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Chapter 1. FileMaker Overview > Introduction to Database Software

Introduction to Database Software

FileMaker Pro is database software. If you need to keep track of more than one of anything, you could probably benefit from using a database. Databases are useful for keeping track of contacts and their addresses and phone numbers, the students in a school, the sales and inventory in a store, or the results of experimental trials. You can also keep that kind of information in a word processor or on paper, but a database will make it much easier to

  • Organize your data into reports— You can organize your data into reports that are sorted by city, last name, price, or any other criteria that you're tracking.

  • Find one or several items in your collections— If you have a list of twenty names, it's not too difficult to find Jane Smith. If you have 500,000 though, it takes too long to do a visual search.

  • Quickly categorize records based on some criteria— For example, customers who buy a certain amount of merchandise can be grouped into categories of A, B, and C customers. This would make it easy to target marketing at a certain segment of your customers.

  • Share data with other systems— If you need to import data from another source or send information to a charting program or to merge with a desktop publishing package to do catalog publishing, having all of your information in a database makes those tasks much simpler.


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