For some time I have struggled to make sense of the pricing strategy FileMaker have pursued - it is "really" difficult to sell in my area of expertise.
Having a 5 user minimum licence for a server based solution and making that a yearly cost before I have even built in my development costs and maintenance fees just make it non viable. The removal of the runtime is an absolute disaster for FileMaker in my opinion - why not have the option but charge a fee every time you deploy a runtime solution?
I have been evaluating alternatives for some time and have now rewritten my core solution in the new development tool of choice.
I always struggled with some of the clunkiness around the way FileMaker used context and specific layouts in order to determine which tables were available - it just seems a clunky way of controlling the scope. Likewise with the scripting and calculation engines - they just seem very dated and difficult to code in.
I do love the ease with which you can pull together a total solution with FileMaker Go etc but the negatives out-way the positives for me.
So good luck everyone - you are all very helpful and lovely people - I'm jumping ship and feel energised by the choice.