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In this series about AI automation, we’ve been exploring how Zapier is weaving AI throughout it’s product to enhance user experience and power up automation.
 

If you missed our previous posts, you can find them here: 

 

It’s clear that Zapier is heavily investing in the AI space and it continues to build and improve new features at a blistering pace. Since we started this series, Zapier has already upgraded it’s AI offerings, including adding collaboration to Canvas, updating it’s previous AI Zap builder the new Zap ‘Co-pilot’.
A screenshot of the Zapier editor showing the new co-pilot builder.

Build your own AI Automation helper bot with Zapier Central

The biggest news is the introduction of Zapier Central. Zapier claim that Central lets you build AI automation bots that will work across it’s app ecosystem. At first glance, it looks similar to Zapier’s ChatGPT plugin, where you use ‘natural language’ to build automations.

Zapier Central is currently in Beta and is therefore subject to change

Where it has the opportunity to get interesting is connecting your own data for the bot to use. Currently, the only data sources that Zapier Central can connect to are Google Sheets, Google Docs and Notion – pretty limited in that sense right now. You can build bots that use Zapier’s existing triggers and apps, for example, I was able to quickly build a bot that lets me know if the weather is warm enough to wear a t-shirt.
It’s certainly faster than building a Zap manually, but it’s too early to tell whether Zapier Central will become your new favourite AI assistant. We’ll be keeping an eye on it so stay tuned for more updates as Zapier no doubt fine-tunes the newest addition to its ecosystem.

 

 

Summary

If you’ve been following this series, you’ll know that Zapier’s AI automation tools are in different stages of maturity. Some seem primed to help you save time straight out of the gate (e.g. chatbots), while others need a little more development before they live up to their full potential (e.g. building Zap actions using AI). What’s undeniable is that Zapier is all in when it comes to AI features and doesn’t look to be stopping any time soon!

Reduce your overwhelm with our automation training programme

And finally, if you’re really keen to reduce your overwhelm and transform your business using automation, then visit the Solvaa Automation Academy. Our signature training programme, ‘Simple Zapier Automation Blueprint: Zero to Hero’ is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of business process automation from the experts – a sure-fire way to recession-proof your business.

It’s an online course with on-demand videos, templates, and resources. And it’s more than just a Zapier course (although we do show you how to use Zapier like a pro) as you’ll learn about Process Mapping, Business Process Improvement and Business Process Management too – principles that can be applied to other areas of business too!

Whether you are a complete novice or have been using Zapier for a while, our programme is for you. It’s perfect for individuals and teams in micro, small and medium-sized businesses, including solopreneurs, consultants and freelancers. You’ll have access to our experts and can participate in live calls where you can ask all your burning questions, as well as hands-on workshops to keep you on track with implementing your new skills. We run regular cohorts so there will be an opportunity for everyone to participate.

Our head trainer, Kelly Goss, is a specialist in business systems, process improvement and automation, and one of less than 100 Zapier Certified Experts in the world. Kelly has many years’ experience in optimising systems and processes, and implementing automations for clients and is now passing on her knowledge to students through our trademarked ‘4-Step Solvaa Automation Methodology®‘. 

Find out more via our dedicated Solvaa Automation Academy website.

Read more about how our certified experts use Zapier workflow automations to simplify processes and increase efficiency.

Solvaa is a process and automation consultancy specialising in improving sales, operations and financial administration workflows. We help you to simplify and streamline existing processes, integrate your business tools to make data transfer more efficient and automate manual tasks to increase productivity. We are Zapier Certified Experts, Pipedrive Certified Experts and Xero Certified Advisors. 

Contact us today to discuss how Solvaa can help you simplify, improve and automate all aspects of your business with Zapier to save you time, reduce costs and keep you agile as you grow.

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