Why is Airtable so popular?
The most exciting software isn't always revolutionary. It can be something that solves an ordinary problem that people struggle with every day. Airtable fits into this category. It reinvents the spreadsheet into a powerful relational database.
You can use it to develop an inexpensive and flexible software solution. It lets you organise your data and share it in all sorts of ways and across all devices.
And the best thing is that you can do it yourself - or with a little help - rather than committing to an expensive and lengthy development cycle to get the tools you need to do the work that matters to you. No code is necessary to build a database that works exactly how you want.
You can use Airtable for building prototypes in a short amount of time.
You can also turbo charge the power of Airtable by automating workflows you create within a database by using Zapier to connect Airtable to many other apps and services, as well as automating the updating of Airtable records.
What is Airtable?
Airtable combines the ease-of-use of spreadsheets with the power of relational databases providing the ability to link related concepts together.
With a spreadsheet you typically have just one view of the data and everyone sees the same thing. If you hide columns or filter rows everyone sees these changes. What you can do with a database like Airtable is create multiple views for each table depending on what you want to do with the data and who you want to share it with.
It becomes a cloud-based workflow solution that lets anyone in your team work with and analyse data easily.
You can have any number of databases within Airtable. They can be private, shared with a group or you can have a public database and collect data in a variety of ways.
How do you get started?
A great way to learn initially is to start with a template so that you can see how an Airtable database is typically structured.
If you want a head start or you want an Airtable expert to do it for you then check out consulting services or contact me.
If you want to explore what Airtable can do check out these resources below.