"I believe we have the largest collection of CLL tissue samples in North America," Andrew observes. "This is a primary repository of extremely valuable clinical data and associated tissue samples." And the use of FileMaker Pro makes it much easier for this information to be rapidly shared across the Consortium's members. "Somebody can say 'I'm looking for a patient who has some mutation,' any topic that we collect, and we can isolate those samples and ship them," continues Andrew. "They do the science and send us the results, and that goes back into the data bank."
The initial FileMaker Pro application is expected to become even more valuable once migration to FileMaker Pro 7 is complete. "FileMaker Pro 7 and FileMaker Pro Server Advanced offer us tools that make it so much easier to use XML and XSLT to transform the data into whatever form we need. I can explain what I need to my staff, and they can go in and build it."
Another advantage with FileMaker Pro 7 is the low cost of ownership. "For universities and academic institutions, FileMaker Pro really is an incredible deal," Andrew declares. "And when you look at other programs, FileMaker Pro is a cost–effective decision for us in that overall cost of ownership. Scoping out the entire project, most people will find that FileMaker Pro is definitely the right solution."