John Harvey, Business Intelligence Manager within the E-commerce and Retail division of Micron Technology, will be flying into Nashville for EMPOWER 2016 from Whitefish, Montana. It’s no surprise, then, that when asked how he uses QuickBase, his answer evokes survival skills.
“Like MacGyver uses his pocket knife,” he says. “We use QuickBase for process approval and workflow routing.”
Harvey will be presenting a session on “The Pros and Cons of Cardinality,” as part of the “Understanding Your Process” track.
His session will help QuickBase users think through table relationships before creating a relational database. Harvey praises QuickBase’s easy to use interface for connecting tables. “What I’ve found after building apps for over 5 years,” he says, “is that you should think through your table relationships before going through this step. I’ve found a couple of options, and there are pros and cons of each.”
Harvey explains cardinality as “a fancy term that describes the relationship between tables. Like baking a cake, once the ingredients are mixed, you’ve limited your options. Cardinality is the same way. You mix it in, and your application has fewer options. So it’s important to think about what you’re mixing in.”
Harvey started using QuickBase in April of 2009 with a free 30-day trial, and hasn’t looked back since. “I was hooked,” he says. He offers a few examples of rapid app development that really appeal to him.
“When I book meetings to introduce or address QuickBase problems, I start app development IN the meeting. The users are blown away and I have little to no action items after the meeting,” he says. “Also, there’s a location where you get to vote for which features QuickBase should work on next. You can submit your own idea and if enough users support it, your idea can get created and pushed to production very quickly.”
At EMPOWER 2016, Harvey is looking forward to networking with other QuickBase users. “I’m the main developer for my company, so the chance to ‘geek out’ is exciting.” And he’ll certainly be catching sessions from some of the QuickBase Sales Engineers.
“Stephen Deese always blows my mind with what can be done. I love the way Adam Hoover is so approachable. You can’t go wrong with his presentations. And I have to give major kudos to Kirk Trachy. The guy can think on multiple dimensions at the same time.”
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