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Productive Computing Announces FileMaker Server 14 Availability

June 4th, 2015

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Productive Computing, Inc. is proud to announce FileMaker Server 14 availability.

 

PCI has been busy building significant infrastructure to accommodate customers who are interested in hosting solutions with FileMaker Server 14 and take advantage of the latest version of FileMaker’s WebDirect technology. Starting immediately PCI has the availability to host FileMaker 14 Server based solutions on all four of our data centers (Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta).  In addition to the FileMaker Server 14 build out, we have also recently upgraded all our servers to take advantage of the latest secure certificate technologies (SSL) encrypting customer data at the maximum level possible at no extra charge.

 

PCI maintains a healthy stable of compatibility for FileMaker versions 11 through 14 and our customers always get the choice as to which server version they would like to be on and in what part of the country for their maximum benefit.  PCI has long been known for providing the highest level of personalized hosting support for our customers using the latest technologies while tirelessly ensuring that our machines are running the latest versions of server and the OS and with the best in class hardware/software available.

 

“I can’t tell you why, but the Core is working faster than ever on your server versus my previous hosting provider. I just did an import and sort of 200 emails with attachments and it was noticeably faster than ever. I am very happy. Productive Computing offers high caliber customer service, and I feel great knowing you are always there to assist whenever I need it.”

Jeff Geoffray

 

“We use Productive Computing’s FileMaker Hosting services for a customized solution that is used each year by hundreds of attendees at the annual FileMaker DevCon. Their team offers great support and I highly recommend them to anyone seeking dependable FileMaker Hosting with sterling customer service.”

 

Ron Robertson

GTR Global Meetings and Technology

 

 

On a side note, PCI has also been busy certifying our plugins for FileMaker 14 compatibility. Each plug-in will be available in 32 bit compatibility and where applicable updated for 64 bit compatibility. Please see our website for updates.

 

These plug-ins will remain 32 bit until the third party libraries these plug-ins talk to are 64 compatible:

FM Books Connector – www.fmbooksconnector.com

Outlook Manip for Mac – www.outlookmanipulatorformac.com

 

10 Advantages of Hosting FileMaker Solutions

January 9th, 2015

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Server Hardware

Server hardware is a big ingredient in the performance and wellbeing of your FileMaker solution. Do you have a handle on exactly what to purchase? How much RAM, processor and hard drive do you need?  Which brand of computer? Which platform? Who will warrantee it? What are the IT costs associated with purchasing, installing and configuring your own server? Do you have expertise on how to virtualize your server if you go that route?  How long will it take to set up?  The hassles and effort to setup hardware is one of the most popular reasons people choose to host with a provider instead of on their own.

 

Installation/Configuration Expertise

When was the last time you configured FileMaker Server software?  Do you the expertise to configure it for the maximum performance and protection? This is often better done by your hosting provider who works with the server software on a daily basis.

 

 

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You don’t need to purchase FileMaker Server Software.  If you were to have your own server, you’d be responsible for the yearly purchase and maintenance of the FileMaker server software as well.  If you host your solution, the FileMaker licensing is included as part of the hosting cost and many times less than what you’d pay for the server licensing alone.

 

 

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You don’t need to worry about being responsible for your own backups.  Will your backups be monitored to perform reliability and religiously?  Do you have off-site backups?  If so, did you figure that into the cost?  With Productive Computing Hosting, your backup is delivered to you nightly with the convenience of a Dropbox link.  We also store 4 years’ worth of backups for you at no additional charge!  Direct access to the FileMaker Server Admin Console and the ability to setup and configure your own server side scripts at no extra charge.

 

Bandwidth

One of the biggest factors in the speed of a FileMaker solution is the upload bandwidth from the server.  The cost to purchase a large upload pipe is extreme for an individual business (many hundreds of dollars per month).  Since a hosting provider hosts your files at a data center, large upload speeds are part of the benefit of hosting and included in the cost.

 

Uptime/Availability

Do you have a proper server room that is protected and monitored 24/7?  FileMaker hosting providers use data centers that typically provide 99.95% uptime/availability and top level security.

 

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Firewall configuration and security is a necessary part of the FileMaker setup.  In most cases, this means getting your IT expert involved. None of this is required when you host with a provider.

 

 

Server Maintenance

As with anything in the software world, patches and updates will be required for both the operating system as well as FileMaker Server software itself.  Staying on top of this is extremely important.  At Productive Computing, we monitor and test the latest software patches and proactively update OS and FileMaker patches balancing uptime and security.

 

Protection

With your own server comes the responsibly of dealing with virus protection, hackers, SPAM, and Malware.  Unique to Productive Computing, we host FileMaker files on OS X based Unix servers which are considered by most to be the safest environment to prevent viruses and malware.

 

Encryption

If you plan to use Web Direct, we recommend encrypting the data between the browser and the server.  At Productive Computing we install secure certificates for all our Filemaker 13 (and above) servers for you at no extra charge so you have the peace of mind without the expense and configuration worry of installing and maintaining your own secure certificate.

 

Changes to FileMaker Upgrade Licensing Coming Soon

September 9th, 2014

Now is the time to upgrade to the FileMaker 13 Platform!FMP_13_Folder

As your FileMaker Partner we wanted to make sure you were aware of the changes in upgrade licensing that FileMaker is switching to in late September. This is a big change in how you can stay current with your software, but we feel it will be easier in maintaining your solution at the most optimum level.

