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Changes and Thank you

In 1997 when Dean, Libby and myself founded SRC we had a 5 year plan.  Little did we know that 5 years would bring 9/11, the dot com bust and some of the most difficult business times of our lifetime.  By 2010 we had rebuilt and reimagined the company as Alteryx and are now 8 years into another 5 year plan. I have given my working life to this company and product called Alteryx and I am super proud of what we have created.  But with so many 5 year plans come and gone, the time has come for me to move on to the next phase of my life. While I will no longer be working at Alteryx on a daily basis, I will be available as an advisor to the company and developers for the foreseeable future.  I am proud to have earned the titles: “Co-Founder of Alteryx”, “Creator of the Alteryx Engine” and “Creator of the Alteryx Designer.” I will wear them with pride for the rest of my life. I consider myself extremely lucky and wish to thank everyone in the extended Alteryx community.  So a huge thank you to everyone in the community and specifically to:

Co-Founders:  I am lucky to have had the privilege to found this company (twice!) with Dean & Libby who have worked tirelessly to create something bigger than all of us.  Thank you.

Investors:  We have been very fortunate to have investors who believed in our vision.  I think that we have built a foundation that will stand the test of time. Thank you.

Contributors to the product:  I first want to thank Tara, Rob B and Linda.  They were so instrumental to the creation of the product that it wouldn’t be the same without each of them.  I also want to thank Adam, Amy, Ben, Chris K, Chris N, Dan, Darren, Gary, Jarrod, Josh, Kory,
Kurt, Melissa, Nathalie, Rob M, Scott, Steve A. and many others who have helped in so many ways to make the product better.  Thank you. There is a much larger list who are continuing to work on the product today. I hope everyone gets to know them in the future, because the product is in great hands and I am excited to see what they accomplish.

Contributors to the company:  A product is worth exactly nothing without a great company behind it.  Alteryx is a great company and has so many people that are passionate about serving customers, users and other employees.  It has truly been a pleasure working with everyone. In specific I would like to thank Anna R, Chad, Grace, Jack, Keith, Kim, Lonny, Margarita, Margie, Maureen, Mike C, Paul, Reed, Rod, Seema, Wendy and many many others.

Users: Without users, there is no product.  From before 1.0 to the present day, we have always had an amazing group of passionate users.  At any given time, there has always been a few users that have had my direct phone number and have given me invaluable feedback and advice.  Never once has anyone ever abused that privilege. I hesitate to name anyone because there are so many I can’t fit them here, but in specific I would like to thank Adam, Adrian, Andy, Cady, Chris L, Gary, James, Jim, Joe L, Joe M, John, Ken, Mark, Mike, Nathalie, Ron, Sean, Steve P., Todd and Tom.

The Alteryx Community:  The community that all of you have built around Alteryx is amazing.  Never in the history of software has there been such a vibrant community of amazingly nice and kind people.  You guys are amazing. Thank you. Alteryx would never have made it without you.

My Family:  Thank you to my parents for buying me that TRS-80 when I was 10 years old.  I think we can say the investment finally paid off. Thank you to my 4 children for being on the ride with me.  You make life interesting and worth living. And last, but very much not least, a huge thank you to Nathalie – you are the love of my life and I am so excited to be with you every day.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

I am certain that I have forgotten many people that I individually want to thank – so many people have helped me along the way.  So a huge thank you for reading and sharing this journey with me. I would love to hear from all of you. Reach out to me on social media or ned (at) inspiringingenuity (dot) net.  And if you find yourself in Colorado, lets get together for a bike ride, hike or coffee.

Thank you,

Ned.

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Alteryx: New in 10.1 – HTML SDK

With the release of Alteryx 10.1, we’ve added a new software development kit that will enable our users to easily write their own Alteryx tools using web technologies – HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. We think these changes will make Alteryx tool development quicker, simpler and more accessible than ever before – we hope you’ll give our new SDK a try! This is the first in a series of tutorials that will demonstrate how the SDK works.

I’d like to welcome Mike Niland as a co-author.  He is a developer here at Alteryx  and has been working on the HTML SDK feature and graciously offered to help me write a series of posts exploring the new HTML/Javascript SDK.  Read on for more details: Continue reading


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A Classic Colorado Ride

I am obviously passionate about Alteryx, being one of its creators, but I am equally passionate about cycling in general, and Colorado in particular.  Now that I have subscribers from all over the world on this blog, I think its time to show off this amazing state of Colorado.

I was fortunate to have time to ride the Copper Triangle course today.  It is one of the classic Colorado bike rides.  Enjoy the ride and Colorado in pictures. Continue reading


Alteryx: Open Source YXDB

A few years back, we mentioned a open source YXDB reader/writer on LinkedIn.  After that, a whole lot of nothing.  It turns out that Alteryx did release the open source YXDB code, but it was so stealth that no one noticed.  This code is used inside of an R plugin, which had to be GPL’s because of R’s licence.  But since it was never published as a way to read/write YXDBs, no one noticed.

The thread on LinkedIn was recently revived, so I decided it was time to expose it to a bigger audience.

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Fat Bikes

20150130_142919The bike industry, like any other, has repeated fads that are designed to separate us consumers from our money.  The latest fad is fat bikes – bikes with tires greater than 4″ wide tires.  The original idea was a bike that you could ride on snow.  I guess it was invented by crazy cyclists in Alaska or something.   The hype though goes far beyond riding in the snow – people kept telling me how amazing the big tires are on dry land as well. Continue reading


Alteryx: XSLX Wildcard inputs

 A few people have been using the macro I wrote about in Alteryx: Wildcard Inputs, but have an issue with XLSX files.  The first thing to remember is that these macros I post (on my personal blog) are examples only and are not a supported part of the product.  I am happy to give people advice on how they might take what I did and extend it.  However, in this case, I thought it might make a good post about Alteryx macros with optional parameters, so I went ahead and did it anyway. Continue reading