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Vanguard Custom Software

923 Saw Mill River Rd #237
Ardsley, NY 10502
United States

P: 917-842-2911

est: 2005

We are expert FileMaker consultants who help business owners design and build the operations software and 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 Starter Solutions, Getting Started Guide, 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:

• Design, build, and maintain software to simplify and streamline complex multi-department and multi-person business workflows
• Augment existing FileMaker solutions with mobile and web apps
• 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

What kinds of businesses hire us?

Our ideal clients are growing businesses that have hit a transition point, where they discovered that the tools and processes that worked before are no longer sufficient. If you have recognized this problem in your own business and are actively searching for solutions, we can help you develop the tools you need to meet your current challenges – and ensure your systems and processes will scale as you grow.

FileMaker Pro Certification

This area lists any/all applicable FileMaker development certification(s). Certification is officially sanctioned by FileMaker Inc and all developers who qualify have completed and passed the official exam for the specified version of FileMaker Pro. Certification covers competency in the areas of general development as well as server-based aptitude..

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FileMaker Trainer

This company offers a wide range of services to help people expand their FileMaker knowledge. While some companies offer training through formalized class or seminar formats, other companies focus more on individual needs through remote and on-site instruction. Where “FileMaker Training Series” is checked, these trainers have successfully completed course requirements authored by FileMaker Inc. and teach seminars geared specifically toward persons obtaining certification.

 On-site Training

FileMaker Specialty

A list of specialties, or areas of discipline within the FileMaker development arena

 Layout Design Scripting FileMakerGo


This section includes a list of core competencies (as it relates to FileMaker development) where the company has a proven level of experience or offers it as a trademark skill.

 Needs Determination Needs Analysis Data Modeling


This section illustrates the computer languages used to make queries into databases and information systems. When checked, the company has working knowledge and/or advance aptitude in that particular language.

 FileMaker MySQL SQL

Remote Control/Access Support

This company can offer support from remote locations using the following technology.

 GoToAssist LogMeIn

Web Technology

The following list includes all technologies especially suited for web development -- building, creating and implementing web sites as well as sites with a Db backend.

 PHP Ruby javascript

Web Hosting

This company offers web hosting. See below for the available options.


A platform describes the type of hardware architecture or software framework (including application frameworks), that allows software to run. Typical platforms include a computer's architecture, operating system, programming languages and related runtime libraries or graphical user interface.

 Mac Windows iPhone iPad Android

Professional Accreditation & Affiliation

The following includes professional agencies, organizations and/or groups where the company is an active member.

 FMPug Network FileMaker Technical Network (Technet) FMForums FileMaker Business Alliance (FBA)


A security clearance is a status granted to individuals allowing access to classified information. The term "security clearance" is also sometimes used in private organizations that have a formal process to vet employees for access to sensitive information. Anyone with access to classified data requires a clearance at or higher than the level the data is classified at. For this reason security clearances are required for a wide range of jobs, from senior management to contractors and sub-contractors.

Location Preference

This section illustrates the company’s preferences as it relates project location and travel requirements. Certain companies prefer to omit long distance travel, while others are willing to commute daily and spend their time directly on-site.

 Travel As Needed

Language Support



Bio for Dr, Don Levan

Dr. Don Levan, the founder and Lead Designer of Vanguard Custom Software, is 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 certified developer for FileMaker 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.


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