In an EMPOWER far, far away...

By James Cosman on Apr 23, 2018 3:31:55 PM

For those of you who don’t know us, we’re VeilSun, a professional services firm that specializes in developing and integrating cloud-based applications. We also happen to moonlight as Quick Base evangelists. (Those last two statements aren’t accidentally related, by the way.) We love Quick Base for two basic reasons: it helps us quickly solve complex process issues and it allows us the flexibility to build custom systems exactly the way you want—minus traditional custom software costs.Empower 2018 logo

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Quick Base and Trends in the Construction Industry

By James Cosman on Apr 4, 2018 2:34:00 PM

We’ve talked in several of our blogs about how versatile Quick Base is. We’ve also touted how consistent it is in helping businesses streamline processes and maximize productivity. But what we haven’t done before is relate those benefits to a specific industry. For this blog, we’re going to do just that by looking at two of the trends happening now in construction.pexels-photo-38070.jpeg

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How Quick Base is Used in the Construction Industry

By James Cosman on Apr 3, 2018 10:49:06 PM

In the past, when it came to project management, the construction industry either had nothing, or they’d cobble together some antiquated systems. Or, if they didn’t rely on disparate systems, they relied on something huge, like ProCore, a well-known large construction ERP. To make matters worse, construction companies usually find a platform and stay on it for 10-20 years. It’s a simple truth that they’ve rarely embraced innovation when it comes to how they work. In all, this was too much for the modern worker.Untitled design-1

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Quick Base and QuickBooks Integration

By James Cosman on Mar 12, 2018 2:27:29 AM

QuickBooks is the world’s most popular accounting software. So, chances are, you might be using it in your business. That’s why we wanted to put together a quick post that covers why it’s important to ensure Quick Base and QuickBooks integrate as much and as efficiently as they can.Untitled design.png

Topics: Integration
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Why Quick Base IS Enterprise Software

By Richard Crum on Feb 19, 2018 5:21:57 PM

If you’ve read any of our blogs, it’s abundantly clear that Quick Base is a Swiss Army knife of functionality for small to mid-size businesses. And yet, we find it really interesting (and more than a little perplexing, honestly) that a number of potential enterprise clients question whether or not Quick Base is a viable enterprise option. As you can probably guess from this blog’s title, we’re going to set the record straight by dispelling a few of the most common objections enterprises have when it comes to Quick Base. Three of the most frequent objections we hear concern security, control/governance, and continuity planning.

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3 Ways Quick Base Can Help You Achieve Your Business Goals in 2018

By James Cosman on Jan 26, 2018 1:06:40 AM

Happy 2018! We’re excited about this New Year, knowing it’s so full of new ideas. As you examine all of the promise and possibilities this year holds, it seems like the perfect time to step back and think about your business. It’s always easy come into a new year and fall into the rut of doing the same things over and over again and not thinking about where you’re going strategically. That’s why we want you to take the opportunity to explore solutions to your organization’s biggest problems. It’s not for the faint of heart, but this blog will provide a road map you can follow to get there.24553173797_a26d6eca4d_o.png

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The Prime Rib Story

By James Cosman on Dec 28, 2017 12:45:48 PM

As we finish up an amazing 2017, I thought I’d share a more personal story that just happened over the holidays. So, let me set the stage. It’s Christmas Eve day. My wife and I were preparing to host a nice dinner for the rest of our family. (We’re fortunate enough to have double ovens, so we were well equipped for the onslaught of cooking/baking we were about to undertake.) Plus, we’d seen a lot of cool recipes on social media, so we were giving some new things a try, including what looked to be the coolest stuffing ever. But, without a doubt, the star of the show was going to be a massive, succulent prime rib.4095031872_d49dbbb7a5_b.jpg

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Why You Should Stop Using Microsoft Excel

By Richard Crum on Dec 28, 2017 12:45:43 PM

Love it or hate it, Microsoft Excel is still a pretty entrenched piece of software for most businesses. And for good reason. When you stop and think about it, you realize Excel is a lot like an old family friend. It’s hard working. Pretty reliable. But maybe not 100% living in modern times. This post will take a look at Excel in a modern context and will show you why so many companies are moving away from it.Screen Shot 2017-12-20 at 11.37.48 PM.png

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Why You Should Hire an External Quick Base Developer

By James Cosman on Dec 11, 2017 2:57:27 PM

We’ve talked about it a million times before, but it bears repeating: the goal of every company is to get as much quality work done as they can as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. VeilSun understands that perhaps better than anyone. After all, that’s the whole reason Quick Base was invented in the first place. So, it makes sense for you to bring a developer on full time in house, right? Well, not so fast. This blog will take a look at that idea along with some of the benefits of outsourcing your Quick Base development. 

