Apple subsidiary FileMaker today announced that it will be reclassified to Claris, a name that probably sounds familiar if you have been an Apple user since its earliest days. While the core of FileMaker will remain the same, the company is renaming itself Claris International.
Claris was a 1987 spin-off of Apple that was responsible for things like MacWrite, MacPaint and FileMaker. In 1998, Apple brought all these initiatives in-house, except FileMaker, which remained its own Apple subsidiary. Things are now apparently coming full circle. The Claris brand was first created by the late Bill Campbell. (Read about Clarus the Dogcow here.)
"Claris derives from the Latin root" clarus, "which means" clear, bright and shiny, "said Brad Freitag, CEO of Claris. Nothing encapsulates the company's mission: to strengthen the problem solver with smart solutions that work for their business. With the integration of Stamplay, our customers can unlock their data in hundreds of cloud services and bring even more benefit to their apps. "
Bill Campbell, CEO of the original Claris
Claris says the FileMaker service has been profitable for more than 80 consecutive quarters and has a customer base of 50,000 with over 1 million end users, and the FileMaker service will remain the same through this rebrand and other changes at the company.
Claris also announced that it has purchased Stamplay, a startup focused on helping the business integrate third-party cloud services into its applications.
As part of rebrand and Stamp the lay acquisition, Claris launches the Claris Connect platform, which focuses on letting developers integrate cloud services and automate cloud-based workflows. Claris Connect is led by former Stamplay boss Giuliano Iacobelli. Claris Connect will completely expire in the next 12 months, with an early access program launching this month.
In the years ahead, Claris says it will invest heavily in areas such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality and more. CEO Brad Freitag hopes to grow the company by at least 3 times over the next five years, and plans to push the Claris and FileMaker names even further. Friday spoke to TechCrunch and said that Claris "invests heavily in organic innovation" as it expands its product lines and is open to further acquisitions.
Read the full press release below.
FileMaker Reborn as Claris
Acquisition of Stamplay leads to a new community cloud service offering to more than 1M users
SANTA CLARA, California. – [August 6, 2019] – Today at their 24th annual DevCon, FileMaker, Inc., manufacturer of the world's leading workplace innovation platform, unveiled the start of a new chapter in the company's history as Claris International.
In addition, the company announced its acquisition of Stamplay, a service that helps businesses of all sizes integrate third-party cloud services data into their apps with user-friendly contacts. Claris has fully integrated this service and unveiled a new offering, Claris Connect. This service will provide customers with a simple and intuitive interface to unlock data across their apps, saving them from the task of building custom, backend integrations. The Connect team will continue to be led by former Stamplay CEO Giuliano Iacobelli.
"Claris derives from the Latin root" clarus, "which means" clear, bright and shiny, "said Brad Freitag, Claris CEO. Nothing encapsulates the company's mission: to strengthen the problem solver with smart solutions that work for their business. With the integration of Stamplay, our customers can unlock their data in hundreds of cloud services and bring even more benefit to their apps. ”
Mr. Freitag was named FileMaker CEO in March after six years with the company in global sales. He has set an ambitious strategy to multiply the company's customer base over the next three years, and by expanding the platform as a modern combination of custom apps and third-party cloud services, customers can now solve problems faster and build applications that have no restrictions on their capabilities.
Claris started as an Apple product in 1984 and FileMaker was developed under the Claris name, FileMaker became an Apple daughter company in 1998 and has since grown to 50,000 customers and more than a million end users, while consistently profitable in 80+ quarters.
Claris Connect will be available by invitation this fall and available for broader distribution in 2020 To learn more about Claris and its offers, visit www.claris.com.
About Claris, Inc.
Claris, Inc. is an innovation work platform that offers a range of services for teams from anyone to hundreds who are stuck in a workplace that is neither app apps nor Business systems can help them escape. The company's service offering, Claris Connect and FileMaker, allows problem-solvers to quickly solve a universe of unique problems – even as they change. FileMaker is available in 11 languages, and there are more than one million users under active subscription. Claris, Inc., is an Apple subsidiary.
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