There had to be a way of doing things that was more robust and could be handled through a single system.
Jono had worked with FileMaker previously:
“I knew FileMaker was easy to operate, could be modified as the need arose and had the ability to connect with mobile devices. We had already started using FileMaker Go on our iPhones for checking job details in the vineyard.”
Jono approached FileMaker developer Matthew Roscoe at Foundation Data and together they developed an iPad solution which solved a number of problems:
“It was a simple and affordable solution and easily modified to our changing needs. Most important was ease of use for our supervisors, many of whom are not computer literate. The iPad screen holds all of the relevant information and is simple to use for people who are used to manual labour and have big fat clunky fingers!”
A job contract is set up in the FileMaker database aptly named Vinny. A detailed quote is generated and sent to clients. Once the client confirms, a job card and vineyard schedule is produced and passed onto the supervisor.
In the vineyard workers enter their names and the vine rows they are working in onto the schedule sheets. During the day the supervisor gets these details direct from the workers and enters them into the appropriate job on his iPad. Jono continues:
“With poor cellphone coverage in many rural parts of Marlborough accessing real time data on our server was not an option. We needed something that we could capture data on and download at a later stage. FileMaker Go was the key.”