Back into Filemaker

As of right now, I am pursuing the database development dream.  I am working with my sister on a few ideas to build services for lawyers.  I have also gone through a lot of training for a new application framework, Alpha Anywhere that will help me build a software as a service solution.  However out of the blue I get a call from someone I meet back at WaMu.

Have you ever gotten a call where you didn’t know the number but picked it up anyway.  I have done that a lot lately because my resume is out there so you never know who is looking for you at that moment.  Instead of the call being from a recruiter who matched a keyword to something on my resume, it was a call from someone I knew in a past life.

During the time I was working at WaMu, I was building a few solutions for Angelorum, the non-profit I volunteer for as the Technology Director.  WaMu was great because they paid you to volunteer 5 hours a quarter.  I used Filemaker to develope the solutions for Angelorum and I got pretty involved with the Filemaker community along the way.  I meet someone that also worked at WaMu and had built a nice application to do a pretty important task for WaMu and did it really well in Filemaker. The solutions I built for Angelorum are all still running and I still support them, but I have held off on developing anything new in Filemaker.

I have pulled away from Filemaker primarily because I would like to build web application solutions so I don’t have to buy so many copies of Filemaker for Angelorum, trying to keep expenses down as much as I can so as much money can go to our clients and not software solutions.  Unfortunately I haven’t worked with anything I like as much as Filemaker, so adoption of anything new has been slow.

Well that all changed on Friday when I got this call out of the blue.  He has a database consulting company and was looking for someone he could sub-contract some work.  What a perfect opportunity for me, just starting out with my new dream business.  It does mean getting back into the Filemaker ecosystem but a lot has changed since the last version I owned, v11 and I still like Filemaker better than anything else I have played with.  I just worry that it still isn’t the right tool for all the ideas I have in mind, but I am excited to see where this opportunity might take me.  Will Filemaker, Alpha Anywhere or both, be the software I focus on for my business?

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