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9:00 AM
Save to Calendar Opening Keynote
9:00 AM
General

FileMaker Staff

Session Description

FileMaker executives will give a FileMaker business update followed by a demonstration of future technologies by the product management team. Get a confidential, sneak peek into what lies ahead for FileMaker.

10:45 AM
Save to Calendar Scripting: One Giant Leap for Developers
10:45 AM
Core

Wes Powell (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

Learn about the new script workspace from an engineer involved with its creation and design. In this session, we will walk through the script workspace and various ways it improves productivity. Also, we’ll delve into the subtleties behind individual UI components.

What you should know

Familiarity with FileMaker scripts and calculations.

Products & Technologies
  • FIleMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
What You Will Learn
  • New ways of composing scripts and interacting with script steps
  • Using step completion to quickly build scripts
  • Benefits of using tabs to manage scripts
  • Productivity improvements in the new unified scripting environment
Save to Calendar Insert From URL: Swiss Army Knife of Script Steps
10:45 AM
Innovation

Jason Young (SeedCode)

Session Description

Insert From URL has a somewhat mundane name with a seemingly simple purpose. However, it does a lot more than just “Insert.” You can do RESTful transactions like GET and POST. The term URL makes us think that we’re inserting data just from the web (pretty cool), but you can point this powerful tool at local files, even ones you’ve just imported, and grab their contents and use the power of FileMaker to slice and dice that data all sorts of ways. This session will look at many demos and explore all the different ways developers are using this uniquely powerful script step.

What you should know

Some experience with file paths and URLs will be helpful, but the idea is to give an introduction to what this powerful tool can do.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • Import different types of data (not just images) into your FileMaker database
  • Use the power of FileMaker to manage and manipulate data in local files
  • Perform complex transactions with RESTful web apps via GET and POST
  • Integrate easily with mobile apps via the Cloud
Save to Calendar FileMaker Go 14 Crazy
10:45 AM
Mobility

Claus Lavendt (DataManix)

Session Description

In this session, we will look at the new features and how you can utilize them to make your FileMaker Go solutions go crazy! We will focus on the new design elements that will make your users love your solutions and how to implement them. There is also review the new changes that will help us integrate with external devices to write great workflows.

What you should know

You should be familiar with developing solutions for FileMaker Go.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Go
What You Will Learn
  • What is new in FileMaker Go 14
  • How the new design elements will enhance your solutions
  • How to write great workflows when integrating external devices, such as barcode scanner
  • How to utilize AV player steps in FileMaker Go
Save to Calendar Growing Your Business: Plotting a Course From One to Many
10:45 AM
Business

Mark Richman (Skeleton Key)

Session Description

Many of us started in our development career the same way – as a solo developer, working for ourselves. Few of us ever planned to do more than that, happy to work on a small number of projects for a small number of clients. At some point, many of us have encountered the need, desire or calling to do more, and to try and grow our fledging consultancy into a true business. We’ll use this session to discuss some of the milestones, choices and pitfalls that you’ll encounter as you plot and travel the course from sole-proprietorship to corporate entity.

What you should know

A basic understanding of simple business concepts (e.g., sole-proprietorships vs different corporate structures; employees vs contractors; income vs expenses) will be useful, but is not essential.

Products & Technologies
  • Other
What You Will Learn
  • How to recognize when growth is the right next step for you
  • Achieving milestones – planning for growth and gathering necessary resources
  • Making choices – weighing your options and making informed decisions
  • Avoiding pitfalls – using tools and proven strategies for mitigating personal and professional risk
Save to Calendar Build iOS Solutions Using FileMaker Pro 14
10:45 AM
Mobility

Nicolas Hunter (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

Building solutions for touch devices can be challenging without the right knowledge and tools. During this session, you will learn how to design, optimize, and organize FileMaker Go solutions for both iPad and iPhone while exploring the most innovative and efficient techniques. Learn how to re-imagine a workflow designed for the desktop to create an intuitive experience for touch interactions. You will also discover how to use FileMaker Pro to design intelligently for iPad and iPhone, creating and debugging your solutions with minimum effort and maximum results.

What you should know

Layout design skills for desktop and essential FileMaker layout objects behavior

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Pro
What You Will Learn
  • Differences between designing for iOS devices and desktop computers
  • Essential techniques for designing solutions for iOS devices
  • Optimizing workflows in your solutions
  • How to organize large FileMaker solutions for iOS devices
Save to Calendar Easier FileMaker Development using Clip Manager & Event Management with FMCalendar
10:45 AM
Vendor Demo

Koen Van Hulle (SHpartners)

Session Description

This year FileMaker upgraded its product line and we at myFMbutler decided to do the same with ours. In this session we will be showing you the new features of two of our products. Clip Manager has been created by FileMaker developers for FileMaker developers. This program makes the development of FileMaker solutions easier and quicker. Danny De Vylder will show you the basics and highlight the new functionalities. FMCalendar on the other hand, helps endusers of FileMaker solutions with the management of their events, to do’s, appointments, … and all this with a look and feel they are used to. FMCalendar will be demonstrated by Loïc Eeckhout. This session is for newbies, hardcore developers and FileMaker gurus alike!

