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Squaring the Circle

How FileMaker can integrate all your business systems and help your organisation run better

Not everyone knows FileMaker or Claris, the company that created it, but it’s been an industry leading product for over 30 years. It started life as flat file database system on the Apple Macintosh and over the years has expanded to run on other platforms such as Microsoft Windows, iOS and the web. FileMaker is now a software platform that includes Client, Server and middleware through Claris Connect - a new service that allows you to connect FileMaker to dozens of other products and services such as Slack, Asana, Trello and Quickbooks.

But why would you want to do that? Simple. Connecting the different services your business uses saves times, increases efficiency, improves the accuracy of your data and in turn, saves money.

Having FileMaker as the hub in today’s complex and inter-connected world makes sense because it can speak to so many data sources, websites and software packages. FileMaker can also be used to create simple user interfaces that anyone can use. That means a complex process or data model can be presented in a simple, easy to understand way.

FileMaker can of course create standalone apps and databases too, which was its original purpose and we’ve been developing on it for over 20 years. We’ve created everything from Customer Relationship Management (CRM), to time tracking, stock control, publishing, and delivery scheduling systems. The new features that are included with the latest version (v19.5) make it even easier to develop and add connections to other systems, as well as include features such as calendars, photo browsers and the ability to process barcodes and QR codes.

To summarise, if you’re running a small or medium sized organisation, the FileMaker platform has the power and flexibility to run your business operation better. All you need is some imagination and an experienced developer, like Flare Software, to help you get it right. So do yourself (and your colleagues!) a favour, contact us for your free consultation and let us show you how we can help you.

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