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Hour 1. Introducing FileMaker > The FileMaker Market

The FileMaker Market

FileMaker started as a single-user desktop database. As it gained relational features and was implemented on both Macintosh and Windows, it started to be used by groups of people. FileMaker has identified its core market as workgroups—groups of people from 2 to 250 who need to manage their own data.

FileMaker makes it easy for people to implement database solutions. One of its goals is to allow people with domain knowledge (knowledge about a particular business or operation) to function on their own. Whereas corporate database programs such as DB2, Oracle, and Microsoft's SQL Server require IT staffs for their care and maintenance, in many environments FileMaker solutions are developed and managed within a workgroup by non-IT people. (This is one of the reasons why FileMaker frequently shows up in “skunk-works” projects that fly beneath the corporate radar.)


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