Join Us at EMPOWER2017 - We're Boston Strong!


We are thrilled that Quick Base has chosen our city to host EMPOWER2017​ – the ​third annual Quick Base user conference​​ –  at the Marriott Copley Place in ​Boston, MA from May ​22nd through the​ 25th​.

​This year, you will find us at Kiosk G1 within the conference hall. We will have a team of talented developers ready to help,​ whether you have questions about your current application, or want to talk about how to design a new Quick Base application to fit your specific requirements. We hope you will take the time to​ attend keynotes, join panel discussions and ​participate in ​breakout sessions. You’ll leave with valuable insights, tools and best practices for making the most of Quick Base!

Exciting News for Quick Base

By now I am sure most of you have heard that Intuit is selling Quick Base to one of the oldest and most respected growth equity firms, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS). What you may not have heard is how fantastic this will be for Quick Base.

With our headquarters just down the street from Quick Base, we have a clear view into Quick Base operations. And what we see is all good news! WCAS has made certain to keep the existing Quick Base leadership team in place, everyone is happy and they are hiring like crazy to accelerate development efforts, all while making significant leaps in the power and reach of the product. 

Importing Multi-Table Data From A Spreadsheet Into QuickBase

Quick Base makes it easy to import data from a spreadsheet. To import new data into a table, just select the table from the table bar, then choose More and Import/Export. That takes you to a Quick Base page where you can import from a spreadsheet file or paste data from the clipboard. Quick Base parses your data into columns and you can assign each field to an existing column in your table, create a new column in your table, or ignore that particular column. This process works great when your spreadsheet data maps directly to a single Quick Base table.

Sometimes our spreadsheets contain details that really should be mapped to two or more Quick Base tables, which are connected to one another via table-to-table relationships. For example, consider this spreadsheet of contacts you would like to import into Quick Base:

Join us Empower 2016

Join us at EMPOWER2016 – the second annual Quick Base user conference – being held at the GaylordOpryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN from May 10th to the 13th. Visit our kiosk, attend keynotes, join panel discussions and breakout sessions, check in with us at the tech bar. You’ll leave with valuable insights, tools and best practices for making the most of Quick Base!

Watch for updates here on Speaker Sessions and special events and don’t forget to use our code: QBGPK8XM to get $100.00 off your conference registration.

The Multi-select Text field

Have you been enjoying the relatively new List-User field, where you can select multiple users in one drop-down, and wished that there was a similar option for Text drop-downs?  Now there is!

With last Sunday's (12/13/15) release of Quick Base came a new field type - the Multi-select Text field.   Create a new field, select Multi-select Text as your field type, enter your options (as many as 50), and save.  Users can now select multiple options at once (up to 20!)...that's good news for all!

Settling for Less in the Cloud?

I've noticed that a lot of organizations, as they move their data to the cloud, don't quite finish the process. To use a football analogy, they drive down to the ten yard line, and then settle for a field goal.

They move CRM, Email, and maybe even Accounting to the cloud. But then they stop before moving the core data thats unique to who they are. Maybe its data from geological sites in the field, or from pharmaceutical trials, or managing construction projects.

That data is tough to move, because it's different for every organization. But it's a lot easier now than it used to be. I hope you'll take a look at my recent white paper to see how it's done.

Reporting gets Easier

You've seen that box a hundred times -- you know, that search box on the top of the page? But did you know you can use it for more than just a simple text search? Certainly, if you type "Complete" in the box, the search will return all records with that word in them. But you can also get a little fancier. If you search for "Complete AND Southern" (without the quotes) you will see all records that include both words. Or if you type "Complete OR Started" you will get all records that include either term. It's all part of allowing you to do almost all your reporting without ever having to actually design a report. Once you have some report data on your screen, you can add and hide columns (using the little down arrow in the column header), sort by just clicking on the column header, and filter by using dynamic filters on the right, or the Search box. The more you can do yourself, the more Quick Base is delivering on its promise to be the database for the rest of us. Though I use Quick Base all the time, I never knew this til I saw my friend Phil Stern doing this yesterday...

You should Learn about Quick Base Sync

Among the hundreds of little changes that the Quick Base team makes every year, Quick Base Sync stands out as something that will change the way we all work. But it is not the flashy part that will make the biggest difference. Yes, it is great to be able to pull data directly from SalesForce, ZenDesk and QuickBooks Online. But those are one-way transfers, and with the thousands of SaaS products out there, you may not be using any of those products.

What is a Portal?

A portal is a website with data that is customized for the individual user. A Customer portal allows you to interact with customers that do not have a license to access your Quick Base data by providing secure, permissions based information you want them to see. Portals provide the opportunity to share files, plan, organize as well as manage activities, tasks and events in a private online environment.