FileMaker Developer Interviews -William Miller, Gordon Cox, and Jimmy Cox

FileMaker Developer Interviews - DevCon 2016

Time to fess up:  Somehow I managed to double book two interviews:  William Miller – he booked in advance before the convention, and Gordon and Jimmy Cox for the same slot, whom I invited after meeting them in a meet and greet after an FBA meeting.

It all worked out well, however, as William graciously agreed to a roundtable interview with Gordon and Jimmy!

And, as you'll see, it led to some interesting conversations.

Dr. William Miller, HighPower Data Solutions

Dr. William Miller, of HighPower Data Solutions, is based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area, and enjoys working with companies that are still primarily paper or spreadsheet based.  He also is the author of "Easy Apps: How to Make Money Selling Applications Made with FileMaker Pro".  Given FileMaker's recent focus on selling Apps, Miller was well ahead of the times when he published the book a couple of years ago.

Miller started in FileMaker when he wrote a database to meet his needs as a Pastor for his church, which he then sold to other churches to help them.

Gordon and Jimmy Cox, Enrich Computer Systems

Gordon and Jimmy hail from the western shores of Perth, Australia, a mere 28 hours travel time from Las Vegas.

Gordon, and his son, Jimmy, focus on general FileMaker solutions for clients in western Australia.  Gordon started in FileMaker in a (successful) attempt to get sales quotes under control at an Apple store where he was the financial controller.

What you'll learn in this video

In this video, you'll learn about their favorite FileMaker and business tools, their business challenges, their opinion of FileMaker's path forward, and much more.

A handy timeline guide to the conversation is located below the video.

A FileMakerProGurus.com Production at FileMaker Devcon 2016 in Vegas
Donald Clark, FMDatabaseConsulting.com, Albuquerque, NM

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Dr. William Miller, HighPower Data Solutions 0:30:19
Gordon and Jimmy Cox, Enrich Computer Systems

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01:10:00

William Miller
Book: “Easy Apps!”
HighPower Data Solutions

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

HighPowerData.com
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01:53:19
Gordon Cox

Enrich Computer Systems
Perth, Australia

Enrich.com.au
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02:20:06
Jimmy Cox

Enrich Computer Systems
Perth, Australia

Enrich.com.au

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02:45:00
William Miller

Previously a Pastor that created his own database and sold it to other churches.
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03:30:00

Gordon Cox

Previously Financial controller for an Apple™ Reseller.
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04:10:14
Don Clark previously owned CLI Computers an
Authorized Apple™ Reseller Store in Albuquerque, NM

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04:57:25
Jimmy Cox

Previously managed an Irish Pub

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05:45:00
William Miller

Enjoys working with companies that are still primarily paper or spreadsheet based.

HighPowerData.com

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07:03:00

Gordon Cox enjoys knowing that
FileMaker developers can say:

"I made a difference today!"

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07:31:17
Favorite Tool: Base Elements Plug-in
Favorite Tool: Dracoventions 2empowerFM™
BaseElements™ allows FileMaker to utilize SOAP, Json, cURL and more.

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09:30:00
William Miller runs Marathons

Gordon Cox: Five children, Amost 7 Grandkids, Motor Bike, Pianist

Jimmy Cox: Music, Friends, Basketball, "Pubbing"

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10:50:00
Business Challenges

William Miller
Sees small businesses
(one-man-shops) as a challenge
HighPowerData.com

Gordon Cox Sees communication, when you have more than one developer on a single project, as a challenge.
Enrich.com.au

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Communication/Project Management Tools Discussion
12:30:00
Dropbox™, Asana™, Slack™
Two Project Management Tools everyone needs: FMPerceptions™ and BaseElements™

Project Management Tools everyone needs: KanbanFlow™ (Not as complicated Asana™.)

Project Management Tools everyone needs: Producteev™ (Some limitations.)

Share your favorite Project Management tools with us by commenting below.

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16:57:11
Direction FileMaker is taking

Gordon Cox
on the Direction
FileMaker is taking:

Mobility is the Key
Syncing iPads w/o Wifi
People Know Their Needs
Fast and Easy

Enrich.com.au

William Miller
on the Direction
FileMaker is taking:

Access on Mobility
Now Promoting that Fact

HighPower.com
Don Clark
on the Direction
FileMaker is taking:

Just Recently Started Promoting Hard
Not Allowing Press at DevCon
Obligation to Developers
Obligation to Apple

FMDatabaseConsulting.com

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023:44:00

New Pricing Structure of FileMaker

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024:58:00
Updating Old FileMakers

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025:52:23
Advantages of FileMaker
The need for backups:  When your client accidentally deletes all records
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026:53:11
Favorite Projects

Gordon:  He finished up a project that helps people in the Outback from going blind...a fascinating story of how technology helps people even in remote locations.

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031:30:00
Wrap it up

32 Minutes long

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