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How to Build an Employee Portal

Employee portals are some of the most ubiquitous internal tools around. Teams of all sizes in every industry need a secure, efficient way to share information, handle requests, and deliver internal services to employees. Portals offer a unified, centralized platform for interacting with data within internal processes. Today, we’re checking out how Budibase empowers teams to build sleek, professional portals on top of just about any data source. With our open-source, low-code platform, you can output fully functional solutions in a fraction of the time.

Ronan McQuillan

Apr 5, 2024

How to Build a Franchise Portal

Franchise businesses face some unique challenges. A huge part of this is gathering and managing information from independent locations. Without an effective, centralized way to manage data, it’s almost impossible to achieve optimal performance or even full visibility across the business. Today, we’re exploring one solution to this issue. We’re building a secure franchise portal for individual stores to share information with head office - and vice versa. Specifically, we’re showing off how we can use Budibase to build fully functioning custom portals on top of just about any data source - with minimal custom code.

Ronan McQuillan

Apr 3, 2024

How to Build a B2B Customer Portal in 6 Steps

Managing B2B sales is quite a bit different from selling to the public. This can present challenges, including managing communications, securely hosting product information, and effectively handling inventories and fulfillment. Today, we’re looking at one solution - building a custom B2B portal. Most often, business customers don’t have the same priorities as typical consumers. Above all, they want a fast, secure way to order from trusted suppliers. That’s where portals come in.

Ronan McQuillan

Mar 28, 2024

How to Build a Contractor Portal

Managing projects with external stakeholders can create some unique challenges. This includes monitoring costs, tracking progress, handling approvals, and centralizing information from disparate sources and stakeholders. Today, we’re exploring one solution to this - by showing off the speed and ease with which we can create a custom contractor portal in Budibase. See, a huge part of the problem is how we communicate and collaborate with contractors. When we handle this manually using emails, spreadsheets, or even pen and paper - we inevitably create mountains of admin work, along with scope for error.

Ronan McQuillan

Mar 26, 2024

Wrapping up Q1

Busy quarter! In Q1, we set out to: Make it easier and faster to build advanced, secure forms. Spark more joy in the developer experience. Making it easier and faster to build secure forms Building forms is a critical and necessary flow within Budibase. Whether you’re building a simple app to collect data or a complex approval flow to manage overtime requests, there’s a critical form at the heart of the workflow.

Joe Johnston

Mar 25, 2024

How to Build a Fleet Management Portal

Keeping track of vehicles in the field is a huge challenge. In particular, gaining an accurate snapshot of our vehicle’s locations, statuses, conditions, and maintenance needs can create mountains of administrative work. Today, we’re looking at one solution - building a custom fleet management portal. See, the problem here ultimately comes down to a need to centralize fleet data and related workflows. Our goal today is to demonstrate how Budibase empowers teams to build secure, custom portals on top of just about any data.

Ronan McQuillan

Mar 22, 2024

How to Build a Self-Service IT Portal

Delivering IT services is a costly, laborious process. In particular, huge swathes of technical colleagues’ time is used up on relatively menial admin tasks. Today, we’re looking at one solution to this problem - building a custom IT portal to help users self-serve for common support tasks. Specifically, we’re going to demonstrate how we can use Budibase to build bespoke self-service portals with minimal custom coding. By the end, we’ll have a fully functioning, highly extensible solution for supercharging efficiency around IT service delivery.

Ronan McQuillan

Mar 20, 2024

Boosting developer productivity with Live Evaluation & Reusable Code Snippets

With today’s release, we’re pushing out two major updates to improve the developer experience in Budibase: Live Evaluation & Reusable Code Snippets. Live Evaluation offers real-time insights into your code’s behavior, allowing for immediate feedback without the constant need to toggle between the app preview and code editor. Meanwhile, Reusable Code Snippets, allow you to write blocks of JavaScript, such as formulas, in a centralized location, which can then be reused across your whole application.

Jamie Birss

Mar 19, 2024

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