Next week, Yousaf Shah and James Nelson will be attending FileMaker DevCon 2018 @ Gaylord Texan Resort - Dallas, Texas.
It can be a substantial investment in terms of time and money to attend – especially if you are flying in from Europe. So why is it that DataTherapy commit to sending team members every year? In short, we think as Platinum Partners and active members of the FileMaker Business Alliance that it is an essential learning experience for anyone who works with the FileMaker platform day to day. It can be especially useful to fill in any gaps in your knowledge of new releases of the platform which is critical to gaining FileMaker Certification.
Here are some of the other reasons why we commit to attending every year:
1) A peek into the future of the FileMaker Platform direction
You get the opportunity for direct face to face contact with FileMaker’s technical team. There are usually in-depth discussions on the planned roadmap and technology previews of future versions of the platform. This gives you a glimpse of what new opportunities your business might have a year from now when newer FileMaker releases finally drop. It is important to get a heads up on where FileMaker is taking the platform with new features like JSON support and the REST API so that you are in a position to fully take advantage of these features in your development projects and to communicate the advantages of this technology to your clients.
2) Great technical talks regardless of your level and area of expertise
Regardless of your current level of expertise from Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced, there will be sessions pitched to that level. Whether your role is focused on database backend, front-end/UX, web, mobile, integrations, or server deployments there will be a relevant conference session for you. Still haven’t got around to doing your FileMaker Certification or need some new techniques to scale the management of your development team? There are sessions for that too!
3) It isn’t just for techies – there are great business discussions too!
For us, some of the most interesting sessions at DevCon focus on business principles and practices rather than purely technical discussions. Never underestimate the value in getting new perspectives on all of the non-technical challenges of building a business around consultancy and custom Apps – getting new ideas about how to communicate with your clients, design, plan and execute within your team can often have a greater and more lasting impact on your business than purely technical training.
4) It is fun too!
There are plenty of fun opportunities to socialise and forge links with the rest of the FileMaker community! Hopefully Yousaf & James will see you in the bar . . .