FileMaker Review

The Mercedes Benz of DB management and development with easy user and developer access


What is most valuable?

Secure server client network. Scripting is a gem and the engine behind many of my seemingly complicated but actually simple solutions.

How has it helped my organization?

Quality management runs through a collaborative platform. Many user defined levels and entries offer a excellent user interface ('web like') and outputs are tailor made for each management level incorporating reports, graphs, exports and links to communications.

What needs improvement?

It is expensive to run a client server set up in a large corporation due to the requirement to purchase individual licences, thus changing to JS or similar web based programming is tempting...However FM remains very easy to develop without need for a large IT team. Dynamic field presentation on the front end is lacking and requires roundabout scripting.

For how long have I used the solution?

10 years, started with version 5

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

FM is nearly an out of the box solution. As our solution grew over the years we have had to go back and redesign a number of solutions to avoid system lag. Bit this is inherent to all systems.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

FM is extremely stable,

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

1. Finance: any expansion requires new licences

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: We work from Asia and support is particular poor. We rely on our IT team. That said, FM IS EXTREMELY STABLETechnical Support: Asia does not have great support

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The battle between MS Access and FM is, in my opinion, easily won by FM.

How was the initial setup?

Simple

What about the implementation team?

We set up in-house. Skills required were simple client server networking.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We now run one server and 50 clients; Our running costs are minimal. At some stage we will move to FM12: as it has limited reverse compatibility it will require a total overhaul; with excellent new JS node etc languages and solutions becoming available, we may ADD this to our solutions

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At the time we reviewed FoxPro, Access. Now we would include any JS development in the discussion, however this would require expert IT support.

What other advice do I have?

It is a great starter to commence with in the world of database management, even if you have limited development knowledge and is a sure bet for professional and long term expansion. Plenty of support and documentation out there.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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