Mike Zarin Consulting

Filemaker database design, consulting, and training services



Our custom solutions have earned us many satisfied clients. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what our clients are saying...

You are the hero of the day. A potentially tragic story turned into storybook stuff. The moneylady downstairs is probably weeping with joy. Boston University can sleep easy tonight.

Good work!

Rick Young, Photography Department, Boston University

Before your work with us, admissions had always been a three months plus process, very messy and very time consuming. After your “magic” work with the new database, I was able to have all the admissions work done in less than three weeks! Amazing!!

Thank you. I greatly appreciate your patience and flexibility in learning the complexities of our applicants, and all the time and skill you put into creating, and more importantly, perfectly connecting all the features of the new database with a very complex process already in place. With all the information we consistently have coming in, it’s a relief to know we now have a simple and efficient way of managing it all. It works like a charm.

Thanks again for a job exceptionally well done.

Tisha Gomes Voss, Executive Director, Seminar XXI Program, MIT

Just wanted to let you know the impact your work has had on our application and our business.

Not only have you worked seamlessly with our in-house developers, but your level of expertise in FileMaker development has truly pushed us here to new heights. Your creative solutions to our business problems, and your thoughtful way of being involved in our own hectic processes have been a grounding force in our development projects over the months we have worked with you.

You have been gracious and flexible in the face of our constantly changing development process, and the projects you’ve done for us have increased our users’ efficiency, while at the same time giving our application a new framework on which we can build.

We have truly enjoyed working with you, and I personally rest easy knowing that the skillful work you have done for us is easy to understand, integrate, maintain, and best of all – easy to use.

Thanks so much.

Kim Jennings, CSM, IT Director, HouseWorks, LLC

Just wanted to let you know I’ve been entering donations and LOVING the new interface. What a joy... It makes me want to sit and just enter donations for hours on end.

Dorian Solot, Executive Director, Alternatives to Marriage Project

We’ve joined the 21st Century! We used to spend hours cross-referencing laboratory test data with field inspection reports. This now literally takes just a few minutes. Thanks to your efforts in streamlining our database we can now provide our clients with prompt, concise reporting from our concrete testing database. We will continue to call on you as we further develop this and other databases in the future.

Great Work!

Mark Liebert, Laboratory Director, Briggs Engineering & Testing

A quick note in appreciation of your excellent work with my group’s vast array of databases and tracking mechanisms. Your attention to our detail, along with the improvements made to automate, align and streamline efforts, have enabled us to cost-effectively evolve our documentation processing and more efficiently meet critical deadlines and goals.

You are great to work with and provide real results! On behalf of QAD, thanks so much, Mike!

Karen A. Held, Manager, QA Documentation, Shire Human Genetic Therapies, Inc.

I know the expression "we couldn’t have done it without you" is a bit overused, but let me say it anyway. We couldn’t have done it without you!

You were an enormous help to us in this data conversion process, and I was particularly impressed by your patience and clarity in guiding me through the uncharted (at least for me) terrain of FileMaker. I am so much more knowledgeable about it, and about data conversion in general, that colleagues have been wondering if I might now be interested in switching to a career in data management. I assure them that will never, never, never happen.

We are grateful for your help.

Maria Judge, Director of Administration, Physicians for Human Rights

You’ve really done a mitzvah. The new Careers Office page looks great and works perfectly. Thanks so much!

Jeff Pankin, Information Services and Technology, MIT

Given that the majority of our users do not have any FileMaker Pro experience, we appreciate the efforts you went through to automate many of our typical finds and sorts, as well as the production of many of our often-used reports. Our database has become the single repository of vital information on our contacts and sponsor companies, and it maintains a history of our relationships as well.

We’re very pleased with the results of your work.

Chris Foglia, Center for Information Systems Research, MIT

The new Filemaker system has made a huge difference in documenting our work in our children’s Wraparound program. Our tracking and reporting has gotten much better, and we have good data security, which is really important to us. People learned to use it in a very short time.

I really appreciate your patience in learning what we do and your careful listening to what we need. Also, you’ve been tremendous about helping us understand what’s under the hood, so we developed some Filemaker knowledge, too.

The system is wonderful; I just wish we had done it earlier.


Jack Simons, Wraparound Program Manager, Children’s Friend and Family Services

Thanks again for all of your terrific work on the Center for International Studies-Department of Urban Studies and Planning-Political Science Fellowship Database. We have received such positive feedback from students that we know it is providing a most needed service.

Dee Siddalls, Center for International Studies, MIT