An Introduction to Microsoft Power Platform
Microsoft Power Platform is a connected platform that brings together a number of key Microsoft solutions that empower simple app development and data insight generation. The low code/no-code platform allows users to innovate on their own terms.
Using the tools available in Microsoft Power Platform companies can:
- Quickly create apps without needing technical expertise.
- Establish workflows between apps and services, with minimal coding.
- Build powerful chatbots from scratch.
- Gain powerful insight from data, regardless of where it’s held.
The core components of Microsoft Power Platform include Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI and Power Virtual Assistant. The four applications are designed to work with one another to simplify application development. You can read more about what each application brings to the table here.
What Can Microsoft Power Platform Do for Your Business – 5 Fundamental Benefits
In the past, if an organization wanted to build a business application, there would have been several blockers. There might have been budget constraints, a lack of resources or a shortage of technical expertise. To put it more bluntly, an organization simply wouldn’t have the time, money or resources to capitalize on a business opportunity. Microsoft Power Platform has changed all that, breaking down the barriers to innovation.
Below are some of the key benefits that Microsoft Power Platform can bring to your business.
1. It’s Designed for Users of All Levels of Experience
One of the main blockers to organization’s building their own custom apps and automating workflows is that they simply don’t have the in-house expertise. The Power Platform overcomes this hurdle by providing organizations with a simple means to build software applications, without needing any knowledge of coding.
The user-friendly tools available are low code/no-code. This means that users with no technical background can drag and drop application components, connect them together and create a mobile or web application. In this way, business problems can be solved without needing proficiency in app design or development.
That said, IT professionals can use the same tools to create advanced business solutions. Pro developers can interact with data and metadata, apply business logic, create custom connectors, and integrate with external data.
2. It Allows You to Build Powerful Apps in no Time at All
One of the key components of the Power Platform is Power Apps. This is a suite of apps, services, connectors and data platform that provides users with a quick and easy way to build custom apps.
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 (including Office 365, Excel, Dynamics 365, and SQL Servers).
3. Introduce Technology to All Corners of Your Business
Although Microsoft Power Platform is just one simple platform, it has the power to totally transform your entire business. You can build custom applications that modernize old, outdated business processes.
The solution can be used to automate time-consuming tasks, eliminate paperwork and drive productivity. It can also be used to introduce chatbots that can handle customer queries at scale. Any company can become a ‘smart company’ with Microsoft Power Platform.
4. You Can Manage All Business Processes from a Single Platform
Microsoft Power Platform is a connected, enterprise-grade platform where all tools are working in harmony. All data is managed from a unified dashboard where insights gathered from one tool are used to enhance the others.
The Power Platform connects with Office 365, Azure, Dynamics 365, and other standalone solutions. Together, the four applications within Microsoft Power Platform make it easy to develop, customize and extend all the apps you need, and unlock the full potential of Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365.
5. Gain Better Insight From Your Data
All of the apps within the Power Platform work together to help you make the most of your data. Firstly, you can gain better insight using Power BI. With this insight you can build more intelligent business processes using both Power Apps and Power Automate.
Power Virtual Agents allows you to respond to customer queries automatically at any time of day. This frees up time to work on higher value tasks. The relationship that exists between the applications makes it easy for workers to capitalize on opportunities and build apps without requiring coding expertise to do so.
How ActionPoint Can Help You Integrate with Microsoft Power Platform
One benefit that we’ve left out is the simple fact that Power Platform is within the Microsoft ecosystem. You might already be using Microsoft applications such as Outlook or Teams. This is just another, very powerful and incredibly useful, Microsoft platform.
As a Microsoft Gold Partner, ActionPoint has vast experience in helping organizations integrate with Microsoft’s suite of applications. Not only will we help you integrate with Microsoft Power Platform, but we can also provide training to allow your team to take full advantage of this powerful suite.
Learn more about our Power Platform offering here or speak with one of our team about integrating with Microsoft Power Platform here.