12:00 PM
Save to Calendar International Luncheon
12:00 PM
General

Hosted by FileMaker

Session Description

Many of you traveled far, from outside of the Americas, and we’d like to help you to meet other developers from your country. This is a casual gathering for international attendees to meet and network. Take this opportunity to also meet FileMaker executives, Bill Epling and Brad Freitag, who head FileMaker offices in EMEIA, Asia/Pac and North Asia.

Save to Calendar FileMaker Office Hours
12pm
General

Hosted by FileMaker

Session Description

Meet with FileMaker staff for 15-minute personal consultations during the conference. Our employees offer a range of expertise from design to development to marketing: you could discuss your solution with a FileMaker engineer or review your marketing strategy with a FileMaker product marketing manager. These sessions are not for reporting bugs or requesting features, but for partnering with an expert to look at your work. Be sure to bring your solutions and/or marketing materials! Open 12pm - 2pm and 3:15pm - 5pm.

What you should know

Have a solution that demonstrates immediate problem

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
  • FileMaker WebDirect
  • CWP/XML/PHP
  • xDBC
1:00 PM
Save to Calendar Preparing for FileMaker Certification
1:00 PM
General

Cristoffer Ippolite (iSolutions, Inc)

Session Description

Preparing for the FileMaker Certification exam doesn’t stop with just taking a FileMaker Training Series class. This session will review all the resources available to those who wish to properly prepare for the exam. Recommended reading and additional study guides will be reviewed as well as a discussion on how and where to take the exam. This session will introduce attendees to the “next steps” for preparing for certification and will point to specific resources and tips. Attendees will also have time to ask questions about FileMaker Certification. (Please have your lunch prior to the meeting. Lunch will be served in the Gracia Ballroom from 12pm-1pm.)

What you should know

Anyone interested in FileMaker Certification.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
  • FileMaker WebDirect
  • CWP/XML/PHP
  • xDBC
What You Will Learn
  • Exam logistics
  • How the exam process works
  • Additional resources for preparing for the exam
  • Next steps for becoming certified
Save to Calendar Marketing Content Best Practices
1:00 PM
Special Interest

Leslie Kareckas (FileMaker, Inc.)
Anne Anderson (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

Learn how to improve the way you market your products and services. Discover how to write attention-grabbing copy for your website, brochures and emails that not only showcases your business but also speaks directly to your customers. Then learn how to develop compelling imagery to go along with your messaging. See how to create great looking screenshots, videos and other graphical elements that will get your solutions and services noticed. This session is designed to help you more effectively market your own business. Presented by FileMaker Product Marketing Managers, Leslie Kareckas and Anne Anderson. (Please have your lunch prior to the meeting. Lunch will be served in the Gracia Ballroom from 12pm-1pm.)

2:00 PM
Save to Calendar How to Create Your FileMaker WebDirect Solution From Scratch
2:00 PM
Web

Johan Hedman (PositionEtt AB)

Session Description

Customers need and want to access their solutions on the web. Whether or not they have FileMaker Pro installed on their computer, they can get access their data through FileMaker Web Direct. This session will focus on optimizing your solution to create the best web browser user experience using FileMaker Web Direct starting from scratch.

What you should know

That FileMaker WebDirect is a perfect tool for all kind of solutions

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • When FileMaker WebDirect is the perfect tool for your solution
  • How to set up a theme that works fast and optimized for the web
  • What works and doesn´t work
  • Good tools to get even more out of your solution
Save to Calendar Partnering with IT for Successful Deployment
2:00 PM
Business

Tim Neudecker (Kyo Logic)

Session Description

Having the support of IT is critical to any successful FileMaker solution deployment. This session will cover many topics from getting IT’s approval and buy-in on a project to helping IT properly support FileMaker. We’ll also discuss what can you do as the developer/consultant or project manager to make sure you are working well with IT.

What you should know

Understand the client server model of FileMaker Pro.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Server
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
  • FileMaker Go
What You Will Learn
  • How to understand IT
  • How to help IT understand FileMaker
  • Manage multi-server deployment
  • Manage security within large organizations
Save to Calendar Data Visualization with FileMaker: Telling the Story Behind Your Data
2:00 PM
Innovation

Vince Lackner (The Lackner Group, Inc.)

