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  • 1 July 2015 09:26

Europe’s largest independent recording studio runs on FileMaker 14 Platform

Custom solution helps speed up a multitude of processes across the organisation

Sydney, Australia, 1 July, 2015 — London’s Metropolis Studios, Europe’s largest independently owned recording complex, has implemented a custom system built entirely on FileMaker 14, the platform that allows users to quickly create and run custom solutions that work seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web. The platform is used to help speed up a multitude of processes across the entire organisation. Over the past 25 years, Metropolis has seen the likes of Adele and the late Amy Winehouse make sweet, chart-topping music within its studio walls.

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Being the fast-paced creative business that it is, as Metropolis grew, its business requirements grew with it, including its finance and invoicing demands. Metropolis sought the services of SAP and its enterprise-class finance system; however, it soon became clear that the solution wasn’t meeting the company’s business requirements.

Facing the need for an alternative solution fast, Metropolis, already having used solutions built on FileMaker in other areas of its business, set about building a turnkey financial system in mere weeks. Once the system was implemented, Metropolis quickly realised that the FileMaker solution was faster, smarter, more agile and inherently more upgradeable than its SAP predecessor.

“Nothing was able to do the end-to-end job as well as our custom FileMaker solution,” comments Ian Brenchley, CEO, Metropolis. “The beauty of it is that we can instantly adapt and integrate it across any area of our business, from the finance department to our sound engineers. Everyone is catered for, and wherever we go, it can go with us. It’s been an absolute revolution for Metropolis.”

Metropolis also uses the FileMaker Platform to handle its booking and reservation operations, and to capture information about audio and video created at the studio.

By upgrading to the latest FileMaker 14 Platform, Metropolis staff and their clients can now play audio, or play a video inline and inside the layout of FileMaker. No need to constantly switch between applications when making live comments and entering data about a music video or audio track!

“Thanks to FileMaker, we’re a better-connected business, we’re expanding our international credentials and we get to spend more time with our clients, rather than worrying about lengthy administration. FileMaker isn’t just supporting our business – it’s enabling it,” comments Oli Sussat, FileMaker Systems Developer at Metropolis.

“The innovations and added functionality to FileMaker 14 is absolutely what helps us stay ahead of the curve of other music studios, and at the forefront of business in general, vital when handling some of music’s biggest names,” adds Sussat.

About FileMaker, Inc.
FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary, makes software that transforms businesses by enabling users to create and run custom solutions that work seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web. Millions of people worldwide rely on the FileMaker Platform to share information, manage projects, track assets and more.

About Metropolis
Metropolis is home to the most successful independent recording, mastering, creative and production facility in Europe, offering unrivalled services for the entertainment industries. Based in a former power station for Chiswick’s railway in the early 20th century, approximately 50% of the UK Top 40 charts is either recorded, mixed, mastered, or creatively treated within Metropolis’ stunning Grade II ‘Power House’ complex.

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