July 7, 2008 in FileMaker (E)
[prMac.com] Orlando, FL - DnG Design & Development, the driving force behind the phenomenally successful FileMaker hot-spot, FMPug, today officially unveiled a new on-line community resource, FindFileMakerDevelopers (FFD). FFD introduces a wide range of features and benefits never before offered through a single FileMaker-driven on-line resource. The entire site is tightly focused on achieving two core objectives: (1) expanding business opportunities for professional FileMaker Pro developers, and (2) expanding the use and reach of FileMaker Pro databases in organizations large and small.
"Our members have expressed to us their need for such a service to help their businesses grow and to help them spread the use and the acceptance of FileMaker Pro especially to 'new-new' customers who have never used FileMaker before," said Andy Gaunt, founder of FMPug and the developer who designed the FFD site. "Whether it's FMPug or FFD, at the end of the day they are just infrastructure. Our inspiration, our concepts, our blueprints stem directly from the people, the FileMaker community we serve. We will continue to be the company who has an ear to the ground listening to what people have to say, and working to make the 'it' happen. There are millions of voices in the FileMaker community who want to be heard. We're doing our best to listen," he added.
Utilizing the latest FileMaker based technology, including FileMaker(R) Server 9 and the latest FileMaker PHP API, the FFD site boasts a simple, clean interface with a host of power-packed features aimed to please both the talent and the talent-seekers simultaneously. FFD has hit the ground running and is already hosting profiles for well over 50 FileMaker Pro development, consulting, and training companies from around the world. Over the course of the next few weeks FFD will focus on reaching its "critical mass" in order to have a healthy cross-section of companies, skill sets, and worldwide locales. DnG believes the presence and active promotion of FFD at the 2008 FileMaker Developers' Conference in Phoenix will greatly aid efforts to achieve that "critical mass" and to move forward.
Aptly named, FindFileMakerDevelopers transforms the way people find professional FileMaker Pro developers. The site provides a one-stop-shop for people, including both end-users and other FileMaker Pro developers, who are seeking an easy, efficient, and effective means to find quality FileMaker Pro talent, either locally or around the world. The process is simple: users enter their search criteria in the free-form search field, and the powerful search engine behind the system quickly returns a list of matching companies along with a comprehensive profile about each one. Each search is performed against every aspect of a given profile, which results in a list of companies that are relevant and applicable to the criteria entered.
Since the site is dedicated to FileMaker professionals, users may be assured the companies featured are 100% focused on FileMaker and FileMaker related applications. The depth of the company profiles allows users to actively compare and contrast skills, certifications, affiliations, and work samples, along with additional criteria - all in one place - before initiating contact directly with the selected company(ies) directly from the site.
"We've worked with some really fantastic companies to ensure right out of the gate that FindFileMakerDevelopers is a simple but powerful site people can readily use. Just as with FMPug, we want to continue to push the FileMaker movement forward, put the products, the resources, and the talent directly in front of people and make it super simple for people to find exactly what they need... when they need it. We're hoping that the cross integration between FMPug and FFD will maximize the benefits of both, and that we can become the first point of reference for people seeking FileMaker Pro talent, training, or services. These two resources work really well together, and we're looking forward to making the FileMaker community even stronger," Gaunt noted.
In addition to its sophisticated search capabilities, the site has a number of special features:
"Emergency Aid" - This feature provides professionals the ability to offer-up their services for a quick short-term project, while offering the talent seeker the ability hire talent on the spot. This slick little feature can be updated directly by the professional members from any web-enabled device.
"Short List Wizard" - This feature provides assistance to users who simply need a bit of guidance when it comes to locating FileMaker talent. The Wizard is designed to gently steer users in the right direction, preventing people from being overwhelmed with results. The flip side to using the Wizard is assuring that the companies are the most appropriate fit for the project itself - a benefit no matter how you look at it.
FindFileMakerDevelopers is the first site where users have the ability to study a select set of companies, in detail, without having to leave the site. The professional profiles cover the gamut - skills, affiliations, certifications, specialties and everything in between. Enormously beneficial, users now have the ability to actively compare and contrast companies - in one place - before initiating contact, again done directly through FFD.
The site offers a healthy dose of simple sophistication, clearly indicative that the navigation and overall functionality remained in the forefront during the design and implementation of FFD. Andy Gaunt explained striking a balance was absolutely key to making the site an attractive and functional option for both the people using the site and the professionals who are listed.
Strike a balance it does. Every feature examined plays equally well to both the professionals listed on the site and the users seeking talent.
To learn more about this brand new FileMaker community resource, read testimonials from companies already listed, or to understand how listing on FFD will help to strengthen and expand your business, please visit FindFileMakerDevelopers.
FindFileMakerDevelopers - Superior FileMaker Talent at your Fingertips
FMPug - A Developer's Best Friend
Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, DnG Design & Development, Inc. (DnG) is the home of FMPug.com and the newly introduced FindFileMakerDevelopers.com (FFD). DnG is fast becoming the world's leading resource for developers and users who utilize FileMaker Pro in their day-to-day activities. Winner of the Mad Dog PR Award and two FileMaker Excellence Awards, DnG Design & Development is continually updating its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of the FileMaker community. DnG prides itself on offering top quality resources to anyone and everyone interested in FileMaker.