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, hundreds of
developed applications and a deep search of the PaaS marketplace before I
really understood what makes QuickBase special.
With so much time behind the wheel of QuickBase, it seemed that the almost
instant access and reportability of entire datasets linked across multiple
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)
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
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)
We are rolling out a project next week that is really one of our crowning
achievements as a small company. The project involves replacing an
out-dated and cumbersome Access database that runs a sales and loan process
for our medium sized client with an end-to-end solution based
on QuickBase. What is most exciting is that we are integrating three
external data sources as part of the process; web based application capture,
credit reports and electronic signatures.
Our recent adoption of the Talend ETL technology to run our integrations has
opened the door for us to tackle this pr... (more)
Our conversation continues about the optimal mix of technology to support
business process. In "Living IT, QuickBase Leads The Way", we discussed the
concept of Living IT and why organizations should plan for changing and
dynamic technology. To elaborate further on this topic we want to introduce
some ideas around what we refer to as the the Application Ecosystem and how
technologies such as PaaS and ETL fit in.
The Application Ecosystem of an organization is a broad way to refer to the
various technology tools that the organization uses. This applies to