As of September 26th, 2014:

FileMaker Pro 10 upgrade eligibility ends which means you will have to pay full price to move up to the latest version.

Clients with 5 seats or more (Volume Licensing Program) will no longer be able to purchase upgrades. This means if you have 5 or more seats you will need to remain current with your maintenance agreement or have to purchase the seats again at full price.

The new FileMaker 13 Platform is a set of tools and technologies used to easily create custom solutions that go everywhere your business takes you. Get more than 50 new features that include breakthrough web technology, flexible design tools, native iOS behaviors, and stronger security.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your FileMaker licensing to ensure you don’t have to pay full price again for new releases.

Click here if you are ready to upgrade: http://www.productivecomputing.com/FileMaker-software

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Ready, Set, Go Racing! Join Productive Computing, Inc. & Corporate Alliance at K1 Speedway

June 13th, 2014

Corporate Alliance in partnership with Productive Computing, Inc. would like to invite you to participate in the 1st of its kind Corporate Alliance Electric Karting Grand Prix on 6/19/2014 at 6:30pm.  We rescheduled the event due to the recent fires.  

This spectacle of pageantry features a spirited event of thrills and camaraderie well suited for making memories and building strong relationships through friendly competition.  This casual and catered event is located at the indoor K1 Speedway in Carlsbad and is open to novice and experienced racing participants as well as enthusiastic spectators alike.

For racers, the cost of the event is $75 which includes dinner courtesy of Productive Computing, Inc., a 12 lap practice race, a 14 lap qualifying race and a 16 lap grand prix style final race with trophies for the top three finishers, podium photo and statistic score sheets for all. Spectators can enjoy the food, drinks and the camaraderie of racing for just $10/person.

So come out and hop in a kart to compete or just to witness the Larochelle brothers in their native habitat.  Whatever the reason, the night will be sure to put a smile on your face!

 

When: Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: K1 Speed Carlsbad

6212 Corte Del Abeto

Carlsbad, CA  92011

 

Click here to register:  http://bit.ly/1kTGzER

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Productive Computing Opens New FileMaker Hosting Data Center – WebDirect™ Now Available

January 27th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego, CA – January 27, 2014 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, today announced the opening of a new FileMaker® Pro hosting data center in Milwaukee, WI. In addition Productive Computing is now offering FileMaker 13 and WebDirect™ technology which securely runs business solutions in a web browser. FileMaker WebDirect is ideal for those who prefer a simple alternative to database access without locally installing software.

“We are so happy to bring our newest FileMaker hosting data center on-line to serve the greater Chicago area, Central U.S. and Canada. This 4th data center, coupled with adding FileMaker 13 hosting capabilities, is PCI’s most recent effort in continuing our commitment to bring our customers the latest versions and fastest FileMaker hosting experience possible.” – Marc Larochelle, CEO, Productive Computing, Inc.

FileMaker Pro hosting services allow customers to host FileMaker databases or solutions on Productive Computing servers in the cloud. All the necessary server infrastructure and software is maintained by PCI and kept up-to-date for optimum performance.

Watch the video below for information on FileMaker database hosting benefits:
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FileMaker Hosting Differences You Can Count On:
While there are many choices out there for hosting a FileMaker Pro database, keeping things focused and simple to efficiently accomplish your hosting needs is our philosophy. Here are some things that make Productive Computing, Inc.’s FileMaker Pro database hosting service different:

  1. We are a large FileMaker Platinum development firm with extensive expert knowledge of all things FileMaker (not just a hosting company who may or may not know how FileMaker works under the hood).
  2. The biggest difference in speed your users will experience is directly related to the user’s proximity to our servers. With 4 data centers located in New York City, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Las Vegas, the server your data is being served from is close by and served up fast.
  3. We have physical servers with SSD drives (nothing virtual, nothing outdated) and as a result have read/write times faster than traditional hard drives.
  4. We don’t overload our servers with too many files or customers and we always use the latest version of FileMaker Server and OS security patches after we have tested them.
  5. FileMaker 13 WebDirect hosting is available to bring a desktop-like experience to users via a web browser without the requirements of traditional web programming.
  6. We perform local backups, twice daily backups to a physical attached drive, and to the cloud. That gives us 3 points of redundancy for disaster recovery and up to 30 days of data as well as weekly and monthly snapshots.
  7. We provide a daily DropBox backup for those customers who want the peace of mind to know their data is at their fingertips. No cumbersome FTP programs are required to get at your data should you need it.
  8. We provide direct FileMaker Server admin console access for users on FileMaker 12 – 13 where they can close and open files, download files, etc. We can provide direct access to FileMaker 11 Server admin as well for developers who request it.
  9. We provide a unique Instant Web Publishing (IWP) scenario for FileMaker 11 – 12 users that will auto redirect to a web page of your choosing upon IWP time out or IWP log out. We developed this technology here in-house and it’s truly one of a kind.

Various FileMaker hosting server locations also provide a foundation for Software as a Service (SaaS) product subscriptions. Products including Core4 CRM, Core3 CRM, Core2 CRM, and FM Work Orders are available to customers for a monthly fee under SaaS.

Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial of FileMaker Database hosting or SaaS today!

 

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 Core4 CRM, Core3 CRM, Core2 CRM, Core2 Invoices, FM Work Orders, OrgPlanner, Music Director Pro 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, Apple’s 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 Core4 CRM, 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
www.ProductiveComputing.com
sales@productivecomputing.com
(760) 510-1200

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