Is Your Business Ready for the GDPR?

Is your business ready for the GDPR? Does it need to be? On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect in the EU. The GDPR introduces some of the strongest protection for personal information in the world. It replaces the previous regulation (Directive 95/46/EC), introducing more stringent […]

Oakdale Precision’s New Web Site Bridges the Gap Between WordPress and FileMaker

Oakdale Precision, Inc. is a rapidly growing, full-service manufacturing job shop that supplies parts, assemblies, fixtures, and capital equipment to over 100 companies. They pride themselves in producing high quality items, with quick turnaround and short lead times. Their specialized equipment and workers can produce sheet and turned metal components specified to incredible tolerances. FileMaker […]

Redesigning a Website for Maximum Impact – FREE eBook

Upgrading​ ​or​ ​redesigning​ ​your​ ​website​ ​can​ ​be​ ​tough​ ​decision​ ​to​ ​make.​ ​The​ ​old​ ​adage​ ​“don’t​ ​fix what​ ​ain’t​ ​broken”​ ​is​ ​certainly​ ​true​ ​in​ ​many​ ​cases,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​trouble​ ​with​ ​applying​ ​it​ ​to​ ​your company’s​ ​website​ ​is​ ​that​ ​there​ ​are​ ​varying​ ​levels​ ​of​ ​website​ ​disrepair—some​ ​minute​ ​and​ ​others glaringly​ ​obvious—each​ ​putting​ ​up​ ​barriers​ ​to​ ​possible​ ​profits​ ​and​ ​growth. Whether​ […]

PCS Uses Custom FileMaker Go Solution to Distribute Precision Agriculture Information

Precision Consulting Services (PCS) is an agricultural consulting company that helps farmers grow better crops, maximize yields, and more efficiently apply pesticides and herbicides on their land. They combine strong agronomic and technology skills to assist farmers in reaching the next level in precision agriculture. Among the services they provide farmers are crop planning, soil […]

FileMaker as a CRM and ERP – Software Integration

Two software important industry buzzwords today are CRM (customer relationship management) and ERP (enterprise resource planning). Both CRM and ERP software help you to run a business better by managing a business’s operations, customer relations, and financials. They provide access to data, analysis, and reports that can help you make smarter business decisions. FileMaker is […]

Mac Laptop and iPhone Travel and Photo Accessories – Mini’app’les User Group

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota is fortunate to have a vibrant and active tech community. One such group is the Mini’app’les User Group. It’s a group of of Apple users interested in sharing knowledge and experience with other Apple users and owners. Members vary from beginners, to consultants and developers of any age. […]

FileMaker 16 Makes Apps Faster and More Powerful!

Today is the release of FileMaker 16 with many welcome new features. We’ve had a chance to preview the software and we’re very excited about all the new changes and many that we’ve been waiting for with anticipation for a long time. First, here is a summary of FileMaker 16 new features as described by […]

SEO Q&A: Subdomain vs. subfolder?

I often get asked if Google* prefers a subdomain or a subfolder. The issue often arises when someone is hosting their main site on a hosted solution like Shopify (or similar) versus WordPress. They love the ease of use of the hosted service, but it’s hard to beat WordPress at blogging. They want the best of […]

Liberate Your FileMaker Data and Connect with the Web Using BrilliantSync!

FileMaker is the # 1 rapid application development tool and with it you can create amazing apps that track all the information you need to run your business. But often, an internal FileMaker database may have information locked up inside of it that you want to share with the world via the web. There are also cases where […]

MSPWP User Group Meetup 2017-02-23

Marty Kokes, one of the web developers here at spoke at the Minneapolis/St. Paul WordPress User Group meeting last night about Gravity Flow. Since we’ve finally worked all the bugs out of our A/V and recording setup, we have a recording of this month’s talks! was the host, and BrilliantPlugins had cake and beverages to celebrate […]

Renovation Counseling Increases Online Web Presence with Well Designed Website

Renovation Counseling believes in restoration. Sometimes that means standing with you in the smoke and scaffolding of a burning relationship. Sometimes it’s helping you find the right tools to fix a compromised marriage. Other times it might look like gathering your family around and laying out a blueprint for how to rebuild together. Their specialty is relationships: among couples, […]

10th Anniversary of the iPhone Introduction and FileMaker Go

On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs announced the iPhone at the Macworld Expo. Here is that historic video… The first iPhone was released later that year on June 29, 2007. It was a masterful presentation. Jobs starts out by saying that this was a day he was looking forward to for over 2.5 years. Every so often a […]

Count Down to a Brilliant and Happy New Year!

