Practical Considerations for Finding a New FileMaker Developer

Many citizen developers hold other roles within a company and can be expected to retire and leave at the same rate as other employees. When developers leave, many companies do not have an exit plan or sufficient time to hire and train a replacement developer, especially for custom applications like FileMaker. This can be a scary scenario for companies with workflows or workgroups that are dependent upon FileMaker solutions. Functions needing replacement may include application support, version control, data migration, reporting and troubleshooting issues within a FileMaker database. 

How Direct Impact Solutions Can Help

We can replace a developer and support your FileMaker solution in the short and long term. Our team of certified FileMaker developers is qualified and ready to assist your organization, and our size allows for better dependability, as multiple developers will be able to work on your solution. This means that you won’t have to worry about a developer going on vacation or retiring in the future.

Why Choose Direct Impact Solutions?

Our large team is more specialized than a single FileMaker developer. We have dedicated UI/UX developers, quality testers, tech leads and server experts. Additionally, our internal workgroup known as Team Quality supervises and oversees all development processes in order to realize the best results for our clients. This helps us produce consistently excellent work for our clients every time.

FileMaker Solution Audit

To best support your organization, we require a knowledge transfer for critical systems. This knowledge transfer typically requires a time and budget commitment of 10 to 30 hours, depending on the complexity and size of the FileMaker application. This process allows us to understand your solution and its underlying structure.

This knowledge transfer would include an audit of the application to review the following: 

  • Data Architecture 
  • Fields 
  • Relationships 
  • Layouts 
  • Scripting 
  • Custom Functions 
  • Workflow 
  • Recommendations 
  • Future Considerations 
  • Application Access
  • API Connections 
  • Plugins 
  • Hardware Considerations  

We would then provide a report that summarizes your organization’s immediate needs, as well as short- and long-term goals. From that report, we would then assign a project manager and two to four FileMaker developers to your organization. This team would provide support and make both low- and high-level changes to your solution.  

FileMaker Services

Beyond our development offerings, we also offer FileMaker hosting using AWS, FileMaker training classes taught by expert developers, and FileMaker license sales, so that you can get all FileMaker-related services directly from us.

Our hosting service allows you to choose your server size, allow for WebDirect and other web connections and users, and choose your backup schedule depending on your unique needs. Enjoy peace of mind with the knowledge that your server is being actively upgraded and managed by experts.

Our FileMaker training classes are offered at all levels of expertise periodically throughout the year. If you don’t find a class that fits your needs, we also offer 1-on-1 training and custom FileMaker coaching to help you learn FileMaker.

Our licensing team will help you find the optimal licensing configuration for your needs, and send you reminder emails so that you renew your licenses in time. Our goals are to save you money, and make sure that you never have a lapse in support. Find out more about our FileMaker licensing services here.

FileMaker Support

Support includes: 

  • Access to our 20+ FileMaker-certified developers 
  • Access to a project manager
  • API integration experience
  • Email and phone support 
    • Ability to escalate changes and modifications to your FileMaker solution
Integrating with FileMaker

Are you looking to capture new workflow or revenue sources? Are you looking into integrating FileMaker with marketing applications such as Mailchimp or Active Campaign? Perhaps you’re looking to link your current CRM, such as HubSpot, Pipedrive, Salesforce or your finance applications like QuickBooks, Sage, or Stripe to your FileMaker database. Claris Connect offers great API connectivity potential with your existing FileMaker application, and our certified developers have tons of integration expertise. We can also perform Zapier and other API integrations. Our dedicated web development team is experienced with Laravel and PHP development, and we offer other low-code platforms as well.

If you would like to know more about our processes or talk through your options, please reach out for a free consultation and a high-level review of your application workflow.