The Future of Productivity Software | Modular Apps

The Future of Productivity Software | Modular Apps

Hello everyone and welcome back to another video. It is Francesco here and welcome to the Keep Productive YouTube channel so in today’s video I’m going to be riffing and Sharing a few of one thoughts on the future of productivity apps you guys know this channel by now hopefully And you understand then I check out a lot of productivity apps like the fair amount of them and of course I want to share some of my opinions and where I think it’s software in this space is going And how I think it’s gonna pan out so today’s video is going to be dedicated to that one The timestamps as well, so you can do and skips at the different sections that it might take your fancy Because this one might be me rifting off and doing them a random time Hello guys. See the first thing oughta mention is this whole focus on an all-in-one Productivity app I do think that’s going to be the future. I think of course We’re going to have this one application the does tend to fit to all our needs And I think that’s gonna be about ten years away It’s been talked about quite a lot especially with such a growth in Applications recently and of course it’s gonna take time to do now I think I did a four for medium article on this one, so you could probably checking out my musings I think they’re the same as what they were before, but I’ll include them a description below So you can guys go away and fully read about that but it does leave me on to a real topic that is quite hot and moment and that’s Flexible modular productivity apps now. This is a huge space. I wrote a piece on this a couple of weeks ago I think it’s going to be 2018 and 2019 biggest growth I think we’re gonna see a lot of new productivity applications come out and there, but this idea of Modular software is so that you can build your own Software so you guys have seen my sort of notion set up if you haven’t included up in the cards But you guys know that from seeing that notion set up that there’s little micro elements of a Productivity application that you can create so in my area I’ve created my own dashboard, which is pretty much a modular set up, right? It’s basically going to be a wad of focus towards people’s experiences We’ve seen it recently the last week with Evernote spaces ever new of creating a dashboard inside of your Evernote experience they’re going to roll out a personal – that this idea that you can create your own experience and Software which is pretty amazing now air table Which is a project management application has just come out with pretty much this It’s almost like a Gantt chart or Excel the dole project management experience to some extent like Monday. Calm, but it is a Flexible experience so you can actually go around play around with it set up whatever area and field. You’ve done now I’ve talked about this a little bit before In in terms of multiple view options like for example Zen kit is one of those resources it allows you to plot Different modules and create your own fields and create that and I do think it’s a massive Play I think that’s all of the applications will soon move to this now allowing you to take the reins and move Wherever you like now. I do think that we’re on the cusp of this we probably gonna see this over next year But do keep an eye on it because this is probably How things are going and the reason you probably wondering? How has it come to this how has it come to a modular productivity software and the reason behind it is because there was like I guess this five to ten year block of time just from my You know view the web productivity apps came out people started to get them like within five years Pretty much everyone knows about them Whether they use them or not it doesn’t really matter like you could use paper or whatever, but they know the way That’s done like for example with let’s say tomorrow a to these applications comes out you’re gonna get used to it in the first 20 minutes let’s say of course you can go and learn more about workflows But of course you’re gonna know how to use it and that’s pretty much why the module the technology is coming out now for software It’s because people know how to use them. We’ve gotten so equipped with Knowledge about those tools that the modular software’s coming in and going okay cool You guys can go and create your own base because you know what you’re doing so basically that is why it’s here now over that five ten years We’ve just gotten used to productivity apps So I think it’s gonna be a massive hit over the next couple of months on that sort of topic I do think that niche productivity applications are still going to fill the space now You’ve seen me talk about a lot of different to do this applications Note-takers calendar apps time trackers resources like that and there are so many but I do think there’s a space for a lot of the resources that I talked about and that other people check out and I Do think it’s because we’re getting more and more specific with our needs And we’re also getting more and more specific on our scenarios and situations So for example, let’s say For example myself, I’ve been using to do this for like mmm Six seven I don’t six years ran about I think I started it just before I joined University and of course my times have changed now I’ve moved it and grown into the freelancing space and we my experiences will change in the future Let’s say I’m having kids in the future and that’s actually quite an important change to my routine so I might be then looking at something like picnic or Cozy with your family organizers So you know there’s that knowledge that there are niche applications that can map to your scenarios in the future? Maybe it wouldn’t stop me using the big ones like to do is store thing you for work But it would help me in a different aspect of life, so we do think there’s room for these new applications I do think there’s a lot of them, and you have to sift through a fair amount of them but then again you’re trying to fix a problem in your daily routine to some extent you’re trying to fix a You know organization problem, or you’re trying to do more in your day, so I definitely think there’s space for them, although I do think It’s going to be refined a lot more the next topic. I want to talk about is premium now We have seen a big trend in last couple of months on premium. I did a full article on this one again. Sorry about a premium and sort of subscription-based application And I do think it’s going to be the future of this space now we were previously have greeted with productivity applications being one of payments the Downloadable software that would go and pretty much just use But now these applications actually do need to make money and to grow and to expand And of course that comes with a responsibility a responsibility of making revenue from us the users To then move and grow their applications, so it’s important that this descriptions are out there of course They’re you know también mentor is a developer. You know charging Helius amounts but Enough to sort of support the growth from the future of the network is very very important So I do think that more application is going to be charging subscription fees and we’re also going to see I think in the future Just to expand revenue for companies of course. They’ll hit a certain subscriber amount and but of course. That’s that’s good That’s positive, but actually getting more out of the user and of course it might sound a bit marketing or something But I’m just making you aware if this comes out of course that the productivity apps will then look to Go a bit further with you So there will maybe add an additional feature that isn’t included in a premium That when you’ll have to buy outright or something like that so they’re going to work out ways to Grow you as user and sort of tie them into the network a little more And I do think this will be part and parcel of the modular technology So for example when the modular software comes in Of course description fees will be a bit pressured because there’s going to be more and more resources and flexibility in this putting more strain on like The whole network like having your own setup making sure it’s stored making sure it’s safe making sure it’s backed up, right And of course the additional integrations that come with it, so I do think that there will be a sort of blend between Modular software descriptions with Modular integrations and actually they’re being fees involved there So I just think that’s going to be where it’s going. I do think as users We need to be pretty comfortable with the subscription model, and how it works and sort of I guess Put to the one off payment thing in the past for us. That’s just my opinion anyway guys That was my few thoughts on Personal productivity applications for the future. I think a lot of it evolved around sort of growing to the users needs so we think it’s going to change over time of course but Hopefully that gives you a good indication to where I think it’s going in the next year or year and a half anyway guys Thank you so much. I hope you enjoyed this one. Let me know in the comments Whether you want this one every three to six months Because I know that has been tense, but maybe it’s actually beneficial for you Especially maybe as a project manager at work Who is looking for the next? resources to invest him or whether you’re just looking for yourself and keeping an eye out on what’s Hot and what will be calm, and you guys thank you so much for stopping by I hope you enjoyed this one Let me know with a like if you enjoyed it too. Um, and AH a thumbs up if you didn’t my voice is going Guys thank you so much for stopping by make sure they’re a great week key productive, and I’ll see you guys very very soon Cheers

