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We are expert FileMaker consultants who help business owners design and build the mobile apps they need to grow their businesses.

We have over 15 years of experience with the FileMaker platform and have been recognized for our work. In fact, Dr. Don Levan, our president and lead designer, was hired by Apple Inc., to provide consulting to FileMaker on the design of the mobile and desktop Starter Solutions and product features used by developers worldwide.

In addition, members of FileMaker’s own design, product management, developer relations, sales, system engineering, and internal development teams have attended Don’s Design Studio – as have developers from many FileMaker Business Alliance Platinum Partners.

What do we do for clients?

Each engagement is different, and every project is customized to the needs of our clients, but here are a few of the things we do regularly:

    • Create beautifully designed mobile solutions to augment existing FileMaker solutions.
    • Design, build, and maintain software to simplify and streamline complex multi-department and multi-person business workflows
    • Integrate FileMaker solutions with web applications – recent projects have included integrations with Paypal, Xero, and Constant Contact
    • Provide design consulting and training to organizations and teams

Every project involves a formal design process (that we use and teach) – equal parts structure and exploration – that helps us ensure we are solving the right problems and doing so in a way to give our clients the best possible return on their investment.

Start your project with Vanguard Custom Software today. We’d love to work with you! When you’re ready, you can reach us via our contact form or at (917) 842-2911.

Vanguard Custom Software was founded by Dr. Don Levan, an experience designer who helps business owners create exceptional software and user experiences.

Prior to founding Vanguard Custom Software, Dr. Levan was a clinical psychologist at the YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities. By the end of his first year there, he had designed and developed a clinical documentation and management system for a staff of more than 200 clinicians, treatment coordinators, and supervisors. 12 years later that system is still in use – and the YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities is still a Vanguard client.

A recognized FileMaker expert, Dr. Levan was hired by Apple Inc., to provide consulting to FileMaker on the design of the company’s Starter Solutions and many of the features used by  FileMaker developers worldwide.

In addition to being a sought-after speaker at the FileMaker Developers Conference, PauseOnError conferences, and other software industry events, Dr. Levan has personally trained countless professionals in the software design principles that are the foundation of Vanguard’s proven design process. Dr. Levan is a FileMaker 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 Certified Developer.