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Are You a Problem Solver and Citizen Developer?

The use of technology has expanded massively in the last few years. Mobile apps, smart devices, and the Internet of Things (IoT) mean that even the most mundane devices now run some form of "software." According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment statistics reflect this with the growth of job opportunities for software developers, at 21%. We are on the brink of a developer shortage, and citizen developers could be vital to keeping businesses moving in the modern world.

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What is FileMaker (And What Does It Do) ?

When you're running a business, every dollar counts. And every second counts. That's why running your business as efficiently as possible is so critical.

Fortunately, that's where the Claris FileMaker software development tool comes in.

So, what is FileMaker exactly? And how can you use it to improve your business operations?

Here's a rundown on what FileMaker is and how to use it effectively for your organization.

Let's jump in!

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Create Business Apps Quickly with Claris FileMaker

We're living in a time when people need solutions to their workplace challenges and they need them immediately. Due to COVID-19, many of us are working under different circumstances and in different environments. We may have spent the first week or so setting up our new workspaces and adapting to new workflows and communication tools. But now it's time to focus on the work. Customers need to be serviced, reports need to be generated and projects need to be managed. You're lucky if your operations were 100% portable and you were able to maintain 100% efficiency when things upended. That's probably the exception, not the rule. For the most part, we're adjusting to new workflows and timelines. We guess that productivity has mostly been redefined. Your spreadsheets and appliance apps may have worked a few months ago but may not cut it now.

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Goodbye Business Spreadsheets, Hello Custom Business Solutions!

Technology has changed the way companies do business these days. Efficiency and accuracy often set the foundation for a successful business. To get there, you need to do away with your manual spreadsheets and automate your business processes. 

We understand that sometimes people become comfortable with their way of doing business – but to truly be successful, you must be willing to change. 

With 2020 upon us what better time to ditch the business spreadsheets and take your company from manual to automated with custom business solutions? 

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Custom(er) App Development

As consumers, our active involvement in product development is basically limited. Some of us might participate in a focus group or share customer feedback to help product managers learn more about product pain points and/or ways to improve usability. But generally, product decisions are based on projected financial and utilitarian outcomes. For example, when we're in the market for a car, we don't work directly with Tesla to design a bespoke car. We usually select from a set of preconfigured models and maybe a list of add-on options to get as close as possible to our ideal driving experience but it's doubtful that we'd reimagine the vehicle as a whole.

Even though products aren't custom made for consumers, we still maintain the power of choice. Products either meet our needs or they don't, so we can keep them or not. Nonetheless, if we have very unique or specific needs, we might have to consider a custom solution. Custom design changes the dynamic of the traditional consumer-producer relationship as the customer plays a very active role in the development process.  Sometimes roles become a little confusing or uncomfortable as the responsibilities shift unpredictably throughout the process. Naturally, we're going to unpack roles and responsibilities from a custom software development perspective because we have a lot of experience there. But, the idea can apply to any custom project.

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The Best Things in Life are Free Consultations

We can’t give you “flowers in spring or robins that sing”, but we can give you some great advice!

There are at least 12 signs  you need a custom business application.  Most of our clients contact us because they have a problem:

  • Inefficient workflows hindering employees
  • Difficulties connecting their website to their database
  • Manual data entry wasting precious time and money
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12 Signs You Should Invest in a Custom Business Application

The thought of actually building your own custom business application might sound impossible. We get it, it's an investment, not just from a financial perspective, but it also involves a good deal of your attention and time. However, most of the easily automated tasks that you do regularly can save you time and money when you perform those workflows with a custom app.

These are some of the signs that a custom business application might improve your business productivity and profitability.

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