• Sas Vijay

    Quickbase has, in many ways provided alternate and easy ways compared to traditional platforms.

    • StevenDuque

      @sasvijay:disqus, thanks for the comment. I’m happy to hear that you’re using QuickBase has provided an easier way to build apps than other traditional platforms you’ve used/you’re using!

      Thanks again, Vijay!

  • Steven Smith

    The ROI is huge at a company with a few employees handling a large number of tasks. Quickbase allows much more organization and collaboration than you would otherwise have.

    • StevenDuque

      @disqus_GCVY96Vwrd:disqus , thanks for sharing. I definitely agree with you — but also know that the benefits are tremendous across our larger enterprise customers, even as they continue to both develop custom apps with hand-coded development and procure one-off point solutions.

      In larger enterprises, we often see QuickBase used as a platform for citizen development to create “apps for the gaps” — i.e., applications built to do things that larger enterprise systems simply don’t and never will. IT developers continue to focus on larger, mission critical systems, while citizen developers are leveraged to tackle Tier 2, Tier 3, etc. apps which otherwise might not have been created.

      Many organizations find that the sum total of Tier 3 problems, collectively, are tier 1 problems. Even though the apps that help get work done might seem less mission critical, altogether they can cause “death by a thousand paper cuts”.

      All that said, QuickBase is awesome for lean teams of app builders who are responsible for creating solutions to drive operational efficiency. Thanks again!

  • bigrobstunner

    Measuring time saved by having better visibility and access to information is huge! People waste so much time tracking down paperwork, emails and spreadsheets that it can cost tons in wasted productivity. With QuickBase you have it all on your homepage or a few clicks away!!

    • StevenDuque

      Centralizing and creating better line-of-sight to important data is definitely a huge benefit and important factor in considering a more holistic picture of ROI for low-code platforms for citizen development like QuickBase!

      At the end of the day, it’s about better daily decision-making, and it’s hard to estimate the value of that! But, as I mentioned in the post, we tend to overvalue the things we can measure and undervalue the things we can’t.

      Thanks for the insight!

  • Dan Richard

    We have certainly moved beyond being able to track ROI or other points via excel. So utilizing a platform that can be interfaced more readily and can evaluate the numbers more easily has become a necessity for us.

    • StevenDuque

      @dane_richards:disqus, it’s great to hear that you’re leveraging QuickBase to help you manage complex ROI calculations. As both businesses and the ways we measure their successes become more complex, a dedicated system for taking the heavy lifting out of that process definitely becomes more necessary. We’re happy to hear that QuickBase is that system for you!

      Thanks again, Dan!

  • Matt Sarver

    I find the ROI from QuickBase is two-fold:
    1.) Low cost of development .
    2.) Leveraging the platform to build different applications that were likely not thought of in the initial plan to purchase a QuickBase subscription.

    • StevenDuque

      @miamisarver:disqus, thanks for the comment. I think the 2nd point you made — i.e., building different applications you hadn’t thought of before purchasing QuickBase — to be especially interesting.

      It brings up an interesting point about the opportunity to build more solutions that you would have otherwise, due to the lower barrier (in the form of cost and time) to build and maintain apps. This is probably one of toughest factors to calculate leading up to a purchase — the “unknown” apps that could be built!

      Thanks again, Matt!

  • Great article Steven! I typically look at the cost of the current process vs. the cost of a more efficient process within QuickBase, including time to develop. I’ve seen thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours saved per week with a QuickBase implementation.

    • StevenDuque

      @rick_suttles:disqus, thanks for the kind words — I really appreciate it. I think comparing processes (and the systems, staff and other solutions to support those processes) is a great framework for approaching ROI.

      That’s awesome to hear that QuickBase is saving both money and time for you and your team.

      Thanks again, Rick!

  • Mohit Chawla

    ROI is the first thing that any transformation or an evolution initiative will look out for.

    ROI in terms of reduced cost to serve, low maintenance, productivity gains etc are some of the most important decision points for choosing a platform and going digital. QuickBase has the potential of helping their clients meet all of these.

    • StevenDuque

      @mochaw:disqus, Thanks for the comment! I think you highlight some very important factors to calculate into a more holistic understanding of ROI:
      – on one hand, infrastructure, maintenance and upkeep;
      – on the other hand, operational efficiencies for both app developers and line of business employees

      Thanks again for the comment, and we’re happy to hear that QuickBase was the right choice for you and your team!

  • josh miller

    For us, the ROI is the power of having all of our information in one place so that we are all speaking the same language. That is priceless and QuickBase is helping us to discover that reality.

    • StevenDuque

      @Josh_Miller01:disqus, Thanks for the comment — that’s great to hear. Having a single source of truth to centralize data and provide data and process uniformity is huge. Glad to hear QuickBase is help you and your team realize that goal!

  • ashtonportals

    ROI ;comes from save time with automation.

