Ann Marie McGinnis likes to get the job done right. She's the Director of the Student Records Office for the College of Arts and Sciences, and from her desk in the Hall of Languages, she oversees the processing of a vast mass of student data - who's who, who's where, and who's taking what course from whom. With around 1300 first–year students in her system at any given time, along with faculty, advisors, and staff, the data presents a significant management challenge.
Years ago, the University set up a system in Oracle PeopleSoft to handle this data, but as time's gone by, the system's failed to keep up with evolving demands. "The PeopleSoft system fails to meet our expectations in many ways," Ann Marie explains, "and since enhancements to the system make it very difficult to perform upgrades, the University decided not to customize it."
So how did Ann Marie make up for those deficiencies? She needed a powerful, flexible, adaptable, cross–platform database application — and those demands carried her straight to FileMaker Pro.