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It seems that about every 10 years the Internet takes on a new popular name. In the late 90′s the term World Wide Web (www) set the standard but as a new generation of SaaS and more connected applications came online the Internet needed a rebranding and the Web 2.0 revolution came into favor. By 2010 the concept of Web 2.0 was almost long forgotten and the Cloud started to dominate the popular terminology. While Cloud technically refers to an infrastructure model for elastic scalability most people use the term to refer to applications supported by the Internet in general. If you haven’t noticed, thought leaders in the IT world are already working to define what comes after Cloud and there are strong currents suggesting Internet of Everything (IoE) may just be the next big idea. What is this IoE Revolution all about? To understand what the IoE revolution is it helps... (more)

Intuit QuickBase: Best Practices for Application Clusters

Data Sharing Features Detailed below are three main ways that applications share data. The purpose of this article is not to detail the technical configuration of these features, but to explain their intended use, benefits, and risks. Cross Application Relationships (Cross App) Cross Apps allow a table in one QuickBase application to be shared to another application. The shared table, in effect, acts like a table in the shared-to application, even though it actually resides in another application. This has the benefit of allowing data into a single table and not having to re-enter ... (more)

PaaS and the Cloud Continuum

We were recently Tweeted an inquiry about what exactly cloud computing means.  If you are listening in to tech chatter these days it's impossible to avoid the flurry of opinions about what the cloud is. So ... we figured we might as well add our two cents and spent a thought provoking morning developing a cloud stack analogy. Cloud services tend to fit into the category of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) or IaaS(Infrastructure-as-a-Service), each one delivering a service that encompasses the stack components below.  So, IaaS provides everything needed ... (more)

Quickbase: Why RAM Matters

I first stumbled onto QuickBase more than five years ago as a Sourcing Manager at American Greetings. I was looking for a better way to collaborate with the Product Managers than sending a barrage of cost requests to my buying team.  My first app, the RFQ Manager, was an instant hit.  In fact, the Product Manager I tested it on liked it so much I did not even need to ask the other PM's to start using the tool, they were asking me where to sign up.  It wasn't long before I was literally touting QuickBase as "the best thing since sliced bread," but it would take five long years, hu... (more)

"Living IT": The Gap Between Management and Technology Is Shrinking

It seems there is a continual push and pull in the technology world between centralizing and consolidating technology vs. distributing and diversifying.  We've asked ourselves this question often of whether our clients will be better served with a single technology to support their needs. This line of questioning typically leads to the evaluation of the trade off between a single multi-purposed technology that solves many problems but none well as opposed to a number of "best-of-breed" solutions. In reality organizations seem to answer this perennial question with decisions tha... (more)