Safe Software Inc. is the maker of FME® and the
global leader in spatial data transformation technology that
helps GIS professionals and organizations master their data
FME is used by thousands of customers in more than 116 countries in a variety of industries. Ranging from small businesses to top
international organizations, our customers use FME to unleash the power of their spatial data so people can use it where, when,
and how they want to.
An industry standard
Most leading GIS and database vendors also rely on FME to improve their own products, meeting their customers' needs for true
data interoperability. You can use FME with almost every leading application, including Autodesk, Esri, Google, IBM, Informatica,
Intergraph, MapInfo, Microsoft, Oracle, and Smallworld, to conveniently access the spatial data you need within a familiar environment.
The people behind Safe Software
Our company is filled with passionate, fun, and brilliant
experts. We are engineers, programmers, scientists, and
professionals ready to help you succeed in taming your data.
We are the kind of people who build
spatial data-powered renderings of vacations
and even program custom software for our coffee maker.
Got a question? Drop us a line.
An expanding network of partners
Safe Software has a strong history of distributing its spatial
ETL solutions and expertise worldwide through a global network
of fully trained and knowledgeable channel partners. Today,
our partner network has more than 100 value-added resellers
across six continents. Our partners are equally passionate and
knowledgeable about the depth and breadth of FME's capabilities
and are available to assist you with any spatial ETL challenge.
"Awesome. But where did the name 'Safe Software' come from?"
We get asked that a lot, along with "How did you get the safe.com domain name?,"
"Do you also do security?," and "What happened to your hair?" The answer is one of history.
The simplest answer is that Safe Software was founded way back in 1993.
Back then, there was a format called the Spatial Archive and Interchange
Format (SAIF). It is very similar to GML. Since "SAIF" is pronounced "safe,"
we decided to take the name Safe Software as a play on the SAIF format name.
We applied for the domain in 1993, when the Internet was just starting to take off.
It is "safe" to say that we would not be able to get this name today!
No, the domain is not for sale (but we'd sure love to buy fme.com!).
Yes, FME still supports SAIF today.
"But then where does the name 'FME' come from?"
Another good question! In 1993, when we founded the company,
we focused on translation technology to/from the SAIF format.
As we went forward, we realized that other formats could benefit
from this technology. By 1996, we had released the first version
of our data translation software: the Feature Manipulation Engine.
By 2008, we had shortened it to "FME," since by then most everyone
knew what we were talking about and, to be honest, it was a mouthful.
Meet our founders
A GIS evangelist, hockey coach, and spatial data expert, Don leads the Safe team on our mission to help people more easily master spatial data challenges.