November 07, 2016
Score 8 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with QuickBase
We use Quickbase to organize our workflow on a series of projects involved with an integrated database. One of these projects is editorial in nature (a series of educational texts and practice exams) and the other is more online-content creation driven (assessing smaller standardized test question samples for the company's website.
- Organizing complex sets of data in discrete structures
- Keeping track of editorial projects with the ability to link directly into our database
- Ease of editing within the software
- Relies on a good deal of user input
- Sometimes a little slow when organizing multiple tasks on a single project
- Lack of aesthetic differentiation within the software can make information seem indistinct, difficult to manage
I would say that QuickBase met its goal of building, deploying, and maintaining a customized business application in our case. Prior to using the software we were relegated to jury-rigged workaround methods of retaining our data, such as saving them in documents or spreadsheets. Obviously this method was sub-optimal and QuickBase worked much better.
- Google Docs
QuickBase was much, much better and easier to work with than was Google Docs, for our specific purposes that is, Google Docs works very well for some things. We basically just had way too much data to properly organize simply in documents, the move to QuickBase was a very good one for our project.
We basically had one person on our team who was intimately familiar with the details of building applications within QuickBase, and we would go to her with any ideas or adjustments and she would program them. That being said, she was very much a citizen developer, and she seemed enthusiastic about how relatively easy it was to program applications.
- Improving our ability to drive insights from our data
- Improving collaboration across one or more teams
- Solving a specific business challenge
We were sort of actively updating/building our applications on the fly. This included adding categories and metrical analytic measures to the (admittedly quite simple) data we inputted. It went quite smoothly. I wasn't necessarily involved in much of this beyond a user level, but nobody who was making apps seemed to have any problems with it.
QuickBase is good for coordinating a full team (in my case the team consisted of 6-10 people) on a unified project with different moving pieces. The key thing is that information inputted is retained and remains easily accessible, employees can flow into and out of projects with ease without information being lost.