Tim Dietrich

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My Goals for FileMaker DevCon 2014

Last year's FileMaker Developer Conference was absolutely amazing. It was my fourth DevCon, and as I wrote just after the conference, I felt it was the best one yet. It was held in a great location, there were lots of interesting sessions to attend, and it was a lot of fun, too. The FileMaker team really raised the bar.

As amazing as last year's conference was, I have a feeling that DevCon 2014 is going to blow it away. I say that because we have the new FileMaker 13 platform to learn about and discuss, and there are some really awesome sessions lined up, being given by some equally awesome speakers. To say that I'm looking forward to this year's conference is an understatement.

Being an independent FileMaker consultant, my interests are diverse, and that makes selecting the sessions that I'm going to attend difficult. On one hand, I want to learn about all of the latest techniques and cool things that other developers are doing with FileMaker - and with the FileMaker 13 platform being as new it is, there will without a doubt be a lot to learn. On the other hand, I'm equally interested in learning about the business side of what I do - from managing clients and prospects, working with the FileMaker Inc. sales and marketing team, and so on. Therefore, one of my goals with DevCon 2014 is to find a balance between those two interests. I'm hoping to attend a number of the "Under the Hood" sessions, and then balance them with sessions from the business track.

Another goal is to catch up with some of my friends in the FileMaker community. While I've known some of them for years and years, there are others that I only know virtually (through emails, Twitter PMs, and in some cases, phone calls). So I'm looking forward to finally getting to meet them in person.

And, of course, I'm also looking forward to a little downtime as well. It will be nice to take a little break, catch my breath, reflect on the first half of what thus far has been another crazy year, and think about "what's next."

Are you attending FileMaker DevCon 2014? If so, what are your goals? What sessions are you looking forward to?