Learn Power Apps without the pain

  • 29 Nov 2023
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Who would use Power Apps?

Medium-sized and or enterprise organisations.

If you are a self-employed individual or a small team. Then Google AppSheet may prove a better option. 

If your intention is to grow then Power Apps is probably going to be a better option for you.

What are Power Apps

PowerApps is a suite of cloud-based software services provided by Microsoft. A low-code user-friendly development platform for citizen developers without the steep learning curve.

Why power Apps

  1. Usability – the development interface is easy to understand. Microsoft whole ethos is to get you developing with as little effort and time possible. Is it perfect? No. Nonetheless unquestionably building solutions becomes' easier every week.
  2. Support and documentationMicrosoft provides’ detailed documentation, access to the community. The community forum is monitored by Microsoft App gurus. If questions are not answered or partially answered. A Microsoft employee will make or add corrections. Alternatively, you can reach out to the many MVP's to help you with your project.
  3. SecurityMicrosoft takes your data security very seriously. Quite simply Microsoft would not have a business if they did not.

Where can Power Apps be used?

Microsoft PowerApps is a suite of cloud-based software services. You can build your app to read and write to data sources like SharePoint, SQL Server, Dynamics, Twitter, and Salesforce. The data can be held in the cloud or on-premise.

End-users can access the app from anywhere using any devices (desktop, tablet, mobile) browser. They do not have to be online to use your app. With a few extra steps data can be held on the device and synced when online.

Obliviously a device may not be able to hold large amounts of data. But in most circumstances, enough data can be held to make the app functional. When the user reconnects, data is forwarded as if the device had been online at the time.

An example, a user may be in a black spot within the building or off-site. The user would still be able to use your app. 

When can you build Power Apps?

If you are already using Microsoft products or subscribed to Office 365, then Power Apps will work with your system right away. With this tool, you can quickly build and deploy apps for mobile devices and design them for optimal usability.

Not a, Office 365 subscriber? You can sign up for a free trialIf you familiar with Microsoft products and use MS software plus you are a medium-sized organisation, then it is a no brainer. Give Power Apps a test run.

How can Power Apps solve organisational problems?

Power Apps can access various mobile services, such as the camera or geolocation. If you are looking to process data, and apply business workflows such as approvals then Power Apps should be considered. Additionally, you can combine forms, charts, views, and more to create low-code portals for your customers. You can scale up and down according to your organisational requirements.

You can quickly automate your workflows, for example approvals. You can easily use different technologies to perform different tasks in Power Apps.

About the author 

Christopher Bird

Building your own Power App, BI solution, or automated workflow can be a mind-blowing experience. It can also be a nightmare. Particularly when you begin with a blank screen. My advice, get professional help as and when you need it. That's what successful people do.

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