FME 2022.0 is here and it’s all about new features that drive data decisions and fuel innovation! Download FME 2022.0 today and read on to learn about this exciting release. 


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Being data-driven means making business decisions based on data. To facilitate analysis and insight generation, organizations need a complete picture of all available data, in real-time, and in high quality.

Sounds like a job for data integration workflows.

This is why FME is truly the platform for creating data-driven enterprise. In this release, we had several overall goals:

With those goals in mind, let’s look at the top features in FME 2022.0.

 

1. Visual Workspace Comparison (aka. Diffing and Merging)

Here by very popular demand, visual workspace comparison and merge functionality lets you see the differences between two workspaces. Differences include any added, modified, and deleted readers, writers, transformers, user parameters, connections, and other non-cosmetic components.

This functionality also includes the option to merge changes.

diffing and merging in fmeDiff and merge workspaces using the Visual Workspace Comparison tool

This will be a huge help with collaborating and managing workspace versions! No duplicated effort, and as always, no coding required.

2. Achieve Flexible Automation at Scale with Server Analytics

We’ve added more metrics to FME Server to help admins optimize deployments. Graphs of the deployment’s historical loads, including Job Throughput, offer insights into trends. This will help admins ensure resources are allocated to the most important tasks, decide whether to increase or redistribute the number of available Engines, and generally have more control over the FME Server deployment.

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See key trends in your FME Server deployment using FME Server Metrics

3. FME Server App User Identities

By popular demand, FME Server authors and administrators can now see who accessed and ran an authenticated Workspace App. This makes it easier to troubleshoot errors and send communications. Tracking the number of users over time can also provide insight into how usage is trending.

user identities fme 2022.0 new featureUser identities help create more transparent FME Server Apps.

4. Revamped Start Page for Better Productivity

The FME Workbench start page lists workspaces in a table, allows you to favourite workspaces, and sort them by last opened or other parameters. The start page will also include the option to download a workspace from FME Server. This will make it quicker and easier to get to your workspaces.

revamped start page fme 2022.0 new featureJump back into your workspaces quickly with a more customized start page.

5. Interactive Log Window for Easier Debugging

In the Translation Log window, the new Transformer column shows you which transformer an error/information message is coming from. Click the hyperlinked transformer name to navigate to the element on the canvas that’s producing the message. This ability to identify where errors are occurring will make debugging workspaces more efficient.

Plus, the log window is now a table view instead of plain text – and it’s faster!

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Instantly see which transformers are producing which messages in the new Translation Log.

6. New SchemaScanner Transformer

This handy new transformer automatically derives the schema from a dataset. If the input schema is unknown or too generalized, this will help to produce the schema at runtime so it can be processed in the workspace. This will be helpful for detecting schema drift, creating a robust data validation workflow, ensuring data quality, and more. Higher data quality and lower storage costs can be achieved with dynamic control of large datasets.

7. EsriReprojector Transformer Update: Support for Vertical and Time-dependent Coordinate Systems

The EsriReprojector now supports reprojections of vertical coordinate systems and time-dependent (epoch) coordinate systems. You’ll notice new fields in the transformer parameters, and on the backend, the Esri projection engine has been updated to match what’s available in Esri ArcGIS Pro 2.9.

8. Support Authenticating Users with SAML 2.0 in FME Server

Admins can configure FME Server so users can log in with credentials that are managed by your organization’s existing authentication service. Users can then use the same credentials for FME Server as other sites and services managed by the organization rather than a separate username and password.

9. New SolidDissolver Transformer

This new transformer dissolves solid geometries. It’s simple to use and up to 40 times faster than the old workarounds for this functionality (FME Hub and Clipper transformers).

10. New Formats

It wouldn’t be an FME release without new readers/writers! Now you can connect to the following data formats and systems:

Plus, great news for anyone who works with open data formats: FME has been OGC certified! This official certification means you can confidently use it to produce and consume OGC data.

11. Bulk Mode Support for Better Performance

Bulk Mode is a huge time-saver and allows for efficient processing of large datasets. This feature is responsible for massive performance gains in this release, including a few workspaces that run in 99% less time!

We are gradually adding bulk mode support throughout FME. This release, all Python-based transformers, readers, and writers now have Bulk Mode support.

12. Specific Transformer and Format Improvements

As always, we made improvements to existing transformers and readers/writers, including better performance, functionality, and ease of use. Here are a few updates of interest:

 

FME 2022.0 includes a lot of other specific updates to formats and transformers that I haven’t covered here because it would make the blog a mile long! For a detailed look, check out the changelogs on the downloads page.

 

Let us know in the comments which features you’re the most excited about!

Tiana Warner

Tiana is a Senior Marketing Specialist at Safe Software. Her background in computer programming and creative hobbies led her to be one of the main producers of creative content for Safe Software. Tiana spends her free time writing fantasy novels, riding her horse, and exploring nature with her rescue pup, Joey.

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