About us

By Nerds for Nerds

and everyone else that loves data

Our goal is to develop a tool that will empower both our team and clients to create robust and reusable data analytics and data science applications. We aim to enable users to analyze data more rapidly with greater confidence, thereby enhancing product development and quality management processes.

Today, we take pride in the fact that Sympathy for Data is being used by some of the most prominent and respected organizations in various sectors, including manufacturing, automotive, process management, research and development, and others.

The history of Sympathy for Data

History of Sympathy for Data

"Sympathy for Data" was created with a primary objective: simplifying code reuse through well-structured data exchange formats. The genesis of this vision took shape in August 2009, when Stefan Larsson, armed with a Ph.D. in control engineering and an unwavering dedication to the Swedish automotive industry, embarked on developing the initial prototype.

Seeing the potential of Stefan's endeavor, Krister Johansson, a mastermind in statistics and Stefan's colleague, readily joined the project. This wasn't just a regular day job for them; evenings and weekends were spent refining and expanding on their initial ideas.

By December 2009, a crossroads was reached. Balancing their day jobs and this side project became unsustainable. They proposed an audacious plan to their employer: to work on the software during official hours, but in exchange, its ownership would reside with a non-profit entity, and it would be released as open source.

With their employer's blessing, Stefan and Krister were now able to channel more energy into their creation. This development paved the way for the non-profit's inception.

However, to thrive, they needed more than their dedication. They aimed to rope in companies, especially for software upkeep. In May 2010, the duo presented their idea to a local technical consultancy company led by a CEO familiar to Krister. The presentation was a success, leading to the establishment of the non-profit "System Engineering Software Society" (SysESS) by December 2010.

The inaugural board was an ensemble of expertise: Krister Johansson, Stefan Larsson, Anders Movert, Alexander Busck, and Johan Hallnéus. Notably, Anders was the CEO of Combine, with Alexander being one of its core team members. As lead developer, Alexander's involvement marked a pivotal moment for the software.

The project gained momentum with the broader team. By February 2011, an internal version 0.1 of "Sympathy for Data" was launched. Combine's Erik der Hagopian joined the crew in spring, leading to the summer release of version 0.2.

Even as leadership at Combine shifted from Anders Movert to Peter Karlsson, the project's momentum remained unfazed, with Anders remaining engaged via SysESS from his new venture in the energy sector.

By February 2012, internal version 0.3 was in active use by several member firms. The following September saw the release of a robust version 0.4, thanks in part to the efforts of Greger Cronquist.

In 2019, ownership of "Sympathy for Data" transitioned from SysESS to Combine, marking a new era for the software. Under Combine's stewardship, the software continued to evolve, with the team working diligently towards the much-anticipated release of version 1.0, reflecting the original vision of its creators.

About Sympathy

Flexible, extensible and powerful!

The Sympathy for Data software enables users to import data, transform and merge multiple data sources, analyse with confidence, and create visualisations the team can easily understand. The end goal is to create valuable insights for fields such as product development and quality management processes.

Workflows and Versatility

Sympathy for Data employs what we call workflows, which are graphical representations of the steps required to perform specific data analysis tasks. These workflows also contain the underlying code needed to execute the tasks, making the process more transparent.

The software caters to various user groups, allowing you to run existing workflows, create new ones, modify existing ones, or even build nodes – the essential components for constructing workflows.

We hope you enjoy your experience with the software. Do remember, we are always open to feedback.


Our team

We are a team of social nerds with a passion for helping our customers take their business to the next level.

Sympathy team
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Want to join us?

Want to grow alongside some of the brightest minds in data science? Visit the career page of our mother company, Combine, and explore open positions.