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FILEMAKER LAUNCHES DEDICATED

EDUCATION SECTOR SOLUTION WEBSITES

…Highlights case studies and breadth of support available…



URLs: http://www.filemaker.co.uk/micro-further-ed/,

http://www.filemaker.co.uk/micro-education/



LONDON, UK – January 26th, 2004 – FileMaker International Ltd., a leader in workgroup databases and workgroup information solutions, today unveiled two new web sites devoted to highlighting the wide number of FileMaker solutions available for the UK education sector.



Located at http://www.filemaker.co.uk/micro-education/ and http://www.filemaker.co.uk/micro-further-ed/, these sites also contain a number of new case studies showing how educational establishments of all types and sizes have benefited from deploying FileMaker. For example,

Croxteth Community Comprehensive School, a medium-sized, co-educational school situated on the outskirts of Liverpool, has improved pupil attendance, reduced the workload involved in managing supply cover, and generally improved its entire approach to information management through the deployment of FileMaker.



According to Andy Marsh, ICT Applications Manager at Croxteth: “There is an ever increasing demand on schools to analyse and evaluate data in a meaningful context. However, the mountain of data that the school generated wasn’t necessarily used to best effect. We were often ending up with duplication of data across the school. We really needed to improve the quality and usefulness of documents produced and the way we used data. And we also required a bespoke solution that could be customised to fit our needs. Staff also needed to access data without needing to go through a third party to get it, such as phoning the central office for a student’s telephone number. More specifically, we needed to roll out electronic registration across the school and provide the staff with a powerful tool to combat lateness, spot truancy, record attendance, automate letter sending and trigger phone calls to parents of absent students.”



Continues Marsh: “In the end, our decision was quite simple. FileMaker Pro met all of our criteria. Staff now have data at their fingertips and can access it from anywhere in the school. Student attendance is also easily tracked and truancy is quickly spotted. Cost and time has been saved by centralising the printing and sending of absence letters. Staff can see the benefits of using the system and have been very quick to learn it. It has helped us enormously with managing supply cover. We’ve reduced the workload of our cover manager by half because FileMaker automatically shows him free staff available for cover from the FileMaker timetable module and inserts group, room and teacher info ready for display in the staffroom. Also, it could be argued we now have a competitive advantage over the pupils in that we know precisely if they are in and which sessions they have (or have not!) attended. For the future, we are planning to expand the system to include other modules such as instant SMS text sending to parents, subject testing, assessment, report writing and lesson planning. We will also be looking at publishing data on the web using FileMaker Unlimited as well as enabling access through PDA's. Longer term, we are exploring expanding the solution to local primary schools and perhaps even throughout other LEA schools.”



Commenting on the new sites, FileMaker Regional Manager for Northern Europe Tony Speakman said: “The new economic climate is driving growing numbers of educational establishments to investigate the use of tools such as FileMaker in order to accomplish objectives faster and better – and most importantly, for less money. The IT suppliers that are most likely to help the education sector are those that can support ICT advisors and IT Managers in managing the complexity of the current economic and political climate. In these kinds of situation, demand for projects to become more cost effective and met within tighter deadlines becomes paramount. Ultimately, low total cost of ownership (TCO) is just as important in the education sector as in the corporate world. We felt that this sector would be well served by web sites dedicated to demonstrating how FileMaker has already made a huge impact on the efficiency to all types of educational establishment. By providing clear and conc
ise information about the breadth of solutions available and how other schools, colleges and universities have benefited from FileMaker, we feel we can help everyone in this vital sector, from students to teachers and administrative staff. We look forward to continuing to deliver the easiest to use and most economical database solutions for the education sector for both Mac and PC.”



About FileMaker



FileMaker is a leader in workgroup databases and workgroup information solutions. Unlike complex database software, the FileMaker intuitive interface empowers knowledge workers to create and share rich solutions. The award-winning FileMaker line of database software provides relational power, instant and custom Web publishing and legendary ease-of-use. FileMaker, Inc. is the database software subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL).



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