We are a trade show display company that handles around 500 projects a year for our clients with varying degrees of complexity. We are growing and are looking for an experienced developer that can help us design and build a new system to streamline and centralize all of our data our business.
Most of the project management systems I have seen are way more complicated than we need. From the preliminary research I have done, Filemaker Pro looks like a good platform to build a complete solution for us. The solution needs to be extremely user friendly and web browser based (PC and Macs) and mobile phones accessible/friendly.
We are currently using several different systems that don't work well together, meaning lots of duplicate work and some confusion.
Our current processes are handled by a variety of pieces including a custom SQL program for project management, that is now 10 years old and needs to be replaced, smartsheet, excel and quickbooks.
We are looking to improve and replace all of the non-quickbooks components into one system.
I believe that we may be able to use FMPs “starter solutions” to handle several of our issues and then build the rest of the system custom.
I believe that a good first step for this project will be for someone to set-up a virtual server (we're with GoDaddy) and create a new FMP database, install the following starter apps and help us understand the capabilities of FMP. Once installed we will evaluate the suitability and either have changes made for phase two or begin building modules from scratch.
We the following Starter Solutions installed:
One other question is security. Is it possible within FMP to make different access levels for different users?
Lastly I would like to say that for this project I am looking to build a relationship with a developer and continue to update and improve this system over the next several years, I am not planning on bidding out each phase of the project.