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FileMaker Pro – The rad RAD Database Tool!

FileMaker Pro

FileMaker Pro is powerful, easy-to-use software for creating custom business solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web. Use FileMaker Pro to manage and share information with your team. Build your own solution or use one of the many built-in Starter Solutions to track contacts, assets, projects, and more.

FileMaker Pro’s intuitive development features help new users to design and develop great-looking databases more efficiently; create solutions for iPad and iPhone with native iOS behaviors; and protect your organization’s data.

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FileMaker Pro Advanced

FileMaker Pro Advanced includes everything in FileMaker Pro plus a suite of advanced development and customization tools. You’ll be able to design and develop solutions faster, modify and maintain them with ease, and monitor your data more efficiently.

Plus, use FileMaker Pro Advanced to enable AES 256-bit encryption so your data is protected on a FileMaker 13 client or when hosted on FileMaker Server.

FileMaker Pro Advanced

FileMaker FBA Platinum Proud Partner!

Excelisys is one of the select few to be chosen as a FileMaker FBA Platinum Partner. The Excelisys team has earned the prestigious and valuable precious metal moniker of a “Platinum” member within the FBA through hard work and dedication to the FileMaker Pro craft, its community, and of course our undying commitment to our clients. Excelisys has been an FBA member for more than 13 years and we wear our FileMaker FBA Platinum designation proudly!

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FileMaker Pro Developing

As you’ve scoured the web-tubes, you’ve discovered FileMaker Pro is so simple and easy-to-use that even you ~ yes, YOU! ~ can create custom business solutions that will run on an iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web.

So why in the world would you hire Excelisys, when this powerful tool turns you into the Bob Vila builder of db Systems?

Owning a saw, hammer, and some nails, does not necessarily turn one into a craftsman who can take on the task of building a whole house or complete a remodel.  (Well maybe you can, so the rest of this marketing pitch won’t work on you; the rest of you?  Read on.)

Tools are powerful, but if you’re using a saw to drive a nail, you’re going to be frustrated beyond belief…and you’re not going to trust that roof over your head or anyone else’s. Having the tools and knowing how to get the most out of them are two different things. That’s what Excelisys does.

So, if you want us to help determine if FileMaker Pro is the right toolbox for your “Dream House of Data”, we can do that. Or, if you’d prefer us to hang out and look over your shoulder to assist with scripts, layout design or relational structure, we can do that too. Or, if you’d rather focus on what you’re good at, and have us do what we’re good at ~ building the whole “house” by using our years of experience with remodels and tear downs ~ we can have FileMaker Pro serve you (instead of vice versa).

Stop hammering your thumb.  Count on the craftsmen of Excelisys to build your solid software solution foundation.

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FileMaker Pro Services

Our Team Does It Right!

Excelisys is a FileMaker, Inc.-certified FileMaker Pro services provider. Our talented FileMaker-certified team offers a comprehensive set of FileMaker Pro development and consulting services to our clients, and often contributes tips, tricks and articles for the betterment of the FileMaker community at large. You can check out (and even download if you desire) some of our genius-inspired FileMaker samples and FileMaker templates here.

In fact, FileMaker, Inc. trusted us as a FileMaker Pro services company so much that they selected Excelisys to develop the “FileMaker Business Tracker” back when FileMaker Pro 7 was introduced! The FileMaker Business Tracker was a solution for tracking every aspect of business—from customers and sales, to inventory and invoices. Since then, Excelisys has revved up that FileMaker template/starter solution to the eX-BizTracker 4  and continues to offer professional FileMaker pro services for customization, integration, or any modifications you may require.

Our FileMaker Pro developers have crafted amazing custom FileMaker Pro database solutions on behalf of clients in almost every industry imaginable: fashion, finance, international publishing, marketing, and higher education, just to name a few. As FileMaker developers go, they’re among the elite of the elite.

So, if it’s FileMaker programing expertise you seek, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s discuss how we can put our FileMaker Programmers to work on making your dream FileMaker Pro business solution a reality!

