Greg Dember

Filemaker Database System Consultant/Developer

I am an independent database system developer, based in the Seattle area, and I specialize in Filemaker. I work for small businesses (one to twenty-ish employees) who need customized computer software for running their day-to-day operations. I have more than ten years of experience and solid recommendations.

Filemaker is a Mac, Windows, iOS, and browser-friendly database application that is accessible to relative beginners, but in the hands of an experienced and knowledgeable programmer can provide the platform for extremely sophisticated user interfaces and robust data processing.

Modular Approach
Filemaker is very well-suited to the modular approach to development that I personally prefer. When starting up with a new client, I like to agree on a useful but very well-defined, contained and "do-able" chunk of work. As my clients get used to the features that we start with, and as I become familiar with their business model and culture, we then collaboratively generate new ideas for how their database systems can be made more powerful and user-friendly.

In addition to the latest version of Filemaker, I am proficient and current with HTML5/CSS3 and Applescript. I also have enough experience with XML, SQL/PHP and WSDL to collaborate with programmers who are expert in those technologies, most frequently for the purpose of connecting in-house filemaker systems to outward-facing web-based databases that are accessible to the general public. Filemaker also has its own built-in Instant Web Publishing and WebDirect features, which I am experienced in.

Finally, in terms of my technical knowledge and experience, I have a background in Artificial Intelligence and recursive programming techniques that often come in handy for projects that involve massaging or restructuring of data.

I am a Mac guy, but I play well with Windows people and systems.

I prefer to work on projects in which I will be collaborating directly with the owner of the company, or with a very specific person high-up in the organization who has freedom to make decisions about technology. Beyond that criterion, I choose clients based on a mutual feeling that we will be a good fit in terms of working and communication style.

I currently work for companies in a diversity of fields, including medical-equipment warehousing, educational publishing, advertising/design, and environmentally-friendly cleaning services.

ClaimsMagic 4.0 is a software package that I created, designed to assist solo health-care practitioners in managing their insurance billing. I am no longer actively supporting this software, but existing users should feel free to contact me for information.

My Life
I split my time between homes in Seattle and on Vashon Island. Along side my computery work, I edit an online arts and humanities magazine, called Artocratic and I am a musician.

My email address is my first name and last name, separated by a period, "at" gmail "dotcom"