Originally Posted by Mr. Me
I'm not shooting the messenger; I am only pointing that his message is wrong.
Wrong how? As much as I like FileMaker, it is just not widely used outside Mac. That's a fact. Feel free to correct me with fact and I will stand corrected.
Originally Posted by Karl Kuehn
You are correct that FileMaker is a "nitch" product, but I think you vastly underestimate how large that nitch is. I have done quite a bit of contracting work for small compainies that are Windows-only but are also FileMaker-only. And with the newest version allowing for external SQL tables over ODBC I think that FileMaker is ready for another growth cycle.
In over 10 years developing client/server/web applications, I have never seen FileMaker (or Access) used in enterprise environment. I have seen it used for internal use (e.g., bug tracking, data warehouse), but never for production environment. Heck, until version 9, FileMaker wasn't even considered as a "real DBMS" due to limited SQL capability.
The fact is, not even Apple use FileMaker for anything but small scale projects. That is not to suggest desktop database market is dead. Business analysts depend on them and for many SMBs (and even some mid-size), they are entirely suitable (especially given their front-end RAD capabilities). It's just that like Office and Windows, Access owns majority of that market.
For FileMaker to breakaway from that Microsoft's hold, I would love to see low cost or open source edition of it (perhaps bundled with iWork). But as it stands, it is priced to compete directly against Access and for all practical intent and purpose, is designed to attract existing FileMaker users rather than new.