Quick Base makes quick solutions to your business process struggles
March 08, 2019

Quick Base makes quick solutions to your business process struggles

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Quick Base

I am a contract Quick Base Developer. Prior to becoming a contract developer, I built Quick Base applications for a construction company where I was previously employed. The company used Quick Base to run the entire back-office operations from Employee Time Cards, HR Benefits Management, A/P Invoice approval, and Project Management. Time cards for all employees used to be paper forms or faxed in from another office. Every employee or their supervisor entered their own time cards.
  • Quick Base is scalable. One can easily add tables, fields, and features to an app as business process rules change, or new ones become policy.
  • Quick Base has plenty of help and reference sources (Community Help, Knowledge Base and videos). As I was learning to solve a particular problem or apply a formula correctly, I was always able to find a solution in one of these sources.
  • Quick Base is a non-coder platform that most anyone can learn and learn quickly. Applications can be built without requiring some IT folks to do it for you. For smaller companies that do not have IT staff, you can build business process apps yourself.
  • It would be nice if they could have a " Process Builder" where you can lay out your business process and the application would create tables, fields, and maybe relationships.
  • The Sync function would be better if you could change the sync source.
  • When you use the help function and enter search criteria, the help feature does not return you to the list of help choices once you have opened on up. You have to go back and search again.
We were a small construction company with the same business process activity as big companies. The goal was always to be "overhead light" to be a competitive bidder. We built our applications in-house and were able to deploy quickly and reduce the overhead requirements that usually were answered by hiring another person. The more overhead operations we could manage with Quick Base, the less need for additional employees.
No comparison. MSAccess ,at the time, was desktop only and not visible to users. Quick Base is web-based and easily available to all stakeholders.
I would say that one does not need any technical know-how to build robust applications in native Quick Base. I am a prime example as I had no coding experience when I started building Quick Base apps. There are so many apps in the app store that you can download one that might fit your process and adapt it from there. There are so many resources to teach you, including Quick Base University and help videos you can find on YouTube.
  • Improving our ability to drive insights from our data
  • Solving a specific business challenge
  • Building and deploying an application (or multiple applications) that meets our exact needs
Quick Base allows you to build an application for the way you run your business and not some interpretation found on a COTS product. The business challenge was that Project Managers and the Executive Management had no real-time vision into the status of their projects and whether or not projects were on track to make profit, or if they were headed upside-down.
Simple updates like adding a field, requiring a field for data entry, or reorganizing the look of a form can be done on the fly. It's always good to let your users know in advance and when it's completed. Surgical changes like re-ordering tasks in a business process, changing the direction of a business process, or eliminating a piece of the business process, require a bit more effort. I had to eliminate and re-route part of a business process at one point. I made a copy of the application and made the changes and did the testing of the new process in that environment. I documented the changes and put them into production over a weekend.
Suited for business processes where approvals are required throughout the process. Use of notifications or Dashboard Action Data Points ends internal phone calls and emails.

Quick Base is not particularly suited for databases that use algorithmic calculations to derive specific data relationships.