Can anyone comment on things my users should be careful of if we move from 14 to 15 in terms of the risk of being denied a connection due to licensing restrictions, etc. etc. ?
If you are using your license for how it is legally intended to be used, then you have nothing to worry about.
If you switch to licensing for teams (FLT) in 15, this means that your 10 user license applies to 10 warm-bodied people.
Your current "concurrent" connections are based on 10 connections.
Not trying to circumvent licensing in anyway.. just trying to firmly understand the differences.. and how they're executed.. anything I should know about upgrading in terms of 'gotchas' ? will the 14 client still work with the 15 server if I can't get around to everyone's client device in a hurry?
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Yes, the normal upgrade considerations apply from 14 -> 15 as they did with previous versions. So you shouldn't run into any unfamiliar territory when upgrading. Verify that your server and clients are compatible with the tech specs:
14 pro users can connect to 15 server (and vice-versa if you want to update your users FMP installs first).
Here's some docs to read up on the licensing changes for FLT and what's new in 15:
Critical reviews from former FM devs:
FileMaker 15 Platform Provides Less ROI | Blog | CampSoftware (Although I'll point out that Hal always seems to neglect mentioning the ROI that FM provides in saved developer time over the alternatives. Which easily eclipses the ROI on FM licensing in most cases).
IMHO, getting on a regular update cycle to keep you and your users up to date should be a goal for any filemaker installation. Security and usability are all affected, and getting in a regular routine that corresponds to an Annual license will make sure you're always up to date with the latest features and support.
Thanks very much for this Mike. Greatly appreciated!
mikebeargie always has great advice. I want to add that with the education pricing it would not be much more to move to an ASLA that would give you access to FM Cloud and a lot more flexibility on concurrent connections. Contact your sales rep and maybe have a talk about it.
Except for the licensing changes 14->15 has been one of the most pain-free FileMaker version upgrades in my experience. But always test it first, especially things like pdf's, reports, emails, FMGO and any external things like api's and plugins.
Also yes, it is very much advised. 15 is in general much stabler than 14.
SLA (Site license agreement) starts at 25 seats I believe.
This is true. Starts at 25. OP had some concerns about connections and an ASLA would be something that would ease that worry and would allow them to get FM in many more hands than they may have before. Access to FM cloud may not be a need, but it would become an option.
recommending to test all functions of your solution before you roll out everyone on FM15 - some stuff has been fixed in 15 (some new bugs introduced).