Microsoft PowerApps

Microsoft PowerApps empowers everyoneInterested in building your own custom-made app? There’s an app for that!

Microsoft PowerApps empowers everyone in an organization to build professional-grade apps with ease. No IT/coding background required. The Microsoft Power Platform includes the following products:

  • PowerBI
  • Power Apps
  • Power Automate
  • Power Virtual Agents

Through advanced functionalities such as pre-built templates, drag-and-drop simplicity, and quick deployment, you can build your own app in as little as 5 minutes. Benefits include huge savings on time and money, while advocating for optimal levels of efficiency and effectiveness across departments and teams.

There are 5 main features provided by Microsoft PowerApps

  1. Building Apps
  2. Automating Processes
  3. Connecting Data
  4. Building AI Capabilities
  5. Creating Portals
  1. Building Apps – You can start building apps from some pre-built templates based on certain needs:
    • Meeting Capture
    • On-boarding Tasks
    • Leave Requests
    • Out of Office
    • Shoutouts
  1. Automating Processes – Automating processes has been possible thanks to a robust, built-in workflow engine called Power Automate. Power Automate has now been renamed to Microsoft Flow, an automation platform that integrates hundreds of apps and services.

Sample pre-built templates include the following topics:

    • Save Office 365 email attachments to OneDrive for Business
    • Get today’s weather forecast for my current location
    • Get a push notification when you receive an email from your boss
    • Send a customized email when a new file is added
    • Post messages to Microsoft Teams when a new task is created in Planner
  1. Connecting Data – Create enterprise-grade apps with Common Data Service, a scalable data service and application platform integrated into Power Apps.

Other popular sources of data connectors include the following:

    • Dynamics 365
    • Excel
    • Office 365 Outlook
    • Oracle
    • SharePoint
    • PowerBI
    • SQL Server
  1. Building AI Capabilities – Prediction capabilities can be as simple as choosing the entity and field you want to predict, then selecting what predictors you want. Build AI models to do the following:
    • Form Processing
    • Object Detection
    • Prediction
    • Text Classification
  1. Portals – Portals enable an organization to engage with external customers and partners and specific controls can be set to manage which customer can see what through advanced security features. This can be done by the following:
    • Commercial Authentication Providers:
      • LinkedIn
      • Microsoft
      • Facebook
      • Google
    • Enterprise Providers:
      • Azure Active Directory

Stay tuned for an upcoming whitepaper where we will go into more detail about building apps and the value they can create throughout the organization.

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