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Quick Base versus Salesforce

By James Cosman on Nov 30, 2017 7:01:17 PM

When it comes to choosing a CRM, we see more and more people comparing Quick Base and Salesforce than ever before. It’s an interesting phenomenon because it leads to two cyclical use cases: users dump Quick Base to go to Salesforce, and then they dump Salesforce to come back to Quick Base. This blog will explore a couple of reasons why that keeps happening and will shed a little light on why Quick Base ultimately delivers faster implementations with quicker ROI.Screen Shot 2017-11-15 at 11.57.51 PM-1.png

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Google Integration: Scaling your business with Quick Base and GSuite

By James Cosman on Oct 31, 2017 1:56:12 PM

In the ever-present quest to increase productivity across their enterprises, businesses of all sizes are turning to a very familiar name with an ever-expanding suite of products: Google. After seeing how successful small businesses have been integrating the Google suite of products into their workflow, along with Google’s proliferation in business in general, companies on the growth path are now seeking new ways to replicate that success on a larger scale. That’s where Quick Base comes into play.Unknown.jpeg

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Quick Base and NetSuite Integration

By James Cosman on Oct 25, 2017 6:04:17 PM

As Quick Base experts and evangelists, VeilSun is always looking for ways to help other businesses use Quick Base to drive productivity. This post will show you a few scenarios on how you can integrate Quick Base, NetSuite and Workato to get more done in less time while also saving money.

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What’s in a name? Quick Base versus QuickBase

By Richard Crum on Oct 4, 2017 3:13:48 PM

Shakespeare once famously wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” As we saw Quick Base unveil its brand update at the Empower conference earlier this year, this quote really struck us. As we examined the idea of what’s in a name for the new Quick Base, we realized that, because the name itself didn’t actually change, the question we should be asking is: what’s in a space? This blog will take a look at the new Quick Base brand and highlight a few of the changes you’ll want to know about.

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Quick Base 7-point check up

By Richard Crum on Sep 21, 2017 3:50:13 PM

Chances are you’ve had one of these happen to you at one point in time: Performance issues. Lag time. Pages or forms taking a long time to load. You can’t even pull reports. You just know Quick Base is failing you. We say…not so fast. Before you throw the baby out with the bathwater and dump Quick Base, take a step back and look at what’s actually going on. This post will help you assess your needs and show you how to fix it with a 7-point check up.7-1.png

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Q&A with a Quick Base Ninja

By Richard Crum on Sep 6, 2017 1:46:00 PM

You won’t find bigger Quick Base evangelists than the team at VeilSun. But we’re definitely not alone. In an effort to highlight a few of our colleagues who feel just as much love for Quick Base, we wanted to share a recent Q&A session we had with our friends at CCI. More specifically, we wanted to pick their brains about an innovative initiative they’ve instituted called the Ninja Program.

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As a bit of background, CCI won the Catalyst Award at the 2017 Empower Conference, given to “the organization that creates a culture in which motivated people are empowered people. These organizations smash the limitations of “who” and “how” with the power of “wherever” and “whenever.” No wonder we’re such big fans. We not only love what they do, but how they do it.


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Smart Quick Base Governance: Managing the Tribbles

By Richard Crum on Aug 11, 2017 12:26:19 AM

In 1967, Star Trek aired a famous episode (for Trekkies anyway) called “The Trouble with Tribbles.” In the episode, the Enterprise had a small, fuzzy creature onboard called a Tribble that seemed harmless. Over time, however, the Tribbles began to multiply at an exponential rate. Their rapid growth posed somd30f09d323dccdac566f6720abf2c0aa770e1c4f.jpge very real challenges for the crew which they eventually overcame. You’ll have to watch the rerun so I don’t spoil it, but it’s definitely a fun one.

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Improve your workflow with the combined power of Quick Base and Google Drive

By James Cosman on Jul 13, 2017 10:27:17 AM

More than ever before, productivity is the name of the game. It’s crucial to be able to access information from wherever you are so you can get more done in less time. That’s why so many businesses are looking for cost-effective ways to help their teams collaborate more efficiently. With the anywhere convenience of Google Drive and the power of Quick Base, businesses are finding just what they’re looking for. And now, with QDrive, you can get the best of both worlds.

