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How to Build an Employee Onboarding App in 7 Steps

Finding and hiring quality talent can be a lengthy, expensive process. So, once they’ve signed on the dotted line, we want to get our new colleagues up and running as quickly as possible. Today, we’re showing you how to build an effective employee onboarding app. The tricky thing is that onboarding new hires brings along a whole swathe of administrative work - like introducing them to their new coworkers, getting them set up on our internal IT systems, and ensuring that they’ve read all of the relevant documentation for their role.

Ronan McQuillan

Oct 10, 2023

How to Build a Sales Dashboard with Budibase

Sales dashboards are fundamental to how we track, monitor, and plan around our incoming revenues. Businesses today sit on mountains of data. But, when it comes to sales reporting - decision-makers often only need high-level metrics. So, the challenge is cutting through the noise and providing clear, actionable insights to the right people. Today, we’re exploring how Budibase can be used to build complex, custom solutions with all sorts of pre-existing business data.

Ronan McQuillan

Sep 19, 2023

How to Build Complex Approvals with Budibase

Managing requests and approvals is a fundamental step within all kinds of business processes. In fact, almost any internal task is going to require some element of sign-off or vetting. The tricky thing is that this is often tightly aligned to very specific policies and procedures within a particular organization. In other words, the specific steps required to gain approval - and the logic underpinning these - will vary across different businesses and individual tasks.

Ronan McQuillan

Sep 19, 2023

How to Build a CRM with Budibase

Building a CRM is one of the most common custom software projects you’re likely to encounter. See, every customer-facing business needs a repeatable way to manage relationships with current, potential, and previous clients. The trouble is that the market here is so thoroughly cornered by a handful of big players - like SalesForce, Dynamics365, HubSpot, and others. This creates two potential problems. First, with such market dominance, these vendors can often present comparatively high recurring licenses.

Ronan McQuillan

Sep 5, 2023

REST API Authentication | 4 Methods

Understanding the different methods of API authentication is a core competence for any would-be developer, data professional, or anyone else who wants to connect to external tools, data sources, or other resources. Nowadays, APIs are fundamental to the way we build, integrate, and use all kinds of digital tools - whether this is building custom software from scratch - or simply connecting existing SaaS platforms to create streamlined workflows. So, you need to know how to use the different authentication methods that vendors could implement for their APIs.

Ronan McQuillan

Jul 21, 2023

Build an Inventory Management App for Free

Keeping track of stock is one of the most fundamental processes in any customer-facing business. Today, we’re checking out how to build a custom inventory management app for free - in just 20 minutes. Even better, since we’re going to use Budibase to build it, you’ll barely need any coding skills - and we’ll have a fully functional application before your coffee gets cold. All we need to do is connect our data, add a couple of custom queries, and start using Budibase’s built-in components to create a professional UI for managing stock levels.

Ronan McQuillan

Jun 23, 2023

Build MySQL Admin Tools in 6 Steps with Budibase

MySQL admin tools are some of the simplest applications around - but they can play a vital role in all kinds of daily workflows. The unfortunate reality is that the kinds of colleagues who are responsible for most admin tasks don’t have the technical expertise or time to sit around writing custom queries all day. Therefore, we often need custom solutions to bridge this gap. IT teams are tasked with outputting huge numbers of internal tools for managing data sets.

Ronan McQuillan

Jun 23, 2023

How to Migrate Google Sheets to Postgres in 6 Steps

Moving data from Google Sheets to Postgres - or the DBMS of your choice - is one of the fundamental steps toward achieving modern, effective data management. See, huge numbers of teams rely on spreadsheets for use cases where they just aren’t really suitable. Obviously, spreadsheets are so dominant for a reason - there’s no disputing that they offer a huge degree of flexibility, power, and usability. But - when it comes to securely scaling data operations while maintaining accuracy, reliability, and interoperability, they leave a lot to be desired.

Ronan McQuillan

Jun 16, 2023

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