Like any modern business, you are constantly on the hunt for the next tool that’ll streamline your operations and enable you to experience unrestricted growth. And, whether you’re managing a small team or an organization that spans international seas, automation is one of the best ways to achieve that vision.
Still, discovering the right automation solution for your business is another story. With so many different products on the market, it can be difficult to understand which features would benefit your workforce best.
As such, you’ve probably come across Zapier during your search, which is known for its cloud automation capabilities. However, this popularity doesn’t necessarily make it the _best _resource out there for keeping your tasks in order. In fact, when compared to a competitor like Make.com, it has a few drawbacks.
So, *why should you make the switch? *Keep reading to find out!
Before we get into the details, let’s review the basics of this new, innovative automation tool.
At its core, *Make.com is an IPaaS *(Integration Platform as a Service) application that aims to help your business complete more tasks in less time, with a reduced workforce burden. Whether you simply want to connect a few apps or create complex, end-to-end automated workflows, the tools’ integration capacities are virtually limitless.
From daily tasks to projects that can span months, Make will keep your management objectives in order and increase focus amongst your team.
Still, its commitment to improving your business’s capabilities isn’t the only advantage it has over competitors like Zapier. Look below for some reasons why you should make the switch.
Your business works hard year-round to maintain its rate of income. So, why not do what you can to save as much of it as possible?
Unfortunately, many cloud services can place a strain on your wallet, causing more harm than good in the long run — and keeping you from enjoying the automated tasks you so desperately need.
Don’t worry; Make.com doesn’t fall into this category, as its pricing scale is designed to be far more cost effective than Zapier and other providers. Here’s a quick comparison of the plans each one offers:
As you can see, the features Make.com provides are far more extensive, at a far more reasonable price when compared to those offered by Zapier. As such, any business will be able to take advantage of its automated capabilities without fear of breaking the bank.
Your business needs all the help it can get when it comes to completing tasks, especially as your customer base grows and output ramps up. With a provider like Zapier, this means you’ll be paying even more money for expanded coverage, while still being limited in what you can accomplish using the tool.
Make.com aims to combat this issue by providing effective and — of course — cost-effective features compatible with any task you need help with. In fact, you won’t be able to find many of these advantages anywhere else.
So, what does Make.com have to offer? *You can look forward to a lengthy list of benefits including: *
*Streamlined Functions *
Just like the ones you can find in Excel, Make.com's functions are always evolving to help you manage your values easier than ever before. Whether you’re working with dates, numbers, texts, or something else entirely, this tool is guaranteed to be a time saver.
*Customizable Routers *
Need to duplicate your processed data? No worries! You can tell Make.com's routers to send your data wherever you need it, however you need it.
*Good-to-go Templates *
If you’re eager to get your feet off the ground, you can use one of Make.com's 1,500+ pre-built templates to start automating your processes right away.
Of course, this is just a brief taste of the many features Make.com users can utilize. Compare that to the limited — yet still expensive — offerings provided by Zapier, and it is clear which option is most useful for modern business.
No matter how many features or discounts an automation application advertises, it won’t be very beneficial if it’s difficult to use. Whether you’re dealing with a clunky UI or confusing instructions, an e-commerce tool that’s difficult to implement could do more harm than good.
That’s why Make.com strives to simplify the complex world of automation with one simple improvement: visualization.
Regardless of how you plan to use the app, Integromat presents a digestible, concise visual representation of every scenario you build. Its modular interface allows you to drag-and-drop different processes with ease, allowing for increased flexibility and enhanced protection against errors. And, once you’ve created a scenario that you’re pleased with, you can test it yourself to ensure everything works as it should.
In fact, Make.com offers far more modules than Zapier, which means you’ll have full reign to create, alter, and adapt processes however you see fit.
Ready to Make the Switch to Make.com from Zapier?
Provide your business with the tool it needs to succeed on the modern market. Register for Make.com today to begin transferring your operations and experience all the benefits the application has to offer and if you need any help you can book a free appointment with us, makeitfuture, now!
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.