Making a soultion avaliable to an unknow amount of remote users

Discussion created by HenryRobinson on May 23, 2017
Latest reply on May 24, 2017 by HenryRobinson

There is so many different option now on how one could make a solution available remotely I am a little confused on the best option.


First here is my setup and a quick description of what I would like to do.

  • I am currently running version 15 but I have 16 just not installed yet. I am developing on windows 7/10 and have some users on iPhone/iPad
  • FileMaker Pro 15 advanced
  • Filemaker Pro 15
  • FileMaker Server 15


What I would like to do is sell a monthly subscription that would give remote and offline access to my database updated daily. Of course for the offline update the user would need to ether re-download or I might setup some sort of syncing. If I could sell the database today I expect I would have between 2-10 users but it could grow I am just not sure by how much. I would be really excited if I got 50 monthly subscribers but I find it a little far fetched.


So I guess this is two questions

  • How do I give remote access to a unknown amount of users ranging from 2-50.
    • Web-direct would have a nice advantage of letting it work on Android but I have to say the times I have tried this in the past I have not been impressed.
    • Users could buy FileMaker pro for desktop or have FileMaker go on portable devices. but this sounds like I would need to buy access for ever 5 users?
  • How best to give offline access.
    • I have played around with runtime solutions and I really like this option so far for windows but not sure about iPhone or iPad just have not tried it yet.
    • Users could buy FileMaker pro for desktop or have FileMaker go on portable devices.
    • sounds like I might be able to sell it as a app on iTunes? Not sure if that is true or not just read it tonight.