Quick Base Adds Automated Workflows to No-Code Dev Platform

At its EMPOWER 2018 conference in Austin, the company introduced Quick Base Automations, a set of features that broadens automation for the growing community of business developers.

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When it comes to the idea of citizen software development, sometimes described as "low-code," a former division of Intuit, Quick Base, has been a real pioneer. The development genre has had its fits and starts over the last 20 years, but it appears to be gaining some real momentum now.

At its EMPOWER 2018 conference in Austin June 5, the company moved ahead by introducing something called Quick Base Automations, a set of features that broadens the power of automation for the growing community of business developers.

By creating business rules with clicks, not code, business professionals can build Quick Base apps that solve unique problems in every part of an organization.

Automation is changing the global workforce and the way work gets done. While reducing costs has been the primary initial driver behind adoption, according to Forrester Research this will increasingly evolve to accelerating digital transformation and improving the customer experience.

The new feature offers automation options by allowing users to automatically add, update, delete or move information around based on what happens in a Quick Base app  and perform actions on a schedule. For example, customers can automate tasks such as creating new projects with a large number of steps, taking snapshots of sales data for the weekly sales trend report, or identifying VIP accounts based on deal amounts and treating them preferentially.

While IT traditionally has been responsible for leading automation initiatives, business workers must also be armed with the resources to make this vision a reality and reduce the burden on IT departments.

“Automation is where the world is going, and this development is a real breakthrough for anyone who is still using spreadsheets and emails to manage processes,” Jay Jamison, Quick Base Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Product Management, said in a media advisory. “For years, Quick Base has helped customers build solutions to streamline work, eliminate spreadsheet chaos and spend more time adding value to their organizations.

"With Automations, we’re furthering our mission of providing a no-code platform that is simple enough for anyone to use yet is extremely powerful.”

Automations builds on several other product updates for the company this year, including a recent deeper partnership with Workato, a leading no-code integration platform, and enhanced governance and resources to support large organizations.

Quick Base also was recently named a Leader in "The Forrester New Wave: Low-Code Platforms For Business Developers, Q4 2017." 

Quick Base Automations became generally available June 5. For more information, go here.  

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