Overall Satisfaction with QuickBase
I am part of the Center for Technology and Learning at SRI International and we are currently using QuickBase in our department. We use Quickbase to track various different projects we have ongoing, each having their own app. Each project can be very different so we track various things from schools, teachers, students, to observations, surveys, and tests. I am not aware of other departments using QuickBase but we have been approached by other departments that are interested in using it. I believe the main problem for other departments and the reason they hesitate to join Quickbase is the cost. We are a non-profit organization so it is a bit harder to convince a project manager to add this cost to the budget, although I would argue that it does end up saving us much more time/money in the end.
- One of the first things I fell in love with when switching to QuickBase from FileMaker was how easy it was to make reports and how many were already built into Quickbase. This saved me HOURS.
- Quickbase is very intuitive. I don't have a ton of experience using databases, besides FileMaker, and I was able to teach myself how to use Quickbase and now am the go-to person when creating databases for new projects.
- The Quickbase community is amazing. If there is something I don't know how to do it's as simple as searching my question and it has most likely already been answered. If not, I can post the question and it gets answered within minutes.
- I honestly have not found any areas for improvement. Any time we need some different functionality it is already available, we just didn't know about it. Quickbase can do way more things than we need, at the moment, and that is amazing. Whenever we think of something else we'd like to add to our database it's easy to add.
It has been very easy for our group to catch on with Quickbase and become "experts" creating applications. We have had some trouble with other departments that aren't very willing to let go of the old ways of doing things and come on board to newer technology, but that's just their personal preference. I have taught quite a few people how to use Quickbase and have had positive feedback from all of them.
Quickbase is much easier to use than FileMaker. I can create reports on QuickBase within minutes whereas on FileMaker it would take me hours to create something similar. The online access is definitely a big plus as well. FileMaker had limited access online and was not very user-friendly.
I have found it extremely easy to build applications with the little FileMaker experience I had before this. Building applications and adding different features was very intuitive and easy to follow. If there is anything I don't know I simply ask in the QuickBase community and I find an answer within minutes.
- Building and deploying business applications faster
- Improving our ability to drive insights from our data
- Improving collaboration across one or more teams
- Building and deploying an application (or multiple applications) that meets our exact needs
Here at SRI, every project we start is different in one way or another. We try to create our application to meet the needs ahead of time, but the truth is we never really know exactly what we'll need until the project is up and running. It is one of the best things that QuickBase is so easy to update as we go. It is never 100% set in stone and the data that is already in QuickBase doesn't get lost. We can add new fields and quickly make changes which is essential for the work that we do.
We use Quickbase to track schools, teachers, students, and tests. Quickbase works very well to keep all of this data linked and have live reports showing what we've received, who's consented, who isn't, and create up to date rosters that include only those that meet our criteria. It's also a big plus that we can use this while out in the field on observations at these schools and can update while we're there.