Keeping up with the demands of Sells' clients is Ron May's job. And FileMaker Pro makes it possible.
Using a database to track work orders was a natural progression for Sells, a company which prides itself on its technological prowess — but which database system to adopt? Clearly, the platform would have to adapt to whatever requirements Sells and its clients would require . 'The primary consideration was to work with a database that did not require us to redefine or change our operating procedures drastically,' recalls Ron. 'Our customers demand a very diverse range of manufacturing processes, not compatible with a 'cookie cutter' solution.'
The ODBC capacity of FileMaker gave us the opportunity to repurpose the data in our business management system.
FileMaker Pro proved a natural fit. 'The ODBC capacity of FileMaker gave us the opportunity to repurpose the data in our business management system,' Ron notes. 'FileMaker's ability to run on multiple platforms was also critical — we were not about to abandon our Macs to run Access. Finally, the fact that someone like myself, with no formal computer training can pick this program up and develop a pretty decent working solution has been very helpful.'
Using Ron's system of fourteen FileMaker Pro databases, containing over 8,000 records altogether, Sells Printing is able to track every job, every step of the way — providing production staff with a consistent structure for job planning, and reducing costs resulting from errors and omissions. And clients themselves also benefit, thanks to FileMaker's easy web–accessibility. 'Data that we are generating on the solution is being put on the web for our customers to view,' says Ron. 'Currently they are able to look at finished goods inventory, and soon will be able to view the entire job plan on line.'