Microsoft Power Apps is, fundamentally, a development platform for mobile and web apps. It allows “citizen developers” to reach capabilities that were once only reserved for high-end developers and development tools. What’s more, Power Apps is generally quite easy to learn and use. You can use it to swiftly take charge of your processes as long as you make the correct decisions when it comes to structuring your apps.
What is the Power Platform for Power Apps?
The Power Platform is comprised of Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate (RPA) and Power Virtual Agents. Power Apps is a Microsoft service that enables you to create custom web and mobile apps to build and extend the functionality you already have with your business applications. Power BI enables you to visually explore your data and Power Automate connects your applications through workflow logic. To take it one step further, Power Virtual Agents create conversational experiences that offer support.
How can Power Apps be used in your business?
Both business and technical users can use Power Apps to extend, customize or create
business app functionality. The goal of Power Apps is to combine multiple sources of data in an app in order to solve a specific business case or challenge. There are three types of apps available: Canvas, Model-Driven and Portal Apps.
- Canvas apps start with your user experience, crafting a highly tailored interface with the power of a blank canvas and connecting it to your choice of 200 data sources. You can build canvas apps for web, mobile, and tablet applications.
- Model-driven apps start with your data model – building up from the shape of your core business data and processes in the Common Data Service to model forms, views, and other components. Common Data Service is the data platform that comes with Power Apps and allows you to store and model business data. It’s the platform on which Dynamics 365 applications are built; if you’re a Dynamics customer, your data is already in the Common Data Service.
- Portal apps give external users access to authorized business data, enabling automation and self-service features.
Power Apps could involve teams, field workers, your management team, and even your customers. Use cases can range from the relatively simple to the highly complex. You can be improving the basics or also be highly innovative.
For inspiration, here are some different business processes that could be automated using Power Apps:
- Enabling field workers to enter data when out in the field, for example logging repairs needed or the results of inspections
- Building model standard documents such as contracts using automation based on different criteria and metadata
- A system for IT departments to track assets such as hardware, mobile devices and software licenses
- A variety of marketing automation tools to follow up with clients based on their interactions and responses
- Plus, so many more!
Should you leverage the power of PowerApps?
Building a Power App could be a fairly quick, easy and inexpensive way to solve a challenge your business is currently facing. This platform allows our team to easily create compelling apps that will help simplify your processes, drive customer service and more, potentially becoming more sophisticated as you expand capabilities with AI and website integrations later down the road. If you’d like to discuss with us how you can use Power Apps to improve business, contact us! One of our experts would be happy to help.