New to Quickbase? Or maybe you’ve been using the platform for a while but haven’t tried the Quickbase solution provider program just yet? Either way, you may be missing out. A professional Quickbase expert can help you take your Quickbase experience to a whole new level.
If you’re looking for tips to help you find a partner for Quickbase professional services and add-ons, look no further. Here’s a convenient guide to getting the most out of Quickbase’s suite of professional services and technological extensions.
How Quickbase supports clients’ needs for services and extensions:
Quickbase itself provides technical support for platform-related issues as well as a limited amount of assistance for end-users during the sales process. It’s important to note, however, that Quickbase does not offer direct professional services. Professional services are instead made available by verified Quickbase solution providers and consultants. Only a Quickbase solution provider has the appropriate certification to help you with your Quickbase application development. These professionals are an official part of the Quickbase solution provider program, and you can identify them by their company’s solution provider badge.
The Quickbase solution provider program recognizes professional service organizations that have certified Quickbase developers on their payroll. Depending on the number of certified developers employed by a company (as well as the organization’s ability to meet certain criteria set by Quickbase), the company will be awarded a bronze, silver, or gold badge. For the most part, gold partners will have more experienced providers on their team, many of whom will be well versed in enterprise-level requirements as well as in advanced technical capabilities.
Your “partner of record”:
If your account was properly registered with Quickbase during your purchase, you’ll likely have a partner of a record already assigned to you. This partner will receive a commission based on your subscription and will, therefore, be motivated to help you get the most out of the platform. If you’re not sure who your partner of record may be, you can contact your Quickbase sales rep for more information.
The difference betwdeen “services” and “ad-ons”:
Quickbase solution providers offer services as well as add-ons, which essentially are just extensions to the Quickbase solution.
Services are typically provided by certified developers and can include the basic construction of your Quickbase application as well as any advanced technical work that may be required (i.e., integrations, custom user interface design, etc.).
MCFTech, one of the top Quickbase solution providers, delivers a full range of professional services to both enterprise and small-business clients. These services include application development and integration, as well as any complex technical procedures your company might need.
Add-ons are extensions to the Quickbase platform that typically plugin via an API and provide you with extended capabilities. Examples of these capabilities include email integration, mobile functionality, and analytical processes that generate custom documents and reports.
MCFTech offers an excellent add-on: the MCF Gantt chart. This add-on delivers an enhanced user interface for project management applications––complete with an interactive Gantt chart that can help you plan projects more efficiently while using Quickbase.
You can learn more about this extension by clicking here
Resources for finding partners and add-ons:
Quickbase supplies listings for both service partners and add-ons on their main website. Unfortunately, these listings can be a little difficult to find.
If you’re looking for a shortcut to the provider directory, click here
Before you click, remember: Each solution provider will have a designated tier (i.e., gold silver, or bronze). In addition, every provider listing will include reviews to help you better evaluate each candidate. During your search, keep in mind each provider will have their own unique set of skills as well as their own set of specialties. Be sure your provider meets all the requirements necessary to make your application successful before you make your final selection.
A shortcut to the add-on directory can be found here
There are many different ways in which providers can deliver add-ons, so it’s crucial to understand the capabilities you’ll be getting with each one. Some add-ons are plug and play and can be purchased for a one-time subscription fee. Other add-ons require a small (or—perhaps, in some situations––significant) amount of customization in order to function with your Quickbase application appropriately. As you’re well aware, each Quickbase application is truly one-of-a-kind, so it makes sense that customizing will be part of the add-on process. Consider how much customization will be needed before deciding on your add-on (more on how to do this below).
You should also be able to comprehend the deployment model for each add-on you choose to consider. Take time to research exactly how each add-on plugs into your Quickbase application so you’ll a) get a sense of the required level of customization that will be necessary and b) be able to assess whether or not the add-on will work for your use case.
And that’s it! The fundamentals you’ll need to get started with the Quickbase solution provider program. Hopefully, this article will point you toward the right resources to help turn your Quickbase application into a masterpiece of business efficiency.
We wish you the best of luck! If you have any further questions, don’t be afraid to contact us at MCFTech for assistance with services and add-on information.
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