About 360Works

360Works is a Georgia LLC company (Prometheus Systems Consulting LLC d/b/a 360Works) established in April of 1996. We were originally founded as a Macintosh IT support consulting company, but by 1999 we had shifted our focus to FileMaker consulting and custom database development with FileMaker Pro for desktop applications (http://www.filemaker.com) and Java for web applications.

360Works is a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Allance, and currently employs eleven people, FBA platinum member logoseven of whom are certified FileMaker developers (see our company profile at the FileMaker site). The company president, Jesse Barnum, has been invited to present 360Works products at several FileMaker Developer groups around the country. He also leads the Atlanta FileMaker Developer group, which meets monthly.

In addition to our FileMaker skills, we have a very strong Java programming background. Five of our staff have Java expertise including GUI and Applet development with Swing/AWT, Web/HTML/XML development, networking with RMI and sockets, and multimedia programming for video and audio. One particular niche that we focus on is integrating our Java and FileMaker skills in various ways (see our article on integrating FileMaker and Java for technical details). This has even included writing our own JDBC driver for FileMaker from scratch, a significant undertaking. This driver is available as GPL source code at https://woof.dev.java.net. We also distribute the 360Works ScriptMaster plugin, free of charge, to execute Java code from within FileMaker Pro.

Besides developing FileMaker solutions and Java, we enjoy any new technology challenge. This has led to us branching into diverse technologies such as Objective-C, Cocoa, Ruby, PHP, AppleScript, OpenGL real-time rendering, and QuickTime. If you can think it up, we'll find a way to make it work.

Our clientele

We target a fairly horizontal market segment instead of focusing on a particular industry niche. We have done projects in the aerospace, health care, architecture, insurance, manufacturing, educational, marketing, and retail industries as well as many others, but the area that we have the most experience in is the publishing/graphics/advertising industry. Most of our work is from long-term repeat customers whose systems continue to grow and improve. Here are a few of the clients that we have done work for:

  • Bernard Hodes Group - BHG is the largest placer of classified and recruitment ads in the world. We created the Account Management System for them: an Enterprise-critical FileMaker and WebObjects solution. This huge and diverse project represents a cross-section of almost all of our technical skills.
  • NASA - Audio recording application using QuickTime for Java to record launch testing
  • University of Kentucky - Online expert system using FileMaker and WebObjects to recommend education strategies for students with learning disabilities.
  • US Marine Corp - Digital Asset Management system
  • University of Alabama - Peer review system to manage journal articles for AIDS research group
  • VNU Business Media - Electronic Insertion Order creation for publications such as The Hollywood Reporter, AdWeek, and Backstage.
  • Great Dane Trailers - Complex engineering & manufacturing system to calculate weights for customized tractor trailers.
  • Town Planner - Automated calendar layout application which integrates FileMaker and Quark using AppleScript, and has a client extranet component using WebObjects, Java Applets, and RMI communication.

More detailed company references are available on our references page.

Our published products include WooF (https://woof.dev.java.net), a FileMaker JDBC driver that makes FileMaker compatible with WebObjects. This has been particular popular with educational institutions, and is in use at many schools such as the University of Kentucky, Florida State University, Penn State University, National Defense University, and the University of Strasbourg. Other commercial products include SuperContainer, AdminAnywhere, and a variety of other FileMaker plugins.

Comments from clients and associates

"Your combination of professionalism meeting the myriad developers, amazing technical knowledge in answering questions about WooF and virtually any other FileMaker topic, was way beyond the norm. Your performance was even more appreciated given that you cheerfully faced three very long days (8 hours on your feet!)." -- Steve Ruddock, Director of Communications, FileMaker Inc., after Jesse helped FileMaker employees staff the FileMaker booth at Apple's WorldWide Developer Conference.

"Hi Jesse, a quick note, the app is working well and we are using it for our final data reviews for this Sundays Mars launch. You have the bragging rights to the fact that your application is being used to help send these missions to Mars." --John Isella, Engineer, NASA

"I'm not sure what's more impressive - the fact that you found the bug so quickly, or the time stamp on the e-mail. 2:45am? Get some rest. I'll run some tests and hopefully everything is smooth on my end." --Mark Miller, Town Planner

"The thing that impressed us the most about Prometheus (now 360works) was the amount of follow-up they gave us after the initial product was delivered. We always felt free to contact them, and they were prompt and efficient in troubleshooting the web site they developed for us." --Vicki Byrd, University of Alabama AIDS Research Group

"Thanks a million. You're support is the best I've seen yet. This little trick you sent me about these check boxes works like a charm." --Kent Thomas, WooF customer

"Just to let you know, the program printed all of my statements in less than 30 minutes (I couldn’t believe it!)! My co-workers thought I was a little crazy running up and down the halls screaming with joy! Thank you, thank you!!" --Jenn Brady, Realm Communications, after they contracted us to optimize a complex process FileMaker system that used to take 72 hours.

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