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Career-switcher discovers his niche

As a pharmaceutical program manager, Edgar Bautista found “the cure” for tracking pharmaceutical waste using FileMaker, which led to changing careers as a developer with Gearbox Solutions.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: Tell us more about yourself.

  • Edgar Bautista

    Bautista: I am from the Dominican Republic. In college in Georgia, I majored in biology. I have a beautiful four-year-old girl who rules my universe.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: How did you become interested in FileMaker?

  • Edgar Bautista

    Bautista: I started out as a pharmaceutical program manager for an environmental company. My supervisor asked me to develop a pharmaceutical waste tracking system. I did not have a background in IT or computer science.

    My supervisor chose FileMaker due to its cost-effectiveness and scalability. I knew nothing about FileMaker, but I downloaded the free trial and walked through the Starter Solutions.

    The more time I spent learning FileMaker, the more intrigued I became. I picked it up quickly using several online resources – with a dose of trial and error. I became a Certified FileMaker Developer within a year, but there is always more to learn.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: How did FileMaker influence your career?

  • Edgar Bautista

    Bautista: With my newfound skills, I began presenting to pharmaceutical clients and showing them how we could customize the FileMaker solution to meet their needs. This became a very lucrative and strong selling point for my previous employer.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: Tell us about the move to Gearbox Solutions.

  • Edgar Bautista

    Bautista: I loved FileMaker development so much that I started looking at FileMaker development companies and their employee profiles. I wanted to see what kind of backgrounds they had and if it were possible to make FileMaker development my career. That’s when I found Gearbox Solutions. After an interview with the president and co-owner of Gearbox, I knew right away I wanted to work for them.

    My passion for and knowledge of FileMaker has increased exponentially at Gearbox. I love my job because I get to work alongside co-workers/friends who have over 20 years of experience developing in FileMaker. They are a wealth of knowledge. I feel very grateful to be able to do something I really enjoy.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What do you like most about FileMaker?

  • Edgar Bautista

    Bautista: FileMaker, unlike other systems, is very scalable. It’s cross-platform and supports multiple devices. This, coupled with a plethora of functions and script steps, makes development rapid and effective. I love FileMaker – it continually raises the bar with new and useful user-interface components like popovers, styles and themes. The addition of WebDirect made it a big deal for me.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: Which solutions that you’ve developed are you most proud of and why?

  • Edgar Bautista

    Bautista: Recently, I upgraded a FileMaker 5 solution that tracks equipment and wires for a large television broadcasting company to the most recent version of FileMaker. The solution has resulted in increased efficiency and a significant amount of paper reduction.

  • FileMaker

    FileMaker: What are the best aspects about your job?

  • Edgar Bautista

    Bautista: At 29 as a FileMaker developer, I am in an environment where I am constantly challenged and valued. I look forward to many more years developing in FileMaker.

At 29 as a FileMaker developer, I am in an environment where I am constantly challenged and valued.
- Edgar Bautista, FileMaker Developer, Gearbox Solutions
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