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PCI Announces Software as a Service for its Flagship Applications!

May 24th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego, CA – May 24, 2012 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, is proud to announce the availability of Software as a Service (SaaS) for its most popular solutions running on the latest FileMaker Pro 12 database engine.

Our web-based SaaS will provide you remote access to our select FileMaker Pro Solutions for a low monthly fee and includes a free 30-day trial.

If You Already Own FileMaker Pro 12:
Core2 CRM: $10/month/user (includes subscription to Outlook for Win, Address Book and iCal plug-ins)
Core2 CRM with Invoices: $20/month/user (includes subscription to Outlook for Win, FM Books Connector, Address Book and iCal plug-ins)
Core3 CRM: $35/month/user (includes subscription to Outlook for Win or Mac, FM Books Connector, Address Book and iCal plug-ins)
FM Work Orders: $25/month/user (includes subscription to FM Books Connector plug-in)

If You Need FileMaker Pro 12:
Purchase FileMaker Pro through PCI or…
Subscribe to FileMaker Pro for $15/month/user (requires at least 1 year SaaS commitment)

“We are tremendously excited about offering our products to the public for a one-time purchase or for a low monthly fee under this new subscription model. The ability for a customer to begin using our software on the award winning FileMaker Pro platform without an upfront cost will allow us to bring a new level of efficiency to organizations who would have otherwise not been able to afford it. Helping businesses become more organized and profitable through the use of well designed and easy to use software systems is the goal, and this additional pricing option is a win-win for both our customers and PCI.” — Marc Larochelle, CEO, Productive Computing, Inc.

For more information on Software as a Service please visit http://www.productivecomputing.com/FileMakerHosting.php

About Productive Computing, Inc.
Since 1996, Productive Computing, Inc. has been helping its customers become more efficient and profitable by implementing custom software solutions using FileMaker Pro. Utilizing FileMaker Pro as a rapid application development tool, their certified FileMaker developers can create custom applications that a business can run on their Windows or Macintosh desktop computers, in a web browser, on an iPad or iPhone or shared simultaneously on all of these platforms.

Productive Computing, Inc. also produces several off-the-shelf productivity solutions such as Core3 CRM, Core2 CRM, Core2 Invoices, FM Work Orders, OrgPlanner and IT Asset Manager; as well as a suite of FileMaker Pro plug-ins that allow FileMaker Pro to integrate with third party applications including Outlook, QuickBooks, the Apple Address Book and iCal, PDF forms, credit card processing, digital signatures and biometric fingerprint scanners.

In addition to building custom and off-the-shelf FileMaker Pro solutions and plug-ins, Productive Computing, Inc. is a full service FileMaker Pro hosting company. FileMaker hosting services allow customers to host their own FileMaker Pro solutions on Productive Computing servers in the cloud instead of purchasing and supporting the necessary server infrastructure themselves. These same servers also provide the infrastructure for customers who would prefer to subscribe to Productive Computing’s Core3 CRM, Core2 CRM and FM Work Orders products under a SaaS (Software as a Service) pricing model.

Productive Computing, Inc. is one of only a few companies in the United States to have earned the highly respected Platinum level membership within the FileMaker Business Alliance and recently won the exclusive FileMaker Business Alliance Partner of the Year award.

Productive Computing, Inc.
950 Boardwalk, Suite 205
San Marcos, CA 92078
http://www.productivecomputing.com
info@productivecomputing.com
(760) 510-1200

Press Contacts:
Productive Computing, Inc.
Keith Larochelle
(760) 510-1200

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Productive Computing, Inc. Announces Database Hosting Services for FileMaker Pro 7-12

April 12th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego, CA – April 12, 2012 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, is proud to announce the availability of FileMaker® Pro database hosting for FileMaker Pro versions 7 – 12. Features include a free annual system analysis and report, backups accessible via Dropbox, superior performance by utilizing SSD server hard drives with unlimited bandwidth and up to 100 Mb/s upload speed. Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial today!

“What makes more sense than to have certified FileMaker Pro experts providing FileMaker Pro database hosting? Our staff is dedicated to personally walk each customer through their hosting setup process so that it is easy and pleasant for even the most novice computer user. We will review and analyze your system annually and provide a detailed report on the condition of your solution with recommendations on what you could do to improve it or how you could benefit by incorporating the latest FileMaker Pro features. Not only do we care about your hosting experience, but we care about the solution you are running your business on.” – Marc Larochelle, CEO, Productive Computing, Inc.

