Why FileMaker?

Why FileMaker, indeed.

Of all the database applications out there, FileMaker has numerous advantages.

Firstly it is cross platform which means it runs on Windows, Macs and IOS devices, using FileMaker Go (which I refer to as a thin client).  This gives any company that is using it multiple deployment options and can be used on a mixed network effortlessly.  Compare this to Microsoft’s Access which only runs on Windows.

A short video and a longer blog post by Michael Rocharde on the subject of why a business of any size should choose FileMaker as a development platform:

  • It's cross platform:  Windows, Mac, and iOS devices, as well as any device that has a web browser. And the features of the program are pretty much ported to the web page.  A powerful argument.
  • FileMaker is a Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool.  Meaning development typically takes much less time that other development tools.
  • FileMaker has great design tools:  themes, popovers, sliders, and more, that allow for fast and beautiful solutions.
  • FileMaker is incredibly flexible, allowing for unique solutions in very short order
  • FileMaker's relationship structure is easy to grasp and allows for powerful, easy to make connections between data structures.

I'll add a few of my own:

  • FileMaker's flexibility allows powerful reporting capabilities, giving the user the data they need when they need it.
  • FileMaker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, and has been for over 20 years.  The commitment to excellence and to driving the platform forward has never been more evident.
  • FileMaker can 'talk' to just about any other computer language in the world, using a variety of tools:  XML, REST, Javascript, FMPURL, and more.  So it's not isolated from the world in any way.

A closing note from the post:

Is FileMaker a perfect solution for every business?  Of course not but I firmly believe it is suitable for about 95% of them.  It’s especially useful for individual departments (with a large corporation) that need something for their own department and they need it right away; not in 2 years down the line.

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Source: Why FileMaker™? | Michael Rocharde

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