Thoughts on the Data Ecosystem

The Flex.io Blog

Throughout the Flex.io journey, we've often used the phrase: "Data is a Team Sport." More often than not data processing requires some type of hand off between an 'owner' and a 'user'. For instance, a business user might need an extract from an IT-supported system. Or a consultant may need a file that is owned by her customer. One party has the permissions. The other party uses...

We recently had the honor to participate at PyCon (the preeminent annual Python conference) in Portland, as an invitee to Startup Row. It was truly wonderful to be a part of this fantastic community of coders and have a front-row seat to the bleeding edge of Python innovation. Oh, and we gave out a lot of swag. At our booth, we demonstrated a few different ways to...

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...