I’ve always been a bit of a data person – it comes with the territory of being a mapping person. However, as a small business owner, I’ve never had the need for a product like FME. Until now that is.

A contract opportunity recently presented itself that required FME skills, so I thought I better see what’s improved since I last used the product.

The answer is a lot. Performance is vastly improved from the old versions I used, and integrations are numerous. A weekend and many exercises later, I scored 100% and a certificate for my efforts. It feels good knowing that the systems I’ve developed from scratch for clients produce similar results as established enterprise players like Safe.com.

I might just integrate this product into some other workflows I use. It looks good next to the FME merchandise I earned at the FireWaterMapathon.