My name is Gaston Forgues, I am a senior IT person who helps businesses to meet (and often exceed) their IT needs. With passion, I build custom business software that works great on Mac, Windows, Linux, iPad, iPhone and on the Web. I don’t make buzzword-compliant speeches, I am fair, straightforward and I’m committed to bringing you real and measurable results.

Here are some key points about me:
  • Graduated analyst-programmer, experienced system administrator, certified FileMaker developer.
  • 25+ years work experience in Information Technologies.
  • Development from A to Z of many information systems (mostly ERPs).
  • Strong analytical skills based on my training, vast experience and a natural talent for information technologies.
  • Extensive knowledge of database management systems for corporate workgroups and small/medium size businesses.
  • Realization of several computer networks and administration of multiple business servers.
  • Skills for technical support demonstrated with hundreds of Mac and PC users.
  • I have owned and operated businesses for many years, so I have a complete understanding of on-time and on-budget parameters.
  • I am fluent in French and English.
Here’s my main areas of expertise:
Apple hardware & software
Apple computers, iOS devices and watches
Yes, the hardware costs a bit more but you’ll have quality AND peace of mind. The design is great but my first goal is efficiency.
Mac Os and iOS are great operating systems based on the renowned Unix platform. Very stable and secure, relatively fast and easy to use.
FileMaker
Custom development (recognized specialist)
FileMaker is my favorite “Swiss army knife” because it fits well in many projects. It’s a fast and coherent development platform, it’s relatively affordable and we’re never disappointed with the results.
A few years ago, I developed a popular FileMaker plugin called EventScript.
Server admin
Physical and virtualized servers
I have managed business servers for 20 years. I learned with Novell Netware and Ms Windows servers but I must confess I have a preference for Unix-based operating systems.
Since 2005, I manage the servers for FMhost which is a FileMaker and Web hosting company (uptime = 99.9%).
Web development
Great Web apps
Of course, I am competent in web development through the use of traditional HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP along with a standard SQL database backend. I’m also proficient with modern Web development technologies so, if you need an advanced application that works great on Web browsers and/or if you need to interact with Cloud-based Web Services / APIs (through XML, JSON or other data formats), then I’M YOUR MAN !
P.S.: I don't build basic informative web sites per se.
Automation
To save you time and energy, several error-free processes can be executed automatically either server-side, in the cloud, on desktop computers or directly on iOs devices.
For computers:
From low level Bash shell scripts to accessible Automator workflows. I’m efficient with AppleScript, Python and some other proven automation tools.
For iOs devices:
Since iOs version 8, I can meet your automation needs on iPads, iPhones, iPods touch and Apple watches. Here’s a tool I’m using for this kind of task: https://workflow.is
For Web products/services:
’Cloud-based’ applications are now widely used. I can make your life a lot simpler by building custom interactions between the Web products/services you are using. Here’s a tool I’m using for this kind of task https://zapier.com/zapbook
Subcontracting (locally or remotely) - You are providing products and/or services in IT and you require my expertise ? Depending on the tasks involved and my availability, I’m fully open to take parts of your projects as a subcontractor. My professionalism and my discretion are guaranteed.
Please drop me a line and by the way, the Canadian dollar doesn't worth a lot these days
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