Everything We Learned at Claris Engage 2024

Posted by John Mathewson on February 24, 2024

The Kyo Logic team is back from Claris Engage, and it was an absolutely incredible year to experience the expo. Claris Engage is an annual conference organized by Claris International, a subsidiary of Apple Inc. It’s a gathering focused on the FileMaker platform, which provides tools for creating custom apps for businesses. At Claris Engage, attendees can participate in workshops, seminars, and networking opportunities to learn about the latest developments in the FileMaker ecosystem, discover new techniques for app development, and connect with fellow developers and industry experts. It’s a valuable event for anyone involved in building custom apps or interested in leveraging the power of the FileMaker platform for their business needs.

There was plenty to learn about the future of Claris and its offerings, the ways in which we’ll be seeing low-code platforms expand and grow, and unsurprisingly… plenty of talk about AI. Here are some of our key takeaways:

  • Everyone is investing in Artificial Intelligence. We’re seeing all the usual suspects in tech racing to innovate in the space. Even companies like Bloomberg are spending serious money to develop AI investment tools. This industry is going to grow at a rapid clip, and all this investing benefits everyone. It’s considerably cheaper to buy or rent an existing AI model than it is to train one from scratch. Some of these companies will be offering their models to the public, and that competition in the space can only lead to further innovation.
  • What does AI have to do with low-code platforms like Claris/FileMaker? AI is a great compliment to low-code platforms (and vice-versa). They’re similar in that they’re making things faster, more efficient, and more accessible. We anticipate seeing AI-powered low-code solutions in the near future that will help build things like databases, websites, and apps at the press of a button.
  • ChatGPT can generate custom code for users, and developers can effectively ingest this code with their own low-code platforms. This can all be done without sending the users data or sharing any confidential or proprietary information.
  • ChatGPT can integrate directly with FileMaker– there’s no special tools or updates needed. Use cases include generating custom charts or having AI do a custom find.

Of course, Kyo Logic was there with our own presentation on Kyo Sync II– an innovative way to be able to sync databases even without consistent internet or cloud access. You can read more about Kyo Sync II here.

Claris Engage is always an amazing experience and a great way to learn more about what Claris is doing and how other teams are innovating. We’re excited to see how AI trends continue to develop and what Claris Engage will look like in 2025!