Friday, March 15, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
We are still having to explain to clients why we need them to buy a copy of FileMaker to run our products' full features. Web views are possible, but we have to build in additional security and keep up with browser hackers. The perception is that this would add to the cost.
On the contrary, this requirement to use FileMaker as the clients makes our products less costly overall. But that will not longer be an issue.As of next month, all of our packages will come complete with the required FileMaker client. Even with the price of FileMaker our products are lower cost and superior in performance. And, we like the fact that our clients are not working through a web browser.
Lately the number of viruses, works and adware attacking servers with old style browsers is keeping the IT department busy. Viral software runs in the background, constantly checking communications and this means you have to purchase more expensive computers. Why bother, I say? Forget the browser. It wasn't designed for secure database transactions, it is a free product! Browsers are designed for e-commerce, and allow merchants to place software in your computer without your permission, to track you buying habits, so they can display relevant advertisements. This is the real purpose, and not database communications for mission critical applications, such as maintenance.
Posted by Green Publishing at 5:43 PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
EPM 12 our preventive maintenance software was fully converted and upgraded. We just released version 12.3. Our clients can download the latest version from the secure support site.
We offer new features for odometer readings, parts management, and available extensions for labor calculations, time sheets and third party integrations with dynamic bar-coding modules. The dynamic reporting features takes full advantage of new features available from FileMaker Pro and includes pie charts and special diagrams to show trending in maintenance. EPM dates back to 1998, when we created the first release using FileMaker 3. It has been upgraded over the year to include many new features, including a fleet management feature driven by odometer readings.
The new EPM is mobilized, with iPad and iPhone views using the free FileMaker Go. What this means is that our clients can add more users without extra expense. As you know, all our hosted products do not limit the number of users currently.
Public Works Manager 12 just has a new implementation in Marshall Texas that feature a mobilized workflow. They are taking full advantage of FileMaker Go and moving toward a paperless goal. Like all of our products, we know paper is always going to be needed, so we have the ability to print forms that can be completed quickly using check marks and other aids that help expedite the process of completing work orders.
Most recently we are taking advantage of the Web views to create web forms that can be closed on the web by work orders with access to a browser.
We are also now providing better help for our clients through our videos developed with Natural Reader, a software system that provides excellent artificial voices so we may provide these videos in multiple languages. Here is an example of our EPM intro narraged by Natural Reader.
Posted by Green Publishing at 5:49 PM