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NewSouth Books
Alabama book publisher uses FileMaker Pro as company "backbone."

NewSouth Books

NewSouth Books is a ten–year–old trade book publisher based in Montgomery, Alabama specializing in fiction and non–fiction on civil rights and the Southern region.

Overview

  • Alabama book publisher uses FileMaker Pro as company "backbone."
  • Few employees manage many tasks using FileMaker Pro

Industry

  • Printing/Publishing

Solutions

  • Deployment of FileMaker Pro 10

Benefits

  • FileMaker 10 toolbar makes completing everyday tasks much easier.
  • FileMaker stores data on contacts, book titles, sales, and inventory, etc.
  • FileMaker makes data management easy and keep track of how it interrelates.

With FileMaker Pro 10's new abilities, we can easily streamline communication with our customers. FileMaker already helped keep us organized and on track, but with FileMaker Pro10 it also functions like an office assistant, making all of our jobs a little easier.

— Brian Seidman, Managing Editor, NewSouth Books

Business Challenge

NewSouth Books is a highly organized publishing company where a small staff handles a multitude of tasks. Managing Editor Brian Seidman says staying organized is imperative, as is ensuring every employee has access to the latest information. "We use FileMaker databases to store data on our contacts, book titles, sales, and inventory, among others," he says, "and FileMaker makes it easy for us to manage this information and keep track of how this information interrelates."

Brian is pleased with the new look and feel. "I was impressed with how much bigger and brighter everything is in FileMaker Pro10. FileMaker has always been a database program that allowed non–programmers to create their own databases with ease, and the new icons and toolbars have a very comforting feel. It's a big step forward in terms of accessibility and out–of–the–box deployment."

Brian also has high praise for the new toolbar and themes. "The new toolbar makes completing our everyday FileMaker tasks much easier. Instead of having to use layout space for saving a record as a PDF or sending an email, we can add an icon to the toolbar and it's always there. The new FileMaker themes also help us to create welcoming workspaces where our employees can feel comfortable working with the databases; FileMaker Pro 10 definitely takes the 'scary' out of database management!"

As are many other developers, Brian is very enthusiastic about the new ability to install Script Triggers into layouts. "While managing a large customer database, one issue our company struggles with is eliminating repeated records," he says. "The ability to install script triggers into layouts goes a long way toward helping us prevent duplicate records and creating a cleaner and more effective database. Script Triggers can help us be more circumspect in our data entry, enhancing our productivity overall."

Successful Solution

While Brian knows there is still much to discover in the new software he is already reaping rewards from creating dynamic reports. "FileMaker Pro 10's dynamic reports make integrating the latest sales information into our reports a snap. We sell our book titles online, and website orders come in around–the–clock. Dynamic reports eliminate the task of re–generating reports mid–meeting in order to incorporate the latest sales data; now it's as simple as changing a record right from the report layout."

The new toolbar makes completing our everyday FileMaker tasks much easier. Instead of having to use layout space for saving a record as a PDF or sending an email, we can add an icon to the toolbar and it's always there. The new FileMaker themes also help us to create welcoming workspaces where our employees can feel comfortable working with the databases; FileMaker Pro 10 definitely takes the "scary" out of database management!

— Brian Seidman, Managing Editor, NewSouth Books

Customer Benefits

Brian is clearly very pleased with the new version and has already recognized many benefits. "With FileMaker Pro 10's new abilities, we can easily streamline communication with our customers. FileMaker already helped keep us organized and on track, but with FileMaker Pro10 it also functions like an office assistant, making all of our jobs a little easier."

For FileMaker:

Kevin Mallon
Public Relations Manager
FileMaker Inc.
408-987-7227
kevin_mallon@filemaker.com
http://www.filemaker.com

For NewSouth Books:

Brian Seidman
Managing Editor
NewSouth Books
334-834-3556
info@newsouthbooks.com
http://www.newsouthbooks.com