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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 or synchronize the data. Table-to-Table Imports (TTI) TTI are imports from one QuickBase table to another. TTIs can be within an application or across applications. The structure of the import can be saved and run manually. There is also an API, so the import can be programmatically execut... (more)

The Internet Of Everything

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)

Quickbase: Why RAM Matters

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)

Web 2.0 Interconnectivity

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)

Tips for Efficient PaaS Application Design

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... (more)