21 thoughts to “The Future of Productivity Software | Modular Apps”

    What're your thoughts on the future of productivity software?!

    ▶ Airtable, Notion & other tools mention available in the description.

  2. Francesco, I totally think you’re up to something here… think of it as Basecamp for the Common man, etc.

  3. What is your thoughts on options overload for all in one apps? I mean there has be a lot of users who would not use a lot of the features or may use a lot of them very rarely yet those are always there being a bit of barrier for those actions that are more important based on use cases.

  4. I'm curious if it will be modular or more something inline with Setapp. I think this type of video is good every 6 months Francesco.

  5. I think with the pace of technology every three months would be more practical than every six months for this type of video.

  6. Not agree with your “why modular is the next thing”. If we look back at history, we’ll see we came from “Programs” that try to do everything and as mobiles became adopted, apps were been coded to mobile as well, but because of mobiles low-power apps became a single purpose thing, more focus, and connections between apps was the new norm and way of doing things.

    Now that mobiles are way more powerful and faster (some even faster than some desktops) apps can do more and so the “one app to do everything” is coming back.

    The modular aspect of it is also about power and the fact that users always want customization (this customization was in place before but only in the form of themes and colors or backgrounds for the apps, and other apps like Trello gave more freedom when they allow us to modify our workflow). And because the power of the phones allows it now, Apps are getting these options.

    The Swift programming language an other advancements, play a huge role in this too.

    Nonetheless, I think I get your point: now there is more information about what can be done with productivity apps and all kinds of methodologies or processes. If this studies/resources where not more in the mainstream we wouldn’t care if apps were modular, since we were not going to know or have the inspiration to do something with them.

  7. I'd be interested in something like this every year or two vs three to six months but that is just my personal need

  8. I was very interested to see the multiple tools that are trending towards modularity and flexibility. I personally have used Notion and Zenkit, and there are a lot of similar companies that are seeing the value of viewing your data in a variety of ways.
    As a software engineer, I think the subscription model is definitely the future of pretty much all software, not just productivity apps. With nearly all software hosted in the cloud these days, the development teams need a consistent cash flow to support their work in regularly adding new features and improving the product. It also allows you to try out a product for a month or two, and only keep it if you actually like it. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars for a lifetime license for a product you may only use a few times, you can instead pay a few dollars a month and get all of the premium features, and only pay for as long as the software remains useful to you.

  9. Collaboration software for large acceptance require: huge penetration in business environment, supporting agile wow, support remote working, massive ecosystem, keep all info and data flows in 1 domain, high level of info security (availability, confidentiality, integrity including access control), connectors to all major systems and cloud services.

  10. Hi Francesco – Great video! You're one of the first people in the up & up with Airtable blocks and this whole modular apps/ tools thing and I appreciate that. I've also been closely following the trend, I believe it's also referred to as low code, no code in some circles where you can essentially build you own web app/ tool with different modules. Airtable is definitely ahead on this though in terms of ease & usability but you're right, this is the future.
    A small tip, though this is not a fashion channel I would recommend lighting that reduces the redness on you face or some baby powder perhaps. Hey I'm sure even Anderson Cooper has to do these things.
    Really enjoy the content of your videos though & hope you keep it up! 👌

  11. You should make this type of video every quarter or the year, so sums up what emerge and grows in that quarter

  12. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! It's definitely interesting to see how these productivity tools/apps evolve and grow over time.

  13. I disagree with the premium part because this is now the business model of every digital company now and when the average consumer will have to choose between let's say Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Prime, I don't think a note taking app or a task app will be their choice.

  14. Hi Francesco – Great video! I have an issue around subscription that I'm a bit resistant to. You are loaning a service for as long as you pay. What is yours is the data you create within app, but after subscription ends it is not accessible or usable in any format to transfer to other apps. So locked in. If they are going to subscription then there should be a way of getting your data out at the end in a format that can be utilised in an equivalent app in the same arena. Using Notion, Evernote etc you have put effort into populating that app, your own effort. This is negated if you do not pay. I think subscriptions are a bit like blackmail, at the end, you own nothing, not even your own content. I appreciate that developers have to make money, but they should allow user freedom to transfer their data elsewhere in a usable format. (Actually some do, and these are ones I'm likely to consider using). The premium model, you owned the software in perpetuity (or at least until the OS changed). What is your opinion on user benefit with this issue?

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