Updates: Application Libraries and Webinars

So, we’ve talked in the past about an Application Library, where you can find applications that other companies have built. This would rely on people like you making a copy of your application and giving it to the library for the common good.

As we’ve worked on defining this, including ease-of-use in donating and safeguards for access rights, etc., one hurdle that we’ve run into is a legal one. Is your company going to be OK with giving copies of your applications to the library, if they also benefit from having access to applications from other companies? Should we think about this more as a co-op, than a library? (See this Baseline article on a software co-op.)

And, we are moving down the path of making a library, or showcase, of Intuit applications open for customers. Please tell us what applications are most pressing for you now. We can likely find an example inside Intuit.

Along those same lines… what do you think of the Webinars? We’ve had live application examples for Community Impact, SOX Compliance, and Project Management so far this year, along with enhancing our introductory QuickBase, Sales, and Project Management. Are you finding these useful? What other topics should we cover?

  • James

    Webinars are good. Even if they are a little novice I like them because you can gain ideas from others you did not think of.

    As far as the repository or library of applications, this would be a great idea.
    I do not think my company would care, as long as my application was generic enough and you did not attach our names to it.

    If applications is a sticking point for companies to share, maybe a users group forum where users can share ideas and hints and not just an application.

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  • James

    Webinars are good. Even if they are a little novice I like them because you can gain ideas from others you did not think of.

    As far as the repository or library of applications, this would be a great idea.
    I do not think my company would care, as long as my application was generic enough and you did not attach our names to it.

    If applications is a sticking point for companies to share, maybe a users group forum where users can share ideas and hints and not just an application.

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  • James

    Webinars are good. Even if they are a little novice I like them because you can gain ideas from others you did not think of.

    As far as the repository or library of applications, this would be a great idea.
    I do not think my company would care, as long as my application was generic enough and you did not attach our names to it.

    If applications is a sticking point for companies to share, maybe a users group forum where users can share ideas and hints and not just an application.

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  • James

    Webinars are good. Even if they are a little novice I like them because you can gain ideas from others you did not think of.

    As far as the repository or library of applications, this would be a great idea.
    I do not think my company would care, as long as my application was generic enough and you did not attach our names to it.

    If applications is a sticking point for companies to share, maybe a users group forum where users can share ideas and hints and not just an application.

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  • Ed Metz

    The app library is a great idea. If nothing else, it would be very interesting to see how others are using Quickbase. If there is a concern over proprietary apps, maybe one could optionally post a detailed description with a link to inquire about obtaining the actual tables.

    I am very curious about to what extent companies are investing their day-to-day operations and/or mission critical functions to QB. At my company, we use it for our Work Order system, which is the backbone of our entire operations.

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  • Ed Metz

    The app library is a great idea. If nothing else, it would be very interesting to see how others are using Quickbase. If there is a concern over proprietary apps, maybe one could optionally post a detailed description with a link to inquire about obtaining the actual tables.

    I am very curious about to what extent companies are investing their day-to-day operations and/or mission critical functions to QB. At my company, we use it for our Work Order system, which is the backbone of our entire operations.

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  • james lacorte

    Here is a neat concept http://www.thinkfree.com/support/supportcenter.tfo?method=getListbyCategory

    Users who are willing to share their applications get points.
    Points can be traded for special offers, features, or boasting in the community.

    Shared items are tracked and everyone can see who posted and how many times others downloaded it.

    Need way to share apps and a sense of community

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  • james lacorte

    Here is a neat concept http://www.thinkfree.com/support/supportcenter.tfo?method=getListbyCategory

    Users who are willing to share their applications get points.
    Points can be traded for special offers, features, or boasting in the community.

    Shared items are tracked and everyone can see who posted and how many times others downloaded it.

    Need way to share apps and a sense of community

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  • Mike Chatelain

    Jana, an application library is a fantastic idea! Theory is good, but the more hands-on working samples we can see and use, the better. I’ve spent months on our application and will be happy to share it. I’m sure I had to reinvent the wheel more than once and an ap library would have saved me time.

    I would enjoy seeing the QuickBase power users’ creations as I’m sure they have invented some brilliant aps. It would be great to have them available like the QuickBase pre-built applications.

    If you post the specific legal hurdles, I’m sure we can solve them.

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  • Mike Chatelain

    Jana, an application library is a fantastic idea! Theory is good, but the more hands-on working samples we can see and use, the better. I’ve spent months on our application and will be happy to share it. I’m sure I had to reinvent the wheel more than once and an ap library would have saved me time.

    I would enjoy seeing the QuickBase power users’ creations as I’m sure they have invented some brilliant aps. It would be great to have them available like the QuickBase pre-built applications.

    If you post the specific legal hurdles, I’m sure we can solve them.

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