DevCon 2015: Top Down - The Best of FileMaker, Without the Worst of Rewrites - Albert Harum-Alvarez

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Albert Harum-Alvarez (SmallCo.)

Session Description

Sometimes our longest-running clients know the least about what the FileMaker Platform can do today. Their legacy solution is groaning under its own weight, and there’s nothing lightweight or mobile about their current deployment strategy. How can we best show them what FileMaker can do today, without rewriting their entire solution? In this session, we’ll discuss a strategy that is simple and proven: make small changes to core schema, don’t touch existing layouts, scripts, business rules and workflow. Lastly, design focused, elegant mobile solutions for the highest value people in the business; high-value folks are often under-served by a legacy solution.

What you should know

It’s best if the attendee has already experienced the pain of staring a major FileMaker rewrite right in the eyes. But there are no technical pre-requisites for this session.

Products & Technologies

  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
  • FileMaker WebDirect

What You Will Learn

  • Simple changes that can help even overly “thick” data tables to be mobile-ready
  • The business case for helping the under-served “high value” people in a business
  • Why small, read-only mobile solutions often help a business more than a comprehensive rewrite
  • How a tightly-scoped project aimed at high-level staff can grease the wheels for the next, bigger work phase


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