Led by Rich Coulombre, The Support Group built ADD Inc a companywide information management system with different modules for such company functions as contacts, archives, projects, marketing, human resources, archives, and a products library. Karen Vagts, ADD Inc's Database Manager, then populated the system with data from many different sources. The result — called the InfoSite — now contains over 12,000 records served by a FileMaker Pro Server. Everybody in the company's three offices can access the InfoSite via the company's WAN. At any given time, some 30 employees simultaneously access the site. They can also see the InfoSite data on ADD Inc's Intranet. Although ADD Inc has traditionally been a Mac shop, the firm is moving more of its operations to the PC. Vagts is glad to see FileMaker moving in this direction as well, saying 'We're not going to lose anything if we make a complete shift.'
Since the InfoSite was first implemented, ADD Inc has gone through a great deal of change. It has almost tripled its number of employees and opened new offices. Despite a diligent and comprehensive review of their needs prior to building the system, ADD Inc continues to revise and expand its database requirements. 'Fortunately, FileMaker Pro has been flexible enough for us to implement those changes in–house quickly and affordably,' explains Vagts. FileMaker Pro's graphic capabilities have also proved extremely important for ADD Inc. 'It's all part of good design communications,' explains Vagts, 'FileMaker helps make the message clear, strong, and easy to understand.'
It's all part of good design communications. FileMaker helps make the message clear, strong, and easy to understand.