Database hosting can be purchased for $50.00/month and includes the following features:

– Free 30 day trial / no setup fee.
– Free 1 hour consultation and database analysis on how we can optimize your solution’s performance.
– Free annual system analysis and detailed report on the condition of your solution with recommendations for improvement.
– Daily and Weekly Backups: Have access to your weekly backups via Dropbox.
– 5 Database Files: Additional database files may be added for $5/month/database.
– 5 GB Storage Space: Additional GB may be added for $5/month/1 GB.
– 10 Users: Additional users may be added for $5/month/user.
– 5 Instant Web Publishing (IWP) Users: Additional users may be added for $1/month/user.
– Non-virtualized FileMaker 11 and 12 servers running SSD drives for maximum performance.
– Unlimited bandwidth and upload speeds up to 100 Mb/s.
– Optional direct connection to FileMaker Server’s control panel (FileMaker Pro 12 solutions only).
– Supports FileMaker Pro versions 7 – 12.

For more information on FileMaker database hosting services, please visit http://www.productivecomputing.com/FileMakerHosting.php

 

About Productive Computing, Inc.
Since 1996, Productive Computing, Inc. has been helping its customers become more efficient and profitable by implementing custom software solutions using FileMaker Pro. Utilizing FileMaker Pro as a rapid application development tool, their certified FileMaker developers can create custom applications that a business can run on their Windows or Macintosh desktop computers, in a web browser, on an iPad or iPhone or shared simultaneously on all of these platforms.

Productive Computing, Inc. also produces several off the shelf productivity solutions such as Core3 CRM, Core2 CRM, Core2 Invoices, FM Work Orders, OrgPlanner and IT Asset Manager as well as a suite of FileMaker Pro plug-ins that allow FileMaker Pro to integrate with third party applications including Outlook, QuickBooks, Entourage, the Apple Address Book and iCal, PDF forms, credit card processing, digital signatures and biometric fingerprint scanners.

Productive Computing, Inc. is one of only a few companies in the United States to have earned the highly respected Platinum level membership within the FileMaker Business Alliance and recently won the exclusive FileMaker Business Alliance Partner of the Year award.

Productive Computing, Inc.
950 Boardwalk, Suite 205
San Marcos, CA 92078
http://www.productivecomputing.com
info@productivecomputing.com
(760) 510-1200

Press Contacts:
Productive Computing, Inc.
Keith Larochelle
(760) 510-1200

Integrating FileMaker Pro with Magento Shopping Cart

August 15th, 2011

 

Productive Computing, Inc. works with COFA Media to deliver a state-of-the art website for SundryDrop.com.  The website integrates SundryDrop’s existing FileMaker 11 database combined with FileMaker’s “ESS” and “Execute SQL” features to transfer data to and from a Magento based web store engine.  Magento is perhaps one of this most not the most sophisticated and full-featured open source web site / web store engines ever created.  FileMaker is one of the most flexible database engine / front end systems that was already running Sundry’s brick and mortar business.  Together the combination is a lethal “one-two punch” that delivers a highly flexible, highly customizable complete business solution for SundryDrop.  The amount of integration between these two technologies is unprecedented and to our knowledge the first of its kind on this scale.

SundryDrop.com is a brick and mortal business that buys collections and sells on consignment.  Having sold for more than 17 years, they enjoy over 60% repeat business and strive for high customer satisfaction.  What makes this integration more advanced is that SundryDrop simultaneously sells collectables through Amazon and Ebay, their new Magento based website, as well as their own retail store front.  Having four avenues to sell collectables is effective and necessary but managing the inventory is very difficult for your average Mom and Pop business.  Using FileMaker and the direct integration with the webstore provides a highly efficient operation .  For example, SundryDrop might make a particular collectable available on both Ebay as well as their main website at the same time.  If a customer were to purchase the item from Ebay, that inventory item is updated and automatically removed from the website because there is a direct connection between FileMaker and Magento.

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The Basics of Cloud Computing

July 22nd, 2011

“Cloud computing is a
model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of
configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications,
and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal
management effort or service provider interaction.”

– The National Institute of Standards and Technology

 

The “cloud” is a general term used to describe the Internet.  “Cloud Computing” can be
defined many ways, but in its simplest form it is the ability to access files and use software applications hosted on and accessed via the Internet.

