This day in age, apps are all around us. From our phones to our laptops, even in stores and restaurants, we can sometimes find apps. An app supports business processes in consulting balances, inputting records, grouping products, activity planning and making prognoses. However, to make those apps, someone with the right expertise needs to spend time making an app and implementing it in a system that does not always fully support it. All this demands so much time that there is no way to simply make small apps for processes like keeping inventory of company assets or inputting KPI’s. Unless you use Power Apps… From making an app which allows you to order sandwiches, to making one that makes accounting easier. You can do it all with Power Apps.
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What is Power Apps?
Power Apps is an App-building tool that is part of the Power-platform from Microsoft. PowerApps’ goal is assisting business users in creating their own applications and significantly reducing development time. You can make applications for desktop, tablet AND mobile depending on how you want to use them. It integrates well with O365 and is even able to be implemented in Power BI reports and vice versa. This makes it a standardized platform for which account management falls under O365. Power Apps allows anyone who has an O365 within the organization to build apps in a simple way, with minimal code, for the whole organization. In just one day it is possible to make a value-added application with requirement only specific to the organization. You can link your Power App with external data sources or even with Microsoft’s ‘Common Data Service (CDS)’. Using Power Automate on top of that, you can expand the possibilities with a huge factor.
Next to assisting in basic processes in your organization, there is also an AI-builder in Power Apps. With this feature, you can scan business cards, forms, objects and text in images. Most of these features are still in preview and require you to train an AI-model.
Common Data Services (CDS) you mean?
Think of CDS as a centralized data source for your Power App as well as other tools like Sharepoint and Power BI. However, if a CDS is not the best choice for your organization it is always possible to use other data sources.
Power Automate allows us to build workflows under guidance without using code and/or cloud services and makes it possible to make workflows in a small or big context. It automates time-consuming tasks with built-in AI. It falls, just like Power Apps, under the collection of the Power Platform with the added advantages of course.
Here at Lytix we keep up with the latest technologies, this includes Power Apps. Power Apps in itself is not that difficult to work with. That’s why we at Lytix can already deliver a Power App specific for your company within 1-2 days tops!
Having said that, it is mainly the fact that this uses a standardized platform to work on and the use of the principle of “low code, no code” that makes it possible to deploy perfectly well-functioning apps within 2 days. With the recent corona outbreak, it would be possible to make a quick app with standard questions and connect it to a database for reporting within a couple of hours.
Of course, it’s not expected that someone can do advanced apps completely at the start. That’s why we offer guidance, processes and best practices to our customers while developing new apps.
In one out of three customers, we use PowerApps. The apps we implement all have different uses: from managing sales goals, managing the calendar for marketing or creating a master data environment (… and getting rid of manual excel files).
PowerApps allows our customers to get an easy overview of how well a certain store/department/branch is doing compared to the sales goals as well as allowing them to change already existing or fill in new goals. Another app makes it possible for our customers to easily connect promotions and customer segments to each other in the database. Next to that, our customer can also add new actions and customer segments straight into their database allowing immediate reporting on it as well in case the customer so desires.
In a nutshell
Power Apps benefits your organization in the following ways:
- Quick and easy apps to complete the company’s business processes.
- A familiar and standardized way to develop apps makes Power Apps more accessible to employees all over the organization.
- Low code, no code.
- Privileging and account usage happens within the O365 platform making it a central point for account management.
- The Common Data Service (CDS) allows the dataset to be centralized and used by other apps that are part of the Power Platform.
If you want to know more about Power Apps and the Power Platform or hire us, you can contact us through the following channels.
Blog by Tibo Vandermeersch