Some software does more than just help you accomplish a task—it changes the way you work and makes you see technology differently?
Perhaps it's too much to ask what software changed your life but at least what software changed the way you think about software and helped you work more productively?
After my first integration within Airtable using Zapier to move data and automate things my whole world changed. I had heard people singing the praises of Airtable before but I always struggled to find a use case for it. Once I enabled the automations with Zapier it was a no-brainer and now I cannot imagine running my business or my clients' businesses without it.
(I know I could use smartsheets, knack, or quickbase etc as well, but the Airtable/Zapier was the first low/no code Saas that changed how I use and see software. )
And now I see data portability, and MVP and data storage as simple and should work the way I want it to instead of just the SQL way.
No question - this has been the best enablement tool I've used thus far. We went in looking for a content management and deployment tool, but ended up with an insights solutions. We not only know how content performs, but we know what our sales team is searching for, providing us the insight we need in terms of what they're looking for so we can get ahead of requests so marketing is known company-wide to always been on top of things. The analytics are incredibly powerful, what you sacrifice is a bit of usability on the sales side compared to other tools. The pro far outweighs the con here in my opinion.
My first computer was this ancient hand-me-down laptop running Windows 95 and 2 Office apps: Word and Access. Weird limitation, and I should have just installed full Office, but instead it pushed me to learn Access.
And that was the first time I realized you could build software without coding. I started noticing how much software in small businesses were form interfaces powered by Access or similar tools, and began making tiny apps in Access. It's what got me interested in using no-code development tools such as Yahoo Pipes, which then led to my interest in Zapier, Airtable, and more.
Especially for personal to-dos and tasks that you need to accomplish outside of your team, what is your favorite app and tricks for getting the most out of it?
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