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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon RDS

If you're operating within the Amazon universe of cloud computing, it's almost a no-brainer to utilize [Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)]. RDS is well suited for probably a majority of applications that are candidates to host on a cloud computing platform as it reduces overall management and complexity of your system.However, if you're doing a lot of data exporting/importing using tools that write to/read from the disk on the server, you may have challenges integrating RDS, as you have no access to the underlying host.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

Amazon RDS
9.4
FileMaker Pro
Automatic software patching
Amazon RDS
9.7
FileMaker Pro
Database scalability
Amazon RDS
9.7
FileMaker Pro
Automated backups
Amazon RDS
9.2
FileMaker Pro
Database security provisions
Amazon RDS
9.5
FileMaker Pro
Monitoring and metrics
Amazon RDS
8.3
FileMaker Pro
Automatic host deployment
Amazon RDS
9.7
FileMaker Pro

Pros

Amazon RDS

  • For engineers with experience managing databases, setup is simple. And for the uninitiated, the RDS console interface becomes intuitive with some practice.
  • Not having the maintain the underlying infrastructure is a great benefit of using RDS. Patching and backups can be scheduled from the console and from then on are pretty much automated.
  • Right-sizing the DB instance to perform optimally with an application can be a very simple procedure. If a DB instance is not struggling to keep up, the instance size can be scaled up with just a few clicks.
  • Baseline configurations are generally sane for most RDS instances. This allows novice developers and engineers to get the most out of the service without being a complete database administrator.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

FileMaker Pro

  • The relational database management system makes the program highly customizable to fit the needs of any product. You can add a ton of information to each record and update your inventory on a regular basis with an Excel import or manually inside of the record. It has the capability to incorporate barcoding, which can manage your available inventory with ease.
  • The scripting language allows FileMaker to automatically calculate complex algorithms automatically or generate report outs with the click of a button. This allows for greater UI, especially with active users who are not familiar with writing code. Almost all of our internal data is linked to the FileMaker database
  • The server license allows many users to update the database in real time, which is handy if your inventory is constantly changing. We have users with Macs, PCs, iPhones and handheld tablets linked to our FileMaker database and they are updating the information constantly throughout the day.
  • If you invest some time into formatting and scripting the database, there is a high ease of use for users without knowledge of any programming or FileMaker itself.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon RDS

  • There should be a proper listing of all parameter groups alongside the instances that they are attached to. This would help to see which instances would be affected if a parameter group is changed.
  • RDS should allow SUPER privilege to the master user. A few advanced tasks(like getting a physical backup using MySQL Enterprise Backup) fail because SUPER privilege is not available for the master user.
  • A few parameters are not modifiable in the parameter groups and the access to the server filesystem is not given. This should not be the case because as an advanced user, you might want to understand things a little deeper.
Alok Patwal | TrustRadius Reviewer

FileMaker Pro

  • I had some big complaints about how to edit calculations and scripts, and not being able to print/export PDF from server but with the last 2 versions I can't complain any more. Those got added.
  • Syncing records between iOS and Filemaker Server still requires a developer to accomplish. Although I make money doing it for others I wish there was some "central" method of syncing that everyone can follow.
Dan Doughtie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FileMaker Pro

FileMaker Pro 10.0
Based on 6 answers
It it not really up to me but my opinion does have some weight in the decision and the reason I would renew my use FileMaker Pro 8.5 is because I am finally getting used to it! Now that I have been working with the program, tasks have become quicker and projects are getting done faster. File Maker Pro 8.5 really is a versatile tool and I think we are just scratching the surface with it's abilities.
Veronica Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 8.7
Based on 5 answers
The vast majority of things you'd want to do in Amazon Relational Database Service are simple to accomplish and remarkably consistent across database engines. Pricing, scalability and monitoring are easy to configure. If I had one complaint, it's that database engine specific features are not well documented in AWS, requiring reading external documentation in order to use some database systems to the fullest. But for most use cases, the defaults available in AWS are simple, easy to use, and good enough.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FileMaker Pro

