Days of FME Hackathon – Results and Recap

Every time I’ve organised a hackathon I’m always so worried that no one will participate. Which is possibly the most irrational fear ever — I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like or want to build cool things with FME. The same thing happened with the 12 Days of FME Hackathon. Most of the entries didn’t […]

FME
Author:
Tiana Warner
About FME    |    December 18, 2017    |    By Tiana Warner

The Cartographer’s Guide to FME: 6 Steps to Making Beautiful Maps

The best maps are those that embrace both science and art, making them both informative and eye-pleasing, both accurate and expressive. To make this happen, cartography has to include both automation and creative design— a process of gathering, filtering, manipulating, and styling data. The challenge is achieving all of this in a smooth workflow, one that’s repeatable […]

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    December 14, 2017    |    By Mark Ireland

Spatial Asset Tracking: The Return of the QR Code

Let’s pretend you’re a city maintenance department responsible for recycling bins; or a utilities company putting temporary equipment into the field. You would certainly want to know where those assets are, and you’d want a way to identify them. You might even like a way to update their status when they’re moved, or to get help finding missing equipment.

Well I think you can do all that and more with a combination of FME and QR codes. So if you thought QR codes were of no interest or use to your organization, read on and I promise to show you something special that will change your mind!