Why pick the FileMaker platform as the basis for your Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)?

Why pick the FileMaker platform as the basis for your Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)?

Laboratory information management systems (LIMS) are software-based solutions for tracking lab workflow, data and regulatory requirements.

 LIMS are a very specialist and niche software technology and their pricing reflects this. Commercial Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) LIMS solutions are typically in the £40-200/user/month price-point and perpetual licensing solutions are typically in the region of £1,500-8,000/user. By comparison, commercial Customer Relationship Management (CRM) SaaS solution usually available from around £5/user/month.

 LIMS need to be dynamic and flexible because laboratory requirements tend to evolve rapidly for meeting new requirements as new diagnostic techniques, equipment or regulatory requirements are introduced. Above all, this means that a LIMS solution needs to be adaptable to future changes.

The FileMaker platform is appealing as a LIMS solution for a number of reasons . . .

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FileMaker 17 iOS App Software Development Kit (SDK) and deployment using the Apple Developer Enterprise Program

FileMaker 17 iOS App Software Development Kit (SDK) and deployment using the Apple Developer Enterprise Program

For FileMaker 15, 16 and 17, FileMaker Inc. has made available the FileMaker iOS App SDK.  With the iOS SDK you can:

·      Brand your custom iOS App with a custom icon for easy identification.

·      Control when you apply FileMaker Go updates to your custom iOS Apps.

·      Automate the deployment of your custom iOS Apps via mobile device management (MDM) solutions.

·      Your users won’t need to install FileMaker Go and worry about configuring it to access your cloud or private in-house server – this configuration information can be embedded or made configurable within your App.

Making use of the FileMaker iOS App SDK requires a significant appreciation of the wider technology landscape outside of the core FileMaker platform skills that would normally be expected from experienced (or even a Certified FileMaker Developer) and so here is a quick overview of the prerequisites and process . . .

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The benefits of upgrading to FileMaker 17 – GetSensor()

The benefits of upgrading to FileMaker 17 – GetSensor()

One of the major benefits of the iOS platform is the huge number of built-in sensors for things such as motion tracking and GPS, etc.

FileMaker Go 17 now supports the pulling data from these sensors with the new GetSensor() function.  Simply use GetSensor(parameter).  Helpfully calling GetSensor (“available”), will pull back a list of all of the types of sensor available on the device.  Here is a quick summary of the core ones . . .

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Planning your upgrade to FileMaker 17 platform

Planning your upgrade to FileMaker 17 platform

As we have noted in our previous articles, FileMaker 17 is a formidable upgrade to an already great platform.  While it is a given that one would immediately use the FileMaker 17 platform for developing a new custom App if starting from scratch today, there may be some work to be done if you are planning on upgrading from an older version of FileMaker.

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The benefits of upgrading to FileMaker 17: comparison with previous versions

The benefits of upgrading to FileMaker 17: comparison with previous versions

FileMaker 17 has launched with a range of new features that will undoubtedly make developing new custom apps both quicker and more powerful, but what are the benefits of upgrading if you are currently using an older version of the FileMaker platform?  Below we highlight when some of the key differences in features were introduced between FileMaker v14, v15, v16 and now v17 releases.

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