Unlike database software which requires additional development tools, FileMaker combines the three primary elements of a data-driven solution (database architecture, business logic, and user interface) into a single, inexpensive product. Specific integrated features include the following.
FileMaker software allows developers to jump right into the process, rather than defining rigid steps for every functional need. The process becomes much more fluid, where “blue sky ideas” can be quickly implemented and evaluated before committing them to the final solution.
Server based technology
While FileMaker makes a great one-computer product for stand-alone applications, its real power is networking individual users, allowing them to make simultaneous queries and changes to a common data set. FileMaker Server can be hosted locally or in the cloud, making the data available to users worldwide.
Cross platform capability
FileMaker runs equally well on both Mac and Windows platforms. There are no APIs or configuration programs necessary; access on either platform is guaranteed. Further, during development there is no need to differentiate between one platform and another, saving development time and cost.
Access with browser and with mobile devices
FileMaker supports both browser and mobile device access. FileMaker Go is designed for iPhone and iPad hardware and allows direct database access from any location, anytime, anywhere. Any computer, including Andriod mobile devices can access FileMaker applications using a browser.
Compatible with SQL-based systems
FileMaker can access SQL data and provide a useful, front-end GUI for existing SQL-based systems. FileMaker is particularly effective where dissimilar SQL tables need to be related or compared and computations made based on existing data.
Easy to learn and use - even for beginners
We have found that almost all of our clients learn the basics of FileMaker that allows them to modify their application without the need for a professional developer's help. At the same time, developers are standing by to help with complex tasks or complete a half-implemented solution. Simple changes performed by the client rather than the developer saves development expense.
FileMaker software expands to meet the needs of your company. As the number of simultaneous users exceeds some number (based on server capability, typically around 250 users) you can add paralleled servers to increase capacity. At the same time, browser-based users can be expanded from 5 simultaneous users to an infinite number using FileMaker's WebDirect technology.
FileMaker's rapid development and cross platform capability yields huge dividends in the total cost of ownership for both large and small companies when compared to SQL, Oracle and Salesforce.