I am CEO of medium size software developing company from EU. I write this post because I have serious thoughts about canceling Filemaker as our primary software deveoping tool.
Why? Let me explain.
In november 2008 we are about to launch very advanced solution for small and medium size companies. Currently we were making market research and all data shows that we have around 1300 - 1700 potential companies with approximately 4 - 6 users per company. That sums around 5000 to 10000 potential new users. So this is very important solution and opportunity for our company.
Where is the problem?
The only way to achieve this number of users is that the price of the solution for one user does not exceed 600 EUR. And here is the problem. The price in EU for Filemaker Pro is 350 EUR (without TAX). With these prices we can not compete more and more demanding market.
There were a lot of rumors that Filemaker will launch so called "Thin client" in which users will be able to open filemaker shared databases, print, export PDF, export XLS, import, send mail,...etc., but won't be able to develop anything. The only purpose of this "Thin client would be to open shared databases in local network and use their full features. The expected price was around 100 EUR.
Question for you developers!?
Since we are developing mostly for Mac users there is only one way to achieve our goal....and that is that we rewrite this solution to Cocoa (native Mac OS X environment).
I am not so happy about this because I (and all our developers) like Filemaker very much...but we can not continue with this price policy.
What do you suggest. Is there worth waiting for this "Thin client" or not??
P.S. I do not understand Filemaker. Just in our case it will loose at least 5000 potential new users ( that is for 1.750.000 EUR licenses with current pricing). How many similar cases are there??