Something different but very relevant

The purpose of this video is use humor to illustrate a point that almost everybody on this forum is likely to recognize.. When you watch the video, you'll discover the point. If you tell somebody that what they are doing is nuts, stupid, etc, they will immediately go into defensive mode and good luck with getting them out of that. However, if you make the same point with humor, then they are likely to a). laugh (that's a great ice-breaker) and b). recognize the truth in there. Then you can start a serious conversation.


I don't see the point in posting this video here others than for commercial purposes. Too off topic. Please stay focused or this forum will soon be a mess. Thanks.

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Maybe we can use it to spark a conversation about how people here have convinced clients to move from Excel to FileMaker?

What pain points were highlighted in the conversation between the patient (client) and the doctor (developer)?

What is their purpose for being in your office in the first place, given how found they are for their spreadsheets?

Knowing how much work and skills the employees had to put in to coerce Excel into doing the job somehow, (how) do you address the feelings that may interfere with adoption of your solution ?

Do you have a success story or a story that you would play differently in retrospective, that you can edify us with?

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Thanks for this video, very entertaining - I guessed what was wrong but couldn't stop watching.

There are so much companies that use Excel as a database - remember a few months ago when we learned that in England the government was keeping COVID-19 information in Excel, using an old version. They were keeping adding more an more rows . . . only to discover they lost lots of data because the maximum number of rows was reached :joy:.

This post is in the lounge, IMHO this is not of topic. This video uses humor to expose a situation that is still happening in 2021. We all know at least one business that uses Excel for what it's not make for. And the video clearly depicts what happens when Excel is considered a database.

@cheesus With respect, the point of the video is very much on topic and it is a situation that hundreds of thousands of companies face every day. There is no commercial aspect to it; quite the opposite in fact. I write a large amount of 'comedic' material and I like to share it with people and teh reward is once in a while somebody tells me they got a good laugh; something that we all need in these current times.

@planteg Thank you and I'm delighted you enjoyed it.

Maybe I was a bit hasty in judging your video. To be honest, I didn't take the time to listen to the whole video until now. I'd like to apologize for that.

I also have to admit that the video is still not my cup of coffee since I'm mainly looking for information here, not for entertainment. But that's just my personal taste... No offense!

No apologies necessary. I've posted a couple of educational and informative videos explaining key Filemaker concepts to the Community Forum but they are not aimed at experts who already know all this stuff. Don't be too down on the entertainment aspect though; I;ve found that things stick much more when they are explained in an entertaining why. Jut my 2¢.

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You asked for a success story. Years back, I wrote a FileMaker solution for a manufacturing company that was doing all of their quoting using a combination of spreadsheets and Word documents. It could take several hours to put a single quote together and the company had 2.5 people working full time preparing quotes and another person converting quotes to orders. Very slow resonse time, many many mistakes and the business was on the verge of collapsing. Fast forward 9 months and the new system goes live allowing for a very complex quote to be delivered to the customer before they hung up the phone. What happened next was astonishing. 1. Their business literally tripled overnight going from $100K a month in sales to $300K +. Why? Simple. Customers were so impressed that they got a very professional looking quote and incredibly fast and many of them just said Yes, right then and there. 2. They went from having 3.5 people processing quotes and orders to 1 person who could do it all. 3. Manufacturing mistakes were almost totally eliminated so no returns. 4. Component ordering was automated so that they always had the right amount of all crucial components without spending large amounts of money on items they weren't sure they would need, and often didn't. 5. That system which cost $90K to go live has now generated more than $12 million in extra revenue.