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 project at an accelerated pace and
reduced cost to our client. Even with the new tools the human and
partnering elements of the integration processes make a great study in the
good, bad and ugly of system and service integration.
Web Application Capture
This integration was the easiest of the t... (more)
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, hu... (more)
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)
In the recent TechWise blog PaaS & the cloud Continuum we discussed the
structure and phenomenon of Cloud computing. There really are two
technological evolutions occurring simultaneously. One is the movement of
storage and services to the cloud and the other is the push to interconnect
these services. This shift to increased interconnectivity forms the basis
of Web 2.0
If you browse the blogsphere for Web 2.0 articles you will often see terms
like Service Oriented Architecure, API's, Web Services and WSDL's. These
all refer to methods and technologies that allow Cloud based... (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)