Moving off of filemaker

District 287 has several very productive custom databases written in Filemaker. They have been good, but the expense and challenge of supporting Filemaker on all desktops accross the district is catching up with us.

We are starting to look at ways to provide these applications through alternative platforms. Microsoft Office is one possibility for some needs because it is installed ans supported district wide. The weakness of Office is in providing enterprise-level database functionaility. Microsft Access, the standard Office database, does not support high-volume sharing of data to many people. And Access is not even available for the Macintosh which is about half of our desktops.

Excel and Access probably has some role to play in an alternative to Filemaker, but we are also looking for other possible solutions.


One Response to “Moving off of filemaker”

  1. Lauren Kuhlman Says:

    Have you considered delivering some of the applications via the internet? Do you or a member of your staff have some experience with SQL? Thanks to Filemaker 9, it is now easier to integrate SQL with Filemaker.

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