Intuit Updates QuickBase, Will You Use It?


This week, Intuit announced their update of their hosted application service, QuickBase. The application is designed to provide even small business with the kind of tools which used to be available only to corporations large enough to afford their own mainframes. With an entry-level cost of $249 a month that will support up to ten users, even mom and pop shops can take advantage of a wide range of customizable business management tools.

QuickBase’ integration with Microsoft Project bridges the gap between desktop tools and hosted data, and now it also supports iCal and vCard. The reporting and editing interface now uses AJAX to improve and expand the product’s usability and allows for the new dynamic reporting feature. Working online now looks and feels more like a desktop app. Anyone familiar with Intuit’s other products, like Quicken, will recognize the clean style and straightforward layouts and feel right at home.

Fully customizable, you can build your own tools from scratch and import your existing data. Or choose from basic tools designed for your Project Management, Marketing, IT Management or Human Resources needs along with 200 more user created applications available in their library. All of which you can tweak to suit. Finally, it’s scalability allows for plenty of room as your needs grow. It seems ideal for fast-growing startups looking to improve their workflow management. But will they use it?


What is Quicken?

I’m actually scared of quicken now, and I’ve switched to KMyMoney. It’s a lot simpler, and it doesn’t force me to upgrade when I don’t want to. I don’t think that business users will find it very useful, but for my home use it’s great.


As a current and long-time Intuit employee, but not a member of the QuickBase team, I can tell you that QuickBase has played a very signicificant role in Intuit’s operational efficiency. It just works for so many daily needs, and for the few situations it turns out to be not as useful as other tools, the cost of trying to use it is low enough to be negligible. Also, the API is straightforward and robust enough to extend QuickBase’s usefulness well beyond what is available in its web UI at a relatively low cost.

Jana Eggers


QuickBase is designed for “ordinary folk”, i.e., not engineers, to design these critical apps for their business… to really fit to their workflow/processes. It is amazing what can be done by someone who simply knows the process well. It is really brilliant in its simplicity, which is Intuit’s strength.

That said, QuickBase has a quite robust API to answer to the needs of the engineer. It is http+xml based, and I’ve also seen amazing things using those capabilities, including integration into the SAPs, JD Edwards, and other big iron systems, which is where it would be most compared to Sharepoint Services.

Hope that helps!

Disclaimer: I’m the former GM of the QuickBase business, and a HUGE supporter of the QuickBase offering, and how Intuit continues to grow it.


We use quickbase for tons of stuff at our company (a web startup founded in 2004). It’s incredibly annoying and absolutely indispensable at the same time. My biggest nit against it has always been that it hasn’t taken enough advantage of AJAX-driven direct manipulation of data. I’m looking forward to their recent updates.

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