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Airtable

212 Ratings

FileMaker Pro

88 Ratings

Airtable

212 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

FileMaker Pro

88 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Airtable

Good for replacing administrative spreadsheets, creating resource assignment and calendars, planning activities, creating on the fly data stores, outputting simple mobile data entry forms. Dealing with mobile staff needing to enter simple data quickly or with managers and officers who need to see real-time snapshots of information. When dealing with smaller data sets and not requiring blocks, then for a non-profit it is useful to have the free workspaces where everyone can fully collaborate and update records.Less good for complex financial work you should stick with Excel or your finance system. If you have a very large number of records and need many people to be able to update records then you need to consider the costs (however most off the shelf products you will be looking at to do your specific tasks will probably cost more when you evaluate them).
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FileMaker Pro

Despite limitations, Filemaker Pro is perfect for a company which is in constant flux and which requires a custom work flow which an out of the box solution doesn't provide. One example is that my company requires orders to be submitted where based on product type, purchase location and company category all impact the price that is charged. I've used several e-store solutions and most of these are very cut and dry. You can have a product with 1 price, the only exception is a coupon code. Filemaker allowed us to create an store that allows our users to create an order based on our crazy pricing structure.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Airtable
7.8
FileMaker Pro
Task Management
Airtable
8.0
FileMaker Pro
Resource Management
Airtable
8.2
FileMaker Pro
Gantt Charts
Airtable
7.5
FileMaker Pro
Scheduling
Airtable
7.5
FileMaker Pro
Workflow Automation
Airtable
7.7
FileMaker Pro
Team Collaboration
Airtable
8.7
FileMaker Pro
Support for Agile Methodology
Airtable
7.9
FileMaker Pro
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Airtable
7.7
FileMaker Pro
Document Management
Airtable
7.8
FileMaker Pro
Email integration
Airtable
7.2
FileMaker Pro
Mobile Access
Airtable
7.5
FileMaker Pro
Timesheet Tracking
Airtable
7.9
FileMaker Pro
Change request and Case Management
Airtable
8.0
FileMaker Pro
Budget and Expense Management
Airtable
8.1
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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  • Develop custom solutions very fast
  • Simple to use for non-developers
  • Easy rollout of solutions company-wide
  • Easy setup of server to host custom solution
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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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  • As developers, there are areas we like to see updated. In the new version 16 a lot of these have been done.
  • Scalable usage of mobile licenses would be a good step forward to allow transient mobile users to access the main database without the need for an extra licence
  • A revamped system for finding developers through Apple's website would be nice. The current one is a little out dated.
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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 Pro7.1
Based on 5 answers
Our whole business is in FileMaker Pro. We love it. We need it. We are addicted to it.
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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 Pro7.1
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
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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

I don't think there is a comparable product. Nothing I have seen is as intuitive to use and at the same time has such broad-reaching potential. I feel confident to onboard who have never seen Airtable only because it is so easy to use. At the same time, I feel we could spend the next year exploring the current functionality. It's probably the most exciting productivity tool I've seen in 18 months - I don't say that with hyperbole. It is going to change the game for our company and anyone else who uses it.
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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

  • Airtable has definitely had a positive impact on our organization. It's helped up organize and manage our client information, keeping it current, accurate, and accessible to everyone on our team, no matter where they are. We are able to be more efficient and client-responsive because of this.
  • It's automated some of the tasks we were performing manually - capturing data that our systems like MailChimp and SurveyMonkey house - and importing it directly into our database through the use of Zapier, thus saving us time and potential data input error.
  • My only "negative impact" comment I'll put out there is that it is just really fun to use - and because of that I've personally "lost" a lot of time spent exploring and being inspired by so many new ways to house other business data!
  • All-in-all, it is keeping us in front of our data, freeing up time and resources, and giving us a better view into running our nonprofit more efficiently and effectively.
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  • A negative impact is that there are few people that can help when problems arise and they charge a premium because you have limited options.
  • A positive is that we have been able to use it for a long time and so we have not had to spend time and money on the new system.
  • Another positive is that, once you're trained in one department, cross training is very easy since the same system is used throughout the business. This saves time and money and can help us when we are an employee down.
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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