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The People’s Innovation Platform: Microsoft Power Platform

Learn how to unlock the secrets of the Power Platform, an innovative self-service platform with our interactive webinar.

How successful would your company be if everyone could create their own apps? Build their own interactive dashboards? Automate their own tasks?

This is the promise of Microsoft’s Power Platform, a next-generation low-code approach that empowers “citizen developers” to take charge of their own needs while enforcing corporate security and data protection standards. If you’ve ever considered deploying a mobile app, using advanced analytics to guide your business, or automating key tasks with artificial intelligence, we will provide important insight into how the Power Platform can help and how it can drive continuous value in your business.

ON DEMAND WEBINAR

The People’s Innovation Platform –

Microsoft Power Platform

Korcomptenz presented a webinar titled “The People’s Innovation Platform – Microsoft Power Platform.” The webinar was conducted on January 13, 2021 and the main objectives were as follows:

Democratizing Next Generation Technology

  • Microsoft’s Power Platform aims to change the traditional approaches to technology and making it available to everyone, from large companies to small.

  • Empowers organizations to solve their business challenges, digitize their processes, and innovate for success.

Introducing the Power Platform

  • The Power Platform offers low-code automation, actionable data-driven applications, customizable business logic and smart chat-bots that can improve business processes, systems, and workflows.

  • The main applications associated with Power Platform are Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents and all data associated with these applications are stored on Microsoft’s Dataverse. Microsoft Dataverse is a Common Data Model shared with other Microsoft applications and able to connect to third party platforms. Approximately 400 connectors are available for your use already.

Demonstration

  • The webinar demonstrated the sales order workflow of a Microsoft Power App and also introduced OCR (Optical Character Recognition) using the built in Microsoft AI builder.

  • We provided some insight on how to receive purchase orders or other documents such as invoices via email from your customers or vendors from this demonstration.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Power Platform makes next generation technology capabilities including app development, automation, and analytics available to companies of all sizes, empowering people, and democratizing technology.

  • The new role of a citizen developer, trained on the Power Platform, can help alleviate the challenges of traditional development and unleash innovation in your company at a fraction of the cost.

  • The Dataverse Common Data Service works with all Power Apps technologies and allows you to integrate and connect your apps and dashboards with other applications; there are also hundreds of connectors available for third-party software.

To know more and follow the webinar in detail, watch the video above. Here is the Webinar SlideShare for you:

Key questions that were answered

Q1. How are Power Apps licensed and do all users need license?

All internal users do need some type of license to access the information and leverage the application. External users (those not logged in) on the other hand do not. There are consumption-based SKU’s that are related to Power Apps and Power Automate. Feel free to contact the experts at Korcomptenz for more information. Ultimately, it’s all very affordable compared to traditional approaches.

Q2. I see Salesforce as an option for a connector, but we have been told that they no longer support integration with Dynamics 365. Any insight on that?

Salesforce itself will not support the connector. That is typical for their position on any third-party app installed on the Salesforce platform. Salesforce will support the software that they create. I would operate under the assumption that yes, a connection between Salesforce and the Power Platform is achievable. But like simply connecting Salesforce Pardot or Salesforce to the Marketing cloud or the Commerce Cloud there could be some intricacies involved and it is better to speak to a partner before you go too far down that line.

Q3. Can Power BI be used to collect analytics on platforms like a public website?

It can be done if you are using Google Analytics or another platform like Azure Synapse Analytics (To learn more about Azure Synapse check out our webinar), you can connect that data to Power BI and visualize it but there might be some complexities in ensuring that the Google Analytics is consumed properly.

Q4. What low-code skills are needed to complete a project?

Low code platforms function in ways that are similar to everyone’s experience in configuring a CRM or working as an experienced user in a content management system. There is a set of pre-built tools that you can literally drag and drop. So, for simple to moderately complex initiatives there is no need to code. Each use case will be different and there are extensions available for PowerApps just like for WordPress. But the actual decision your organization will need to make depends on the use case.

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