Perhaps not as well known as other Microsoft software, Power Apps nevertheless positions itself as a remarkable utility for developing custom apps, personalized to your data and your systems to meet your teams’ expectations. This suite allows developers to create professional applications that can be equipped with AI to make them efficient, creative and intelligent.
Let us take a look at its features and the users who would benefit from them, so we may fully grasp all that Power Apps entail.
What is Power Apps?
Microsoft designed Power Apps to let you build business applications based on your data. Specifically, it allows you to create the app that best suits your needs with your own database, without any programming or development skills. Your custom applications can be fully linked to your Microsoft solutions or other IT tools already used in your business.
Read our overview of this powerful program suite by Microsoft to help you get a better idea of what it has to offer :
Microsoft Power Platform
Microsoft Power Platform is the “parent company” – a platform that consolidates all the programs that will inevitably overhaul your relationship with digital tools, namely: Power BI, Power Automate and, of course, Power Apps.
The Power BI application allows you to capture your company’s most important data, even spread across different departments. Advertised as a powerful data analysis service, Microsoft Power BI lets your employees or partners turn that same data into a simple visual element. These visuals can then be used in your operations. The conversion of data into easily accessible visuals is an essential feature of software like Power BI.
As the name implies, Power Automate is designed to help with the automation of repetitive tasks. Perhaps the most famous of all Power Apps, it allows you to create workflows in a fully automated manner in only a few minutes. It allows you to turn repetitive tasks into preprogrammed processes and manage them step-by-step in a clear and efficient environment. You get to benefit from a wide variety of automated tasks that function with over 296 applications, including: Twitter, SharePoint, Outlook, RSS, Agilite, Adobe Creative Suite and even Asana. In short, Power Automate allows you to significantly increase your productivity by automating certain tasks that no longer need to be manually performed by a human.
Part of the Microsoft suite of business solutions, Power Apps helps create custom applications that allow your team to efficiently communicate and share information.
Power Apps’s defining characteristic is that it is a code-free app builder. Its highly intuitive interface was designed to allow as many people as possible to create the apps they need. Save time and resources on training and coding, while meeting your business’ needs with the most personalized solution.
It can be quite costly to set up custom apps and the availability of your developers may not always match your production schedule. Often, small and very small businesses won’t even be able to afford it. Fortunately, Microsoft sought to democratize the development of applications with Power Apps, to help businesses of all sizes achieve their growth goals.
What purpose does Microsoft Power Apps serve?
Microsoft Power Apps makes sure that you no longer waste time searching for the one app that meets your business needs. It was designed with your needs and your data in mind, so that you can create the custom solutions you need. In this regard, Power Apps acts as a kind of personalized application generator.
Let’s say you need to create an application to manage your human resources, vacations and absences, or even the number of billable hours. Power Apps allows you to create a tool adapted to the size and nature of your team. If you want to set up a warehouse management system personalized to the type of products you sell, Power Apps will make your life easier. Additionally, if you have multiple locations for your warehouses or offices, Power Apps works across platforms on computers, smartphones and tablets alike.
If you have a large customer base with multiple sources of leads, it can be difficult to share all the data with your entire team. In order to respond to this need, Power Apps allows you to create an application that your employees can use to access relevant data about your customers. The app will be built on the foundation of your business database, thus allowing access to your customers’ contact information, their order history, and even their billing information, for example. Your database allows you to generate a customer application that all of your employees can access. This tool can then be consulted via your employee’s mobile phone or your company’s tablets.
Power Apps gives you the power of decision making when it comes to running your business. All your data is connected, thanks to this Microsoft Power Platform solution. Whatever your needs may be, you can build the apps that accurately reflect your data without worrying about forgetting anything.
One of the main benefits of using Power Apps is making your employees’ jobs easier with proper app implementation. For instance, every task that must be automated can be consolidated into one application that can then be easily set up. This offers obvious productivity gains, but also less risk of error, thanks to limited human intervention.
Who is Power Apps for?
Power Apps was designed to serve as many people as possible, needing no coding or development experience to develop a custom app from scratch. This solution allows your team to innovate in the way they work, by letting them create the specific IT tools they need to succeed.
You can build an app from existing templates and keep adapting it as your business grows. Using this business application builder is very simple and intuitive. The developers of Power Apps have thought of everyone, and implemented functionalities that most users are already familiar with.
Naturally, developers can also work with Power Apps. Custom connectors let developers provide support for your application, either from your database or from the app you started to build and improve. Whichever way you use it, the greatest strength of Power Apps is that it’s adaptable to everyone.
Whether it’s employees with no coding experience, or seasoned developers, Power Apps is an exceptional tool for creating your own apps. It does not matter who created the application. Once it’s made, it can be easily shared with the entire team or just the employees involved. Thanks to Microsoft Dynamics 365, information can be shared with any team member in seconds.
Power Apps lets you set up processes that facilitate decision making in your organisation, like all other Microsoft solutions. Every application you design, no matter its size or scope of use, becomes a piece of the puzzle that gives you a bigger picture of your business. With Power Apps, your only limit is your imagination. With just a few clicks, you can create apps for accounting, for logistics, for human resources, for customer relations, and absolutely anything else.
However, simply automating a series of daunting and repetitive tasks that used to be done by your employees will not be enough to increase your business profitability. It is your decision-making, your commercial choices and your development plans that will take your company to new heights, thanks to the data you optimized with your applications built in Power Apps.
How to integrate Power Apps with Microsoft Dynamics 365?
If you are already using Microsoft Dynamics 365 and you wonder if you could integrate Power Apps into your system, there is nothing simpler.
By using Microsoft Dynamics 365, your database is already in place and securely populated. The integration phase is no longer needed – to build an application from Power Aide, you use the data already captured in Microsoft Dynamics 365. Everything happens as naturally as possible because the underlying data platform is the same. This is what the Dataverse looks like.
Since Power Apps consists of over 200 connectors, integration is really easy to achieve. To design the layout you need, all you have to do is drag and drag-and-drop the item you want from a task manager in Outlook or another compound list in the database.
Additionally, the data connection is further facilitated by the intuitive design of Power Apps. Everything is set up in a way that you can easily adjust all the parameters of your app without development knowledge.
If you edit data in Microsoft Dynamics 365, you can easily customise your app via Power Apps. The apps are not only built according to your needs, but also follow your business’ growth and development.
Integrating Power Apps into the companies we work always proves to be a welcome innovation for their employees. Power Apps provides them with powerful tools for their daily tasks, making their work easier and more efficient. This creates a sense of trust and competence in teams more quickly. In addition, using Power Apps enables continuous improvement of working methods.
You can see how easily Power Apps is establishing itself as an indispensable utility for designing apps that will meet your immediate business needs in terms of processes or workflows – created in a matter of hours.
Power Apps offers immense, perhaps even endless possibilities. To find out how this solution could meet your company’s specific needs, contact one of our specialists at Gestisoft. We will make sure that Power Apps will establish itself at the core of innovation in your teams.