Some fifty FileMaker Pro databases handle a wide range of tasks at the Alabama Eye Bank, serving workgroups in the Administrative, Technical, and Hospital Development/Public Relations division, as well as the remote marketing representatives who log in over the web. "We looked at other eye–banking database systems," notes Scott, "but they would have forced us to change the way we work. FileMaker Pro allowed us to create a solution that fit our workflow. I currently use the entire FileMaker product line—FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Pro Developer, FileMaker Pro Server, FileMaker Pro Unlimited, and FileMaker Pro Mobile. I'm always looking for ways to improve our operations, and FileMaker Pro has been the main tool to accomplish this."
This powerful system operates across a diverse system environment, with Windows NT 4, Macintosh OS 9.2.2 and OS X 10.3.2 machines all running FileMaker Pro applications. And plans are afoot to expand its web capabilities through the use of the Advanced Web Publishing features of FileMaker Pro 7. "I'm learning XML and XSLT," says Scott, "so I can leverage FileMaker Pro 7's new, more robust features for our web interface."
The huge file sizes now possible in FileMaker Pro 7 will allow me to do several things I've only imagined doing with our solution.
Scott Howard, director of Administration and Information Services, Alabama Eye Bank