Getting work done today seems to require dozens of different apps, tools, and platforms. But when you’re bouncing around from Hubspot to Gitlab to Jira to Mailchimp, you might start feeling more frazzled than super-productive. That’s where no-code workflow automation comes in. With this software, you can get your daily processes running automatically, and put all your apps in communication with each other. This can be extremely useful if you need to work cross-functionally with multiple departments.
It’s a way to get your tech working for you — no coding skills required!
Here are eight great tools to get you started on your automation journey.
Unito: No-code workflow automation with two-way sync
Obviously, we’re biased — this is the Unito blog, after all. But Unito offers something truly different in the world of automated workflows.
Most other integration tools, like Zapier, use trigger-based automation that only works one way. By contrast, all of Unito’s integrations work both ways. Automatic, bidirectional syncing means that when selected information in one tool changes, any app it’s integrated with syncs automatically.
The most recent data from project management apps like Trello or Asana shows up in whatever other tools your team prefers, in real time, according to rules you choose. Changes in one app automate across your entire stack, saving time and keeping everyone on the same page. That means you can work across tools without time-intensive manual processes like managing exports and copying and pasting data.
It’s a huge step up in efficiency and value. That’s why we’re used by organizations like Tesla, Netflix, Harvard, and Uber.
You can learn more about our plans and pricing here.
Unito offers integrations with Hubspot, Jira, Mailchimp, Pipedrive, and many more. While we’re adding new integrations all the time, we currently integrate with 30+ apps. These integrations cover database reporting tools, CRMs, project management tools, and more. Some of our competitors support a broader range of tools, but they rarely offer the same depth as Unito integrations.
Zapier: Jack-of-all-trades workflow automation software
Zapier aims to make your life easier by connecting all the apps you need to do your job. Zapier is all about integrations, allowing you to automate workflows across more than 4,000 different web apps.
You can set up ‘if X, then do Y’-style dependencies across apps like Slack, Mailchimp, Airtable, and literally thousands more. It’s an example of the best-known no-code workflow automation software on the market. Use Zapier to cut down on the repetitive, boring tasks that eat into your team’s workday.
Zapier does offer a free plan, but its functionality is pretty limited. Paid plans are charged monthly, starting at a certain number of tasks, scaling up as they increase.
For example, the Starter plan starts at $19.99 for 750 tasks a month, scaling up to $39 for 1,500 tasks a month. The Professional plan starts at $49 a month, while the Team plan starts at $69 a month. There’s also a custom Company plan, though you’ll have to contact the Zapier sales team to get a price on that.
Zapier doesn’t offer mobile apps, so you won’t be able to control automations from your phone. And as we mentioned, the functionality of their free plan isn’t great. You only get 5, single-step automated workflows (which they call Zaps).
How does Zapier measure up?
Zapier is easily one of the most popular workflow automation solutions out there, but how does it measure up against some of its competitors? We break down the differences between Zapier and some of its top competitors here:
Outfunnel: Workflow automation for revenue teams
Like Zapier and Automate.io, Outfunnel is workflow automation tool you can use without coding skills. But its integrations have a very specific audience — sales and marketing teams!
Outfunnel was designed by, and built for, the needs of sales and marketing, offering integrations with Copper, Pipedrive, Airtable, HubSpot CRM, and other marketing tools. It has built-in lead-scoring capability, and syncs data on leads and customers across all your sales and marketing tools.
The idea is to help your marketing team save time, and focus on the leads that really matter!
Unfortunately, Outfunnel doesn’t offer a free plan. But their prices are pretty affordable, and they do offer a free two-week trial.
Outfunnel offers three pricing tiers: a Basic plan that starts at $29 a month, a Professional plan starting at $119 a month, and a custome Scale plan.
Outfunnel is more limited than other integration tools on the market. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Outfunnel has a specific purpose, and it’s great at achieving just that.
And of course, there’s no free version, although the plans are cheaper than many other tools on this list.
Pipefy: Best workflow automation software for your deal pipeline
Pipefy automates business processes like purchasing, onboarding, and recruiting. It’s not really an integration tool, like the options we’ve already talked about. In fact, you’d more likely be using Zapier to connect Pipefy to something else.
Instead, it’s intended to make your business processes faster and more efficient. For example, you can create sharable forms to gather data, and automate email communications. It’s used by some pretty big companies like Toyota, KraftHeinz, and IBM, so they’re clearly offering some serious value. So you can still reach your goal — no-code workflow automation — with software that’s a little different.
Woohoo — Pipefy is entirely free for small teams! They also have a $24/month Business plan intended for mid-market companies, and custom-priced Enterprise and Unlimited plans, too.
Because it’s not really their core functionality, Pipefy’s integration capabilities are pretty limited. Across review sites like TrustPilot and Capterra, users have also shared some complaints about their interface and learning curve.
Make: No-code workflow automation for visual learners
Make, formerly Integromat, allows you to do way more than automate tasks and workflows. Within their drag-and-drop interface, you can build entire apps and systems, too!
