About a year ago I wrote some reflections on the 5 stages of an FME release, and as I review it, just now, I have to say we followed them pretty much to the letter again for FME 2011. With fondness I remember the early idealism, then the optimism, then with a little less pleasure, the realism, which leads, almost as if it were scripted, to the usual last minute dramatics of last week’s release culmination.

FME 2011 by the Numbers
As we begin the Dénouement phase of our FME 2011 release today, I thought it would be worth telling the FME 2011 release story through some numbers:

All these numbers add up to what we believe is the highest quality, most powerful, and most usable FME ever.

Driven by User Feedback
We’re very pleased to have been able to implement so many excellent suggestions from our users (many of which we received during our user meetings throughout the year) – including:










All in all, we are proud of what FME 2011 will do for our users.

And why does that matter? In today’s environment of an expanding diversity data formats and data models and ever increasing data volumes, there is more and more pressure to make maximum use of available data for planning and decision making. Our users have no choice but to become the friendly neighbourhood spatial data superhero of their organizations, and our role is to equip them.

More FME 2011 Details and Some Thank Yous
If you want to learn more about FME 2011, check out our launch page (includes details on downloading FME Desktop and Server 2011). I also hope to see many of you at the FME 2011 webinar on Feb 8 (that Don and I are presenting), and on the road on the FME 2011 World Tour.

In conclusion, thanks to the entire team at Safe for their role in making FME 2011 the best it could possibly be, and thanks to all FME users for your support, your feedback, and your business. We look forward to fueling your data handling superpowers for another year!

About Data LIDAR Point Clouds Spatial Data XML

Dale Lutz

Dale is the co-founder and VP of Development at Safe Software. After starting his career working spatial data (ranging from icebergs to forest stands) for many years, he and other co-founder, Don Murray, realized the need for a data integration platform like FME. His favourite TV show is Star Trek, which inspired the names for most of the meeting rooms and common areas in the Safe Software office. Dale is always looking to learn more about the data industry and FME users. Find him on Twitter to learn more about what his recent discoveries are!


7 Responses to “FME 2011: A Retrospective on Today’s Release”

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  4. Jeff Hobbs says:

    Congrats to the entire FME team! What a remarkable accomplishment!

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