An Introduction to Google Apps Script

Google Apps Script is a cloud based scripting language for extending the functionality of Google Workspace. It allows you to create and deploy scripts to extend the standard features of Google Workspace Apps.

The Google scripts are written in regular JavaScript language and they are hosted on Google’s servers. The Apps Script look and feel is consistent among all the Google Workspace services, meaning a developer can quickly learn how to navigate it. 

Google Apps script is great for filling in the gaps in your workflows. It can be used to increase productivity, create and deploy internal automation and develop full-fledged customer-facing applications.

For example, it is possible to create a script that automatically updates a Google Slide on data from within a Google Sheet, when it changes. Useful monitoring tools can be created that can send daily emails, create weekly slide presentations or even direct message a group of users with a link to the updated documents or detected problems.

Google Apps Script is not only a great way to learn, explore, and develop Javascript skills, as it’s also a great tool in any employee’s workday. This is because of its versatility and customisability meaning it can be used to improve the workflow of any business and automate manual tasks. 

At Encompass Innovate, we use Google Apps Script to automate the boring and turn impossible manual tasks into manageable ones. 

Examples include:

  • Automating your purchase order approval process to automatically approve / deny requests and auto populate email notifications when an action is required. 
  • Creating a Document Register that allows you to create efficiencies by easily displaying, monitoring and maintaining your important company policies, procedures and information.
  • Feeding custom data into a Doc or Sheets template from third party applications to generate reports based on a time or action trigger.

Reach out to us today for a free chat to find out more about how our developers can create custom Apps Scripts to automate your organisation’s processes, save you time and money.

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