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I’m 63 years old and just getting into freelance FileMaker development. So far, this is the most exciting career move of my life.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: Tell us more about yourself.

  • Bob Wisniowicz

    Wisniowicz: I’m 63 years old and Chicago has been my home my entire life. I have a Masters in Mathematics from Eastern Illinois University and taught Mathematics for a year after college. My next move was to IT. I have been in IT for more than 35 years, most recently as a Business Analyst in the banking industry. It was a great career, but I had grown dissatisfied with how segregated everyone’s roles were. I am a hands-on guy who likes to see things through from start to finish so I decided to go out on my own and apply my IT skills to something that would be more gratifying.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: How did you become interested in making FileMaker development a career?

  • Bob Wisniowicz

    Wisniowicz: I saw how developing FileMaker solutions could solve business problems from start to finish. I downloaded the FileMaker trial software but I didn’t really have the time to fully check it out due to day-to-day work demands. After I stopped working as a Business Analyst, I tried FileMaker in earnest and saw how powerful yet easy it is to work with.

    In July I attended the 2014 FileMaker Developer Conference in San Antonio. There were so many great sessions and people. It was very inspirational and cemented my plan to become an independent FileMaker developer.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What attracts you about FileMaker?

  • Bob Wisniowicz

    Wisniowicz: With FileMaker, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to set up a server and get going. The entry price point is low. With FileMaker Go being free, it seemed a no-brainer to get into the hot mobile iOS space.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: Have you started consulting yet?

  • Bob Wisniowicz

    Wisniowicz: Not yet, but now that I’ve received my certification as a FileMaker Pro 13 developer, I’m considering a number of options including a full time custom software consulting business and creating shrink-wrap solutions.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What market are you thinking of addressing?

  • Bob Wisniowicz

    Wisniowicz: Definitely school districts. Schools need automated, shrink-wrapped solutions to ease administrative work. All the data needs can be easily captured using an iPad and FileMaker Go. I have some good ideas about what school districts might need. My next step will be to meet with principals and others within schools to confirm what their biggest needs are.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What do you like most about FileMaker?

  • Bob Wisniowicz

    Wisniowicz: I like the fact that I can create something simple and have it running in a very small amount of time. This allows for quick requirements gathering, prototyping and fast iteration. With FileMaker, lines of business can drive solutions versus IT, which is often weighed down by so much process that projects take months and even years. Schools and businesses can be much more agile and evolve their FileMaker solutions quickly to keep pace with demands.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What solutions have you created in FileMaker?

  • Bob Wisniowicz

    Wisniowicz: In learning FileMaker, I created a solution for school sporting events to calculate how much people pay at the gate using iPads. It was very simple, which I’m learning is better because the simpler the solution, the more supportable it is. It was good fun developing the solution in FileMaker. I expect my future projects will be too.

I saw how with FileMaker I could easily solve business problems from start to finish.
- Bob Wisniowicz, FileMaker Developer
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