Zapier for Teams Puts the 'Mate' Back in 'Automate'

By Juan Martinez Features PCmag

Zapier, which helps you connect more than 800 independent apps, just launched a product to help you connect with colleagues. Zapier for Teams is a productivity plan built to simplify the billing and collaboration process for companies with multiple Zapier users.

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Traditionally, Zapier allowed individuals to streamline processes that run across multiple disparate applications. For example: If you needed to pull customer relationship management data into your email marketing tool, you'd create a "Zap" to automate the data integration workflow. However, this capability was limited to a single Zapier account holder.

Today, Zapier has opened its software to groups, which means your company can collectively create, run, and track Zaps within a single billing profile. Rather than 100 different invoices for 100 different Zapier accounts, Zapier for Teams will be billed as one monthly charge, starting at $250.

Pricing and Features

Rather than charge per user, Zapier for Teams will bill businesses based on how many tasks are run within the solution each month. For the aforementioned $250 starting price, you can run 50,000 tasks (or a single automation process). As your number of tasks increase, so will the price you pay. After your first 50,000 tasks, each additional task will cost $0.005. Each task from 250,000 to 500,000 will cost $0.0025. Each task from 500,000 to 1 million will cost $0.0015. And, if you're running more than a million tasks per month, you'll pay $0.001 per task overage.

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Unlike individual accounts, which freeze Zaps once you run over your monthly allotment of tasks, Zapier for Teams will simply increase your price tier depending on how many tasks your team runs that month. Think of it like data overages for your smartphone plan. There is no limit to the number of Zaps or tasks your team can run.

Zapier offers different levels of service to individual users. The free service lets you run 80 tasks per month, and five Zaps active at any given time. Basic accounts cost $20 per month and include Premium Apps, 600 tasks per month, and 20 Zaps. Business accounts cost $49 per month, and they run 3,000 tasks per month across 50 Zaps. A Business Plus account is $99 per month and includes 10,000 tasks per month across 125 Zaps.

Team members will be given access to their own private workspaces. Only Zap creators will be able to see and edit their Zaps. However, administrators can see how many Zaps and tasks have been created and run by team members. Current Zapier users with personal accounts can migrate their Zaps to a Teams account from within the settings console. They can also switch back and forth between a personal and Teams account at any point.

Because users will have autonomous control over how many Zaps and tasks they run within the system, there is no limit to how many Zaps and tasks are run within Teams accounts. Administrators will need to use Zapier for Teams' monitoring and forecasting tool to determine if the Team is going to run over what the administrator is willing to pay that month. Owners can remove Team members at any point, and all of their Zaps will be turned off within the Teams console. If members are reinstated, their Zaps will reappear.

Today, you can't share Zaps with team members. Zapier CEO Wade Foster said the feature is coming, though he declined to provide a more concrete timetable. The only information shared between Zap users and Zapier for Teams administrators are name, email, avatar, number of live Zaps, and number of monthly tasks.

"The big thing we're working to deliver is sharing Zaps," Foster said. "When you think about a dev team that works in GitHub and another team in Zendesk, it's nice when a rep from support and a rep from dev can work on it together, have version control, and work together just like you'd work on a Google Doc."

Zapier recently announced a partnership with LinkedIn that allows data provided to LinkedIn via lead form to be entered into the Zapier ecosystem and filtered into any of Zapier's more than 800 apps.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.