Crisis Communications Power App Template

Power Apps and COVID-19: Microsoft's Crisis Communication template

We are living in unprecedented times indeed…

As the entire world enters unchartered waters amidst a global pandemic, two things are certain:

  1. Things may never be the same again, with the change becoming one of the few certainties; and
  2. We will get through this, but the need for connectedness has never been more important than now.

The silver lining in these tough times may actually be that many other businesses out there also have access to these technological solutions but may not fully realise it exists, or how it can help their businesses stay connected and communicate quickly and effectively.

With news of the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) globally, Microsoft took fast action and announced a solution that they’re making available to customers of Office 365 and Power Apps, to help coordinate business-critical information sharing and team collaboration.

 

Crisis App

 

The solution brings together complementary capabilities of Power Apps, Power Automate (previous Microsoft Flow), Teams, and SharePoint. The Crisis Comms’ App effortlessly consolidates business-critical information into a central command-and-control point, from which your business can coordinate essential information including:

  • Employees work status (e.g., working from home, office, on-site, overseas etc…),
  • Teams or IT Admins can use the app to push out news, updates, and relevant content specific to their organisation,
  • Emergency contacts register specific to different locations, and
  • Integrated RSS feeds which provide up-to-date information from reputable sources such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), Federal Government and local State authorities, and other vital sources of information.

The flexibility of the app provides for instant use across multiple devices and platforms such as desktop, web and mobile. The Microsoft Teams app for mobiles means that the business workforce has instant access to vital information, regardless of where they are located.

 

If you’re wondering how much this will cost your business to implement, fear not! Power Apps users have been granted temporary access to the premium connector – Power Apps Push Notifications – and you won’t need to purchase or worry about additional licensing to use the Crisis Comms app. Power Apps Push Notifications will be available as a standard connector for the duration of the COVID-19 disruption.

 

Configatek is extending our hand to yours.

If your business is interested in exploring this genuine offer of assistance from Microsoft, then we’d love to help. If your company is already using O365 and has access to Teams, Configatek is extending our hand to help businesses during these unprecedented times.

 

To understand if your company has the right Microsoft environment and is technology-ready to rapidly implement this crisis communications app, reach out to us at [email protected] and our team can undertake a short Microsoft Teams call (over video) with you to quickly assess and advise.

 

If your business is capable and willing to roll out the app, we will then schedule a suitable time for one of our team to implement the solution into your Microsoft tenant. We’re already doing this for our major clients and take around an hour, at the end of which we will do a short Teams call with your IT admins to walk through the app and get you started*.

From there, if your systems are compatible, we can arrange a time to talk you through setting up and managing your own Crisis Comms app. The session takes about an hour and you’ll be up and running.

 

From our Configatek family to yours, stay safe – we’re all in this together.

 

*depending on the demand and uptake, please allow some patience as we co-ordinate our Configatek team and schedule in an appropriate time.

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