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Helpful tips on how to replace Microsoft Access

By Richard Crum on Jun 15, 2017 3:09:12 PM

Microsoft Access has been a stalwart in the database space for years. Ever since its debut in 1992, businesses everywhere have trusted it as their go-to database management system for workflows and data tracking. But, as with all things technological, if it doesn’t evolve, it dies. And that’s what we’re seeing with MS Access now.

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Introducing...QTranslate

By James Cosman on May 30, 2017 11:41:15 AM

In the past, English was the only language option when working with Quick Base. Unsurprisingly, this language barrier kept Quick Base out of certain foreign markets. But today, VeilSun is proud to change all of that with our latest offering: QTranslate.

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4 ways to connect with us at Empower

By James Cosman on May 12, 2017 4:40:41 PM

Empower is always a great way to get in on the ground floor to know what’s coming. And this year is no exception. In fact, we’re more excited about QuickBase and the future of the platform than ever.

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Top 4 Reasons to Attend Empower 2017

By James Cosman on Apr 27, 2017 1:40:22 AM

Empower 2017 conferenceWe know you’re busy — time is always of the essence. You never seem to have enough of it and you want to make sure you make the most of what you do have. That’s why we want to tell you a little about the upcoming Empower 2017 conference. To us, Empower has always been worth the time, but this year’s conference is going to be extra special. How do we know? Well, we just got back from the QuickBase Solution Provider (QSP) Summit and are really excited about the things we saw and heard. As excited as we’ve ever been, in fact. There’s some innovative direction we’ve never seen before.

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Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Workato

By James Cosman on Feb 22, 2017 10:34:33 PM

VeilSun_BlogImage_Workato_022217_v2-1.jpgAs one of the top reviewed solution providers for QuickBase, we know a thing or two about the best ways to use it to boost productivity and performance. And one of the best ways we’ve found to do just that comes from incorporating Workato. By letting you create a non-code based way to integrate cloud applications together, Workato gives you a quick and easy way to make systems talk with each other. This blog will take a look at why that’s important and offer four additional reasons why you should be using Workato to improve your workflow and output.

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Empower

By Richard Crum on Feb 14, 2017 1:19:04 PM

VeilSun is a professional services firm that specializes in developing and integrating cloud-based applications. More specifically, we specialize in QuickBase development, QuickBase consulting, cloud integration and other leading process improvement platforms. We’ve helped hundreds of growing companies achieve their business goals through a scalable technology vision. You can find us at our two main offices, one in Denver and one in Houston.

As a Platinum level sponsor, we’re excited to help all attendees and exhibitors embrace the possibilities only available at EMPOWER. In looking to foster the partnerships that help companies thrive, we hope attendees will visit our kiosk in the Exhibit Hall. Not only will they be able to meet our team firsthand and see demos of multiple use cases and tools, they’ll also have the chance to sign up for a Dream Session.

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What would you say...you do here?: Execution is Everything

By James Cosman on Jan 25, 2017 11:05:27 PM

Norman Augustine, a former Chairman and CEO of Lockhead Martin, once said “A bad idea executed to perfection is still a bad idea.”Another writer pointed out that the inverse is also true: A good idea poorly executed is useless. I have had the opportunity to observe and learn from very effective and very ineffective leaders and have come to the conclusion that a primary difference between the two is their ability to execute – to actually get something done. Poor managers spend their careers planning and presenting. Good managers spend their careers executing and assessing.

Certainly, good planning and decision-making processes are extremely important to valuable business results, but too often planning hijacks the whole process.  There are several concepts from the consulting world which might better explain this point:

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Realities of Solution Change Management

By James Cosman on Jan 18, 2017 3:58:20 PM

Coming out of business school, somebody once told me, “If you design a solution correctly, everybody can be a winner.”  It was up to the solution designer to capture every user’s requests, wants, and needs and to piece them together into a solution that creates high value for all of them.  Soon after, I entered the real world of system implementation and I soon realized that this advice was purely, 100%, unequivocally wrong.

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5 Reasons Your Construction Business will Never Need Another Spreadsheet: Reason #5

By James Cosman on Jan 19, 2016 2:23:28 PM

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5 Reasons Your Construction Business will Never Need Another Spreadsheet: Reason #4

By James Cosman on Jan 13, 2016 1:28:21 PM

                                  5 Reasons Your Construction Business will Never Need Another Spreadsheet

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5 Reasons Your Construction Business will Never Need Another Spreadsheet: Reason #3

By James Cosman on Jan 8, 2016 5:26:40 PM

5 Reasons Your Construction Business will Never Need Another Spreadsheet

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5 Reasons Your Construction Business Will Never Need Another Spreadsheet: Reason #2

