FileMaker can create custom solutions for personal computers, dedicated application-oriented business processing systems for iOS and Android. In the database system for Mac, there are clauses which are underestimated, but that is wasteful. Network distribution of developed and finished applications can be done on Mac or Windows. From the “FileMaker 15 Platform” released on May 11th, it is possible to introduce a license for a team that can use a series of products including servers regardless of the device used, within the contracted number, and to use it more fluidly It was.
Newly introduced simple purchasing form “Team license”
Up until now, FileMaker has often plagued the head with how many products to buy for each mode of usage. We will purchase one FileMaker Pro for application development, FileMaker Pro Advanced to further develop the details, and one FileMaker Server to make the application available to users going outside the office , It alone took a total of 198,000 yen. Increasing the number of terminals used for program maintenance or as a client costs additional costs. When trying to select a plan optimized for usage form, it was necessary to exchange a very complex license agreement.
If I use it within the number of people decided by the group within the company, the license program FLT (FileMaker Licensing for Teams) for the team made it possible to use it for a certain amount of money. The price level starts at 96,000 yen for five people and can be increased to 100 people by 5 people. For example, specifically, if you use up to five people, you can use FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Server for development with 96,000 yen for development. This license can be connected from FileMaker Go 15 installed on the iOS device or up to 5 users from Android or web browser on PC. Even if it is a contract of one user so far, it can be said that the things that cost almost 200,000 yen were cheap at a stroke when trying to fully utilize it.
Since there is no problem with the type of terminal you use, application use developed and developed, whether Mac or Windows, can be used regardless of OS. Fluid operation is possible because the management of the number of users is a mechanism to authenticate on the installed FileMaker.
I quickly took in the new functions of iOS
The FileMaker 15 platform has lots of ingenious devices to improve usability in the mobile environment. It corresponds to Touch ID, iBeacon, 3D Touch. FileMaker WebDirect, which can use the same design and functions as the desktop application via the Internet, has also expanded the range of adaptation for both iOS and Android. The FileMaker application can now run on most smartphones.
Touch ID which authenticates users by limiting users by fingerprint authentication is particularly useful. Trying to keep security with password when using the application on mobile makes it difficult to log in and password management is also hard. It is comfortable because you can start using it just by touching the home button at such time.
Touch ID is available on iPhone 5s or later (5s, 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, SE), iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 3 and later iOS machines.
I am glad that it corresponded to the mechanism called iOS App Extension. App Extension is a mechanism for handling processing from other iOS applications to other applications that can cooperate. For example, you want to save photographs, etc. stored in the database in a different app, convenient-to-use at the time.
Application areas that are widely spread in iBeacon
Also, iBeacon has also dealt with it. IBeacon is a generic name for a device that emits radio waves as small as a button and a mechanism to receive it and make it behave in a unique manner. An identification signal for distinguishing the device is transmitted from iBeacon, and it can be received by the iOS machine to make different operations for each iBeacon.
If applied in museums and art galleries, detailed explanation of the work will appear when standing in front of the exhibit. You can create these custom applications with FileMaker.
The fact that iBeacon can be used on products that can develop custom applications such as FileMaker means that the available range will expand significantly. Until now, trying to develop this type of application had to develop separate applications to react to iBeacon. With FileMaker 15, you can make custom applications that suits your needs whenever you need it.
If you use it in a hospital or the like, you can display individual guides there when you go to the laboratory, and you can also present a menu that fits perfectly with the user for each training machine at a sports club. What is particularly wonderful is that content to be displayed there can be updated and edited at the facility supplier side whenever necessary. When editing a page corresponding to a certain beacon ID with FileMaker, new content can be immediately displayed on the iOS device. Flexible operation can be carried out at museums, exhibition halls, showrooms, etc. where exhibition contents are always replaced.
It became easier to start with a simple team license
I asked President Bill E. Pruding who came to Japan in tune with the release of the FileMaker 15 platform to tackle the new axis.
BE (Bill Epling) this release of FileMaker 15 is not significant even for FileMaker, Inc.. As a new development strategy for us, we set a policy of upgrading every 12 months, but FileMaker 15 is the first release to follow its policy. As you know, Apple introduces OS X which incorporates new features every year. In order to fit perfectly with this evolution, we also need to push forward at the same pace. I believe that fingerprint authentication on iOS devices, iBeacon correspondence etc is such a challenge.
IBeacon and others will extend the new fields of use of the iPad. If you use it as a guide system for museums and museums, curator of the facility can update the explanation at any time according to the exhibits.
BE is you say street. It is possible to accelerate the product development cycle so that new functions of the new iOS device can be incorporated quickly. IBeacon is useful not only for museums and art galleries, but also for hospitals and fitness clubs, library rooms inside companies and warehouses where stock items are lined up. Even in such as showrooms of products will make it easier to replace the content to suit the goods are exchanged.
Presentation of the new framework File Manufacturer Japan Company Bill Epping President
While all companies are focused on mobile, the new FileMaker 15 platform will be a great force
The team has added a license to use FileMaker. All entered, the price was uniform and it became easy to understand.
BE up to now, when I wanted to use the FileMaker, was a problem that complicated and quite optimal solution is difficult to obtain to introduce to select only the required number of optimal product depending on the use form. We had to plan carefully how many licenses to users who wanted to deploy it for development. Customers who are already familiar with FileMaker can find the optimal solution relatively easily, but it is quite difficult to start newly. The FLT (FileMaker Licensing for Teams) introduced this time tried to provide this in as simple a form as possible. The user only needs to consider how many users use this platform. The price has been decided up to 100 people in five persons. For example, if you use 13 people, you can choose 15 user connections. Within that range, you can use FileMaker Pro 15, FileMaker Server 15, FileMaker Go 15 on iOS, and Web browser at the same price.
Recently, many software has adopted the user base subscription model, but we also adopted the same mechanism. With this, new introduction can be used easily and inexpensively. For customers who want to use with over 100 people please contact corporate sales department.
Some customers may want to introduce products with the license model as before. Of course, we also have such an old license type. We are also responding to the demand that media is necessary.
Has the license form of FileMaker users changed?
BE It is a lot of people to migrate to the license of the user or through an annual subscription to be folded and use it to buy a package with a permanent license. It’s easier to maintain, firmly follow product updates, and use the latest technology. The latest technology can be used for security as well, it will be a very big and reliable material. I think it has been understood that this is a very encouraging mechanism for business users. The cost can be reduced to the whole. Currently 1 million licenses are subscription models, and they are growing steadily around the world. We are seeing this FLT to further accelerate this flow.
What is noteworthy in recent case introductions?
BE in the Aichi Prefecture Toyotashin’yokinko will be folded to take advantage of the app that person’s outer loop is made with FileMaker as a tool to explain to the audience in the iPad. By using this mechanism, overtime hours are reduced, so it seems that we can respond to customers carefully accordingly. As the iPad stuffs as much information as it can not be written in the leaflet and can describe the item to the customer face-to-face on the spot, customer satisfaction has also improved. Also, since GPS and map can be integrated, you can go straight without hesitation when visiting customers. As a result, I am pleased that it became a very cost-effective system.
Is there no product that makes FileMaker compete?
ARE you mentioned clearly, I’m not. It is possible to create applications that match the needs of customers, including mobile, with other systems. Although Oracle and Salesforce can also build custom applications that run on iOS, it is not an integrated development environment that enables users to directly create screen designs directly, such as FileMaker. The person in charge of business within the company can directly build up the solution, or you can finish it as desired with the help of system development experts. Small businesses and corporate groups are required to develop such flexible systems, but only FileMaker can meet this need.