Thoughts on the data ecosystem

The Flex.io Blog

As folks in our beta community may have noticed this weekend, we made a bit of a UI pivot. Literally.  We're delighted to introduce vertical pipes. At the conception of Flex.io, when the design was geared to a more dialog-centric, non-technical audience, it made sense to have a horizontal pipe builder, which offered space to provide a range of dialog controls, such as list boxes and drop-down selectors. However, as...

In the course of our private beta, I'd estimate that two-thirds of our sign-ups have come from developers and other IT folks. But, when you're kinda, sorta reinventing the query builder for data prep and ETL, why would a developer—a demigod who can pump out a script on demand—care? The short answer: data glue is annoying. For everyone. Even for engineers who can integrate APIs into their...

Cloud-based data pipes are, by nature, pretty flexible and able to handle a bunch of different kinds of data busywork. One of those uses is to spin up dynamic content without spinning up a server. This makes it possible to host a rich, interactive website on static backends like S3, GitHub, or Forge. We had occasion to do this ourselves today in an attempt at summarizing...

Who needs a #drinkwithharry? Over the past few weeks, I tasked myself with listening to all ~32 hours of the SaaStr podcast, in preparation for the SaaStr Annual conference. Each show is an incredibly dense, 20-minute nugget on the business of SaaS. IMHO, it is totally and completely worthwhile to meander through twice-weekly. However. Powering through them all in one go was the equivalent of a Brain...