I am excited to announce that Airtable recently rolled out powerful new features that let you sync data from outside sources and streamline even the most complex workflows.
We’ve added sync integrations with Jira Server and Jira Data Center, Zendesk, Github Issues, Google Drive, and Box. What does this mean? Teams working on projects with multiple handoffs and interdependencies have better visibility into projects that will affect their work.
Read on to learn more about syncing data from outside sources, and about what’s next in Airtable: automations that help you take actions at the right time and under the right conditions.
Syncing data in Airtable
Here’s a quick refresher on synchronizing data in Airtable. Syncing data, when it’s between two Airtable bases, essentially turns one base into the source of information and another into the destination base. Let’s say one team has generated a complete set of contacts for your company inside a base, and you don’t want other teams creating separate, confusing or duplicative contact lists. Syncing information automatically (or manually, if you prefer) between bases means everyone has access to the same contact list across teams. No matter which base you’re in, you’ll have a single source of truth to refer to.
Syncing from outside sources
The same principle applies when you’re syncing from outside sources (available to Airtable customers on Pro and Enterprise plans). With external source sync, you can continuously pull in data from outside platforms, integrating it directly into your Airtable workflow. This ensures your team is working in an Airtable base that’s always up to date and serves as a centralized place to see progress on all parts of a project.
Once you’ve built external syncs, how do you take that flow of information to the next level? In the coming months, Airtable will introduce conditional logic for automations that lets you further streamline workflows. With conditional logic, automations can be set in motion when a record in an Airtable base meets certain conditions.