Before you start looking for a FileMaker developer you should first make some discoveries about your business. Being prepared can reduce miscommunication and assure your project is scope is clearly defined.
Make a list of the following items:
1. What are the tools my company is currently using to perform job tasks. Make a list of all software and cost to maintain your licenses or monthly fees.
2. Define how each application is used within your company.
3. Create an overall process of each task within the organization that needs to be covered in your new solution.
4. Break out data into groups. Contacts, Invoices, Purchase Orders.
5.Create a list of needed entry fields for tracking and reporting purposes for each group indicate field type. Numeric, Text, Date, and if the field should be limited to a drop-down option. List the drop-down options.
6. Create a list of all forms and reports.
7. Create a list for needed tasks: email client, schedule tasks, etc.
8. Create a list of how time is lost due to replication of efforts, loss of data, miscommunication.
Now that you have created a core structure for what your database will achieve. Cross out all applications, which will no longer be needed. Write down the cost savings. Now look at your employees, indicate the amount of time lost due to replication in efforts, loss of data, and miscommunication. Times the number for hours to an average hourly rate.
Based on the numbers above, how much money your company is losing and spending using the wrong tools. Are these tools good for business are they helping you gain the business you would like and freeing up the resources needed to maintain the new business. How much would you be willing to spend to achieve this goal?
Having an idea of what you want to spend before you hire a FileMaker developer is a good idea. There are many types of FileMaker developers to choose from some more experienced than others, some more expensive than others. Paying more does not mean you are getting a more experienced developer. There are many FileMaker consultants that are selling services and hiring young green developers to work on your database.
You are now ready to start looking for a FileMaker developer. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice.
1. When you spoke with your developer did you get a good sense he or she understood your needs?
2. Does the developer have experience in your field? Many FileMaker developers became FileMaker developers due to the need to organize their companies. Databases have only been around for a short period of time.
3. If you feel comfortable with your selected developer have asked them if they can create a proposal of time and cost. Some developers will not agree to provide a proposal and will indicate they can work for you based on an hourly rate. This can become very costly and you could end up with a partially build database. I do not recommend this, a good developer knows how long tasks take and will give you a range in cost. 10,000 to 15,000. 3 to 6 months.
4. Don’t just settle on a developer without speaking with others and comparing costs. More seasoned developers may be less expensive due to their library of starter files. Starter files can be used to create a new database without reinventing the wheel.
5. Ask to see screen captures or a demo of previous databases created. Some developers are very good at creating databases, which are not very user friendly.
6. Ask to see the relational grid. This is the back end of the database and although it will be quite confusing to someone who knows nothing about databases. Seeing a clean and organized relational grid will give you an indicator of their work style.
Ask the following questions:
• Does the database using common naming conventions?
• Does the database use Anchor/Buoy?
If the database is the most current version of FileMaker. If not this may be an indicator that they have not to work on the most recent version.
Ask if your database will be sold completely unlocked? Do you own the database? This is an important question some developers will not give you complete access rights or will claim they own your database.
How long have you been in business? Some independent developers find that being self-employed is difficult and take jobs working for other developers or no longer develop databases.
Choosing a developer can be difficult, but being prepared and asking the right question before getting started can ease your stress and create a long-lasting prosperous relationship for both parties.
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