Databased vs. Web-BasedS
Should you trust your data to a wholly web-based solution?
Claris FileMaker® solutions are databases that work on the web giving you the best of both worlds. Consider the following:
• Ownership of Data Framework: With Membership Keeper, you control the data AND the data framework. If you want to customize it, archive it, or create new reports, you can! If you are not happy with a web-based solution's attributes, you're stuck with an export of your data and no framework. Not very useful...
• Independence from Internet Access: Membership Keeper does not rely completely on an internet connection like web-based solutions. With Membership Keeper, you can work on the source file offline, you can be working on an upgrade offline and switch files when your new set of data (like a new school year of data) or customizations are ready. Can't do that a web-based solution.
• Security of Data: With wholly web-based solutions, it is super easy for users to share passwords, sometimes with unfortunate outcomes. With Membership Keeper, you can choose whether or not to put your data on the internet and cutomize how much of it is accessible on the internet.
• Customization: Membership Keeper is built on Claris FileMaker® Pro, known as the most user-friendly Workplace Innovation Platform software. Ease-of-use is a hallmark of Claris FileMaker® Pro.
• Ability to Archive Data with Data Framework: Because with Membership Keeper you own both your data and the framework it is in, you can keep fully-functioning copies of your archive data. With a wholly web-based solution you are likely to end up with just an tab-delimited export of your data. For example, you might want to keep a copy of each school year's data in it's framework so you can still run the reports that you depend on, especially when gleaning alumni data.
Recent Blog Posts
~ Thinking about Membership Keeper ~
“Membership Keeper is just what we needed for the Athletic Boosters. The integration with PTSA’s list has saved hours of data entry. And the reports make it a snap to create lists for targeted emails. The best part is it’s so easy to use. That means that my search for my successor is no longer limited to those with database expertise.”
— David Poole, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Athletic Boosters
“This software creates a really nice directory for our school that allows for every different type of family scenario and all possible data to be entered.”
— Joy Weir, Mary Munford Elementary School PTA School Directory Volunteer
“"Membership Keeper has been a lifesaver this year. As the Volunteer Coordinator, I have ALL the school's volunteer information at my fingertips. In one place, volunteer information can be updated, exports created, directories created, searches completed, emails created and sent, etc. with ease. The options are limitless."”
— Valerie Amirault Cao, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Volunteer Coordinator