Using Parabola Tables
Parabola Tables produce a space for your team to easily view, share, and the data your Flows create. Use Parabola Tables to create reports that are shareable with your entire team. Your team can then use Tables as a data source to start up their next Flow. Sharing your Parabola Table enables your team to work off of consistent, cleaned data every time.
How it works
Tables are a tool for sharing the output of your Flows directly in Parabola. To create a Parabola Table, connect any step in your flow to a Send to Parabola Table step:
View and Share the results with teammates
Parabola Tables are displayed on the Live view of a Flow. Anyone with access (viewer or editor) to your Flow will be able to see the published data without needing to access another tool.
To share a table, you can either share the Flow with your teammate (see instructions here),* or click “Share” from a specific table view. Sharing the table will give your teammate access to the Flow, and link them directly to the table.
* Note: if your teammate isn’t yet a member of your Parabola team, you can add them by clicking “Invite someone new to your team” at the bottom of the sharing window.
Data that’s exported to a Table can be viewed, filtered, and shared, but not altered. This ensures your team is looking consistent data every time.
Tables are the starting point of your new Flow
Parabola Tables allow teams to create "source of truth" data to work from. You can use data from a table in any other Flow with the Pull from Parabola Table step, enabling your team to utilize cleaned, consistent data.
Pull from Parabola Table steps can also be a part of your team's Card Templates, enabling you to create custom datasets that are standardized for anyone on your team to use.
Parabola Tables use cases
Use Parabola Tables to view, share, and engage with the outputs of your Flows.
Parabola Tables make it easy to create simple reports within a Flow.
- Prepare your report data in a Flow. Add the Send to Parabola Table step, connect an arrow to pass data to it, and that data is ready to be displayed in a table. Publish and run the Flow to populate the Parabola Table with the latest output from the Flow.
- For Flows that are already set up to send reports to other tools, you can simply replace an existing destination step with a Parabola Table step.
You can also turn the Live view of a Flow into a simple dashboard. The Live view can display multiple tables, so if you build your Flow with multiple Send to Parabola Table steps, they will all appear.
The Live view of a Flow with multiple Tables created
Lastly, you can also simplify your team’s reporting workflows. Instead of sending Flow outputs as an email attachment, create a Parabola Table and set the Flow to run on a schedule – you’ll know the Table is ready at the specific cadence your operation needs.
Create custom data sets
Parabola Tables enable you to create and share custom data sets with your team. Curated data sets allow your team to utilize the same, cleaned data across multiple Flows, and can help standardize the use of that data.
- Build your Flow with a Send to Parabola Table step. In the step settings, and keep the checkbox enabled to allow other Flows to pull data from this Table. Voila – you’ve created shared data set! Once that Flow is published and running on a schedule, that data set is live.
- To share it with your team, add teammates to the initial Flow as Viewers , or move it to a team folder. Any teammate with access to that Flow will see the tables created by it in the dropdown of the Pull from Parabola Tables step.
You can supercharge this with card templates! Put a configured Pull from Parabola Table step into a card template to share it across your team with additional context or documentation.
Bespoke data sets allow you to:
- Standardize your data - clean up and transform your data just once; analyze it as many times as needed!
- Maintain security - raw data sets aren’t always appropriate to share across your entire organization. By using Parabola Tables, access to the necessary data can be customized based on what’s appropriate.
Store data between Flow runs
Many data clean-up automations need to reference what happened the previous run. Prior run results would need to be sent to something like a Google Sheet to maintain them between runs. Instead of sending these results to a separate system, use Tables to store Flow data.
- Flows designed this way should be faster and more reliable, since a Parabola Table doesn’t rely on another service’s API to upload or download your data.
- Parabola Tables can also help with data organization. Rather than saving in one-off spreadsheets, Parabola Tables enable you to keep important pieces of datain the Flow that needs them.