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Changes to the Automations Feature in Quickbase

By Adam Hoover posted 06-22-2021 12:07

  

Changes to the Automations Feature in Quickbase

For the most up to date information on our Automations End of Support and Retirement plan please refer to our most recent post which you can find here


We’d like to take a moment to share some news about our plans for the future of the Automations feature in Quickbase. If you are using the Quickbase Automations Feature in any of your Quickbase Apps today, or are planning to create a new Automation in the near future, then this post is for you.

Workflow automation has taken many forms in Quickbase over the years. Whether it’s been a simple email notification, a dynamic form rule, or even a complex script triggered by a Webhook, one thing that’s clear is that workflow automation is only going to increase in importance for customers and use cases of all kinds. To meet those evolving requirements, we have spent the last year growing and improving the workflow automation capabilities of our powerful new Pipelines technology. Now, as we continue to look toward the future, we must also evaluate the role of older and less flexible features like Quickbase Automations.

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The Future of Automations

We have made the decision to begin the process of retiring the Automations feature. Over the next 18 months, we will be slowly phasing out the Automations feature from the Quickbase platform, and in January of 2023 Quickbase Pipelines will become our one-stop shop for all your workflow automation and integration needs. We know that this will mean a change for those of you who are still using the Automations feature today, and we are already working hard to ensure that this will not disrupt your business or your processes.

Background

Over the years since introducing the Automations feature, we have continuously gathered feedback, and learned about the wide range of processes and workflows that Quickbase customers need to automate.  These workflows often stretch across multiple systems, and increasingly require business logic that is more flexible and scalable than we had ever imagined when we first introduced our Quickbase Automations feature.  Fortunately, our Pipelines technology is here to help us meet these growing workflow automation challenges.

Timeline

Over the next 18 months we will be following our standard feature retirement lifecycle, and taking several steps along the way to retiring the Quickbase Automations feature.



Timing

Retirement Phase

Description

June 22, 2021

End of Sale

We will focus on making sure that all our customers have the information and resources they need to successfully plan for the migration of their Automations to Pipelines.

Even though the Automations feature will still be available to existing customers, we encourage customers to begin using Pipelines to implement new workflow automation ideas moving forward.

June 30, 2022

End of Support

Your existing Automations will continue to run without interruption, but you will no longer be able to create new Automations or get assistance with the building and configuration of Automations from Quickbase staff.

During this time, we encourage you to migrate any remaining Automations to Pipelines at the earliest possible opportunity.

January 31, 2023

End of Life

Automations is officially retired. This means that it is fully removed from our product, and remaining Automations will cease to function.

 

Migration to Pipelines

We have been continuously adding new capabilities and tools that will make it easy for you to migrate your workflow automations to our newer and more powerful Pipelines technology. Not only will this ensure that you don’t experience any disruption to your business or your processes, but it also opens the doors to new workflow ideas that can connect across multiple systems.

Unlimited Automation Usage
The introduction of Pipelines was a huge leap forward for Quickbase, and in February we took that even further by announcing a change that made automating workflow between Quickbase Apps with Pipelines unlimited for all customers.

Easy Migration
Our exciting new Automations to Pipelines migration capability is now live and ready for everyone to use. This tool is visible on each of your Automations and can help you convert almost any Automation into a Pipeline with just a couple of clicks. Learn more in our June release notes and help topic.

Expanded Use Cases
By adding support for things like the “previous value of a field” in March, you can see that we’re committed to supporting every Automations use case.

Information and Resources
We are continuously creating new resources and content to help you get started with Pipelines, which you can always find here.

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