FileMaker Excellence Award Winners for 2014

The following awards were presented at the annual FileMaker Developer Conference 2014 recognizing both FileMaker Business Alliance members and FileMaker Technical Network members for excellence in various business and technical categories.


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FileMaker Business Alliance

The FileMaker Excellence Award winners are chosen from over 1,200 FBA members worldwide who are FileMaker consultants, solution providers, plug-in developers, trainers, and hosting companies that serve a wide variety of industries. The categories of the awards are Business Partner, Next Generation, Leads, Design, Development, and Commercial Solutions.

FileMaker Excellence Award Winners for 2014

FileMaker Excellence Award for FBA Business Partners of the Year

These FBA companies are being honored for their overall sales achievement for 2014. They have a clear definition of business growth, and carry a “win together” approach to business through licensing knowledge and marketing investments.

  • Americas
  • North Asia
  • EMEIA
  • Asia Pacific

FileMaker Excellence Award for FBA “Next Generation” of the Year

Cristoffer Ippolite of iSolutions, Inc.

This award recognizes the FBA member that has done the most to introduce new developers to the FileMaker Platform, and promote adoption of the latest technologies among those who earn a living as FileMaker developers.

Crisoffer Ippolite of iSolutions was honored with this award for 2014. He has an active FileMaker training business teaching developers best practices when developing solutions with the FileMaker Platform. His FileMaker Mentoring program has successfully turned a number of student and recent graduates into full-time FileMaker developers. He is also a contributor to the FMJumpStart program as a trainer, and an advocate for FileMaker Certification.

FileMaker Excellence Award for FBA Leads of the Year

Skeleton Key

This award recognizes the FBA company that has done the most to expand awareness of the FileMaker Platform and has generated the highest volume of new prospective customers.

Skeleton Key was honored with this award for 2014. Skeleton Key has been highly engaged in creating awareness of the FileMaker Platform and generating leads through many channels, such as Apple Store App Spotlights, blogging, FMAcademy, their monthly Chatter newsletter, FileMaker User Groups, and through social media channels — LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

FileMaker Excellence Award for FBA Design of the Year

Angel City Data

This award recognizes the FBA company that has demonstrated the best interaction design and visual design to create an exceptional user experience.

Angel City Data was honored with this award for 2014. Angel City Data built an iPad solution to reduce paper forms for their customer in the market refrigeration services industry. Used by in-house admins and field technicians, the solution is visually appealing, friendly, intuitive, and easy to use. The company is now saving an estimated $2,000-3,000 per month on paper — and other costly fees caused by missing, incomplete data, and redundant data. It has also allowed them to reallocate resources giving them more field technicians to service more customers, more efficiently.

FileMaker Excellence Award for FBA Development of the Year

Simple Database Solutions

This award recognizes the FBA company that has demonstrated the ability to tackle complex and technically challenging projects.

Syncing solutions between devices can complex and there are a variety of ways to do it. Simple Database Solutions was honored with this award for the development of “EasySync,” an easy-to-use sync framework for mobile solutions. EasySync provides features and options that allow developers to apply their own business rules to their specific sync process. With an open source license, it can be used out of the box or a developer can get under the hood and tweak it to meet their business needs.

FileMaker Excellence Award for FBA Commercial Product of the Year

Barcode Creator

This award recognizes the FBA company that has demonstrated innovation, competitive differentiation, and customer value in a product that runs on or enables better solutions on the FileMaker Platform (e.g. SBA solutions, plug-ins, developer tools).

Barcode Creator, by geist interactive, eliminates the need to install plug-ins, fonts, or access the Internet when generating barcodes. This product uses only native FileMaker functions and script steps, making it easier to integrate support and to lower costs.

FileMaker Technical Network

With a community of over 60,000 FileMaker Technical Network members, the following individuals have been awarded the FileMaker Excellence Award in the categories of Design, Development, and Community.

FileMaker Excellence Award for Development of the Year

Polygon Pictures

This award recognizes the FileMaker Technical Network member that has demonstrated the ability to tackle complex and technically challenging projects.

Polygon Pictures was honored for this award for 2014. With over 500 people working on digital animations, it was hard to ensure everyone had access to the right files and know what projects they were assigned to. The solution, built by an in-house FileMaker developer at Polygon Pictures, uses PHP/MySQL and FileMaker WebDirect to allow external studios to participate in projects. It was built in five months to manage every piece of animation, which increased their productivity tremendously.

FileMaker Excellence Award for Design of the Year

National Geographic Society (NGS), Tom Puckett

This award recognizes the FileMaker Technical Network member that has demonstrated the best interaction design and visual design to create an exceptional user experience.

National Geographic Society (NGS) was honored with this award for 2014. The solution, designed for the iPhone, is a directory of over 1,800 staff members, with approximately 500 users that need access to staff information on the road. The design of this iOS solution is clean, well organized and incorporates the NGS branding throughout the app. The interaction design is intuitive and can be used without referencing a manual. It’s easy to find the right people, contact them directly and send group emails, if needed. This solution is a great example of how a properly designed solution can help an entire organization.

FileMaker Excellence Award for Community of the Year

Mike Beargie

This award recognizes the FileMaker Technical Network member that has broadened awareness of the FileMaker Platform through active online or offline contributions, sharing their FileMaker knowledge and expertise in an effort to help other developers be successful.

Mike Beargie was honored for this award for 2014. Mike regularly participates in the FileMaker TechNet Forums (both English and French), posting almost daily to assist developers from around the world. He is currently one of the top ten contributors among the over 60,000 FileMaker Technical Network members. He is an active blogger for his FileMaker consultant company, Anvil Dataworks. He is a key organizer of the Central Ohio FileMaker User Group. And last year, he travelled across Ohio during the spring of 2014 sharing the release of FileMaker 13 with dozens of users from five different non-FileMaker tech groups.

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