FileMaker does not usually respond to questions about future functionality...
My personal belief is that in order to provide a truly scalable, supportable and reliable data sync mechanism, FileMaker would need to invest a significant amount of time into creating a very generic data synching framework to cover as many sync requirements as possible. I think they would prefer to spend that time improving FileMaker in a number of other ways that would increase FileMaker product value!
Specifically on your question, I would use whatever options are currently available i.e. write your own data synching scripts and functions or use ready made and tested 3rd party plugins!
I believe the iPad (FMGO) and Filemaker server software, especially with ESS, are the growth paths for FileMaker. I think I just read iPad sales greater than laptop sales last year? Approximately 40 % of the usa workforce is mobil. Not providing an enterprise level sync ability means ceding a good portion of sales to competing products.
I'd let big business use Oracel and MS SQL Server, ESS to Filemaker, and sync to the iPad.
Having worked with Siebel for years, specifically with PDA solutions, I know the pain one can go through to get data synching right!
I'm pretty sure all FileMaker developers, including yours truly, would love to see FileMaker develop a data sync framework that would work across the FileMaker product range. However I don't think FileMaker believe it is something they should provide out of the box. Saying that I don't work for FileMaker so I have no idea what future releases may bring...
By the way, could you post which competing products provide data synching functionality? I'd be interested in having a look!
Humm, if Siebel isn't doing it well, then I was wrong. because I always considered Siebel a leader in this field. However the growth of Ipads greatly exceeds the growth PDA's ever had, so the potential revenu e for Filemaker..., eh, what do I know?. Go Zync is looking better and better.
I wouldn't consider Siebel (now Oracle CRM) as being a competitor to FileMaker (at least not at the moment). I consider FileMaker as being much more of a development framework for any task, than a set of specific products to deal with CRM and Analytics.
In addition I don't think that even on price and TCO there is any comparison.