For more than twenty years, millions of readers from coast to coast begin their day with USA Today. And while its flashy graphics and nationwide scope were heralded as a technological breakthrough in the early 1980s — certain elements in its production were still performed by methods little removed from the days of copy boys and hot lead. And while the masthead proclaimed — "by Satellite!" — prepress work, for example, still meant filling in old–fashioned paper forms.
Then, some eight years ago, that all changed, when Prepress Systems Administrator Miles Weissman decided to bring in FileMaker Pro. Miles had worked with FileMaker for several years on his own, and felt that the software could make a difference in the work tracking procedure. The introduction of FileMaker didn't just happen, though — there were obstacles to overcome, questions to resolve. "Integration with our other systems was one issue," Miles comments, "especially SQL integration. Getting IT approval was another concern."
But every problem has a solution. "We bought a SQL plug–in," says Miles, and the result was very functional."