Back in the distant past (about 20 years ago), I became involved with a small manufacturing business that had to make do with the rudimentary business software offerings that existed at the time. Like other small businesses, our options consisted of either adopting the existing monolithic “suites” or using paper-based solutions. There was one other solution, the creation of a fully custom solution using a database offering such as FileMaker. Indeed, a related company had done just that and I can well recall the smug grins from the executives there who had spent hundreds of hours custom building a solution for their business on top of FileMaker.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.