Not every BIT reader has the need or inclination to develop custom business systems, but if you're one of the minority, do read on.
While few people would describe FileMaker as simple, it does have a reputation for being one of the easier database programs for those looking to develop custom systems, especially for cross-platform (Windows, Mac, iOS and web) deployments.
You don't have to work from scratch, as a range of starter solutions (projects, assets, content management, inventory and so on) are included and can be used as the basis for your own projects.
If you are so inclined, this might be a good time to give FileMaker a try, as the FileMaker Boost Your Business Kit offers worthwhile savings but is only available until 24 September.
The deal is that new customers can buy a FileMaker Server 14 annual licence for $1010 and receive five FileMaker Pro 14 annual licences at no extra charge. Strictly one per customer.
The FileMaker Go app for iPad and iPhone is, as usual, available free from the App Store