About Mark Richman

Mark Richman is a FileMaker Certified Developer at Skeleton Key in St. Louis, MO.

Entries by Mark Richman

Midwestern Energy Cooperative Skips Steep Licensing Fees and Enjoys Greater Functionality with FileMaker and Skeleton Key

Midwest Energy is a customer-owned electric and gas utility that services just under 100,000 meters in central and western Kansas. Even for a utility of its size, it has a relatively small IT department with no shortage of projects and infrastructure to maintain and manage. Streamlined workflows and automation are central for staying on top […]

Is Claris FileMaker Just Microsoft Access on Steroids?

Strangely enough, every few years some well-meaning IT professional asks us this question, and to be completely honest, we can understand why. Eons ago, in the early days of the Claris FileMaker product, this comparison made sense, as both Claris FileMaker and Access let a user author databases that were self-contained and for individual users. […]

Project Management Tips for Custom App Development

There was a time when nurses had to enter everything into a patient’s chart by hand. If you’re old enough to remember those bulky clipboards hung on the end of a hospital bed, it’s hard to believe that the medical community accepted the potential risk of pen and paper long after other industries moved onto […]

How Does Claris FileMaker Solve the Biggest Problems for Creative Teams?

Internal creative teams face diverse challenges for project, product and asset management. The same app often needs to serve as a project tracker, as well as a database for thousands of proprietary products and their associated rich media files. Because creative teams are well aware of how that app should function, the shortcomings of off-the-shelf […]

Custom Business Applications Can Help Your Workflow. Here’s How to Source Them.

What most small business owners eventually realize, typically after several years of clunky efforts at application development or managing their data manually, is that most off-the-shelf applications are simply not designed to match the flow or structure of their company’s workflow. Most businesses are one-of-a-kind, and so their internal business software needs to be, too. […]

Are Spreadsheets Slowing Your Business Down?

In today’s data-driven business environment, spreadsheets have become a foundational component of any data management platform. Organizations that don’t use spreadsheets for some aspect of their daily operations are few and far between. That’s because spreadsheets offer an intuitive tool for collecting, managing, sharing, and calculating data across devices.  At the same time, however, spreadsheets […]

7 Strategies for Increasing Workplace Productivity

How much more work could your team be getting done? At Skeleton Key, we spend a lot of time thinking about this question and helping businesses formulate an answer. We’re workplace innovation specialists with the tools to develop a customized software solution that improves employee productivity. Ultimately, we focus on empowering your team so they […]

What You Need to Know About Data Effectiveness

In terms of your organization’s workflows, there are two ways to think about data. First, how can you use business data more efficiently, and second, how can you use data more effectively? That means that just because you’re using data more efficiently, you aren’t necessarily using that data more effectively—and vice versa. We spend a […]

What to Look for in a Business Workflow Specialist

Alongside your network, your business’s workflows are the backbone of your day-to-day operations. As with your technology, it’s vital to continually clarify and refine your team’s workflows to maximize workplace productivity and propel growth. Companies frequently do not have the internal resources—whether it be time, expertise, or a combination of both—to gain in-depth insights into […]