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FileMaker HQ Up Close

Recently, on a slightly chilly Northern California day, I visited the Wedge (named for it’s unique architectural shape), FileMaker‘s HQ in Silicon Valley. I believe this was my fourth visit, and as usual, the FMI management and staff were not only welcoming, but also great…

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Burned

“I’ve Been Burned Before” My daughter’s first musical theatre gig was at age five, playing a sugar cube alongside talented kids of all ages in a production of “Beauty and the Beast.” One scene that particularly stood out for me was when the servant-turned-candlestick, Lumière,…

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Benefits of Custom vs COTS Software

Business in the modern world runs on a drastically different landscape than it did fifty, or even twenty years ago. Sure, our working memory may no be what it used to be, but we have more information at our fingertips than ever before. That is…

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Be a Visionary: Budget for Custom Software

In 1989, I had been working for a large metropolitan weekly newspaper for the better part of a decade. I was a jack of all trades when it came to the graphics department: graphics camera operator, paste-up artist, typesetter – all essential tasks when it…

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Alchemy Webinar: Mobility for Field Service Teams

If you missed Alchemy Consulting President Bob Shockey’s 35-minute webinar, presented in conjunction with FileMaker, Inc. on August 8, 2017, you missed out on the opportunity to see how quickly a new custom app for your business pays for itself. But, you are in luck!…

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Technology and Business: A Love Story

Here at Alchemy Consulting Group, we provide software for business data organization using FileMaker to create a customized software solution. We love FileMaker for all its functionality and customization features. Our love of bringing technology and business together to maximize efficiency got us thinking about…

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Filemaker: An Overview

In today’s world, if you ignore advances in technology there is a good chance that your business could get left in the dust. NASA may still use old computing technology, but the day to day stuff (GPS tracking, swiping your credit card, daily planning apps)…

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Tips For Choosing The Best Software Development Company

Nowadays, running a successful business without taking advantage of the latest technological trends is almost impossible. It’s just too easy for your competition to corner the market with all the added efficiency and productivity that modern business software solutions allow for. Luckily, there’s no reason…

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Dynamic Gradient Layouts

Hopefully, you have had time to check out some of the fantastic new features in FileMaker 16. One of the more useful features, from a development standpoint, is the Layout Objects palette. This shows you a hierarchy of objects placed on your layout, including fields,…

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FileMaker 16 Is Here!

FileMaker, Inc., a subsidiary of Apple Computer, announced the release of FileMaker 16. This version is packed with some very important new features that makes the FileMaker platform even more powerful. FileMaker was already a great product – so great that we have been able…

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