On yet another application review with a prospective client the issue of
potentially troublesome data entity relationships came up. A number of our
clients are existing QuickBase users who have made an initial attempt to
design their applications and find that some assistance is needed. The
first thing we look at to understand their application requirements are the
data entity relationships.
This is done in the context of both their existing application as well as
their general business requirement because often applications are not
correctly designed to support the structure of the business information.
One of the most common mistakes we see is when application designers build
inflexible structures into their applications because of a lack of
understanding of relational data. During the client call mentioned above we
saw that they had set up a table of Projects... (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
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 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 y... (more)
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)