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FileMaker solution for iPad helps auditors conduct safety inspections in 1,000 garment factories in Bangladesh
Inspection solution built in just three weeks using FileMaker Platform
Auckland, New Zealand, 18 December, 2014 — FileMaker software has helped conduct independent workplace-safety inspections for nearly 1,000 garment factories in Bangladesh in just six months.
A customised FileMaker solution for iOS – created in just three weeks – reduced reporting time by as much as 50 percent, enabling the inspecting organisation to meet its mandated timetable. The goal was to identify the most severe fire and safety threats so that they could be rectified quickly, potentially saving lives.
Hughes Associates of Baltimore, Maryland, conducted the factory inspections under contract to The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Hughes is a leader in fire protection and life safety, risk and hazard analysis, and code-compliance assessment.
Said Brian Rhodes, Hughes’ director for codes and standards: “We didn’t have time to report using handwritten notes and disjointed photos. We needed much more efficiency and consistency to handle a task this large in such a short time frame. I don’t believe that we could have completed this critical project on time and within budget without our FileMaker solution.”
FileMaker developer Anvil Dataworks worked with Hughes to develop a custom solution that enabled inspectors to collect data, including photographs, transmit the data to offices worldwide, and generate reports – all from a single mobile tool. The detailed inspection reports are used to alert factory owners of deficiencies in building safety and fire protection and to provide guidance in corrective action plans. The solution was created using FileMaker Pro 13, FileMaker Server 13 and FileMaker Go for iPad.
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Company extends responsibilities of Chief Administration Officer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – 30 April, 2014 – FileMaker, Inc. today gave Bill Epling, chief administration officer, the additional title of senior vice president of international sales. Bill will now oversee sales and marketing for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) in addition to leading the company’s sales and marketing teams in Japan, China and Korea. He replaces Keith Harris, who is retiring as planned at the end of this month.
“Keith Harris served FileMaker ably for 18 years in various management positions, most recently vice president of international sales responsible for EMEIA,” said Dominique Goupil, president, FileMaker. “We now look to Bill Epling to lead international sales. This is an opportune time to expand our sales globally because our recently launched FileMaker 13 platform enables customers to design innovative business solutions that manage everything from sales contacts and inventory to medical data on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and web browsers.”
Epling is a FileMaker veteran, having worked for the company since 1996. He has deep European experience. After holding treasury roles at PepsiCo, Inc. and J.C. Penney Company, Inc., he was director of finance, Apple France, in charge of planning, accounting, payroll, tax, facilities and order processing, and director of tax and treasury for Apple Europe, in charge of treasury, tax, credit and facilities.
Epling has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and an MBA in finance and accounting, both from Columbia University in New York.
ZDNet's Jason O'Grady gives a resounding endorsement of the FM13 Platform in a review running today on ZDNet.com
"FileMaker is the most robust database solution for both OS X and iOS, and the new features in version 13 solidify its position at the top of the heap. Whether you're building a simple asset or invoice database, or an enterprise-level solution with multiple concurrent users, FileMaker is simply the most powerful solution available on the Apple platform. "
Now available for intermediate to advanced users and developers to take their FileMaker skills to the next level
Sydney, Australia – March 19, 2014 – FileMaker, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 13, low cost, in-depth training materials that help developers create FileMaker solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web. FileMaker Training Series: Advanced completes the company’s official self-paced training curriculum for the recently announced FileMaker 13 Platform. In January, the company unveiled the free FileMaker Training Series: Basics, available on iBooks and in PDF format.
FileMaker Training Series: Advanced provides in-depth coverage of development practices and techniques to help customers master the essentials of FileMaker 13 solution development. The training series is mainly for intermediate to advanced FileMaker developers, but it will also be useful to anyone who creates solutions and for those developers preparing to become a FileMaker 13 Certified Developer.
The FileMaker Training Series: Advanced has been completely restructured and formatted for improved ease of use. It incorporates callout tips for developing solutions to use on FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone and on FileMaker WebDirect in a web browser. The series also comes with an entire module dedicated to interface design and includes tips on getting the most out of new features in FileMaker 13 such as styles and themes, new scripts, container field enhancements, database encryption and more.
Today, the FileMaker Technical Network, a thriving community for anyone who creates custom solutions for iPad, iPhone, desktops, and the web with the FileMaker product line, has reached 50,000 members. The FileMaker Technical Network offers a wealth of free technical resources for FileMaker developers and users, all at no charge to members.
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FileMaker announced today that attendees registering for the annual FileMaker Developer Conference have until June 19 to take advantage of the "early bird" discount and save NZ $400 off registration. After June 19, the full conference fee of NZ $1,995 for the Standard Registration package and NZ $2,750 for the Gold Registration package applies.
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Forrester’s interviews with a customer’s application development team showed that financial benefits from the FileMaker solutions surpassed costs three months after creation, and two-year ROI of 289%.
Readers of the study may estimate their own costs and benefits from FileMaker solutions compared to existing processes and to alternative tools. The study provides a framework that considers developers’ hourly costs, total time, time saved compared to current processes and alternative development methods.
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FileMaker Developer Conference explores design, development and business innovation with the FileMaker Platform
Over 80 expert-led sessions detail how to build powerful, custom solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web
March 13, 2013 – FileMaker, Inc. today announced schedule highlights for the FileMaker Developer Conference 2013, the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate database developers, trainers and users. “Platform for Innovation” is the theme of the 18th annual conference, which features two new tracks and will be at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel in San Diego, California USA, August 12-15.
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Willem Meyer, FileMaker Regional Manager Asia Pacific, recently appeared on popular Australian business website Kochie's Business Builders, outlining the various capabilities of FileMaker to a small business audience.
In the video interview, Willem explains how FileMaker enables businesses to create custom database solutions that fit around their business, rather than forcing businesses to change their processes to suit existing database software products.
Willem also discusses the growing trend towards Business to Employee (B2E) apps and how FileMaker is helping change the way we work by encouraging greater mobility.
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