Expand Your Data Processing Capabilities with FME Server

A number of our customers with experience of FME Desktop, have recently approached us to help them in extending their use of the software. These organisations had enjoyed success with FME, but they’d also reached limitations with their current Desktop licences. Their sights were firmly set on using FME Server to improve a number of their business processes – and we were tasked with helping to make this a reality for them.

We’re not for one minute downplaying the role that FME Desktop has to play in resolving data management challenges. It’s an incredibly powerful, user-friendly, and cost-effective tool. It’s also saved countless clients huge amounts of time and money. But, it does limit users to running a single workflow at one time. FME Desktop licensing is either fixed or floating in nature. Floating licences enable users to access your licence pool, but when they’re all in use, no additional licences can be called. On the other hand, you can only use FME on machines you’re licensed for with the fixed model.

Two of our clients making the move to FME Server knew that the time was now right to scale-up and boost their FME skills along the way. Here’s how we met the requirements that our clients came to us with:

1. A district council in the South of England

The council had identified several data processes that they wanted to automate, with the central aim of saving staff time. The council were previously using their fixed FME Desktop software to translate and distribute OS data and to publish open data to Data.gov, but there was still a significant manual element involved in completing the tasks. By using FME Server’s automation faculties, processes can be run at a time to best suit the Council.

The council already had FME workspaces and internal FME skills. As a result, we were able to work with them to review what they already had and help them to create new workspaces to achieve their goals. Automation enabled the Council to save time and money on data processing tasks. As an extension, we also delivered training and 1-1 mentoring sessions to the council. This enabled them to get the most value from their investment and move toward complete self-sufficiency.

2. A district council in the South East of England

The council needed support with a variety of data management jobs, and this meant their fixed Desktop licence was not the answer. The council needed to scale-up their FME arsenal to combat the number of data challenges they were facing. As a solution, we offered an FME Server starter bundle which included licensing, mentoring sessions and technical support. With this package, the council have built on their existing skills, making use of FME Servers’ automation and notification functions to ensure ROI.

The council have been able to automate their GIS layer updates, create a self-service data platform, and better generate property information. FME Server has also provided residents with automated email notifications for waste collection and planning application updates. The software has saved the council time and money by removing manual data processing, while also enhancing customer service.

Making the step-up to FME Server

FME Server has always enjoyed popularity among large enterprises and corporations. Now, with increasing value being placed upon good data practices, a growing number of smaller or public sector customers are wanting to make use of Server’s additional capabilities.

Give us a shout if you’d like to talk FME Server – we’d love to hear from you!
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Our Sales Director, Chris Wilton originally published this article on LinkedIn on 19/11/2019.