Microsoft is leading the digital innovation space and aims to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. They connect people, data, and processes to create value in a digital-first world. With a wide range of applications available, this powerful tech-giant is at the forefront of the market in terms of enterprise applications and tools. In this blog post, we will explore a different set of applications that offer added functionality and improve your interaction with business data through mobile apps, data insights, or workflows. This biggest area of this application suite is the Microsoft Power Platform.
As the name suggests, Microsoft Power Platform is a powerful tool for contemporary workplaces that combines three of the Microsoft products: PowerApps, Power BI, and Automate. These products help businesses with secure and rapid app building features. Power platform offers you the ability to access work data, creative tools, and app building solutions on a specific data model using the connector library and Common Data Services.
To achieve the maximum benefit through Power Platform, all the three tools – Power BI, PowerApps, and Automate must work together atop your data. It will help everyone in the organization to drive business with data.
Understanding the Power Platform Applications
As mentioned earlier, the Microsoft Power Platform consists of three applications. Let’s understand each of these apps and their benefits for your business.
Gain Data-driven Insights with Power BI
Microsoft Power BI is a data analytics and business intelligence tool providing real-time insights using embedded dashboards and reports for data visualization. You can integrate Power BI to the big data stored on CDS and other databases to source data. Power BI allows you to build custom dashboards and reports to present data from distinct areas such as sales, customer service, inventory, marketing, and others. Besides, this data visualization tool lets you gain deep insight from your data through the slice, filter, and drill-down option.
Also, you can enable Natural Language questions in Power BI that allows you to ask questions in plain language while viewing reports. The dashboards and visualizations get automatically updated to answer your queries. For Dynamics 365 Business Central users, Power BI reports are embedded directly into pages within the app to give them quick insights about their business. This tool can also be integrated with other platforms and apps that make it possible to publish reports on other websites such as MS Teams, SharePoint, and PowerApps.
Solve Business Challenges with PowerApps
A platform-as-a-service (PaaS), PowerApps, is for innovative mobile app developers to build low-code apps. It allows them to quickly create and deploy custom applications that can be used on desktop and mobile devices without delving into complexities. You don’t necessarily need to have development knowledge to build apps within PowerApps as it works in a no-code environment. Also, the developer can extend app capabilities by creating custom connectors & integrated solutions or using Azure functions. The flexibility afforded by PowerApps helps you streamline your business processes by employing innovative designs in mobile apps.
The beauty of PowerApps lies in its ability to let you develop a mobile app tailored as per your business needs. The tools accessibility makes it easier for your employees to help drive innovation across your organization.
Through PowerApps, Microsoft has made app development accessible to everyone. According to Gartner, Microsoft has been recognized as a Leader in the enterprise Low-code application platform.
Boost Business Productivity with Microsoft Power Automate
Microsoft Power Automate, previously known as Microsoft Flow, allows you to create automated, multi-stage workflows across various applications and services. It will enable your employees to automate a repetitive process, save valuable time, eliminate errors, save costs, and improve data storage. You can set up alerts, trigger, push notifications, automated emails, and much more with no coding requirement. Microsoft Power Automate also enables integrating transactions, updating data stores, data monitoring, and account synchronization. This tool is highly compatible with more than 200 applications and services working with it.
Business Benefits of Microsoft Power Platform
The feature-rich Power Platform and its components provide a plethora of benefits to businesses. Here are some of the advantages:
- Enhanced business productivity and employee performance
- Ability to make better-informed, quicker business decisions
- Improved risk management and campaign design
- Savings on time, labor costs, and eradication of errors with automated organizational processes
- Agility in application delivery
- Enhanced data storage, sharing, and security
- Availability across all operating system
- A well-organized communication system between partners and associates
We hope this blog has provided you with useful insights into the Microsoft Power Platform and its use to improve your business operations. Being a Microsoft Managed Partner and member of PowerApps Advisory Board, we can help you drive innovation and productivity by building solutions powered on Power Platform.