A READER ASKS: Biting The FileMaker 10 Upgrade Bullet

From Dwayne Wright - Certified FileMaker 9 Developer
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A READER ASKS
Thanks for the offer of updating our FileMaker 6; however, I’m wondering if we should be biting the bullet now and purchasing FMP 10. What is the cost and how do I go about that? More importantly, are our current files/data transferable to the new program? (I’ve just spend a week fighting with another software upgrade and I’m ready to jump off a bridge!) What assistance can you offer me to get FMP 10 all ready to go?

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DWAYNE RESPONDS
I’ve seen upgrades from FileMaker 6 go smooth as silk and that will likely be the case with your database. The large majority of upgrades really present no problem at all. I have seen upgrades which presented problems and most of those entail databases that have (with what I like to call) significant database dust bunnies under the hood.

Database dust bunnies can cover Winchester Mansion coding (with stair cases that need nowhere), damaged data or damage to the database itself.

FLOATING A TRIAL BALLOON
Normally I recommend the first step is to do a test migration. We can do that for a relatively low cost. I take your files and convert them into FileMaker 10. I then run some diagnostics on the converted files. Then I give you a comprehensive proposal on the upgrade costs, hurdles we may need to address and a proposed timeline for the rollout.

I also give you copies of the converted files. You can then download a trial version of FileMaker 10 from the FileMaker web site. Spend some quality time with the converted files to see how they work out for you.

NO UPGRADE PATH FROM FMI
There is no supported upgrade pricing from FileMaker Inc. from version 6 to version 10. I’ve always considered this cutoff a missed opportunity for both FMI and its holdout FileMaker 6 client base. However, it is what it is and there is no benefit about debating about what we cannot change. As a FileMaker Business Alliance member, I can offer you some discounted pricing for FileMaker 10 products. We would need to know how many copies of FileMaker 10 you need and then work out a proposal that works best for you.

COSTS FOR FLOATING THE TRIAL BALLOON
The entire process takes about five hours for me to finish. My current rates are $85.00 a hour, so we are looking at $425.00. Since I made the crack about FMI upgrade pricing for FileMaker 6 customers, probably just fair that I offer something myself. So how about $350.00 for the trial balloon process? This gets you ...

- your files converted to FileMaker 10
- recommendations for your upgrade process (good, better and best)
- analysis on where you database dust bunnies may lie
- recommendations on dealing with the database dust bunnies
- quote for the entire upgrade including copies of FileMaker 10
- one hour on the phone chatting about your database and how it applies to your business

If you want to purchase a trial balloon, just let me know. I can send you an invoice and we can get the ball rolling. Often times, it is more convenient to send an electronic invoice that you can pay with a PayPal account or a credit card such as Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
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