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Why should I invest in a database?
Data is perhaps every organization’s most precious–and
pervasive–asset. Yet it typically fails to fulfill its
potential because we don’t connect the dots in a meaningful
way. Well-designed database applications can bring meaning and
utility to even the most disparate and dislocated data, helping
organizations work faster, smarter, better–and ultimately–more
profitably. For more insight, read “Why
Build a Database?”
Why should I rely on a consulting firm, rather than developing
my own solution?
Database consultants can free you to focus on your
work, rather than the technology you use to do the job. We save
you time and
money because we can anticipate and avoid problems that may go
undetected by inexperienced professionals.
How can I get the most from your services?
The earlier you involve
us in your planning process, the more significant our contribution
will be. We’re happy to offer a preliminary
assessment at no cost to you. This gives us the knowledge we need
to build an informed estimate – and it helps familiarize
you with our people, our perspective and our processes
How much does it cost?
The cost depends on your project’s
scope. If you need to justify the investment for budget approval,
we can help you prepare
a cost/benefit analysis before development begins. Most projects
pay for themselves fairly quickly by tangibly boosting productivity
or opening the door to increased revenues.
How quickly can I expect a solution?
Project duration depends on
our role and the system’s complexity.
We complete most assignments within 1-3 months. Longer jobs are
typically completed in phases, so they’re more manageable
for our clients and for our team. In many cases, we operate as
the virtual “database department” for our client, so
our commitment is ongoing.
How deeply involved must I be?
Although we respect our clients’ time,
we rely on regular input and reality checks from a designated “business
your organization. This helps us move efficiently toward a solution
that your users can readily embrace.
Do you specialize in a particular type of database application?
it’s about productivity, it’s appropriate for us
What if our needs change?
By planning ahead, we can build a system
that will easily change with you. If you have a flexible database
changes typically shouldn’t trigger fundamental restructuring.
Regardless, we can help with quick fixes as well as major upgrades.
Why do you often use FileMaker software?
For years we emphasized
FileMaker because it’s a stable,
scalable, versatile, cross-platform foundation, suitable for most
database needs – from simple Excel file conversion to ambitious
enterprise-wide implementations. However, our repertoire also includes
a variety of other database development tools.
Is there ready-made software I can use, instead of building
a custom solution?
Many one-size-fits-all applications aren’t
flexible enough to accommodate the distinct needs of various organizations.
the long-run, overcoming these obstacles can be more costly and
time-consuming than hiring a consultant at the outset.
Are you comfortable working with large-scale systems?
We have deep
technical know-how and we speak the language of IT professionals.
That means you can trust us to adhere to corporate
IT standards and operate as an advocate for you, as we build applications
that run in parallel with enterprise systems.
How big is your firm?
Our two principals participate in every project.
When clients require additional resources, specialized services
or accelerated schedules,
we augment the team with top designers and developers from our
network of consulting allies.
Why should we work with you, instead of a larger firm?
receive personal attention from the founders of our organization – both
of whom are highly skilled, dedicated database professionals. We’re
committed to your satisfaction, and we’ll actively work to
earn your trust.
Where are your clients located?
Because we’re based in the
San Francisco Bay Area, most of our clients are located in California.
But we serve organizations
in other states as well.
Do you train users?
Absolutely. Our mission is to design, develop
and deploy information systems. When documentation, orientation
or training can help your
users adopt a solution, we’ll lead you through every step.
How do we get started?
Contact us and
we’ll begin with a free preliminary needs assessment.