FileMaker Pro 6.0
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!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS 8.9
Based on 25 answers
The product is fairly straight forward to use, and staff as well as knowledge base is pretty good for getting answers you may need. The product is a great, flexible alternative to adding to one's own in-house infrastructure. It's especially useful for environments that you aren't sure about the overall long term need. Amazon Relational Database Service is great for environments that once you determine the long term need, can be maintained by Amazon.
Mike Narumiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

FileMaker Pro

FileMaker Pro 7.7
Based on 9 answers
The forums are great with lots of helpful experts and the staff monitor them to provide help where needed. There have been a couple of unique technical issues I've had to deal with that I haven't been able to get resolved so I chose to score this a 9 instead of a 10.
Mike Memme | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Amazon RDS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FileMaker Pro

FileMaker Pro 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Gary Teuber | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon RDS

Amazon Relational Database Service will probably give you everything you need from a traditional manual DB setup, except everything is managed for you. The only downside is having to pay the premium for the service; however, the trade-off of not having to deal with the intricacies involved with database administration, make it well worth it for most.
Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer

FileMaker Pro

FileMaker is still the quickest way to go from zero to having a minimum viable working solution. Simple solutions can be built in as little as a afternoon of development. It is the only tool I am aware of which allows tech savy end users with domain knowledge to build bespoke apps for their businesses without undertaking professional software development training.
Benjamin Fletcher | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon RDS

  • Switching back to RDS from Redshift has made my BI Dashboards much more performant (though again, we're not dealing with data in the magnitudes that justify the Redshift toolset).
  • It has decreased our tech debt. Engineering has been much more straight forward.
  • Our uptime has been improved by removing unnecessary data migration processes.
Kyle Reichelt | TrustRadius Reviewer

FileMaker Pro

  • Our largest client, a Comedy Promoter in the UK, have a suite of software that we created and developed for them over the last few years. The initial outlay was questioned, however the streamlining of the company and the hours saved in unnecessary admin have enabled them to grow at a much faster rate, without the need for extra support staff. The historical data collected now informs the new markets that they are exploring, removing the guesswork and instead creating new opportunities that would otherwise not have been exploited.
  • A smaller client of ours, an Events Crewing company, have a very simple contacts management application in Filemaker, which has been created to allow automatic updating from a Web Form by potential employees. This enables the boss to be on site while being able to vet new members of staff remotely. It is estimated that the initial cost of the software was recouped in the first month, and two years later they have grown in size by 33% whilst retaining the same permanent workforce, who still work the same hours.
  • The software can also be made for a single job - a Tour Manager for a major UK touring artist came to us with 300 US visas to fill in. We simply overlaid fields onto the scan of the form, and utilised the data from their established Filemaker contacts database to auto-fill the forms for them. These were then auto-emailed to each of the contacts, who updated any incorrect data, signed and returned the forms and a job that would have taken around 3 weeks took less than 2 days.
James Kelly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

FileMaker Pro

Pricing Details

Amazon RDS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Free to try. Pay only for what you use with no minimum fee.

Amazon RDS Editions & Modules

Edition
Amazon RDS for MySQL$0.29 ($0.58)1
Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL$0.24 ($0.48)1
Amazon RDS for MariaDB$0.25 ($0.50)1
Amazon RDS for Oracle$0.482 ($0.964)1
Amazon RDS for SQL Server$1.02 ($1.52)1
  1. per hour, R5 Large (R5 Extra Large)
Additional Pricing Details

FileMaker Pro

General

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

FileMaker Pro Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon RDS
9.2
FileMaker Pro
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon RDS
FileMaker Pro
10.0

Usability

Amazon RDS
8.7
FileMaker Pro
6.0

Reliability and Availability

Amazon RDS
FileMaker Pro
9.0

Support Rating

Amazon RDS
8.9
FileMaker Pro
7.7

Implementation Rating

Amazon RDS
FileMaker Pro
10.0

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