Filemaker 14 vs Delphi Embarcadero

Hi there,

Which of Filemaker vs Delphi Embarcadero is best to create an ERP system that would incorporate a desktop application, web interface, smart phone application and a web portal for client access?

-Financial (Cost vs Licensing / $ per connection)
-How easy it is to create solutions fast

If you can share your thoughts explicitly, that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your help,
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Geert GOracle dbaCommented:
From what i see on the website, Filemaker is mainly a tool for sharing content across anything

Delphi is a programming environment you can create anything with

Fm14 will probably be way easier to create something for a newbie in both areas

But creating a full blown ERP application from scratch ???
You'll need a whole team to get that running.
And in the end it will probably cost more than buying an existing erp app.

I'd consider checking the cost of existing erp apps too
It all depends on what functionality you require by what timeframe.

if you buy an existing one, you might need to customize it
you might get started within the month of purchasing

I've been part of creating erp apps with Delphi as a supplier.
Customers like the way it can be fit to their needs.
Adversely ... the supplier wants to provide a solution which fits all his customers needs
and sometimes that's where the conflicts emerge

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Sinisa VukSoftware architectCommented:
Think similar.....
With FM14 - you will build your app faster and cheaper, but...
with Delphi - you are more flexibile, non-dependant to "someone else solution", but then again you need more time to built from scratch...
There is possibility that FM14 will not allow to do some complex stuff....FM14 work on iPad/iPhone but not on Android - and works inside of separate FM14 Go application. Delphi will run both Android and iPhone/iPad, OSX.
If you don't have anything and your needs will be satisfied with FM14 - then go with it...

Another way is to build HTML5 app (client) on mobile devices... and rest as web server app.
There is Xamarine dev. environment....
ReneGeAuthor Commented:
Hi all,

Thanks for your comments.

I will wait a bit more to see if someone else wishes to share their thoughts about this.

Cheers :)
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Geert GOracle dbaCommented:
if i were you, and you really want valuable input, don't just look at the programming side

request attentiont and add this topic to your thread

that will give you input from real ERP guys
ReneGeAuthor Commented:
Hi aikimark,

Thanks for replacing the zone for this question.

It has been a little while now.  Do you think you could grab their attention on this question?

ReneGeAuthor Commented:
Sorry for taking so long.
Thanks and cheers mates
Paer ToernellCommented:
I am a Filemaker-programmer that have moved over to Delphi. You would be surprised about Filemaker, how easy and stable to work with but also quite a bit more powerful than i guess most people would expect. The run time fee is the main reason for me to change plattform. Its not a simple tool with limited possibilities, and the time to develop is fantastic.
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