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Nancy Powaga
 |  April 24, 2020

Data is all around us, and is constantly being created and logged by sensors, people, and machines. According to one estimate, over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every single day — that’s 18 zeros! For comparison, a trillion has only 12 zeros.

With so much data being produced, more and more businesses are learning how to harness and connect it to applications to create useful tools. In fact, most modern apps rely on connections with data sources to deliver powerful, productive, and meaningful experiences to their users.

Data itself can range from inventory counts to credit card numbers to geolocations, and can present as plain text, numbers, percentages, and more. Business leads typically deal with multiple types of data that come from a number of different places, commonly referred to as data sources. 

Data sources can be anything from a Google Sheet to a SQL database; basically, that’s where information is housed. Data sources are an important component in app development, as their connection to the development platform allows the data to be transformed into actionable insights for users. Regardless of the data type and where the data is stored, app developers must ensure a secure pathway through which the data can interact with the app, usually with the help of the coding platform.

From Amazon to Zillow, data sources are a fundamental building block of traditional application development, and no-code development is no different. Designed to provide non-technical employees with the tools they need to quickly and securely create their own apps, no-code platforms like AppSheet help to uplevel and repurpose previously-dormant or under-utilized information.

With a no-code platform like AppSheet, everyone in an organization can securely connect data sources to power customized apps — no coding skills required. By connecting their data to AppSheet, process owners can make better decisions, come up with new ways of working, and ultimately create new value from existing information.

data-sourcesConverting data into actionable value

Tens of thousands of creators using AppSheet have collectively made almost a million apps that are connected to even more data sources. Though a data source can be something as simple as a Google Calendar, it can yield enormous value when leveraged by an application. 

Let’s say that a retail team manager collects inventory data in a Google Sheet. She can leverage this data by connecting the Google Sheet to AppSheet to create an inventory management app, for example, that allows her team to easily recall product information from the store floor. 

When people want to leverage data within a custom app to improve their processes or even to create new ones, AppSheet allows them to easily make their data workable, applicable, valuable, and actionable. Let’s look at two ways data sources connect with AppSheet:

Cloud databases and tables: AppSheet enables connections with a variety of data sources, including popular cloud databases and tables like Google Cloud SQL, MySQL, Salesforce, and Oracle. These connectors add data to the apps that creators build on AppSheet, like the Google Sheet that powers our retail team manager’s inventory app in the example above. 

Integrations: AppSheet integrates with a variety of external services to allow process owners within the organization to connect their data to AppSheet. For example, a marketer or sales team may connect data from Google Maps to create a location-specific query app, or another data process owner may flow information from Okta or Twilio to improve process-specific time-to-value. Whatever the intent, AppSheet enables non-technical employees to connect the data they know best to to deliver seamless chatbots, communication workflows, barcode scanning, custom maps, and more.

Remember that when creating an app — either by traditional software development or through a no-code platform — you own your data and continue to be the sole owner of your information even after it’s connected via data source. AppSheet ensures that your data remains secure by design, and does not require any coding knowledge to use. Just as traditional software developers must secure the apps they create, no-code development platforms like AppSheet ensure that security and privacy are built in from the beginning.

Line-of-business employees know their data best, and who better to create custom data-driven solutions than the people who work with that data most closely? With no-code platforms like AppSheet, non-technical employees can use the data they work with every day to create powerful, secure apps in just a few clicks.

Learn more about AppSheet compatible connectors. Interested in speaking with a team member about how you can get the most out of your organization’s data? Let's schedule a demo.

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Nancy Powaga

Nancy helps app creators build and learn with AppSheet.

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