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Chicago Public Schools Office of Access and Enrollment

Thorsen has provided support for the selective enrollment processes for over 10 years. Of particular relevance is our recent development of an algorithm to leverage CPS purchased IPSCII selection silo. When the current vendor was unable to produce the needed functionality to display this year’s selection results, we partnered with CPS to sync data from the current system and display it to parents and administrators via a web portal linked to the current School Mint system. We delivered that solu

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University of Chicago

Thorsen has worked with various departments at the University of Chicago for over 10 years. As such we have developed student management systems, grant tracking, and alumni giving details, creative services project management systems and created mobile solutions for the Office of Special Events. Within each system, we developed linked to legacy systems (Banner) via a variety of technologies to ensure we were meeting the goals of IT. View the full ar

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University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing

For the UIC College of Nursing developed and integrated application system that augmented their legacy Banner system. Banner was unable to accommodate special case submission and/or process additional key information including referrals and special certification. We partnered with UIC to provide a web-based solution with full integration to their legacy system. View the full article

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University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education

The College of Education needed a custom database built to monitor student applications and evaluations. We partnered with this group and provided a web-based solution to allow them to track metrics of student performance. View the full article

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Women of FileMaker Luncheon at DevCon 2015

by 2015 Women of FileMaker Luncheon     The 2015 Women of FileMaker luncheon will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd from noon-2 p.m.  The luncheon will be held in the Nolita Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas during DevCon 2015. Please register in advance at the Women of FileMaker website as seating will be limited this year. You may also join the event via our Facebook Group. This is a great opportunity to network with other women business owners and developers from around the

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FileMaker Pro Training: Online JumpStartFM Course Starts Fall 2015

by Online FileMaker Pro Training: Registration is open for the Fall 2015 JumpStartFM online FileMaker training course. The one-month class begins September 8, 2015. For more information, visit www.jumpstartfm.com or to request a JumpStartFM FAQ email Heidi Rettig at Thorsen Consulting. The JumpStartFM course format allows students to work at a pace that is consistent with their abilities and the distance-learning format is flexible enough to accommodate existing work and personal commitments

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2015 DevCon Las Vegas: Special Keynote Presentation

by       Are you headed to Las Vegas for DevCon 2015? Be sure to attend the keynote on Tuesday, July 21st at 9:00 a.m. This year marks DevCon’s 20th anniversary and the FileMaker team will be introducing scholarship winners Keena Tomko and Jesse Wakley. Tomko and Wakley will represent FileMaker’s “newest” developers and will share the platform with the longest-running FBA developers attending the conference. The FileMaker team will also present what’s ahead for the product and give an upd

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New Features and Training Resources for FM14

by New Features and Training Resources for FileMaker 14 The latest release from FileMaker came just after the start of our June 2015 JumpStartFM class. Molly Connolly put together a quick list of tips and resources for developers tackling the changes in FM14: Cris Ippolite has added two videos to his comprehensive training course on Lynda.com. One video covers the new features available in FileMaker 14 and the other offers training on those new features to get you started. Cris Ippolite is a

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FileMaker Developer Conference 2015

by FileMaker DevCon 2015   DevCon 2015 is just around the corner and I’m busy planning my schedule and getting ready to help out with the pre-conference training sessions. I look forward to attending DevCon each year and I’m always glad to connect in person with friends and colleagues from all over the world. I thought I’d share my schedule and I hope you’ll join us at one of these events: Wednesday, July 22nd  from 12-2 p.m. – “Women of FileMaker Luncheon.” Join us for the 10th annual Wo

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A New Developer’s Progress in JumpStartFM

by Kimberly Carlson is VP of Operations but is new to FileMaker. After about a year in her position at MSN Media, she decided to take the plunge and join the June 2015 JumpStartFM. “I’d never heard of FileMaker before last August,” said Carlson. “I started working with Matt Navarre at MSN Media full time in September, and I’ve been aching to learn it ever since.” After the live kick-off event on June 1, Carlson completed the JumpStartFM training plan. Completed by each student who participates

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New Format for JumpStartFM Online FileMaker Training

by New Format for JumpStartFM Online FileMaker Training JumpStartFM just wrapped up its June session and this group of students is the first to try out the new format for the course. The June 2015 class kicked off with a live session led by Molly Connolly. Using a web-conferencing program, students received an overview of the course and its objectives and students had the chance to introduce themselves to one another. Registered JumpStartFM students receive a login that enables access to the l

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Training and Billable Tasks for Junior FileMaker Developers

by Billable Tasks to Assign to Junior Developers By Molly Connolly Summer is a great time to hire and train a new college graduate. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about how junior developers can quickly get up to speed and start contributing billable hours to client projects. A junior developer can handle all support call logging and, after some training, even provide the client with some initial help. This responsibility allows junior staff to become familiar with clients’ issues a