Make boasts a fun, well-designed, highly visual interface — the company describes it as ‘playful.’ You can create integrations to connect different apps, or build workflows that can run right away or be scheduled.
Make could be a great choice if you need to automate workflows, but want no-code capability beyond that too. Make used to be called Integromat, and it’s used by companies including Meta, Spotify, and Heineken.
Make offers a Free plan, and paid tiers ranging from $9 to $29 per month. There’s also an Enterprise option you’ll need to inquire with their sales team about.
Make is a fairly advanced tool. While the interface is well-designed, there’s definitely a learning curve, and some reviews mention that Make’s customer support could be better.
Additionally, the cheaper tiers are pretty limiting, placing restrictions on file size, customer support, search functionality and more.
Workato: No-code workflow automation with AI
Workato is one of the leading examples of no-code workflow automation software. Because they use machine learning and other proprietary tech, Workato claims they make creating automations 10 times faster than other solutions.
Workato offers integrations with over 1,000 different apps. Heightened security is another Workato selling point — they promise that no matter what, automating workflows and integrations will never compromise their users’ security.
Workato is used by some big names like Atlassian, AT&T, and Adobe.
Workato’s pricing structure is a bit unique. It’s based on what integrations and apps you actually need, so you’ll need to get a quote from the company directly.
Workato is a mid-market to enterprise solution. It’s a bit too complex and powerful for small businesses and solopreneurs. Additionally, some users have found that making the most of Workato did require a little bit of coding knowledge.
How does Workato measure up?
Workato is a strong no-code workflow automation tool, especially for enterprise-sized companies. But how does it compare to some of the other tools on this list?
Whalesync: Workflow automation software with sync
Whalesync is a workflow automation tool that offers a two-way sync option for databases, website builders, CRMs, and more. With Whalesync, you can build bases that automatically update tools in both directions, allowing you to automate processes across teams. Examples of use cases for Whalesync include syncing Webflow and Airtable to generate thousands of SEO landing pages, linking your Shopify store with Airtable bases to automate repetitive tasks in e-commerce, and even build web apps by connecting Bubble to Airtable.
Whalesync offers three pricing plans. Each plan has a starting price for syncing a certain amount of records, scaling up as you add records.
- The Project plan starts at $29/month for 1,000 records, scaling up to $119 a month for 10,000 records. You’ll be able to build one Whalesync base (connecting two tools), but you’ll get unlimited updates. Note that not all connectors are available with this plan (Stripe and WordPress are notably missing).
- The Startup plan starts at $79/month for 2,000 records, and scales up to $379 a month for 30,000 records. You’ll be able to build five Whalesync bases with this plan. You also get access to all integrations, instant updates, and premier customer support.
- Whalesync also offers a Business plan with custom pricing if you need more than five bases or a higher record limit. You’ll also get a dedicated onboarding specialist with this plan.
Whalesync’s two-way sync is a great option among workflow automation tools, but it doesn’t support as many connectors as other tools. Where some platforms have dozens or hundreds of connectors, Whalesync only supports 14. While some of those connectors — like Stripe and WordPress — are very versatile, the tool won’t be much use to you if it doesn’t support the platforms you want to automate.
Process Street: AI-powered workflow automation
Process Street is a workflow automation solution designed to make all your processes run more smoothly. It does this through its five flagship features:
- Workflows combine task management and automation, letting you essentially set up your own automated project management solution.
- Process AI is a workflow design assistant that automatically adapts your processes as you work.
- Forms lets you create feedback forms, surveys, quizzes, and more, so that you don’t have to integrate an external tool.
- Data Sets allows you to house a database right in Process Street, making all your data available for your automated workflows.
- Pages is a built-in word processor that helps enhance collaboration on everything from briefs to marketing content.
Process Street offers three plans, billed monthly.
- The Startup plan will set you back $100 a month and give you access to unlimited workflows and pages. You’ll be limited in the number of members you can add and how you can customize your workspace. You’ll also be limited to email and chat support.
- The Pro plan costs $415 a month and the number of members it supports is customized to your needs. You’ll also have more control over the customization of your workspace and better customer support.
- The Enterprise plan starts at $1,660 a month and gives you full access to this workflow automation solution, including better security features and better support.
One of the main drawbacks Process Street customers have cited is the price. With its cheapest plan starting at $100 a month, Process Street isn’t necessarily well-suited to organizations with smaller budgets. This is made worse by the fact that the free trial doesn’t include all premium features, making it difficult to properly test the tool and see if it fits your needs.
Let’s get synced
Apps and tools make our work faster, more accurate, and more efficient. But as more and more specialized, powerful apps keep hitting the market, so too does it become more challenging to manage them.
That’s what makes these no-code workflow automation software platforms so magical. In the past, it would have taken serious coding knowledge to automate your boring, repetitive workflows, and get all your different work apps cooperating together.
Today, you can shift that burden quickly and easily. That means less time fiddling with all those apps and tools, and more time actually doing your job.