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Another year of FileMaker DevCon in the books, and as always it did not disappoint. If you are unfamiliar with DevCon, it’s FileMaker’s annual developers conference where over 1,500 FileMaker enthusiasts from around the world gather to share ideas and talk about all things FileMaker.
Between the main keynote sessions and several social gatherings with the FileMaker community, DevCon offers a wide range of educational breakout sessions for developers to take their skillset to the next level. The ITS team came back from Orlando eager to share what they learned. Here are the three main takeaways from DevCon 2019.
Rebranding to Claris. FileMaker has rebranded and is now known as Claris…again. During DevCon, FileMaker announced the acquisition of Italian company Stamplay and their workflow automation tool (now known as Claris Connect). While the FileMaker platform will still be referred to as FileMaker, announcing the addition of Claris Connect made DevCon 2019 an appropriate time to rebrand the company to a name that is more aligned with the future of the business. Claris Connect will complement the FileMaker platform very nicely and assist with their growing recognition in the Workplace Innovation Platform category.
Claris Connect. Claris Connect was brought to the platform to make integrations between FileMaker and other applications extremely easy. Its “flow-based” integration boasts more than 150 connectors into popular 3rd party cloud offerings — and even has a way to automate connectivity to on-premise environments. This is extremely exciting for FileMaker developers and customers alike because it will dramatically improve workflows, allowing any developer to mix and match the best-of-breed services to meet their business needs, and they can do it in a fraction of the time. Keep an eye out for the Claris Connect release in Spring of 2020.
FileMaker Cloud 2.0. With the release of FileMaker Cloud 2.0 — scheduled for Fall 2020 — comes a number of enhancements. FileMaker Cloud 2.0 is designed with the "cloud-first" approach and will allow you to manage all of your instances of FileMaker Server, your users and your licensing from a single console. It will also have built-in security features such as DDOS, firewall and multi-factor authentication for added protection, which previously had to be purchased as add-ons from third party tools. This is exciting for FileMaker customers as they will likely be able to experience savings by eliminating those third-party subscriptions.
Do you want to connect with local FileMaker developers to share DevCon stories and discuss some of these exciting new changes? Or are you just interested in learning more about the platform and whether it would be a good fit for your business? Become a member of the Philly FileMaker User Group and come on out for the next meeting to chat with our FileMaker Developer team.
If you are currently using FileMaker and want to discuss upgrading your solution to the latest version to take advantage of these new features, contact us today.