which is a multi-level and modular system that builds "bridges" between over 1,500 business and web applications. Essentially, Zapier allows you to link two or more web applications together to use their functionalities (almost) automatically. Make time for the important things in life - automation helps you, your employees and your company.
If you are a freelancer, a manager or maybe a start-up owner, you probably use web apps like Gmail, Mailchimp, Instagram, Facebook, SharePoint, gDrive, Dropbox, Slack, Trello, Airtable and many more on a daily basis. Often SaaS users ("SaaS" = Software as a Service) use more than 30 apps in the same day. And that is inconvenient, repetitive, and can quickly become time-consuming before you can even focus on your company's business or your customers.
When you're trying to grow your agency, start-up or independent client network, you don't want to do boring and time-consuming work like sorting documents into folders or setting calendar reminders.
Instead, your mental and physical energy could be better spent on something more meaningful, like creating strategic plans or networking with potential employees or clients.
This is where Wemakefuture comes in. Without any further requirements, we automate your business processes with the help of Zapier.
Before we start, here are some examples of workflows you can automate with Zapier. These will help you get a better idea of the automation possibilities if you have never used Zapier before:
These were just a few of the many other applications that could make your everyday work easier.
When using Zapier, you will hear two terms from us over and over again: "Zapier", the name of the application; and "Zap", the term for an automated workflow between your web applications.
In one sentence it could be described as: Okay, Zapier, zap this work from my email to my calendar" and it will do just that for you (although it's more like setting it up and less like saying it practically).
It sounds almost magical and perhaps a little confusing at first. However, this becomes much clearer when you see how Zapier works in a SaaS business scenario.
For this reason, we invite you to get to know Zapier by means of SaaS business scenarios and to be advised by the German Zapier experts from Wemakefuture in a non-binding conversation.
Wemakefuture helps you get more out of your processes. Promise!
Cloud Integration, iPaaS, SaaS, BPA… Ough, hard to keep track of all these terms. They are currently used frequently (and increasingly) in the context of automation, and it is sometimes difficult to make a clear distinction and distinction. We have already written blog posts on the terms iPaaS, SaaS and BPA, but we’ll take them up again here to make the difference.
But let’s start with cloud integration, because that’s the central umbrella term in which we embed all the other technologies in this blog post.
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To illustrate these advantages, an example is suitable that we know well from our everyday work as an automation agency:
The central data to be used here is the data of a major customer. This can be the simplest information, such as the address. This address is required in numerous but completely different processes in the company: on the one hand, for correct invoicing in accounting. On the other hand, in the CRM system, where all the data of the large customer is also stored. But the address is also important in sales, for example, when employees go to the sales meeting on site.
Now the customer announces that the address of the company has changed after a move. This information will reach you by e-mail. There are now two options:
01. The e-mail is forwarded to all affected departments, accounting, sales, customer service, marketing… All persons open their corresponding program, CRM, accounting software, marketing tools (such as newsletter marketing) and change the data already stored there of the customer. This means that in multiple applications, different people do exactly the same thing: change one address.
02. But there is also an alternative: By connecting your applications, thus by integrizing them, the customer’s e-mail, or rather the information it contains about the address change, is automatically passed on to all affected applications: CRM, accounting, marketing, ERP. This does not require any clicks, because the cloud integration detects a trigger, i.e. address change, and thus automatically starts the process.
What sounds unimpressive in a single process becomes more effective when such a process occurs several times a day or weekly. Because there is a lot of data that is available in different applications and should always be correct. If these applications are cloud applications they are suitable for cloud integration.
But cloud integration doesn’t just happen. There are now a variety of applications that enable and implement this. Such tools usually allow us to link the relevant cloud applications on a central platform and define clear rules on when, how, where, how much data should be passed on and what happens to them.
To realize cloud integration, there are various applications and technologies that are sometimes used interchangeably.
We have made a first distinction between iPaaS and BPA here.
We explain the term SaaS in more detail here.
Cloud integration is rather an umbrella term that includes numerous technologies, such as SaaS, iPaaS and BPA, and this is also absolutely necessary. Cloud integration is a concept that is made possible by appropriate technologies.
However, all terms share the commonality that they are cloud-based and thus offer enormous potential for growth and scaling. In addition, they are often cheaper to implement and maintain because changed requirements are easy to implement.
As an independent automation agency, we implement cloud integration according to your requirements. We use a variety of SaaS tools and iPaas (strictly speaking BPA) software. Together we find individual solutions that are flexible and scalable.