Publishing its own FileMaker Pro databases on the web is important to the district for a number of reasons. "We often buy pre–built, education–specific databases or software packages that do some things we like and many things we don't, but the manufacturer does not allow us to customize the systems to meet our specific needs," says Robert LiPuma, Director of assessment and technology and district CIO. "FileMaker Pro lets us create exactly what we need and modify the system how and when we need to. Manufacturers sometimes place a huge price tag on systems that are required or mandated, and they often charge per-student usage and maintenance fees on top of that. FileMaker Pro helps us create flexible, customized systems that meet our unique needs while delivering better value to taxpayers."
LiPuma and his team are enthusiastic about taking advantage of the new features in FileMaker Pro 11. "The 30 built–in Starter Solutions in FileMaker Pro 11 help us create professional–looking databases in a snap," he says. "And, we can customize them quickly to precisely meet our needs."
We have a very small staff and no single dedicated FileMaker Pro expert, but it doesn't matter—FileMaker Pro makes it incredibly easy to organize information and share it on the web. Using FileMaker Pro, we can get the job done with ease.
The new Inspector in FileMaker Pro 11 also promotes productivity in building district databases. "We genuinely appreciate the new Inspector feature in FileMaker Pro 11," says LiPuma. "It is easy to use and puts all the tools we need to refine layout objects and properties right at our fingertips."
LiPuma and his team process a variety of complicated data scenarios—from trends in student enrollment to fitness data and student performance. The district needs to present data in a way that is easy to understand. "Using the new dynamic charting capabilities in FileMaker Pro 11, we can graphically present data, right from within a FileMaker Pro database," he says. "It saves time we used to spend importing data into spreadsheets. Charting is a great new option for us!"