Session Description

Data visualization involves the use of engaging graphics and animation to give meaning and insight to data. There is probably an important story lurking in your data. The most effective way to tell that story is through rich data visualization. This session will demonstrate how FileMaker data can be structured to take advantage of the amazing world of data analytics and business intelligence software. We will explore how to connect FileMaker to third-party data visualization tools like Tableau. Lastly, we will look at how to bring data visualization into FileMaker itself using HTML and JavaScript to build rich engaging charts and graphs that you can place directly on a FileMaker layout.

What you should know

Basic understanding of FileMaker scripting and calculations.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
What You Will Learn
  • What is data visualization
  • Why is data visualization important
  • How to connect FileMaker to third-party data visualization tools
  • How to build data visualizations inside FileMaker itself
Save to Calendar Design Without a Designer: How It’s So Not About You
2:00 PM
Design

Albert Harum-Alvarez (SmallCo.)

Session Description

Design has become “A Thing.” Maybe too much so! Maybe way too self-conscious. How can we design without making it all about the design, and therefore about us? This session is full of fresh new FileMaker design work, using the latest version of FileMaker, that shows how to get it right, how to design so well that your clients don’t even have to think about what they’re doing. We will also focus on the looming perils of overusing the latest goodies on the FileMaker Platform. When should we—and when shouldn’t we—use the shiny new features of FileMaker?

What you should know

Basic knowledge of FileMaker Pro is assumed.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • Design as part of a balanced breakfast—not eye candy
  • Specifying goals before functionality
  • Entities in your app have names and faces—but only if you design them! Examples of “building a face”
  • Real apps that get it right, and how they did it
Save to Calendar Security: The Big Picture
2:00 PM
Core

Rosemary Tietge (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

2015 is turning into another year of headline grabbing data breaches. Over 100 data breaches exposed more than 80 million identities in January and February. With large scale breaches in the headlines, it is easy to miss the more frequent small breaches and identify the threats that are most likely to affect your business. Fortunately, the FileMaker Platform provides tools to secure your data and intellectual property. This session will review what you must do to secure FileMaker solutions and share tips to further enhance security. The biggest challenge to good security is apathy. As FileMaker developers we need to discuss security with end users, business owners, and infosec experts. I will share my favorite resources to help you have those conversations.

What you should know

All attendees are welcomed. No special requirements needed.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
What You Will Learn
  • The biggest threats to your solutions and data
  • Five musts to secure a FileMaker solution
  • Five other ways to improve security
  • Resources to train yourself and your users and customers about security
Save to Calendar The MBS FileMaker Plug-in
2:00 PM
Vendor Demo

Christian Schmitz (Monkeybread Software)

Session Description

Christian Schmitz of Monkeybread Software will give an overview on the MBS plug-in with over 3000 functions to extend FileMaker. He’ll review what is new this year and how plug-ins can help you be more productive and get things done in FileMaker which would otherwise not be possible. This session gives you the chance to ask questions and get the right tips and where to learn more.

3:45 PM
Save to Calendar Optimized Layout Design
3:45 PM
Core

Matt Petrowsky (ISO Productions, Inc.)

Session Description

With the latest trends in increased mobile computing and ubiquitous browser based data access, it has become even more important to know how well your FileMaker solution will perform in the various environments in which it will be used. The number of elements on your layouts and how data is presented plays a big role in how layouts are designed within FileMaker Pro. The balance between attractive visual design and well performing layouts is important. This session will cover the know-how, tools, and techniques for measuring and optimizing the performance of your FileMaker layouts.

What you should know

Working in Layout mode, using conditional formatting and using calculated fields.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • Optimizing data delivery to your layouts
  • Assessing the impacts of layout based calculations
  • Suggested methods for reducing layout object counts
  • Efficient use of graphics
Save to Calendar The BI Roadmap: 10 Steps to Implementing a FileMaker Dashboard
3:45 PM
Business

Luke Rochester (Biznet)

Session Description

BI (Business Intelligence) is all about providing a summary of the most important information to the right person at the right time. A dynamic information dashboard helps achieve this and FileMaker is the perfect tool for building it. However, 70%-80% of BI projects fail (ref: Gartner) predominantly from focusing too much on the technology and not enough on the business and the people in it. In this session, you will learn about the 10 practical steps that will help you not only implement a dashboard but will also help you avoid the 70%- 80% failure rates.

What you should know

No prior knowledge is required, however, the session will probably be most interesting for people with intermediate FileMaker skills and above.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • 10 practical steps to follow when implementing a dashboard with FileMaker
  • How to avoid the 70% to 80% failure rate common among BI (Business Intelligence) projects
  • Business and project management topics like goal setting, target setting, KPI’s, storyboarding, and go live
  • Technical concepts like dashboard proof of concepts, prototypes and pilots
Save to Calendar FileMaker WebDirect Performance: Time Tested Tips
3:45 PM
Web

Mike Beargie (MainSpring)

Session Description

With the release of the FileMaker 14 Platform, FileMaker WebDirect is faster than ever. With proper planning and development of your solution, you can successfully deploy to the web using FileMaker WebDirect. In this session, we will explore over a year’s worth of lessons learned since FileMaker WebDirect was introduced, and test some of the performance improvements in the latest version. Developers will also gain ideas from experiencing real-world FileMaker WebDirect solutions.

