This year marked the 25th anniversary of the FileMaker developer conference, the annual event where users learn and connect. The Support Group has been around for every one of them. However, this particular event was different from the rest, not only because it was hosted virtually, but also because Claris has shifted its focus from technology tools to business solutions. Claris even changed the conference name from DevCon, as in Developer Conference, to Engage to adequately reflect their attention on problem-solving. To that end, this year's conference was centered around how the different components of the Claris platform work together to provide people with solutions to their workflow challenges. These connections extend beyond the FileMaker platform, throughout the entire work universe, whether on planet Salesforce, nebula QuickBooks or galaxy MailChimp.
During the FileMaker Developer Conference 2019, Claris announced a rebrand from FileMaker, Inc., and shortly after that, launched its new integration and workflow automation platform, Claris Connect. This year they elevated Claris Connect to new realms. There are many on-demand seminars that demonstrate how to set up and extend our Claris Connect experience. Claris also revised their pricing structure to make it more affordable, especially for existing FileMaker customers. The list of connectors and what each one can do expands with each passing month. They also spent time going over the fact that Claris Connect is not only about connecting apps and data but also automating processes and workflows.
Speaking of the web, the operating system that runs the web, Linux will soon be supported by FileMaker Server. Why is this a big deal? Well, two words, the Cloud. Now you can have a FileMaker server that is hosted in the Cloud. This new Linux version has fully functional on-premise capabilities and it's reliable and scalable, without the overhead and cost of a Windows license. It isn't truly all new, because it was the behind-the-scenes engine for all the versions of FileMaker's own Cloud since version 16. Now, this "new" Linux version might not seem all that revolutionary to some of you, but for those of us who've been around for a while, it's quite a big deal. It gives FileMaker Server some real street credibility and opens up a world of hosting platforms and administration tools.
This is just a small piece of the new and exciting things that this year's Engage conference had to offer. If you missed the live virtual event, you can experience it on demand. There's so much to see and do on the Claris Engage website including on-demand tutorials and demonstrations, as well as keynotes and panel discussions that cover these inspiring topics in deep detail. So head over there and get engaged!
This article is also published on FileMakerProGurus.com.