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Safe Software Partners with WeoGeo to Bring Spatial ETL Technology to the Cloud

July 17, 2008

Vancouver, BC, July 17, 2008 - Safe Software, the leaders in spatial ETL, www.safe.com/technology/spatialETL/overview.php, and the makers of FME announced that they have partnered with WeoGeo, known for its marketplace and cloud computing expertise, to bring the powerful data transformation capabilities of FME technology to the cloud. This combined offering will make it easier than ever before for spatial data to be accessed when, where, and how it’s needed.

This partnership will be the first offering of spatial ETL on the cloud. The first phase will strengthen WeoGeo’s data download web site by introducing the data transformation power of FME Server on www.WeoGeo.com. The next phase will provide organizations with the option to deploy FME Server through WeoGeo’s cloud computing expertise using the resources of Amazon Web Services (AWS). This innovative approach will enable organizations to use FME’s powerful data integration and distribution capabilities on the cloud for sharing spatial data with online data consumers on an infrastructure that automatically sizes to match current demand.

“Spatial ETL is the backbone for effective spatial data sharing, enabling data to be distributed in a structure and format that is immediately usable to end consumers.” says Paul Bissett, CEO of WeoGeo. “As the leaders in spatial ETL, Safe Software was the clear choice to partner with in our quest to build a more efficient spatial data exchange solution. Together, our combined expertise will provide a powerful and innovative way for organizations to share spatial data online.”

WeoGeo will use FME technology as the basis for its spatial ETL offerings in the marketplace, providing users with the ability to restructure their spatial data into the required format and data model. Specifically, organizations will be able to author spatial data flows that convert and integrate spatial data using FME Desktop and then push the resulting datasets to the cloud for distribution using FME Server.

“This is another example of our commitment to providing leading-edge solutions that enable the GIS industry to access data no matter how it’s structured or where it’s located,” says Don Murray, President of Safe Software. “By working with WeoGeo, we will enable organizations to take advantage of the cloud’s infrastructure to distribute usable data to those who need it.”

To learn more about this announcement and see FME Server and WeoGeo in action, visit the Safe Software booth #6 and WeoGeo booth #7. See also Safe Software’s and WeoGeo’s presentations at the GeoWeb conference on Thursday, July 24, 2008, including:

  • Don Murray’s “Integrating 3D, BIM, Vector, and Raster Data with Spatial ETL” at 10:45 am
  • Plenary Session “Visions of the GeoWeb” at 2:30 pm
  • Safe Software Vendor Spotlight at 4:20 pm
  • WeoGeo Vendor Spotlight at 4:30 pm

You can also learn more about FME Server by visiting www.safe.com/fmeserver or by contacting fmeinfo@safe to request a personalized web demo.

FME is used by thousands of customers worldwide in a variety of industries including government, utilities, and petroleum. Its powerful data access technology also makes FME the choice of leading GIS, CAD, and database vendors for integration into their own solutions. Designed for true data interoperability, FME unleashes spatial data so people can use it where, when, and how they want to. For more information about Safe Software and FME, visit www.safe.com.

For more information about WeoGeo, visit www.WeoGeo.com.