Portable Databases

by Andrew H
I read an article by Michael Miller that talked about FileMaker 12. The article talks about what FileMaker 12 is, its features and why he recommends it. FileMaker is owned by Apple however it works on both Mac and PC. Michael states that FileMaker is one of the easiest databases to work with even though it can do complex work and this is why he recommends it to many small busineses. The latest version added many updates and the main one that he talks about is how it allows you to take your databases with you on your iPhone or iPad. Once a database is created you can download the software for your iPhone or iPad and then use the recently updated touch interface to run reports and edit your databases. The article states that there are other programs out there that may be simpler to use but FileMaker makes the basics fairly easy and allows you to take your database with you which is a cool feature.

I chose this article because as I was looking through the list it caught my eye. I wanted to read about how FileMaker could make a portable database easier. I came to find out that it is a simple iPhone and iPad app that allows the databases to be transported via iTunes, FileServers web server or an email. Even though we have not talked about this in class and it is not a true DBMS I thought it was an interesting article about yet another program that you can use and the fact that it is easy to take your databases with you is an added plus.

Miller, M. (2012, August 8). FileMaker 12 Makes Portable Databases Easier. Retrieved from http://forwardthinking.pcmag.com/none/301292-filemaker-12-makes-portable-databases-easier

6 thoughts on “Portable Databases

  • October 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm
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    It’s pretty cool how technology is advancing. I’m sure portable databases have been around for a while, but as of late there have been significant improvements. If it’s owned by Apple then I’m sure this product is of good quality and use. I like that it’s portable, which makes it convenient for everyone. I’m curious to see how this app works and looks like. I’ll be checking it out.

  • October 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm
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    New technologies make our life easier than ever. I like the fact that how will portable database help small business users.In my imagination, database has to be sitting in a room and running 24/7. However, I want to see how people will integrate with other apps and maximize its usability.

  • October 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm
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    Interesting technology, on one hand you have companies switching over to NoSQL to provide a large amount of scalability in their databases so that they can meet bigger demands in data collection. And on the other hand you have companies making programs that can create databases that will fit onto your cellphone. It seems like it would be really useful because you could edit and update the database on the go, meeting with clients, or adding new requirements. Very interesting time to be in the technology field.

  • October 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm
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    The way mobile technology is evolving this seems like a natural course for FileMaker to develop an iPhone/iPad app. I remember watching a show on the Discovery channel where an archaeologist was using an iPad to catalogue a fossil and document areas excavated. I used FileMaker Pro years ago for a work project and it was really intuitive, especially it was my first time using it. I think since you have many “Mac” fanatics, increasing a feature on a useful application will help keep it in mainstream use.

  • October 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm
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    I think it’s an interesting concept of how they’re trying implement databases to be more “portable”. I can definitely see the benefits but what worries me is the security. What would happen if a company’s employee had their phone stolen/lost? What if the data was to be intercepted through a unsecured wireless? It’s definitely exciting but I’m wondering how would they secure that information.

  • October 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm
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    Everyone is saying how positive and interesting it is that it is portable, but we should also realize that people get cyber attacked all the time, they are not as aware with computers and way less aware with their phones. It sounds good but if you had all your companies critical information in that database it would also make it easier for a cyber bully or hacker to steal it through your phone. Other then that the program goes for about $300 dollars which is a real small price to pay if you were running a small business and based off the pictures in the link it has a very simple and easy to use interface.

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