Filemaker, Inc.

Filemaker, Inc.

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Filemaker, Inc. delivers innovative software to easily create custom business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web.

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Filemaker, Inc. review by <span>Maggie M.</span>
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FileMarker for Data Storage

What do you like best?

The best feature of FileMaker is being able to keep separate sets of data in separate files, while having them opened at simultaneous times.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it takes a while to load and depending on the way computers are set, the host needs to be inside the connection in order for files to be shared.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Filemaker is an absolute must if your company/office complies a lot of information from students or collects digital applications.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In terms of the business problems that are solved with Filemaker, the ability to store confidential information is solved in that a log-on is required for each and every log-on to the Filemaker system. The benefits of Filemaker are two-fold, in addition to using the various files for data compilation, reports can able to exported to excel spreadsheets. The ability to pull reports from the data stored in Filemaker is wonderful because it aids in the credibility of reports with accurate figures.

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Filemaker, Inc. review by <span>Mike D.</span>
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Filemaker for quick app development

What do you like best?

This platform is one of the most agile and versatile corporate databases out there. When creating new systems, we can make changes on the fly and have them rolled out to client's in a matter of seconds. Also, my users can have access on mobile iOS devices so the users can use the databases from their iPhone and iPads using the native FileMaker Go iOS App. They have also now integrated file encryption and even better file synching so that you do have the option for offline database use. The Windows and Mac cross platform compatibility is fantastic.

What do you dislike?

Server still requires a Mac or Windows computer. Can't run under any of the other Unix flavors. An Android or Chromebook client would also be nice but they can still access via the web page interface.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to partner with an existing Filemaker Developer if your product is going to be complex. Your database will be properly designed from the start and be scalable in the future.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When utilizing Filemaker Server or even shared Filemaker Databases, the data is stored at the office and accessed via the internet allowing remote employees to see the data, but not have to store it locally. This means that if the device is stolen, no corporate data is at risk.

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Filemaker, Inc. review by <span>Roderick Y.</span>
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Powerful GUI-based database creation with deceptive learning curve

What do you like best?

It is really easy to create a gorgeous layout for a database. Abundant tools allow changes in position, size, color, and function. Also, it is possible, with an experienced developer, to make fluid, responsive layouts that acts as relational databases, integrating data from a variety of sources.

What do you dislike?

However, after you've created a layout, it's quite tricky to set up a relationship to other layouts. It's taken me years to get reasonably good at doing this. The FileMaker website seems to indicate that relationships should be intuitive, but they're not. Also, we use FileMaker server to allow staff to login remotely to come to work. However, we've discovered that, since we use SQL databases (via ODBC), network lag increases dramatically with increases physical location from the server.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is difficult to find developers to take FileMaker databases beyond simple one-layout databases, at least in Canada on the west coast. There are only a handful of developers there, and therefore, with little competition, you have to take what you get.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use FileMaker as a staff interface to our contacts and invoices, as well as to interface with SQL databases that drive our websites. With our staff mostly coming to work remotely, the use of FileMaker Server allows them to see the same interface, regardless of where they are.

Filemaker, Inc. review by <span>David A.</span>
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Excellent Rapid Application Development Tool

What do you like best?

It is easy to pick up and learn the basics in Filemaker within a day or two. You can quickly build a simple, flat file database solution from spreadsheets and improve it to a relational database within a few weeks. The support (manuals, training materials and options, community) are outstanding.

What do you dislike?

There are some shortcomings in the development environment that make it challenging to display ad hoc values (variables) on layouts. There are work-arounds but they add an unnecessary layer of complexity. Some complex relationships that are relatively easy to realize in MySQL or Postgres can be difficult to implement in Filemaker.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're using spreadsheets to track complicated and interrelated data, I strongly recommend Filemaker. If you've used Microsoft Access and found the programming learning curve too steep, Filemaker is a good fit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used Filemaker to develop a tool for streamlining my content strategy work.

Filemaker, Inc. review by <span>Arthur A. P.</span>
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FileMaker: Problem(s) Solved.

What do you like best?

FileMaker is a practically unknown problem solver for the small and medium business community. It can solve problems from the small annoying through end-to-end enterprise business process issues. It can be a a part of or the whole solution to run a company. I especially love the flexibility of the scripting language, it is basic enough to be human readable by novices but powerful enough to integrate with any API you can throw at it.

What do you dislike?

The pricing structure doesn't scale well beyond medium businesses. Once a solution gets beyond a certain level of simultaneous users accessing, it is likely to be priced out by different stack. It seems to be best suited for a certain range of solutions. The starter solutions also seem to be very narrowly applicable. Either they're too basic to apply or too advanced for beginners to customize. This situation has improved in 15/16 but I would like to see a more specific focus on small business turn key options for payroll, accounting, ordering, invoicing, in a way that links the solutions together. I think many people consider the starters to be an demo of how FileMaker works but wouldn't use them with out customization.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the trial and try it. Deconstruct the starter solutions, there are a lot of great techniques available. Get as far as you can with the resources on the website and then reach out to a developer who can turn your project into reality.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FileMaker is a great solution to solve nuanced business problems. I've used in personally and professionally for several projects ranging from tracking inbound phone calls to creating custom website images for a business directory header.

Filemaker, Inc. review by <span>Simon C.</span>
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A weird business licensing structure that makes it very expensive for medium-sized business

What do you like best?

Well, only pros about FileMaker is that it's a bit easier to use than other software/database development application software, such as Microsoft Access.

What do you dislike?

The first thing we really dislike about FileMaker is; at version 10, FileMaker decided to do a breakup point where older file structure became incompatible with new version 11 and above (12, 14, 15, etc.). So one day, all our existing databases became inaccessible if we want to gain access to latest software version. So we decided to stay with v.10 for a while, until it becomes incompatible with newest computers/operating system. Second thing we dislike a lot is the licensing structure for business that are extremely weird and makes it VERY expensive for nothing. The business licensing requires that you pay a annual license fee for ALL BUSINESS EMPLOYEES, no matter if they are using FileMaker or not. It's what they call "business wide licensing" and it's required. Only other option would be to purchase individual retail licences but it's extremely expensive. So for example we are a 65 employees business, but only 20 employees uses F.M., but we have to pay 65x users fees annually!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be careful about the business pricing as I explained in a early question, this can be very expensive for your business.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use FileMaker to create our own client/order managing database that offers us much more flexibility and customization options that any other business management solution.

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