Lions and tigers and budgets, oh, my!

Wow, I can’t believe it has really only been 11 days since I’ve last posted! We are in budgeting season at Intuit, which is kind of like self-expanding foam… it consumes all available space.

One cool thing happened today that I have to share. Today was the review with my boss, our CTO, Bill Ihrie. (Next Friday is our CEO, so we’ll appreciate positive thoughts from y’all.) Bill’s great at asking all the tough questions, really digging into the details of the business and balancing "short and long", as we say here. The cool thing is that for those questions I didn’t know off the top of my head, many of them I could either answer quickly, because the info was in a QuickBase, or I could tell him I could send him access to a QuickBase that would give him the details.

One example is our marketing programs. As we continue to grow, our marketing programs grow too. Bill asked questions about the efficacy of those programs based on our growth. I knew the top level answers, because I’m updated regularly and proactively on our programs though our Marketing Programs QuickBase app, but also, the details needed are easily available directly to him, just by sharing the app with him. QuickBase gave me the confidence as a manager that I had both the high-level and the details in check… because I have the visibility I need, and the information "just in time".

OK, back to your regularly scheduled programming…

  • Dave Sunderhaft

    Hi Verna,

    Good luck with the budget review! Also, if you are willing, I am sure a lot of us would like to learn more about what the “long” term plan is for Quickbase. Thanks! Dave

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  • Dave Sunderhaft

    Hi Verna,

    Good luck with the budget review! Also, if you are willing, I am sure a lot of us would like to learn more about what the “long” term plan is for Quickbase. Thanks! Dave

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  • Jana

    Hi, Dave!

    Oh, thanks for making the great suggestion, and for the good luck. Next week (after budget reviews), I’ll post something about the longer term. In the meantime, y’all please tell me what you’d like to hear specifically… features, business direction, customers, etc. Of course, I won’t be able to tell all the details or make committments on timing, but I’ll push to tell you what we know, and give you ideas on timing, as we see it now.

    Thanks!
    Jana

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  • Jana

    Hi, Dave!

    Oh, thanks for making the great suggestion, and for the good luck. Next week (after budget reviews), I’ll post something about the longer term. In the meantime, y’all please tell me what you’d like to hear specifically… features, business direction, customers, etc. Of course, I won’t be able to tell all the details or make committments on timing, but I’ll push to tell you what we know, and give you ideas on timing, as we see it now.

    Thanks!
    Jana

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  • Dave Sunderhaft

    Hi Jana,

    Thanks for the quick reply. I personally would like to learn about where you are headed with features. Also, I have to thank you for your openess and honesty. It is very refreshing!

    Dave

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  • Dave Sunderhaft

    Hi Jana,

    Thanks for the quick reply. I personally would like to learn about where you are headed with features. Also, I have to thank you for your openess and honesty. It is very refreshing!

    Dave

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  • Noel Kerns

    Hi Jana,

    …very cool that you have a blog now! I suspect this will be a great place for folks like me who want to stay abreast of new developments and “behind the scenes” stuff going on with QuickBase.

    BTW, my name is Noel Kerns; you may remember me from the e-mails we exchanged several weeks ago regarding the CRM application I developed in QuickBase for the ProTax Intuit Account Management team here in Plano. I don’t know if you ever had the chance to go back and check it out further, but if you did (or could find time to), I’d be very interested in any feedback or suggestions you or you r team might have. We think it’s a pretty solid example of how QuickBase CAN compete with vertical hosted CRM solutions, such as salesforce.com. The link to the application is:

    https://www.quickbase.com/db/bapp53cyw

    Once again, congrats on the blog, and best wishes to you and everyone on the QuickBase team!

    Noel Kerns
    Protax Sales Operations, Plano

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  • Noel Kerns

    Hi Jana,

    …very cool that you have a blog now! I suspect this will be a great place for folks like me who want to stay abreast of new developments and “behind the scenes” stuff going on with QuickBase.

    BTW, my name is Noel Kerns; you may remember me from the e-mails we exchanged several weeks ago regarding the CRM application I developed in QuickBase for the ProTax Intuit Account Management team here in Plano. I don’t know if you ever had the chance to go back and check it out further, but if you did (or could find time to), I’d be very interested in any feedback or suggestions you or you r team might have. We think it’s a pretty solid example of how QuickBase CAN compete with vertical hosted CRM solutions, such as salesforce.com. The link to the application is:

    https://www.quickbase.com/db/bapp53cyw

    Once again, congrats on the blog, and best wishes to you and everyone on the QuickBase team!

    Noel Kerns
    Protax Sales Operations, Plano

    [Reply]