I’m not coming with any real questions, I’m more interested to know how you may feel about using Zapier as a key aspect for the back-end of your SaaS product or web app.
Zapier in a production back-end
I’ve personally been having trouble reconciling my thoughts on this, I want to be in full control of my back-end in all aspects, even if using Zapier could save me time and energy. I don’t know if it’s a pride thing, a control thing or maybe a matter of wanting to hone my craft and feeling like using Zapier for that purpose would almost be ‘cheating’.
I love Zapier and I’ll gladly use it to automate tasks whenever possible, except in this specific context.
I’m interested to know if anybody else here struggles with that mindset, or on another note, are there some things that you would never do without Zapier again now that you’ve used it?
The Firebase Effect
Not all that long ago, I had noticed that tons of services were outsourcing OAuth to Firebase. Now it’s become a normal and expected method of user-authentication, even for services otherwise not hosted on Firebase or GCP.
I’m wondering if Webhooks or API connections with Zapier may someday feel the same way to me as Firebase does for authentication. Is it strange that I feel this way? It may have something to do with being afraid that a spike in usage could run through a large number of Zaps although there are ways to mitigate that.
I do wonder if I use services on a regular basis that may use Zapier behind the curtains. I’d be really interested to know if Zapier is being used for API connections with any large or well-known services on a large scale. I’m really wondering if “APIaaS” may be a newly sprouting frontier and if it’s just so early that it feels unusual at the moment.
Just some food for thought. I’ve been thinking about this lately and was wondering if anyone else had any thoughts on this. Needless to say, I love Zapier. I think everybody does. I’m speaking more to the context of when and where to use it.
What do you think?