It is a burning question that is causing some anxiety in both the developer community and the client base. Clients want to know whether they should abandon the platform before the decision is made for them and are wary of the unexpected expense that may force on them. Similarly, developers who have spent years investing time in becoming proficient in the FileMaker platform now worry that, in hindsight, it may have been the wrong platform to invest in.
Claris has weighed in on the topic. Here’s our perspective on the question and our thoughts about the future of FileMaker.
No. It’s Not Being Discontinued.
The FileMaker platform is a mature platform. It has been around for 30+ years, which is quite unique in the software world. To remain relevant, it must continue to change, which it has done incrementally with every new release.
The latest release is FileMaker 2023, and you can find an overview of what is new here. This blog post also has links to all the versions we have seen in recent years. Progress has been constant. And that will continue.
Relevancy comes from the ability to deliver value in the form that clients and developers expect. This is why we have seen the introduction of Claris Connect (of which there is now a free tier) and, more recently, Claris Studio to supplement the features we have on the FileMaker side. Through these new products, new features and supplemental features can be delivered quicker and more radically.
If you bundle everything there is on the FileMaker side (FileMaker Pro/Go, Server, WebDirect, Data API and OData API, xDBC connectivity) with those new offerings (Connect/Studio), you get the Claris Platform. The main difference is that the FileMaker Pro equivalent product named Claris Pro has a direct tie-in to Claris Studio that FileMaker Pro does not have.
The new Claris platform is meant to replace the FileMaker platform in the long run. But that process is not going to be brusque or disruptive.
Yes. Will It Fade Away?
Eventually, all the relevant features from the current FileMaker platform will be available in the newer Claris Platform. There will come a natural cross-over point where you will find yourself using the Claris Platform instead of the FileMaker platform.
Why? Because it will have all the features (and thus value) that you are looking for. More than what is in the FileMaker platform.
When will that be? That depends a lot on your needs and on the evolution of the Claris Platform. Contact our team for a detailed discussion at any time.
For an in-depth positioning of the two platforms, see our A Tale of Two Platforms.