Area 120, the in-house incubator for Google, has introduced us to a new tool last week: Tables. This very useful tool is aiming to make you track your projects in a more efficiently and easily by placing in automation. This means, your team members don’t have to track down the notes and the tasks related to your project in documents.
The bot designed for Tables already helps you to do things like programming recurring e-mail reminders when the tasks are overdue or send a message in the chat room when a new form submitted, so that, everyone can be aware or, even move tasks to other coworkers’ work queues when the statuses have been changed. The clever bots of Tables automatically handle all these.
Before Tables were introduced, you would have to do lots of manual work such as searching several different data sources, collect it all together, and then copy-paste it to another document to hand it over. Tables make it fast and simple to automate these actions thus helps to save time for teams and make collaborations impeccable.
The solution was designed with the intent of being useful in a range of use cases like; customer monitoring and CRM, hiring, IT operations, product development, project management, and more.
General Manager for the Tables, Tim Gleason, explains the reason behind the creation of this tool in a Google blog post:
“I’ve been in the technology industry for a long time, including 10 years at Google. And during my years in the workforce, I’ve always had a difficult time tracking projects. Our teams stored notes and related tasks in different documents. Those documents always got out of date. We’d have to manually sync data between them. And I’d spend a lot of time coordinating between team members to prioritize and update statuses. I spent more time keeping track of work than actually working!
Tracking work with existing tech solutions meant building a custom in-house solution or purchasing an off-the-shelf product, but these options are time-consuming, inflexible, and expensive.
That is why we built Tables, a user-friendly, intuitive work-tracking tool, as part of Area 120, Google’s in-house incubator for experimental projects. Tables help teams track work and automate tasks to save time and supercharge collaboration—without any coding required.”
Moreover, if you are already using Google’s other products, starting to use Tables is easy. You will be able to import data from Google Sheets (or a .CSV file), share data with your Google Groups, and assign tasks to your employees that exist in your Google Contacts. If you prefer, you can even get started with one of the templates included.
The bots handle all automated actions and it is possible to display the information itself in various ways, such as; grid views, record lists, Kanban boards, and maps. In addition, forms allow you to gather information on the fly without giving people access to your tables directly.
Now, Tables has launched its beta version in the US and has been in testing with thousands of active users who track their work and communicate with team members. Soon this tool will be available for a public debut and before it happens, make sure you have all the professional assistance for your work and check our content management services.