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Jobs in FileMaker: 5 Things to Get You Hired

by By Molly Connolly Over the years I’ve found myself in a position to both hire developers and help developers find good jobs. Since I talk to both developers who are looking for work and developers who are looking to fill FileMaker positions, I thought it might be helpful to share a list of things you could do to strengthen your own job applications. Whether you are looking for a full-time position or work as a sub-contractor, including this information will increase your chances of gettin

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A Profile of 2015 DevCon Scholarship Winners: Keena Tomko and Jesse Wakley

by   A Profile of 2015 DevCon Scholarship Winners: Keena Tomko and Jesse Wakley by Molly Connolly and Cris Ippolite We are happy to announce the winners of the 2015 DevCon Scholarship! FileMaker developers Keena Tomko and Jesse Wakley were selected to attend this year’s conference in Las Vegas*. For their award, each will receive a full conference pass. Please find below selections from both candidates applications essays. Not that many years ago, Keena Tomko found herself newly widowed wi

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Profile of a Support Developer

by I recently posted about the importance of identifying the type of developer you are or aspire to be. In that article I differentiated between two types of developer: project and support. In this post I will expand on the attributes of a support developer and why those attributes can be important when expressing interest in a new FileMaker development position. A key revenue generator for any FileMaker consulting business is the maintenance of existing systems that are already in production.

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Devcon Sponsorship Application Details–Applications Now Being Accepted

by Welcome! On behalf of myself and Cris Ippolite we thank you for taking the time to check out this valuable learning opportunity. Cris and I are both seasoned FileMaker developers whose careers took off after attending the 1997 Devcon in Monterey, California. It was at this conference that we met other developers and gave us both confidence that there was a great need for our services. One of the greatest problems facing the FileMaker Community today is lack of qualified developers. As such,

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Apply for a Devcon 2015 Scholarship

by As a developer, trainer, recruiter and coach in the FileMaker industry I know that the number one problem facing our industry is lack of qualified developers. We need more talented developers to build great solutions and to leverage the solutions that are already out there. I am currently working with 5 companies who would like to hire a highly skilled technical lead today and I can’t find any takers. Well–lucky for talented developers you’re probably already busy so one of the areas I belie

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June 2015 Dates Announced for FileMaker Online Training Course, JumpStartFM

by   Online FileMaker Course Begins June 1, 2015   Chicago, ILL – March 24, 2015 Molly Connolly has announced dates for the next FileMaker online training class, JumpStartFM. The course begins June 1, 2015 and concludes June 25, 2015.FileMaker professionals who register before May 1, 2015 will receive an “early bird” discount that saves $250 on the usual course fee. FMPug members receive an additional discount of $250. JumpStart FM was designed by Molly Thorsen Connolly, a custom sof

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Project Manager vs. Technical Lead

by I’ve done a considerable amount of work over the years managing projects for a FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum Level development shop and managing custom development projects for my own clients. On the topic of custom development project management, I have written white papers, presented seminars and Devcon presentations, and coached a number of development shops on the implementation of project management processes. Needless to say, when I’m around others in the development community, p

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What kind of FileMaker developer are you?

by As a long time FileMaker guy, I’ve had the opportunity to play many different roles around the business of FileMaker. I started my career as an in-house developer, then I became a developer, trainer, and project manager at a FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum Level company. Later I started my own development, consulting and coaching business. As a result, I have experienced a wide variety of development scenarios and I have come to realize that being a FileMaker developer can mean a lot of

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Landing a New FileMaker Gig

by FileMaker is an amazing custom database platform. All types of organizations, such as businesses, schools, and non-profits, have been using FileMaker for decades to track their important mission critical data. Who builds these powerful data tracking tools? Everyone from professional full-time FileMaker consultants to the internal knowledge workers who are also the primary users of their solutions. If you develop FileMaker solutions, you may or may not be aware of the vast opportunities that

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JumpStartFM, Molly Connolly’s one-month online FileMaker training course begins October 6, 2014

by JumpStartFM online FileMaker training course begins 10/6/14. Molly Connolly’s next one-month online FileMaker training course, JumpStartFM begins on October 6, 2014. Download the JumpStartFM.FAQ for more information. JumpStartFM is a great training resource for busy software developers. This month long, project-oriented course is taught by Molly Connolly, David Knight, Cris Ippolite, Matt Navarre and Debbie Zempel. Developers attend twelve online classes  and complete project work on their

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FileMaker: How to Hire a Junior Developer

by   Molly Connolly’s presentation, “How to Hire a Junior Developer,” provides valuable insights on hiring, training, and evaluating junior FileMaker developers. Click the image below to view the presentation on the FileMaker Technical Network:       by View the full article

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FileMaker Developers Conference 2014

by   FileMaker DevCon 2014 is just around the corner and I’m busy planning my schedule and getting ready for my presentation. I look forward to attending DevCon each year and I’m always glad to connect in person with friends and colleagues from all over the world. I’m also excited about exploring San Antonio – I’ve heard it’s a fun town and the River Walk  is something everyone should make time for. I thought I’d share my schedule and I hope you’ll join us at one of these events: Tuesd

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