Quickbase for Construction Management: Common Misconceptions
Quickbase is a powerful tool for construction management. But some organizations are hesitant to adopt this low-code platform because of a few misconceptions. We put the myths about Quickbase for Construction to rest in this post.
Myth: Quickbase Isn’t a “Trend”
The term “low-code” was coined by Forrester in 2014, and its concept dates back to the 80s. As the need to build programs increased, so too did the need to build them faster.
Older rapid application development tools used proprietary code and locked you into the platform. Since then, a lot of things have changed.
Quickbase was founded in 1999 and divested into its own company in 2016. Since then, the Boston-based company has worked with brands such as Columbia, COX, Canadian Solar, and many, many more.
And when you take a look at low-code market trends, it’s clear that low-code is here to stay. The global market forecast for low-code is around 65 Billion U.S. by 2027. And it's expected to reach $187 Billion by 2030.
Myth: You Can’t Customize Quickbase
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Low-code applications are completely customizable. Unlike turnkey solutions that come ready to deploy and only provide limited customization (branding and color, in most cases), Quickbase offers many customization options.
With Quickbase, you can build apps that fit your exact construction management needs.
As a result, you can empower your business by improving what makes it unique instead of trying to fit your business model to your tools.
Myth: You’ll Lose Data
No business can afford to go on pause. And if you’re looking to invest in better construction management systems with Quickbase, you don’t want to manage additional costs caused by disruption.
Luckily, that won’t be the case.
Whether you work with a Quickbase Partner or you build the apps in-house, you can create custom solutions in a sandbox environment. This allows you to test each application before launching. Plus, you can import your data into your new application seamlessly.
At Quandary, we’ve helped numerous construction companies move away from excel to Quickbase with minimal disruptions.
Myth: Quickbase Can Only Build Simple Applications
Quickbase is a versatile, powerful platform. While you can use Quickbase to build simple construction management applications, you can also use the platform to rebuild your entire business infrastructure.
Sadly, this belief comes from businesses that haven’t unlocked Quickbase’s full potential.
Already, many organizations have used low-code applications like Quickbase to build enterprise-level solutions.
And with the right support, you can leverage the low-code platform to build virtually any business application or integration you need.
Myth: You Can’t Collaborate on Quickbase
No. You can’t collaborate on spreadsheets. But, collaboration on Quickbase is easy.
Yes, citizen developers can build apps independently. And yes, that can get out of hand without a set of guidelines for the business or without teams working together.
In fact, it’s a common problem with businesses and one we work with from the start to fix.
However, your team will get the most out of Quickbase if they collaborate. To get there, your organization needs to set SOPs and guidelines for application development.
It works best to have a point person in charge of application development, so they can prevent unnecessary app builds in your construction company.
Myth: Quickbase Doesn’t Require Programming Knowledge
Low-code makes business application development for construction management easier. It’s extremely accessible. Most people can learn the basics of the platform within days or weeks.
Still, you’ll need some coding knowledge to get the most out of it.
It’s best to think of Quickbase as a force multiplier for your business. For example, your IT team can use the platform to help them rapidly develop the solutions your construction business needs at a lower cost.
Myth: Quickbase Is Only for [Blank]
There seems to be a lot of confusion among construction teams on what kind of organization is the best fit for Quickbase. As a result, a lot of companies unnecessarily disqualify themselves.
Here’s some of the reasoning:
- Quickbase is only for developers: It’s too technical for our staff to learn, and our IT team already knows how to code, so it’s not needed.
- Quickbase is only for people who don’t know how to code: It’s just a cheap, easy way to build applications for beginning coders.
- Quickbase is only for enterprise companies: Custom application development is too expensive, and my company isn’t ready for it.
- Quickbase is only for small companies: Companies that can’t afford an IT department use Quickbase because they don’t have any other choice.
We’ve heard it all.
The truth is that businesses large and small use Quickbase to streamline their operations. And a range of teams with a range of skill sets all use Quickbase to make developing applications faster, easier, and more affordable.
Myth: Quickbase is a Turnkey Solution
Quickbase is not a turnkey solution. It does not work right out of the box. It’s a platform designed to speed up application development, but you’ll still need to develop the applications.
You have two options.
You can either appoint someone on your team to oversee Quickbase and build the applications internally. Or, you can work with a Quickbase partner.
Either way, you’ll need to be involved in the development process. This ensures that the applications are developed to fit your construction company's exact needs.
At Quandary, we work with businesses to build the solutions they need using Quickbase. This involves a thorough discovery process that helps us get to the root cause of their problems.
Throughout the development process and after, we work closely with our clients to train them on the platforms. This ensures adoption and helps them get the most out of the platform.
Myth: All Quickbase Service Providers Are the Same
Not all QSPs are the same.
While Quickbase has an extensive vetting process and works hard to ensure any of its partners deliver exception support, each partner varies. Some are experts in certain types of businesses or market niches. Others focus on building certain types of systems.
In truth, each one is different.
Quandary focuses on providing unmatched responsiveness and support, specifically in the Construction Space. We aim to be long-term partners for our clients. And we work hard to find other areas of their businesses to improve.
We also have a superior Go-Live plan that ensures applications deploy with minimal disruption and maximum results.
Myth: We Won’t Have Support
Quickbase is a SaaS platform. And many SaaS platforms are “buy and figure it out.” Without support, you’ll likely end up with a "Wild West” scenario where application development is all over the place in your business. In the end, you might find low-code application development to provide more headaches than relief.
That’s why Quickbase is different. It offers basic support and a partner network to help you get the most out of the platform.
At Quandary, we work closely with our clients to ensure they never feel in the dark. We’re not a development team that builds apps and walks away. And we’re not a platform offering a solution. Instead, we’re consultants that are here to be your guides.
We also offer support packages to help construction businesses like yours get the applications they need and discover new ways to optimize workflows. The construction space is extremely competitive, so we’re always working hard to give our clients the edge.
Myth: There’s No Rush
The pandemic put low-code adoption on the fast track. And since then, the pressure has only been building. With supply chain disruption, labor shortages, inflation, and other pressing market concerns, businesses feel pressured to cut costs and improve productivity.
The construction industry as a whole is incredibly inefficient. Only 30% of contractors finish projects on time and within budget.
This is because construction management workflows and operations are notoriously dated. Often, these companies use excel, email, and even paper notes for workforce management, project estimations, and other tasks.
While many construction companies have numerous areas where they can improve productivity and profitability, they’re hesitant to invest in new systems.
As more businesses leverage low-code to build lean solutions, construction companies will fill increasing pressure to adapt. Those that do will gain a competitive advantage. Better systems lead to improved operations and superior results. The kind of results clients crave.
Time is of the essence.