We would like to wish our clients, colleagues, friends, and family a Happy New Year! As we embark upon the dawn of a new calendar year, we would like to thank you all for your part in making us who we are at today. To our Friends and Family: Your support makes our dreams possible. To our […]

Trust Expert David Horsager Sets the Stage at LuminFire Grand Opening: Why Trust is So Important

The staff at LuminfFire (formerly welcomed a full house at the October Grand Opening Celebration of their new office location (5155 East River Road, Fridley, MN). They were honored with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Scott Lund, and keynotes from business growth expert Mark LeBlanc and business strategist and trust expert David Horsager, whose keynote is featured here, highlighting the importance of Trust […]

Global FileMaker Reps Join Minnesota’s only FileMaker Platinum Partner LuminFire for Grand Opening Celebration

It was an evening to remember, October 18, 2016. LuminFire (formerly, Minnesota’s only FileMaker Platinum Partner, celebrated its Grand Opening in style, with a beautiful array of hors oeuvres and drinks, in a new space that allowed for comfortable mingling among guests, impromptu seating, and a cozy enough place to relax and enjoy presentations, […]

New Headquarters Opens for LuminFire

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate our new space by attending our open house and ribbon cutting. After months of planning our new space, moving in, and finally making it feel more like home, we were ready to share our space with our clients and supporters. We welcomed our guests on Tuesday, October 18, […]

LuminFire Celebrates Grand Opening featuring Business Strategist Mark LeBlanc and Trust Expert David Horsager

On October 18, 2016, LuminFire (formerly hosted a Grand Opening Celebration of their new office location (5155 East River Road) in Fridley, MN, with Mayor Scott Lund at the ribbon cutting ceremony, keynotes from business growth expert Mark LeBlanc and business strategist and trust expert David Horsager, and many local clients in attendance. “We appreciate our clients’ contribution to the growth and […]

Hawkins Chemical Creates Integrated Offline iPad Mobile Ordering App with FileMaker Go

Hawkins, Inc. is a widely known and respected chemical distributor that was founded in 1938. Hawkins serves thousands of businesses and municipalities throughout the central United States and employs hundreds of staff members, including drivers who deliver chemical products to water treatment facilities, manufacturers, food and dairy producers, research labs, and many other organizations. Hawkins […]

LuminFire Celebrates First Employee Family Night at New Office

The new LuminFire (formerly office experienced its inaugural family night celebration on Friday October 7, 2016. It was the first chance for many significant others and kids to see the new space. One of our top values at LuminFire is appreciating our relationships and people close to us. This manifests itself in work-life balance. We work […]

Job Opportunity VP FileMaker Services – Interviewing at DevCon 2016 in Las Vegas

Vice President of FileMaker Services Inc. is looking for a well-rounded technology leader with a strong background in FileMaker business development, services, and training. The Vice President’s primary responsibilities include: on-boarding new clients, developing and maintaining FileMaker client relationships, mentoring the team, managing client accounts, and assisting in growth and development of the company. […]

50 Years with Technology

Tim Cimbura, 9/26/15 I just turned 50 years old. I feel as young as ever though I need to wear glasses nearly all the time. About halfway through my life I know there’s a lot more to come. It’s interesting to reflect back on a half century of technology and how it’s influenced my career […]

Get a Powerful iMac computer for only $350 for FREE!

Last month, we wrote about how (assuming you were going to buy a good quality 27″ 5K monitor), you could get an iMac for only $350 more than the Dell monitor alone. Today, that deal is even better! Apple updated their iMac lineup with a new 4K 21.5″ option. But the 27″ 5K iMac that we […]

Dealing With Existing Systems

Starting fresh with a new custom application or solution is the ideal situation. There is no existing data to translate and import. We can build the solution the right way from the beginning. But the world is not ideal. We get to transition from old and clunky software systems or systems that are mid-development that […]

Windows 10 and FileMaker / WordPress

Windows 10 was released yesterday…and for many people it is a FREE upgrade so the temptation is great to upgrade right away. Take a moment to consider what this might mean for you. Breath deeply, slow down, and read on. Can I use FileMaker with Windows 10? The official supported Microsoft OS versions for FileMaker […]

The Solution to Your Business Information Puzzle

Rubik’s Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. It is considered to be the world’s best-selling toy with over 350 million cubes being sold. There are over 45+ quintillion possible combinations of the colors of the faces with only 1 correct solution. I got […]

Calculating Sales Tax and FileMaker

Does the national debate on Internet sales tax reform leave you feeling anxious? Is your company prepared to manage and remit sales tax for all states where you do business? Audit penalties average $23,000, so you can’t afford to be wrong when it comes to sales tax. can help integrate accurate sales tax calculations […]

Dogfooding and FileMaker

Dogfooding is a term that means “eating your own dog food”. It originated from the Alpo TV commercials in the 1970s where the actor endorsing the product claimed that he fed Alpo to his own dogs. In the software industry it means that the company that develops the software actually uses it themselves. You’d be […]

End Excel Abuse Today

“Many have used spreadsheets and survived. But there is a better way to thrive…with a custom app.” Excel spreadsheets are great. They can perform a lot of useful tasks for your business like general purpose number crunching, tracking customer contacts/information, making custom invoices, and producing charts. But many businesses push spreadsheets to their limits. They […]

Operating System and Productivity Apps FREE on Mac

Who says you don’t get anything for FREE anymore? That’s not true with Apple and the Macintosh. Apple recently released the latest version of their OS called Mac OS X (ten) Mavericks and it is FREE. It includes a few new FREE applications iBooks and Maps. There are also new versions of Safari, Calendar, and […]

JT Mega Creative Food Marketing Agency Utilizes the FileMaker Advantage

JT Mega is a premier food marketing agency servicing big name clients like Hormel, General Mills, Schwan’s, etc. By focusing exclusively on the food category, JT Mega’s marketing expertise is extremely effective. JT Mega came to with an existing aging and limited flat-file based FileMaker database solution. FileMaker (a fully owned subsidiary of Apple, […]