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Likelihood to Recommend

Airtable

Airtable is best suited for any size company. Especially companies with many departments working on many projects. Airtable is also a great tool for regularly scheduled meetings to keep track of things discussed, documents used, and assignments. We use it to plan any event we hold for our company and our annual company retreat. It really keeps things organized and is very easy to access across any device. Outside of financial spreadsheets, this really replaces any spreadsheet software, including—and perhaps especially—cloud-based shared spreadsheets.
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FileMaker Pro

Small businesses that are trying to use Excel to manage their business should seriously consider FMP especially if they want to use iPads or iPhones run their business. Larger businesses that have to quickly track data from factory floors, mobile users etc. can find it helpful. And the other beauty is you can keep adding features as you go if you plan for expansion. The pricing structure, though, on server clients basically starts with 5 (6 including the free one) so a 2-person operation might have to spend more than they want to get the benefits of FileMaker Server.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Airtable
8.0
FileMaker Pro
Task Management
Airtable
8.4
FileMaker Pro
Resource Management
Airtable
9.0
FileMaker Pro
Gantt Charts
Airtable
6.4
FileMaker Pro
Scheduling
Airtable
8.0
FileMaker Pro
Workflow Automation
Airtable
8.1
FileMaker Pro
Team Collaboration
Airtable
9.0
FileMaker Pro
Support for Agile Methodology
Airtable
8.0
FileMaker Pro
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Airtable
7.6
FileMaker Pro
Document Management
Airtable
8.1
FileMaker Pro
Email integration
Airtable
6.6
FileMaker Pro
Mobile Access
Airtable
8.1
FileMaker Pro
Timesheet Tracking
Airtable
8.5
FileMaker Pro
Change request and Case Management
Airtable
7.9
FileMaker Pro
Budget and Expense Management
Airtable
8.5
FileMaker Pro

Pros

  • All the hard work of trying to build a solution in Excel is done for you. You can create links to simple mobile-friendly forms and datasheets and it builds input forms automatically that can then be easily customized.
  • The relationships across tables are robust and deal with changes to fields and tables without the need for intervention or maintenance (like a proper database).
  • Initial set up and use require a minimal set of IT skills. Coming with an array of pre-built templates and the ability to import your existing spreadsheet and customize and fine tune it from there into a database
  • They don't contact me every day trying to sell their product (probably because they don't have to).
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  • FileMaker Pro excels at searching and sorting data right out of the box. You can easily take a spreadsheet and import it into FileMaker Pro and you'll be able to work through your data much faster than through other software.
  • FileMaker benefits from a single product for both backend data storage/data modeling, and the interface. And the interface tools are user-friendly.
  • It can grow with your business. The FileMaker Platform allows you to add more customization and features over time. This can be budget friendly and allow for building a solution in phases.
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Cons

  • The trial period should be a bit longer. I wanted to test it before I rolled it out to my team. Just after I felt comfortable and started to share, the trial period ended.
  • Shorter videos. I think there are great resources available and I really think that is a strength, but if I had to suggest something, it would be to make more short videos to give technical how-tos.
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  • FMP Server can be difficult to work with at times. Not easy to migrate to a new server.
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Likelihood to Renew

Airtable9.1
Based on 1 answer
compared to other products it is just fabulous.
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FileMaker Pro10.0
Based on 6 answers
Based on how entrenched we are and the benefits we do garner from using FMP, it would be a lengthy and major effort to get off of FMP.
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Usability

Airtable9.0
Based on 5 answers
Just so easy to learn/use. Very intuitive in its application logic.
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FileMaker Pro6.5
Based on 4 answers
The usability rating I'm providing is for the development interface - the usability of the application you build is relative to how much effort is put into the application. Filemaker needs to roll out some features that are "modern" sooner rather than later. They do roll out new features every year, but at a slow pace. We generally get 1 new TRULY useful feature every year. They need to step it up some!
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Support

Airtable7.3
Based on 1 answer
Sometimes, I have to wait a bit longer but I'm on a low priced option so I understand why. Generally, they're able to provide me solutions to my problems as long as I'm not in a rush.
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FileMaker Pro9.1
Based on 1 answer
I could call or email FileMaker at any time to discuss my issue, and they were very pro-active at asking for help from me about my problem when they needed more information and at asking me if my issue was resolved.
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Implementation

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FileMaker Pro10.0
Based on 1 answer
Suggest you use an iterative R.A.D. or AGILE development approach. (i.e. rather than writing a gigantic spec for a system, then building it). FileMaker facilitates quick prototypes. Developing an example, then allowing users to "try it out" is a snap.
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Alternatives Considered

Excel is only good for numbers, not words or relational database. Access is too complicated for a total novice to build databases from scratch.Task trackers and project planners like Asana have limited functionality.
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We've been working with Filemaker Pro since I started here so I didn't have much a choice, but based on my past experience dealing with custom databases, it's the easiest, most user-friendly program I've ever worked on. It provides exactly what you need, when you need it, in the way that you need it.
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Return on Investment

  • We are still in the early stages, but AirTable has allowed our small team of five to coordinate almost twice as many rentals of our gallery space for private events, thus providing out nonprofit with increased income that can be reinvested into improvements to our gallery and new programming.
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  • FM Pro has completely changed our business. We used to be very paper heavy and now everyone is fully mobile. Our time for campaigns is 5 to 8 business days when it used to take upwards of 21 days.
  • Our reporting is up to date and 'flashy'. We recently revamped our reporting and it's fully customized via FM Pro.
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Pricing Details

Airtable

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

FileMaker Pro

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details