FileMaker, Inc. unveils Small Business Toolkit and Idea to iPad Bundle

For small businesses struggling to go digital and mobile, FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has released the Service Business Toolkit and Idea to iPad Bundle

Both are designed to help small businesses plan, create and deploy a custom app that will enable them to maximize customer satisfaction, drive growth and increase profitability. The Service Business Toolkit is free and the Idea to iPad Bundle is available for sale at local Apple Stores and directly from FileMaker, Inc. 

“It’s often hard for IT businesses that don’t have the budget or resources to streamline their businesses,” Dara Treseder, global head of Demand Generation, FileMaker. Inc., told Apple World Today. “We wanted to help them because many of FileMaker’s customers are small to medium sized businesses.”

By replacing pen-and-paper processes with easy-to-create custom apps built using the FileMaker Platform, small businesses are experiencing tremendous improvements in overall work performance, she adds. The Service Business Toolkit and Idea to iPad Bundle support this transition. 

The free Service Business Toolkit offers: 

  • An efficiency-focused ebook: “How To Transform Your Service Business” is a new ebook that walks companies through the process of creating a custom app designed to address specific pain points, with the goal of increasing operation efficiency and improving the customer experience.
  • A starter App: The Service Business Starter App is a basic app to help businesses start addressing the most common pain points. It supports both in-office and remote staff while they are meeting customers, creating estimates and processing invoices. This starter app, provided by FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum partner Richard Carlton Consulting, is designed to work with the FileMaker 15 Platform across iPad, iPhone, Windows and Mac.

The Idea to iPad Bundle offers:

  • An annual license of FileMaker Pro Advanced software to create custom apps;
  • An annual license of FileMaker Server to deploy custom apps;
  • The support of a Customer Success Manager to maximize the value of your 10-hour consultation
  • Ten hours of consultation with a FileMaker Business Alliance professional developer.

Obviously, FileMaker, Inc., still has faith in the tablet market’s potential.

“There’s still a lot of opportunity for the iPad,” says Tresede. “For some time a lot of businesses were using them as, basically, super-sized iPhones. But the iPad can be a powerful work tool. For example, it can be used to connect people out in the field to people in theoffice.”