The cloud has evolved to provide small businesses shared hardware and software resources for low cost. Cloud computing service providers can afford to do this because the capital costs required to provide the services are spread across thousands of customers.

Some examples of cloud computing technologies include:

  • SalesForce.com – Hosted Customer Relationship Manager
  • DropBox – Hosted File Sharing
  • Google Docs – Basic Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Slide Presentation Software
  • Hosted Exchange Accounts – Shared Email/Contacts/Calendars/Tasks for use with Outlook, iPhones, iPads, and Blackberry smart phones.

The most obvious consideration and end user benefit focusing a cloud based service, also known as “Software as a Service” (SaaS), is the low upfront costs.  Cloud based services generally require a monthly subscription and an initial set up fee.  Because cloud services are based on consumption, monthly fees will vary with the amount of data stored and number of users accessing it.  The benefit is that the end user is not required to have anything more than an Internet browser and a basic computer.  No software or server hardware is purchased or installed at the end user’s office.

On the other hand, low cost cloud based services have several drawbacks.  The Internet itself has a cost to access and it isn’t always as fast or responsive as you would like.  End users waiting for their screens to refresh or data to download or upload can be time consuming and make for a less friendly and less efficient user experience.  Most cloud based software applications have fewer features than a competing product that is installed locally on the end user’s computer.  This is mainly because an Internet browser isn’t as sophisticated and has less capabilities than a traditional locally installed application. Web applications such as Google Docs are great for basic office document
functions but are incapable of doing more complicated word processing or spreadsheet
tasks.  Many cloud based services are also a “one size fits all” model.  Very few SaaS vendors allow you to customize their services to meet your specific organization’s needs.

To bridge the gap, some companies are blending the use of hosted hardware infrastructure with traditional software installations and many non cloud based applications now offer cloud capabilities.  For example Core3 CRM (www.core3crm.com) a Customer Relationship Manager built using the popular and versatile FileMaker Pro database engine, offers the option of hosting its data files in the cloud and several methods to provide access to a custom modified version of the application though the internet.  This provides the best of both worlds – a hosted application which can be accessed either locally or through the internet with the capability to customize it for your business.

Utilizing cloud computing has already become a regular tool for many companies.  The key is to identify and understand which tool is the right one for the job.

For more information about FileMaker Pro, Custom Software Development or CRM applications, visit www.productivecomputing.com

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Easy Tasks to Maintain Your Windows PC

June 21st, 2010

Occasionally clients ask us what they can do to maintain their computer with the intention to speed it up and keep it clean and running well. Although there is a laundry list of things that could and should be done to keep your computer clean and running well, here are three items that can at least get you started and that don’t require a technical expert to configure or adopt..

Disk Defragmentation

Disk defragmentation is the process of resorting all the data on a hard drive so that it starts at the beginning of the disk and is ordered in a sequential nature. Defragmentation is of vital importance to maintaining a properly running computer.

Below is a video demonstrating this on Windows 7. The same concept applies if you’re using Windows XP although the exact location may vary slightly.

http://www.productivecomputing.com/blog/video_library/EasyThingsYouCanDo/defrag.flv

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Disk Cleanup

The idea of disk cleanup is to remove files that you don’t need anymore. The main purpose is to save hard drive disk space. Although the act of removing files from your computer may not result in noticeable speed increases, it’s always a good idea to only store what you need and remove what you don’t. The more files you have on the computer the more your computer has to keep track of those files in its internal index.

Below is a video demonstrating this on Windows 7. The same concept applies if you’re using Windows XP although the exact location may vary slightly.

http://www.productivecomputing.com/blog/video_library/EasyThingsYouCanDo/Disk Cleanup.flv

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System Updates

System updates are important releases that either patch or enhance the operating system and related operating system components. The updates are generally comprised of recommended and optional updates.

Although few could argue that installing a required security update is important, many are perplexed by exactly how and when these updates take place. Some would argue that the updates happen at the most inconvenient times like when you’re trying to shut your computer down on your way out to appointment and you get the screen that says “Installing updates 1 of… please do not shut down your computer…” To avoid this from happening, you can schedule when your system to automatically downloads and performs updates.

Below is a video demonstrating this on Windows 7. The same concept applies if you’re using Windows XP although the exact location may vary slightly.

http://www.productivecomputing.com/blog/video_library/EasyThingsYouCanDo/Install Updates.flv

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