By James Cosman on Jan 6, 2016 6:22:15 PM

5 Reasons Your Construction Business will Never Need Another Spreadsheet

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5 Reasons Your Construction Business will Never Need Another Spreadsheet

By James Cosman on Jan 4, 2016 3:05:02 PM

                                        5 Reasons Your Construction Business will Never Need Another Spreadsheet

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Case Study: Custom Parts Manufacturing with QuickBase

By Dan Ladner on Jan 8, 2015 10:06:00 PM

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Topics: Case Studies
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Strategic Management 101

By James Cosman on Apr 22, 2014 11:50:00 AM

VeilSun recently released a web-based application in the QuickBase App Exchange to help businesses manage their strategic initiatives and execution. To commemorate our first download, we wanted to introduce a great management model which 1,000s of companies use for strategic planning (including VeilSun) and is the inspiration for our new app.

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3 Ways Spreadsheets are Killing Your Business

By James Cosman on Jan 20, 2014 4:19:00 PM

There has always been a huge disconnect in business between good process engineering and good process execution. In the good ole' days, this was solved through endless training and piles of paperwork.

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Roof Diagnostic Solar's Fast Growth Supported by VeilSun, QuickBase

By Richard Crum on Nov 8, 2013 2:26:00 PM

Topics: Case Studies
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QuickBase Release: 4 Things You Should Know

By James Cosman on Oct 24, 2013 10:00:00 AM

I am not sure if you have heard, but there is a major QuickBase release this weekend. As a QuickBase-Key-Business-Intelligence-Trends-You-Should-Know-Aboutnerd, this is easily the most exciting QuickBase release I can remember. Check out the product release notes here. As a QuickBase Solution Provider, it includes many of the things that will help us and our clients bring their applications to the next level.

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3 Universal Truth's of Successful Change Agents

By Richard Crum on Oct 22, 2013 10:30:00 AM

 “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.”- Leonardo da da Vinci (1452-1519);


ChangeAt VeilSun, a QuickBase Solution Provider, we’ve been fortunate over the years to work with some remarkable

clients – companies that are dynamic and forward-thinking. And within those companies, we’ve been privileged to team up with the folks who are looking to make a positive impact within their organizations – we sometimes call them change agents.  Insofar as our business is developing QuickBase solutions to project management problems, these change agents are invariably the people who are instrumental in pushing their company forward, whether it’s by moving applications and data to the cloud, driving process improvements, or influencing old ways of thinking. These key people are not necessarily in top management.  Rather, they can be at any level in a company that fosters innovation. We’ve been able to discern three characteristics that these special people have in common and wanted to share them with you:

  • Innovative.  Not just coming up with ideas, but knowing how to apply them.  Change agents are curious, experimental, and, as we’ve witnessed with our customers, they try to apply their discoveries to the organization’s goals.  They are not necessarily “techies,” or experts, but are more likely generalists who have the vision of what will make a difference to the company.
  • Diplomatic.  Rarely do we see a good change agent who is not diplomatic.  They are usually very good at working with multiple groups and moving them forward.  They usually have a good feel for what it takes to make something happen.  Often, they will combine their diplomacy with innovation to develop a “proof of concept” to motivate and impress a cautious boss.
  • Supercharged.  Not hyperactive, but motivated with a purpose. With persistent determination, these change agents methodically spread their vision, achieve buy-in, and get the boss on board.  Along the way, they learn the rewards of patience. Even the best ideas can become better by listening to and incorporating the input of others.  

We’ve learned that being a change agent is not specific to a job title or area of expertise.  No matter what their position, they have a passion to positively impact their organization, their way of working, and to embrace new toolsets and methodologies to achieve their vision. We’ve been privileged to grow with these special clients 

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5 Essential QuickBase Tools for Project Managers

By James Cosman on Oct 15, 2013 10:17:00 PM

Project Management is one of the most common uses of QuickBase. There are a lot of tools out there to

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When is a Custom QuickBase Project Complete?

By Deidre Nelson on Oct 9, 2013 3:23:00 PM

Building software customizable to your business needs is like building a custom home. You’ve got the blueprints and materials you’ll need, the crew to build it, and a timeframe when it should be ready to move in. After living in your new home, you may realize a few things that didn’t quite work out as planned. For instance, having that small office nook right next to the downstairs bathroom everyone uses probably wasn’t such a great idea after all; or the kitchen cabinet knobs you chose just don’t quite look as awesome as you dreamed up in your head (you mean all gold plated knobs clash with my stainless steel appliances?! WHAT?).

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