Moving Beyond Spreadsheets
The Center for Social Research (CSR) is a business unit of Calvin College, a private, Christian liberal arts school in Grand Rapids, MI with an enrollment of 3,800. CSR employs both undergraduate and graduate students and offers technology-intensive social-scientific research and development services to community, business, and government clients.
Prior to Quickbase, most projects were supported by paper, spreadsheets, and desktop databases. Larger initiatives were underpinned by custom coded/scripted database apps such as PHP and Ruby on Rails. The disparity of approaches made it difficult to integrate data among projects and limited the team's capacity.