Creating database suggestions
I have used filemaker for years but its been a while. I'm using Filemaker 12.
I am creating a database from scratch. I tried using a start up solution but I had trouble figuring out the relationships as it related to my specific project. I was using the Estimating Starter Solution.
I am trying to create a company timeline spend database. The variables are:
- companies that have multiple branches (same company has LA, NY, Canada branches)
- the project title (not every vendor is on every project)
- how much each company will be paid on the project over the course of 2015 - 2016 by quarterly spend.
Company A (based in LA and NYC), is getting paid on Project 1 in Qrt1 - 2015 and Qtr2 - 2015.
Company A (based in LA and NYC), is getting paid on Project 2 in Qtr 4- 2014 and Qtr1 - 2015.
Company B (based in LA and CAN and UK), is getting paid on Project 1 in Qtr 3 - 2015 and Qtr4 - 2015.
And so on. The reports will mostly be a timeline over 2014-2016 lumped by project and schedule on the x-axis, and the company name/location on the y axis.
I'm having trouble figuring out how to set up these relationships. I think portals will be easy for this kind of timeline but should I separate tables by vendor and project and time?
Attached is an example. Even advice on which starter solution might be best would be helpful.