FileMaker vs Microsoft SQL Server

September 27, 2019

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Bottom line: Which one is better?

Bottom line: Microsoft SQL Server is a better solution.

On this review of FileMaker vs SQL, Microsoft SQL Server is better as it is simple and powerful and is available on iPhone and iPad.

FileMaker vs Microsoft SQL Server: FEATURES

FileMaker Pro comprises of layouts, templates with summaries, texts and plug-ins that help you to create the database. It involves the use of texts and third-party plug-ins and scripts that allow the user to access the data source. FileMaker also has AES-256-bit file encryption that keeps your information on a server or desktop secure.

Microsoft SQL server is a relational database management system developed and managed by Microsoft as a database server. It is designed to store and retrieve a variety of requests and users can build modern applications with a lot of ease. It has query processing feature for better data performance, has cross-platform capabilities, integrations for statistical and data science analysis and versions on Linux, Ubuntu or Docker.

The SQL Server on Linux allows the user to run it on different flavors of the Linux operating systems. It also allows you to develop applications with server on Linux, Windows, Ubuntu or Decker and deploy them on these platforms. The resumable online index rebuilds feature resumes an online index rebuild operation from where it stopped. It has the SQL Server machine learning services that allows the user to execute the Python script within the database server. The query processing improvements enables the user to improve query performance in SQL Server and SQL Database.

The automatic database tuning feature on the other hand notifies you in case there is a potential performance issue and lets you apply corrective measures or enables the engine to automatically fix performance issues caused by the SQL plan choice regressions.

Bottom line: MS SQL server is better.

FileMaker vs Microsoft SQL Server: WORK MANAGEMENT

FileMaker on the other hand has a GUI-interface that the user can use the drag-and-drop option for easy data management. It allows the user to connect to SQL databases like SQL server and Oracle by simply installing an Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) driver.

It allows users to customize installed apps with their company brand names, logos and colors. In addition, it has reporting and charting tools that help the user summarize reports, graphs, charts as well as dashboards.

Bottom line: MS SQL Server is better.

FileMaker vs Microsoft SQL Server: COLLABORATION

FileMaker is an app development solution designed to allow users create and deploy apps. Apps can be made on cloud, across mobile and on premise environments with a lot of ease. FileMaker also supports the importation of files from other platforms to enable the teams focus on handling the tasks they are assigned to. Teams also have the freedom of sharing and managing files with other team members and other external collaborators with a lot of ease. In addition, FileMaker is compatible across platforms like iPad, iPhone and Mac and Windows PCs. This allows members to access their colleague’s database from other devices.

MS SQL Server is a powerful tool designed to manage the databases on production system which is easy to use and is a cross platform tool. It is a simple tool to connect on different application and has very efficient performance and response. It enables the user to easily create new database like Table, view, Cursor, stored procedure, indexing among others. This software is a perfect tool in storing procedure execution and tracing as you can debug the SQL server requests and processing time.

Bottom line: FileMaker is better.

FileMaker vs Microsoft SQL Server: PRICING

The pricing of FileMaker is a bit different as teams and individuals acquire access to the software’s suite of features and services when they purchase a license. The enterprise pricing differ according to the teams who will host the system on their servers as well as a cloud-based system and individuals. Teams (Company server Hosting) starts at $888 for annual subscription for 5 users. Individual plan costs for $329 as a one-time payment (download only) or $349 as a one-time payment (download with CD/DVD).

There are basically two licensing models for SQL Server, it can be licenced per server or per core.

Bottom line: MS SQL Server is better.


MS SQL Server is a better system than FileMaker in this review as it has better pricing, is simple and has great features.