Hey Chris, I think this video just came out recently:
Hopefully that has most of the answers you need. Quick answer though: it does not have a SQL Backend.
Funny you should mention that. It was that video that caused me to reopen the discussion. It certainly doesn't sound like an SQL backend to me, but I'm not sure what this other developer heard in Miami that would've sounded like that.
I'm afraid I might've missed some useful verbiage/ammunition for talking to the IT snobs, even if it wasn't exactly that.
Those martinis were awfully good.
Well I think this talk with the "snobs" depends on what's important to them. Are they only interested if it's a technology backend that they have vetted? Then you probably won't win them over on FileMaker's backend alone, and you might have to dive into why that's important to them?
Do they want it to be a SQL Backend because that's how they want to access the data? Then you could have the discussion about ODBC/JDBC or even ESS for certain instances.
I know that's not the best answer, but it's a nuanced discussion that you'll have to work on. There isn't a silver bullet when that discussion comes up.