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FileMaker Pro 9 proves a valuable tool for enhancing administrative efficiency throughout the college
University of Minnesota's CLA Office of Information Technology has provided FileMaker Pro–based solutions for use throughout the College — from a financial documents creating tool to a web–based computer ordering system

University of Minnesota's CLA Office of Information Technology

With over a decade of experience helping to set up FileMaker Pro systems at the University of Minnesota's CLA Office of Information Technology, data consultant Elleni Fellows has seen the software grow and evolve over time, and she's convinced FileMaker Pro 9 will be the most efficient version yet from a developers perspective.

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  • FileMaker Pro 9 proves a valuable tool for enhancing administrative efficiency throughout the college

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I have been able to quickly create FileMaker Pro 9 interfaces for our Data Center that will enable our Service Desk to get access to big picture details about our inventory and users.

— Elleni B. Fellows, Data Consultant, CLA Office of Information Technology, University Of Minnesota

A modern university puts challenging, varied demands on any information management system, and at the University of Minnesota's CLA Office of Information Technology, data consultant Elleni Fellows is a real booster for FileMaker Pro as a flexible, adaptable, and dependable tool. Many departments have created their own FileMaker Pro solutions to meet their data management needs," she says. "Over the years, our unit has provided FileMaker Pro–based solutions for use throughout the College — from a financial documents creating tool to a web–based computer ordering system." With over a decade of experience helping to set up FileMaker Pro systems, Elleni's seen the software grow and evolve over time — and she's convinced FileMaker Pro 9 will be the most efficient version yet from a developer's perspective. "I've found the live SQL connectivity to be the most impressive new feature," she notes. "After first seeing demos of 'the next FileMaker' at the 2006 DevCon, I was most looking forward to being able to directly access central University and College data stored in various SQL servers. Upon installing my pre–release copy of FileMaker Pro 9, it took me longer to find my username and password to our CLA MySQL Data Center than it did to set up and begin seeing and using the data it contained!"

Rapid development of new solutions and smooth functionality for end users is vital, and Elleni's already putting FileMaker Pro 9 to work. "For example, I have been able to quickly create FileMaker Pro 9 interfaces for our Data Center that will enable our Service Desk to get access to big picture details about our inventory and users," she continues. "The server side ODBC connections are going to be a real time saver. No longer will we be required to install ODBC drivers and connections on every user's computer! In addition, users will not be forced to deal with stale, periodically imported data. This feature will allow us to provide improved services to our users and will allow them to concentrate on using the data in their daily duties. Every version of FileMaker Pro gets better and better!"

Many departments have created their own FileMaker Pro solutions to meet their data management needs.

— Elleni B. Fellows, Data Consultant, CLA Office of Information Technology, University Of Minnesota

For FileMaker:

Kevin Mallon
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For University Of Minnesota:

Elleni B. Fellows
Data Consultant, CLA Office of Information Technology
University Of Minnesota
612-625-3881
ebf@umn.edu
www.claoit.umn.edu