Power Platform is a combination of Power Apps, Microsoft Flow, and Power BI. Each component of the Power Platform is built on the Common Data Service for Apps. Each component is dynamic by itself, but brilliant and masterful when combined.
Microsoft Power Apps
Microsoft has developed PowerApps, a tool that can provide those extra things you want. If you use any existing product or service from them, it can be integrated seamlessly.
As a platform, this allows you to create apps without the heavy coding typically used in the past. With these, you can build custom applications to fulfill distinct purposes within your company. These can be modified to meet a variety of requirements, while integrating with any existing technology.
Your apps are directly built, expanding the number of new ones, with more available customizations. At the same time, you can pull data from your devices and bring it into Power Apps to create new records and maintain them over time. The result is an environment which allows for easy information access, short modification times and the ability to simplify your tasks.
One of their core strengths is that they can be run on any device that’s compatible. No longer are you restricted to the existing physical hardware in your workplace. Whether working on a Desktop, Mobile or Tablet device, you’re not longer confined to a single environment to accomplish your work. If you have a specific application you want to run on a mobile device, that’s now possible.
PowerApps is an enterprise software service for innovators anywhere to connect, create and share business apps.
PowerApps dramatically accelerates the speed at which both internal and customer-facing business apps can be built, connected and rolled out to any device
It’s a tool that even non-programmers can use to build cross-product and cross-business apps
Business apps created with PowerApps improve productivity by allowing people to work quicker and smarter by having the data they need at their fingertips, wherever they are.
These apps can work with a variety of online and on-premises data sources including business applications such as Microsoft Dynamics 365, Finance and operation and Business Central, and SharePoint.
One-Platform Infinite Possibilities
Business users can innovate on their own
PowerApps brings together the tools business people use every day, allowing you to create apps yourself using familiar Office skills.
Pro developers can scale and build faster than ever before
Web and mobile apps can be built faster with Azure App Service. Pros can also choose to code in their favorite language and IDE – .NET, NodeJS, PHP, Python or Java. They can also quickly create and expose APIs across various sources.
IT can make data available every where-and keep it secure
Power Apps operates in a secure environment and comes with view or edit permissions, so enterprise manageability is built in. IT can centrally manage all APIs – on-premises and Cloud-based. They can monitor and manage API access and also control app permissions with Azure Active Directory.
Connect, Create and Share
- Connect across your data from the Cloud to on-premises.
- Create business apps with easy visual tools and powerful Cloud services.
- Share securely with your team across devices.
Engage your employees and customers – Instant customer or staff surveys, event-specific sign-ups and support, and workplace/location/campus-specific resources.
Run your business everywhere – Issue tracking across systems, breaking customer news and success stories, assisted sales/customer experiences.
Mobilized mission-critical systems – SharePoint apps, time and expenses tracking, ERP and MS Dynamics 365 system access on mobile devices.
To drive your business forward Power BI make sense of your data through interactive, real-time dashboards and unlock the insights needed. Power BI users can build informative reports and dashboards to display important data about sales, customer service, and other business functions. These dashboards and reports can be published on websites, in SharePoint or Teams, and in Apps.
Microsoft Flow is a service that helps you to create automated workflows between apps and services. These workflows can be used to integrate and update data, synchronize files, get notifications and more. It also Includes powerful workflow automation directly into your apps with a no-code approach that connects to hundreds of popular apps and services, including Common Data Services for Apps.
Common Data Service
For a lot of projects, we might not need a Dynamics 365 application (or at least not right away). We can begin our projects using a Common Data Service database and either a Model Driven or Canvas PowerApp (or both). We finally have the “CDS” concept in technology and licensing (via the P1 and P2 PowerApps licensing). Since the applications are built on a Common Data Service database based on a Common Data Model, it becomes a much easier task to link to other applications or even eventually upgrade to Dynamics 365 apps.