In one way or another, I’ve been living and breathing Quick Base for about nine years. As a customer and a Quick Base Solution Provider, I’ve seen first-hand the power of Quick Base applications. Now, as a product manager at Quick Base, I’m thrilled to be able to influence the long-term vision of our product.
But my first experience with the platform wasn’t great.
My background is in software architecture, though I am far from a developer. Years ago I was hired into a role that required me to oversee software, including Quick Base. My new boss had tried to explain Quick Base to me during the interview process, saying I could modify applications they had created on the platform. I was adamant that I wasn’t a software engineer, and he was adamant I didn’t need to be.
When my new boss went on a cruise the week after I started, I was called on to support a big Quick Base app that was critical to the business. I was completely baffled, and unsure how I was going to do this. I even told my wife I didn’t know how this new job was going to work out, since it felt like expectations weren’t aligned on my skillset.
As the week went on, I started to realize he was right. I was able to build and maintain software on my own, whereas a week earlier I was only capable of writing technical specs. Being thrown to the wolves while my boss went on vacation made me realize that there was something pretty magical about Quick Base.
Fast forward a few years, and we are now facing a supply and demand challenge in software development. There are simply not enough software engineers to meet the demands of the business. For IT leaders, there are only three plausible solutions to this problem:
Agile and DevOps arose to help technology keep pace with the business, but new practices and methodologies are not enough. Developers need to augment their toolsets to keep pace.
App development platforms catering to software engineers (typically called “low-code” platforms) have become extremely popular. Platforms in our space such as Mendix and OutSystems are focused on making technical workers more efficient by increasing the speed with which they can develop applications and reduce time-to-value. Many of these platforms focus on concepts such as refactoring and deployment. These make a developer feel right at home, and there is no question that these tools remove some minutia from a developer’s daily life.
But what if a platform could take it a step further? What if we could completely rethink and abstract away the notion of “refactoring” and even remove the need to “deploy” an app? How much more powerful could a software engineer be? That’s where Quick Base comes in.
One promise of Quick Base is that it empowers people who aren’t software engineers to build software. That is immensely powerful. But it’s also true that people who are software engineers should build software with Quick Base. The native functionality alone, including a powerful in-memory database, allows developers to build highly creative applications. Quick Base also includes a great API — in fact over half of our traffic comes from it. It is very common for builders to extend their applications with integrations or custom user-interfaces, helping them stay nimble with their coding skills while building on Quick Base.
Here are some examples of how software engineers or developers might use Quick Base:
Once you try it and hit that “ah-ha!” moment, I know you will agree that there is something special here. We encourage you to engage in the Quick Base Community and read how others are using Quick Base to transform their organization.