Why Choose FileMaker Pro?: The Objective Perspective

  • Custom themes — Modify and save changes to existing layout themes to match your exact business needs. Reuse or share these themes with your team.
  • Styles — Themes now have styles (sets of attributes like colors, fonts and text sizes applied to objects such as buttons, fields, and backgrounds) to give your solutions a consistent and professional look. Choose from predefined styles or create your own. Modify a style once and it changes everywhere.
  • Starter Solutions — The Contacts, Assets, Content Management and Invoices Starter Solutions have been entirely redesigned with a fresh look.
  • Field Picker — Drag and drop fields directly onto your layout with the new Field Picker. Includes convenient options for controlling field and label placement.
  • Control Object Visibility — Make your layouts more interactive by hiding or displaying objects, such as fields and buttons, based on a condition or calculation.
The ability to quickly create and run custom business solutions that work seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web with minimal additional development sets the FileMaker platform apart for other development environments.
We often get asked “What if you get hit by a bus?” While we always take the extra precaution of looking both ways before crossing the street, there is always “that” chance. If we fall off the face of the planet, there are many other FileMaker Pro experts of our caliber that could step in. There is a very large community of FileMaker Pro developers, forums, and user-groups. We are not alone!
FileMaker, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apple, Inc. They have a responsibility to make sure their product is kept on the cutting edge and will work on the latest gadgets as they gain market share. FileMaker, Inc. has made some GREAT strides over the years to keep their products fresh, feature rich, faster, and able to run effectively on mobile platforms.
FileMaker Pro is a scalable platform for large, sophisticated database solutions, but is also great for piecing together early “proof-of-concept” versions of a solution. Startups and small business owners can efficiently curate themes/plugins/functionality to get their businesses up and running quickly, scaling their business solutions as their businesses grow.
Integration options are available for remote online systems and local business applications alike. External data sources in Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and MySQL can be added to the structure of your solution as if they were local resources. Data sharing with local applications such as Outlook and QuickBooks can be automated to position your FileMaker solution as the hub of your mission-critical workflow.
FileMaker Pro is surprisingly easy to update for security and new functionality. When new versions become available (free to users with active maintenance agreements by the way), a notice will appear within the FileMaker Pro application and you can easily update everything with a few simple clicks.

If using FileMaker Pro Advanced, AES 256-bit encryption can be enabled to protect your data on a FileMaker Pro 13 and above client, or when hosted on FileMaker Server 13.

Even right off the shelf, FileMaker Pro provides a variety of built-in benefits that help establish a competitive advantage for your company over the thousands of other database platforms in your niche. The core of the FileMaker Pro platform is thoughtfully built with clean code, and is designed to handle record locking, fast searches over large data sets, and more!!

FileMaker Pro vs. …

We love FileMaker Pro for its flexibility and ease of use. It is easily expandable as your business grows and is pretty forgiving with the variety of techniques used to get work done. Its sweet spot is small to medium sized business needs, and when multiple systems need to communicate with each other. But just because we love it doesn’t mean it’s always the right tool for the job. Take a look at how it compares to the usual suspects to find the best choice for your needs.

Generally cool and useful features in FileMaker Pro:

  • Save as you type without needing to remember to click a submit button
  • Automatic record-locking to control editing
  • Cross platform: Mac, Windows, and iOS
  • Works on any device
  • Complex searching and sorting
  • Intuitive searching
  • Auto-complete field data entry
  • Signature capture and image capture directly into a field
  • Document storage and access in container fields
  • Easily connects to other data sources
  • Save as Excel
  • Import and export multiple file types
  • Data snapshots
  • Web viewers can incorporate websites into a database
  • Create functional databases without developer training
FileMaker ProMicrosoft Access
Cross-platform: Mac, Windows, iOS, and WebWindows only
5-user desktop appUp to 80 users may be able to share a desktop app
250 concurrent user access with serverMust migrate to SQL Server
Browser-based access with WebDirectBrowser-based web apps through SharePoint
Easy client/ installationIntensive server setup process
8 TB max file size2 GB max file size without SQL Server
Themes for better user interfaceApplication templates
Easy user modificationsProgramming knowledge required
File storage in container fieldsNo native file storage
Internal reporting structureExternal report-writer required
No on-the-fly SQL query reportingSQL query reporting
Robust database securityLimited database security
Fully customizable solutionsWizard-based app development from templates
Custom navigationBuilt-in navigation
FileMaker ProMicrosoft Excel
Customizable data controlNo enforced data integrity
Granular data securityEasy to overwrite data or calculations
Intuitive custom user interfaceBasic spreadsheet format
Custom navigationSpreadsheet tab navigation
8 TB max file size2 GB max file size
Unlimited record creation1,048,576 record limit
Easy user modificationsProgramming knowledge required
Import data to populate multiple records and fieldsCopy/paste to put data in multiple locations
File storage in container fieldsNo file storage
No on-the-fly SQL query reportingSQL query reporting
Multi-user accessNo simultaneous multi-user file sharing
Version controlNo versioning
Faster application speedLarge or complex data sets are slow
Scripting to automate proceduresMacros to automate procedures
Complex custom reportingLimited internal reporting capabilities
Simple charting capabilitiesPivot tables
Relational databaseData related only by hyperlinks
Easy user modificationsIntuitive creation of complex spreadsheets
FileMaker ProMySQL / PostgreSQL
Proprietary client appCompatible with a variety of web browsers
Cross platform development environment: Mac and WindowsCross platform and open source development environment: Mac, Windows, and Linux
Self-contained, integrated development environment for back end and front end developmentBack end for web apps or websites, must be accessed from separate front end user interface
Full-featured solutionsData container only
Licensing required for FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Server, and client connectionsAccessible from web browsers with no licensing requirements
Slower application speedOptimized speed for many user connections
Faster development – Rapid Application Development (RAD) toolLonger development cycles
Easy user modificationsMost users unable to modify the database

Your search is over for an affordable real-deal and a true partner for consulting, design, custom development, maintenance, and enhancement of your database solution or web application!

Excelisys will bring out the best in your business. Just give us a call at 1•866•592•9235 or fill out our Services Request Form for a free initial consultation and estimate. We look forward to working with ~ and for ~ you!

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