FileMaker's 2018 State of the Custom App Report Finds Productivity Nearly Doubling as Inefficiencies Decrease

Blog Post created by RosemaryTietge on Jan 31, 2018



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."