The 5 Keys to Successfully Implementing a Mobile Interface for your Quick Base Application

So, you’ve mastered Quick Base and built a mission critical application to support you business operation.  Now management wants to see how you take that functionality to the field and deploy a user friendly, secure and effective mobile version of some key functions.

 

The first thing you notice is that the native Quick Base mobile features can’t solve the unique requirements you were able to address in the desktop application.

 

If you’re feeling stuck, don’t worry, we’ve got some tips to help you understand what’s possible and how to move your project forward.

 

To begin with, here’s a quick list of application use cases frequently implemented on top of Quick Base with a mobile interface:

 

  1. Ticket Management Applications
  2. Barcode, QR Code and RFID scanning applications
  3. GPS integrations
  4. Signature Capture
  5. Photo Capture
  6. Field Service Applications
  7. Form and Data Input Applications
  8. Custom Dashboards
  9. File Transfer Applications

 

More than likely you’ll need a Quick Base Solution Provider, some strong coding skills or an internal IT team to build the mobile application.  Before you start looking for solution options, here are some important considerations:

 

  • You’ll want a modern and customizable design to keep end users happy and be able to make changes quickly
  • Consider whether Offline Capabilities are critical (i.e. will users sometimes not have internet access)
  • What Custom Workflows will be needed to support the business process
  • In addition to interfacing with Quick Base are other integration needed, such as SharePoint, Salesforce, etc.
  • You’ll want a Responsive Design that look good and adapt to any device unless you’re sure all users will have the same hardware
  • Do you need a Native Mobile Application (deployed as Phone App) or will the web version work fine
  • You’ll want to be familiar with the leading mobile approaches such Progressive Web Applications technologies built for the browser
  • Make sure to consider Performance Requirements for loading as well as handling large data sets if required
  • Finally, it’s important to plan for Device Compatibility (iOS, Android etc.)

 

Once you are planning you project, you can organize requirements in these 5 Key Areas to assure you’ve covered all the bases.

 

Design and User Experience

It’s essential to make sure sure that the Mobile Application you develop is design and user

experience centered. Work directly with your end users and iterate the design to make sure the end user experience is clean, intuitive, and meets their specific business requirements.

 

Offline Capabilities

Offline mode is most often required  when it comes to mobile application development – the ability for employees in the field to access their mobile applications even when service

is not available. Most mobile development technologies feature data caching and synchronization to support offline capabilities.  Supporting Offline Capabilities means that employees in the field are no longer bound to using their devices only when service is

available, letting the application do the work and sync data for you when service is available 

again.

 

Responsive Design

The number of different mobile and device shapes and sizes is staggering these days. Having a mobile application that can scale and adapt to different screen sizes to make sure your application performs and looks good no matter what device it is being utilized on is essential.  Even if your users all have the same device today, it won’t be long until new hardware gets rolled out and you don’t want to end up having to redesign in a hurry. 

 

Performance

Newer mobile development technologies continue to come out to push the limits of application

Performance and response to user interaction. When planning your mobile project it’s important to be aware of the latest tools and stay on the forefront of these mobile technologies to make sure you deliver the performance and speed your end users demand. Progressive Web Applications, API call optimization, optimized images, minified code, caching assets and data, use of image sprites are all techniques to help avoid slow loading and interactions. 

 

Custom Workflows

Business processes and workflows aren’t rigid, and trying to force these complex processes into off-the-shelf software that aren’t built for flexibility can be problematic.  One benefit of a properly built mobile interface to your Quick Base application will be the ability to execute highly customized workflows for each end user requirement. As part of your planning it’s important to consider the expected work of each end user group and design the interface, buttons and functions to execute their processes as simply as possible and without opportunities for error.

 

Need help building a mobile interface for your Quick Base application?

 

MCFTech has extensive experience  building custom mobile applications.  We pride ourselves on using the newest technologies to bring you modern, performance-centered, design driven mobile applications to fit your specific business needs and workflows.

 

Let’s chat Now and we’ll help you deliver your Quick Base Mobile Application and keep you Users cheering!

 

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