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More than half of business teams of all sizes are seeing productivity gains of over 40 percent, according to the findings of a new report from FileMaker, Inc. The company's third annual State of the Custom App Report, released on January 30, 2018, examines how businesses are harnessing digital transformation and reducing inefficiencies with custom apps.




The global report sheds light on the ways custom apps are driving better, stronger end-results while improving the process of work. The report found that custom apps are being used in a wide variety of ways to help teams accomplish their business goals by streamlining workloads. These tools don't require prior coding experience and provide users with the flexibility and customizability that pre-packaged software typically lacks.


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Key findings of the report include:

  • Custom apps are quick to build - 72 percent of businesses had their apps up and running in under six months
  • 93 percent saw a reduction in inefficient tasks
  • 91 percent saw increase in team productivity
    • 51 percent saw an increase of over 40 percent
  • 77 percent saw reduction in manual data entry
  • 76 percent reported a return on investment (ROI)


Download the 2018 FileMaker State of the Custom App Report below.


Ann Monroe, vice president of worldwide marketing and customer success, FileMaker, Inc., said: "Prior to adopting custom apps, businesses reported struggling with paper processes, scattered sources of information, complex spreadsheets and significant manual data entry. This report showcases the benefits that business teams of all sizes are reaping from using custom apps to solve their day-to-day process challenges. FileMaker enables organizations to overcome operations issues so they can focus on delivering great service and growing their businesses."

As you may have noticed, FileMaker launched an advertising campaign this month. Help us spread the word by sharing the video.


Last year we partnered with a new creative agency to execute a big vision: start a national conversation about FileMaker. As many in FileMaker Community have pointed out, we’re well-loved by our customers, but relatively unknown overall.


Since we launched the campaign early last week, more than 2 million people have viewed the video, more than 4 million people have seen campaign-related content, and more than 150,000 people have engaged through sharing, liking, or commenting.


To get this conversation started we hired three recognizable actors, placed them on a fictitious root vegetable farm, and imagined how their characters’ lives might be made easier with a custom app built on the FileMaker Platform.


The resulting video is funny and quirky – words that you may not normally associate with a company in the B2B software space.


We chose to break through the noise by doing something different for three reasons.


1. Increase brand awareness

FileMaker Community members like you are brand loyalists and evangelists. You share your enthusiasm and expertise to help others achieve their goals for their custom apps.


But many people don’t know about FileMaker. And in recent years, the demand for custom mobile apps has far exceeded resources available to code apps. This has meant that departments in large enterprises and small businesses often are stuck duct-taping together email, spreadsheets and different apps to get their work done.


It was time to put FileMaker on the map. If the 70 pieces of early press coverage (see below for a small sampling) are any indication, we’ve done just that.



We knew that our actors’ familiar faces would start a big conversation and bridge the affinity gap between new customers and our platform.


We’re glad to see that it’s started a healthy conversation here in the FileMaker Community too.


2. Recruit new developers

Everyday problem solvers thrive upon meeting the FileMaker Platform. We want to connect with more of them. These problem solvers may be professional developers, business managers, or tech-curious people looking for better ways for their teams to work.


First-time custom app creators – many with little to no tech experience – use our platform to increase efficiency, reduce scattered information, and modernize processes in daily business operations.


In a bid to connect with the next generation of developers, we chose a diverse cast of actors and allowed them to riff from the script and perform in ways that felt natural. We also embraced influencer marketing. The result? Something pretty magical.


3. Help with framing

Keyword searches reveal that the people looking for our brand often find us by searching for a database. Thirty years ago, FileMaker Pro began as a database management software, but today it is a much more than that.


Today, we’re a powerful, scalable custom app development platform. Users can create a single app and deploy it immediately and seamlessly across computers and mobile devices. On each platform, it acts like a native application, connecting critical data and providing team members real-time information.


We want to encourage people to learn about all the amazing things we’re doing, and we know good stories are key to sparking curiosity.


Please share your comments below. We also invite you to join us in promoting the campaign by sharing the video and promoting using the hashtags #FarmTime and #FileMaker

Accurate estimates can improve customer relationships and help grow your business.


This ebook is based on Deborah Zempel's session Estimating & Storyboarding with Accuracy and offers tips to improve your project estimates.




This ebook covers these topics:


  • Why storyboard?
  • Ways to storyboard

Estimating Basics

  • Discovery: Initial questions to ask
  • Discovery: Evaluate and Investigate
  • Discovery: Detailed Requirement Analysis
  • Create the recipe
  • Create the recipe: Is the estimate logical?
  • Ongoing Project Management

Next Steps


The ebook is attached below.


Watch the session video.

FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker Cloud 1.16.1. This upgrade includes improvements to downloading databases and addresses general bug fixes. FileMaker Cloud 1.16.1 is available in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Australia.


To download this software upgrade, visit the FileMaker Cloud Admin Console.


Note: Any previously released software patches must be applied before updating to FileMaker Cloud 1.16.1. Only FileMaker 16 clients are compatible with FileMaker Cloud 1.16.1.


Deprecation notice: Support for t2.small in conjunction with BYOL and the 5-user license has been deprecated and will be removed in a future release of FileMaker Cloud.


Learn more:

FileMaker Cloud Release Notes