What you should know

Any developer that is interested in utilizing FileMaker WebDirect will benefit from this session. Additionally, it is beneficial if you are already familiar with, or have already deployed FileMaker WebDirect.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker WebDirect
  • FileMaker Server
What You Will Learn
  • Improvements that have been made in the FileMaker 14 Platform
  • The basic steps every developer should take before deploying FileMaker WebDirect
  • Ideas from real-world FileMaker WebDirect solutions
  • Tips to improve FileMaker WebDirect performance
Save to Calendar Leveraging the Entire FileMaker Platform in a Single Solution: Under the Hood
3:45 PM
Innovation

J. Sciarra (Colibri Solutions)

Session Description

In this session, we will review strategies and approaches used to develop a custom permit parking enforcement solution that takes advantage of all products in the FileMaker Platform. By examining the solution and its various design and scripting techniques, attendees will learn how FileMaker WebDirect is used for permit applications, how it takes advantage of a transactional record model within FileMaker Pro, drives ESS integration with Oracle via FileMaker Server schedules, deploys a FileMaker Go solution for ticketing, integrates FileMaker Go with an iOS app for mobile printing, and performs one-click mobile solution updates. The session will demonstrate our approach to all these techniques and include example files.

What you should know

Basic familiarity with the platform and challenges involved when using multiple aspects of it, process management basics, bidirectional integration using ESS, and the specifics of mobile in the field.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Advanced
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
  • FileMaker WebDirect
What You Will Learn
  • A solid reproducible transactional model and when you might deploy it
  • Challenges and techniques for mobile printing and how we solved them
  • ESS integration into Oracle and why we used ESS in this instance vs. other strategies
  • FileMaker WebDirect as a means of leveraging a larger user group to reduce admin touch points
Save to Calendar Patterns, Signals and User Experience
3:45 PM
Design

Chih Hsiao (FileMaker, Inc.)

Session Description

How do designers make usability decisions? What is the definition of Ease of Use? This session aims to demystify the mechanical and artistic aspects of design using metaphors from other creative forms to help identify the goals, variables and constraints in designing software interfaces. Chih will use real world examples to illustrate the key decision points and trade-offs in a project cycle and introduce design concepts and practices that challenge conventional approaches to user experience design.

What you should know

No previous knowledge in design required.

Products & Technologies
  • Other
What You Will Learn
  • Common design patterns and the basics behind what makes good user experience
  • A systematic approach to the conceptual design process
  • Task driven user flows with clear content structure
  • Designing use case hierarchy
Save to Calendar Introduction to Server-Side Scripting
3:45 PM
Core

Greg Lane (Skeleton Key)

Session Description

FileMaker Server has a powerful script engine for running your FileMaker scripts either on a schedule or on demand when called by the ‘Perform Script on Server’ script step from any client. This session will help you understand why and how to use server-side scripting to improve performance, access plug-in functions from FileMaker Go, and develop mobile solutions with enhanced features and responsiveness. We’ll also explore a variety of techniques for writing and debugging server-side scripts more efficiently.

What you should know

Experience with writing FileMaker scripts is recommended.

Products & Technologies
  • FileMaker Pro
  • FileMaker Pro Advanced
  • FileMaker Go
  • FileMaker Server
What You Will Learn
  • How to dramatically improve remote performance for data-intensive tasks
  • Discover ways to use plug-in features from FileMaker Go
  • How to troubleshoot server-side scripts
  • To understand the security and context implications of using server-side scripts
Save to Calendar Synergize Plugin: Portals Without Relationships, Custom Web Performance
3:45 PM
Vendor Demo

Garry Thompson (Computech)

Session Description

Learn how you can use the Synergize plug-in to create graphical environments such as dashboards, portals that can include media, portals within portals, columns that can be resized, sorted and summarized and styled. Also, give your end users the ability to build their own portals. All without relationships. Plus many other fantastic Synergize “Apps” such as drag-and-drop calendars, webmail clients and media presentations. Use the 64 bit server version to accelerate your custom web access by replacing the Web API.

6:00 PM
Save to Calendar Welcome Reception
6:00 PM
General

Sponsored by FileMaker, Inc.

Session Description

The Welcome Reception is your chance to meet exhibitors, FileMaker staff, and other FileMaker developers in a social setting. Food and beverages will be served. This is a great way to kick off your DevCon week.