Jared Leavitt from Access Communication (QuickBase PR agency) dropped me a link to an interesting case study: SantaBase - Holiday Management Application. But I must say if this case study was for real, our holidays would be in danger. Why? Just consider this:
Here I’ve found out in 2006 there were 73.3 million children under the age of 18 in the United States.
Well, is QuickBase capable of such data amount processing within one table? I guess no. Unfortunately I can’t check it using my trial account and it would be really great to get an official response from QuickBase.
But since I check everything in practice I tried to import in my app the maximum quantity of records it was possible. I imported it as 20 000 records at one setting, and trying to do it the 4th time I’ve got such an error:
This is my Application Statistics:
So, can Santa afford such an application?
The case study doesn’t show us the exact way how kids register their orders in QuickBase:
"Thousands of bags of mail containing letters to Santa could be eliminated (saving millions of trees) as children logged directly into QuickBase to update their gift wish list."
For better understanding of what is going to happen, you can simply check QuickBase pricing here.
If each child is registered user in this SantaBase App, Santa should get ready to pay not less than:
$249 / Month + 36500 packs of 2000 users * $5,000 / Month = $182,500,249 / Month
Even in case all kids log their requests from Santa's official site and he won’t register such quantity of users, it is neccessary to pay for 73.7 million of records saved in QuickBase anyway:
$249 / Month + 2920 packs of 25000 records * $100 / Month = $292,249 / Month
I don’t think Santa can afford it, especially now, in such difficult times.
I bet no product I’ve tested can solve Santa’s problem right now and offer him an appropriate solution.
Who can argue with that?!