The FileMaker S.Y.S.T.E.M.

June 20, 2024
William Miller

Grow your business through SYSTEMs, using FileMaker Pro

If you have read the book “Systemology” by David Jenyns, you know what I am referring to. The book, and others like it, emphasize that the only way to start and grow a business as an entrepreneur is by developing systems for absolutely everything. Perhaps one of the earlier proponents of this thinking was Michael Gerber in his books The E-Myth, and The E-Myth Revisited. These fabulous books helped many budding entrepreneurs successfully launch their businesses.

SYSTEMology book cover

How to Implement such a system in your business?

Reading the book and thinking about building systems for your business is great, but how do you make sure they are followed even when you (the boss or manager) are not there to implement them?

The answer is: Build the systems into your company software. The software you use every day to run your business, and that your employees use to track their customers, projects, tasks, communications, payments, etc, is the best place to integrate clear systems for your business.

That is why we call it a FileMaker S.Y.S.T.E.M. because it will Save You Stress, Time, Effort, and Money!

Here are some real-life examples of how we’ve implemented systems into our clients’ software to accomplish their company goals:

  • Every time a new project is created in their FileMaker software, the managers in the field receive a text about the new task.
  • When a technician in the field takes a picture of completed work and describes it, that pic and explanation are automatically incorporated into the invoice sent to the customer later that week.
  • When construction workers clock into their onsite job, that time notice is immediately delivered to the accounting department for their payroll.
  • With that same clock-in (on their own personal phones), it checks their location and makes sure it matches the job site (and not their home address).
  • When a sales company books a new appointment with a prospect, a text is automatically sent to the prospect to confirm the appointment. When the prospect clicks yes, a confirmation notice is automatically stored in the company FileMaker app, so the salesperson doesn’t miss the appointment.

Each of these automations build natural processes into the business workflow. This is called a system because it saves you stress, time, effort, and money.

FileMaker is powerful, amazing ,and versatile. That’s why Claris, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apple; because they recognize and use powerful software automation. That’s why Apple is incorporating AI into their newest operating system. And it is why FileMaker has integrated Chat GPT into its software.

Although FileMaker is owned by Apple, the software is fully cross-platform. It works on Windows as well as Macs. It works on Android phones and iPhones. It works on iPads and other tablets.

The future of systems integration, (business intelligence combined with artificial intelligence) is just beginning and FileMaker will be one of the great tools to make this happen. Smart companies are using it to save stress, time, and money, and to improve services for their clients and staff.

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