Week 8: Airtable

Managing data and workflows is essential in every business, and with the increasing reliance on technology, managing this data has become easier. Airtable is a tool that has revolutionised the way teams manage their workflows, data, and projects. This report will explore the main features of Airtable, its use cases in workflow management, its pros and cons, and security features.

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Introducing new technology to your business can be challenging and confusing. Our back-office consultants have extensive experience in technology onboarding and can guide you in the right direction to ensure seamless integration, and staff that are fully up to speed. 

What is Airtable?

Airtable is a cloud-based database and collaboration tool that works on a simple and intuitive user interface. It is designed to work like a spreadsheet, but with more powerful and customisable features. At its core, it works by creating bases, which are equivalent to spreadsheets in traditional data management tools. Each base is made up of tables, which are like tabs in a spreadsheet, and these tables contain records that represent individual pieces of data.

Users can customise the tables by adding or removing fields, which are equivalent to columns in a spreadsheet. Fields can be customised to include a range of data types, such as text, numbers, dates, attachments, and more. Once a table is set up, users can add records to the table and fill in the fields with relevant data. This data can then be sorted, filtered, and organised using customisable views, which are designed to present the data in the most useful way for a particular workflow.

Airtable also allows for easy collaboration among team members. Multiple users can work on the same base simultaneously, and they can share views, comment on records, and assign tasks to team members. This feature makes it easy to manage projects and workflows across teams and departments. Additionally, it offers integrations with a variety of third-party applications, making it possible to automate workflows and streamline processes even further.

Main Features

Customisable Views. Airtable allows users to customise their views, including gallery, grid, form, calendar, and kanban. Users can also filter, sort, and group data based on specific criteria.

Collaboration. Allows multiple users to collaborate on a single project or database. Users can share views, comment on records, and assign tasks to team members.

Mobile App. Airtable has a mobile app for both iOS and Android devices, making it possible to manage data and workflows on the go.

Integrations

Airtable offers a wide range of integrations with third-party applications that can streamline workflows and increase productivity. Below is a comprehensive list of integrations:

Zapier. Connect with over 3,000 other apps, including Gmail, Slack, Trello, and Hubspot.

Google Sheets. Import data from Google Sheets or export data to Google Sheets for further analysis.

Slack. Send updates, notifications, and messages directly to your Slack channels.

Asana. Create Asana tasks from Airtable records or sync your Asana tasks to your Airtable base.

Mailchimp. Sync Mailchimp subscribers and campaigns with Airtable records.

Salesforce. Sync Salesforce records with Airtable records, or vice versa.

Hubspot. Import Hubspot data into Airtable or export Airtable data to Hubspot.

Trello. Create Trello cards from Airtable records or sync Trello cards to your Airtable base.

Dropbox. Attach files and documents from your Dropbox account to your Airtable records.

JotForm. Import JotForm data into Airtable or export Airtable data to JotForm.

Typeform. Import Typeform data into Airtable or export Airtable data to Typeform.

Evernote. Attach Evernote notes and files to Airtable records.

Google Drive. Attach files and documents from your Google Drive account to your Airtable records.

Harvest. Track time in Harvest and import the data into Airtable records.

QuickBooks. Sync QuickBooks invoices and transactions with Airtable records.

Stripe. Import Stripe data into Airtable or export Airtable data to Stripe.

WordPress. Import WordPress data into Airtable or export Airtable data to WordPress.

GitHub. Import GitHub data into Airtable or export Airtable data to GitHub.

Microsoft Power Automate. Automate workflows with Microsoft Power Automate and Airtable.

ClickUp. Import ClickUp data into Airtable or export Airtable data to ClickUp.

These are just a few examples of the many integrations available. With its API and webhooks, users can also create custom integrations with other applications.

3 Use Cases of Airtable in Workflow Management

Project Management. Airtable can be used to manage projects by creating records for each task, assigning them to team members, and tracking progress. The custom views also make it easier to visualize project timelines and milestones.

Calendar Planning. Airtable can be used to manage events by creating records for clients, staff, and schedules. It also allows users to collaborate with other team members, making it easier to coordinate event logistics.

Sales Management. Airtable can be used to manage sales by creating records for leads, contacts, and deals. Users can track progress and customize views to see sales trends and performance.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Customisable views make it easy to manage data and workflows
  • Integration with third-party applications makes it easier to collaborate across platforms
  • User-friendly interface requires minimal training
  • Mobile app allows for on-the-go management

Cons

  • Limited reporting capabilities
  • Limited data visualisation options
  • Can become expensive for larger teams or businesses

Security Features

Airtable offers several security features to protect user data, including:

  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption for data transmission
  • Role-based access controls to limit access to sensitive data
  • Two-factor authentication for account security
  • Data backups and redundancy to prevent data loss

Final Thoughts

Airtable is an excellent tool for managing data and workflows, especially for small to medium-sized teams. Its customisable features and ease of use make it easy to manage projects, events, and sales. However, it may not be the best fit for larger teams or businesses that require more robust reporting capabilities or data visualisation options. Its security features are also robust, which is crucial when managing sensitive data. Overall, it’s a valuable tool for workflow management and collaboration.

This is the 8th and final report in our special-edition newsletter.

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