    • StevenDuque

      @ashtonportals:disqus, thanks for the comment. I definitely agree that automation is a central factor in calculating ROI. Beyond staffing, licenses and automation, other factors could potentially include infrastructure costs avoided (with SaaS or PaaS vs on-premises), time lost from not having a solution, and others.

      As I mentioned in some of my other comments, the QuickBase team is conducting a study in partnership with Forrester Research about a more holistic picture of ROI, which will be released early next year. I hope you’ll check it out.

      Thanks again!

  • Brendon S

    ROI. first determine what the I-Investment is. Then you have a measurable number to benchmark against. For us there are many ways to calculate R-Return, whether it be cost savings from not using other software, time savings from saving office time and so.

    • StevenDuque

      @brendon_s:disqus, I agree with you on all fronts. As I mentioned to @shannonkfranklin:disqus above, beyond the staffing and license procurement costs I mentioned in the blog post, there are many other economic levers that factor into Return (R) — which will cover in a study we’re conducting with Forrester and plan to release early next year.

      Thanks for the insight!

  • Shannon Franklin

    Automation is key.

    • StevenDuque

      @shannonkfranklin:disqus, automation is definitely key. As you might have noticed we didn’t actually factor in other economic levers, like automation, that contribute to a more holistic picture of ROI.

      Beyond staffing and licensing costs, there are many, many other economic levers that contribute to calculating ROI. In early 2016, the QuickBase team is partnering with Forrester to release a Total Economic Impact study, based on some of the levers, like automation, that factor into calculating a holistic picture of ROI. I hope you’ll check it out!

  • Lizzie10 Hill

    In a smaller company, the ROI is huge. In fact, it’s so huge that the company is willing to make more of an investment and ensure I get QB training (EMPOWER2015 and hopefully EMPOWER2016) and lots of support.

    • StevenDuque

      @lizzie10hill:disqus, thanks for sharing — we’re happy to hear that your seeing value out of QuickBase! We’re also happy to hear that you’re getting value out of the QuickBase training; we look forward to seeing you at EMPOWER2016 (https://empower2016.com/)!

  • John Leuver

    Wow. this is fantastic

  • Randi Potter

    We determine the ROI of Quickbase by the efficiencies it creates by allowing end users, whom may not be tech savvy to create their own applications. This reduces the IT resourced needed.

  • Taylor Temple

    ROI of Quickbase is measured by the small gains it creates by allowing end users, whom may not be tech savvy to create their own applications, which allows the limited IT resources we have to focus on larger, money making needs.

  • Tina

    I’m commenting but don’t really use this in our business.

    • Tina

      Quickbase is amazing for all business assets.

  • Hitesh M

    ROI is the first thing that is weighed when choosing a solution. QuickBase is an apt solution that can offer all this at low cost.

  • Joe Lichtefeld

    The ROI for us using QuickBase is that the platform allows us to make changes quickly as the business needs change. We see QuickBase as a complement to our large ERP solutions and another tool we have available to meet the needs.

  • Jordan R.

    Totally made our return on this!

  • Dove

    QB provides a low cost and ease of use.

  • Matt Sarver

    In my opinion the easiest way to maximize the ROI is by minimizing the cost component in the the equation. Our QuickBase applications have had virtually no development cost, as we purpose citizen developers who are paid for through other job functions.

  • John Leuver

    We measure our ROI by the business processes we eliminate. For example, and entire department within our company was able to move their efforts to completely different tasks. Essentially, we filled a new business area with existing employees. This is thanks to QuickBase for streamlining the way we do business.

  • Doug M

    Reduce costs, save money

  • ABCole07

    By proliferating Quickbase across multiple stakeholders and departments, the ROI is easily calulated by the savings gained by not using off the shelf products that cost an arm and a leg and suit only one functional area.

  • Dinesh Vijayakumar

    Yes indeed the QuickBase like platforms reduces the app development cycle time.

  • YouGaming

    Easy for marketers to say, “our platform has a positive ROI.” When you can show it clearly, much more powerful. A platform like QuickBase, that allows non-traditional programmers to create ROI positive applications – a double positive.

  • Joe Lichtefeld

    The ROI for us using QuickBase is that the platform allows us to make changes quickly as the business needs change. We see QuickBase as a complement to our large ERP solutions and another tool we have available to meet the needs of our business users.

  • Get Report Help

    I think when people are considering using QuickBase it’s because they know they already have a problem that’s costing them. The main return I tell management is turn around time. Getting the information they need right away. While that’s not very concrete, it seems to resonate with them enough to “seal the deal”.

  • Tina

    Quickbase reduces time spent on database organization and that means more money for the company.

  • Taylor Temple

    ROI of Quickbase is measured by the small gains it creates by allowing end users, whom may not be tech savvy to create their own applications, which allows the limited IT resources we have to focus on larger, money making needs.

  • Sas Vijay

    Best thing is Quick base caters to improve ones business without a huge tech support or base in the company. Especially tier 3 companies.