Automation has been one of the key emerging trends of the late 2010s, and will likely be a defining characteristic of the 2020s.
It’s something we’ve covered extensively at Process Street, and something we’ve taken huge advantage of internally as well.
The move from companies only providing enterprise-level API access to their software over to commercially available Internet of Things style mass integration has been a dramatic shift in the marketplace. This has opened up huge potential for individuals and small businesses; you can integrate with thousands of services in just a few clicks.
Now, so many services, SaaS products in particular, provide a means to integrate with other platforms that there are very little restrictions on what you can and cannot automate.
Tools like Zapier, Flow, and IFTTT have made these integrations so easy that anyone can set them up.
But they’re not the only ones – new connectors and middlemen are cropping up all the time, helping people without tech skills connect with APIs or Webhooks of their choosing. The No-Code Movement has gone mainstream and it now has a full suite of tools at its disposal.
Even in 2015, according to Chui, Manyika, and Miremadi writing in the Harvard Business Review, not only could a marketing executive be automating activities which account for between 10-15% of their current time using existing technology, but for 60% of existing US jobs, 30% of their time could be reduced by automation.
For those interested in that kind of thing, you should check out Four Fundamentals of Workplace Automation by McKinsey. An illuminating text which is already somewhat out of date!
Here at Process Street, we integrate with thousands of other apps and platforms via Zapier, we have large customers making use of our API, and we’ve now added webhooks to our array of automation options to try to cover the rest of the use cases our customers tell us about.
In this article, we’ll look at:
- What are webhooks?
- What do people use webhooks for?
- What is the difference between webhooks and APIs?
- How do I use webhooks?
- How do Process Street webhooks work?