FileMaker Review

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

Valuable Features

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

Improvements to 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.

Room for 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.

Use of Solution

10 years, started with version 5

Deployment Issues

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.

Stability Issues

FM is extremely stable,

Scalability Issues

1. Finance: any expansion requires new licences

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

Previous Solutions

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

Initial Setup


Implementation Team

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

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

Other Solutions Considered

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

Other Advice

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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