App Development is cool again!

There seems to be a whole lot of fuss in the application world over recent years. With new buzz words like “Citizen Developers” and “Low-code” or in some cases, “No-code” in relation to application development platforms, it’s no wonder that globally we have been witnessing a re-emergence and rise-up of rapid development platforms.

So what exactly is the Microsoft Power Platform?

Within the Microsoft 365 model, various applications are included within the licensing construct. Included in these applications is the Power Platform, which is made up of Power Apps, Power Automate (formerly Flow), Power BI and Power Virtual Agent.

Power Platform

The Power Platform allows you to connect different data sources and makes them usable. Build apps for tasks in hours instead of days. Set up automated workflows between your favourite apps and services.

This democratising of the app development space, to essentially all users and not solely the domain of highly skilled pro-developers, has given rise to the term Citizen developers. The mass appeal and global adoption have seen accelerated growth of the industry over recent years. For more on this, read our article <here>.

Key PointThe Power Platform empowers business experts to create apps they need to solve workflow and process challenges themselves whilst enabling IT to securely maintain/control data and govern business apps.

 

Power Apps is a suite of apps, services, connectors, and data platform that provides a rapid application development environment to build custom apps for your business needs. Using Power Apps, you can quickly build custom business apps that connect to your business data stored either in the underlying data platform (Common Data Service) or in various online and on-premises data sources (SharePoint, Excel, Office 365, Dynamics 365, SQL Server, and so on).

Power Automate is a service that helps you create automated workflows between your favourite apps and services to synchronize files, get notifications, collect data and more.

Power Automate is one of the pillars of the Power Platform. It provides a low-code platform for workflow and process automation. There are different types of flows you can create, such as:

  • Automated flows
  • Button flows
  • Scheduled flows 
  • Business process flows
  • UI flows

You can create and manage all flows from the My flows tab in Power Automate. We can help you unpack all the goodness and get the most out of Power Automate.

Power BI is a collection of software services, apps, and connectors that work together to turn your unrelated sources of data into coherent, visually immersive, and interactive insights. Your data may be an Excel spreadsheet or a collection of cloud-based and on-premises hybrid data warehouses. Power BI lets you easily connect to your data sources, visualize and discover what’s important, and share that with anyone or everyone you want.

*Images and YouTube videos are courtesy of Microsoft Corporation. 

Power Apps drives business transformation

Learn how businesses reduced development costs and increased overall efficiency using Power Apps in this Total Economic Impact™ commissioned study by Forrester Consulting.

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