To some extent, Servoy was born out of frustration over legacy tools like FileMaker (also known as Claris FileMaker, an Apple product), which did not support things like Cloud-based web browsers, connectivity to external apps and mobile devices. FileMaker also lacked SQL support and its scripting (business logic) was limited, creating the need for constant workarounds. At the same time, we have to admit, we admired the rapid application development (RAD) or “low-code” or “no-code” capabilities of tools like FileMaker, FoxPro, Delphi and others. So where is FileMaker right now, and does the future hold for this still-popular tool?
When you look at the future forecast of FileMaker Pro, you have to consider these limitations:
And yet FileMaker continues to have a following of devoted developers (you know who you are) for software companies. We get it.
This leads us to ask: Is there any good news for ISVs and enterprises with larger FileMaker-based business applications?
We’re happy to report that there is good news, such as:
You’ve decided you want to move your application into the 2020s, with functionality for the Cloud, web browsers and mobile.
If you have a large business application, here are our recommendations based on experience with our FileMaker Pro customers:
How should you handle data migration and data synchronization for a web portal or mobile app?
Scenario 1: Data migration (moving to a SQL backend) only applies if you are looking at a total rewrite. For example, if you have to go to a full Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, you probably have no other option. Migrating data is typically not a huge deal, though you will probably have to normalize it and make changes to your structure.
Scenario 2: Data synchronization (connecting to legacy databases) often sounds like a simple task, but once you get to the error-handling part, things get complicated really quickly. Be sure to allocate enough time for this and talk to other companies that have gone this route.
What technology stack to pick? One that offers:
We’ve got more essential tips on how to easily modernize your FileMaker Pro development process based on our vast experience with companies still using it for large business applications. Let’s talk. Or sign up for a Servoy platform demo.