How is Microsoft driving back-end App functionality to the front end for low-code users?
Released in 2018, the Microsoft Power Platform gives you more control in building the right app for your business. Using the backbone of Common Data Service for Apps, the Microsoft Power Platform combines low-code app capability (Power Apps), the automation of workflows (Microsoft Flow – now called Power Automate) with the data insights of Business Analysis (Power BI).
How Does It Work?
Traditionally, information was inputted into Excel, written or recorded in paper. Then it sits there, ignored. The outcome of building your low-code App on the Power Platform will result in the automation and streamlining of company work process that have yet to be digitised e.g. holiday requests, business expenses etc.
In short, the Microsoft Power Platform allows you to build your own business app very easily and quickly, delivering real and rapid change to every-day workflows, while uncovering deep insight into areas of business, once unknown.
This is the low-cost App solution that does not need a team of 20 developers to deliver or manage.
Build Your Own Low-Code App
The Evros Labs team invite you to join them for the ‘App in a Day’ where you will build a solution in just one day.
The one-day workshop will allow you to get hands-on experience with the Microsoft Business Application Platform, helping you to understand Power Apps, Power Automate and the Common Data Service for apps, and assist you in the customisation of your company App solution.
App in a Day Workshop Agenda
The full day Evros Labs workshop at One Microsoft Place will be broken up into four modules:
PowerApp: Canvas Apps
Attendees will first learn how to build with Canvas Apps. The workshop will build an app for internal order processing. Canvas Apps is PowerApps’ front-end user component that allows functionality such as comparing laptops and ordering.
Common Data Services
The second module will dive deeper into the anatomy of the App solution and explore Common Data Services, the component that lets you securely store and manage data within a set of entities.
What is an entity?
An entity is a set of records used to store data, which includes a base set of standard data parameters. This will deliver an overall, better data structure so analytical reporting can become granular. However, you can also create custom entities specific to your organisation.
Common Data Services connects the Canvas app component to the Model-driven App (below). So in this case, details of the ordered laptop is sent to Common Data Services via Flow and information of the procurement chain is then housed here. The workshop will show learn how to put that data relevant to the app into the Common Data Service.
PowerApp: Model-Driven Apps
The third module builds upon what we have mentioned which is the Model-Driven App. Sitting on the Common Data Services, the Model-Driven App allows the owner or administrator to control the order processing flow, from start to finish. Although, it is technically back-end, the Model-driven App is low-code and user capability is easy and straightforward.
The fourth module explores how Microsoft Flow can create automated workflows between both the Canvas Apps and the Model-Driven App. Users and administrators can also receive alert notifications and email when an order has processed, delivered, installed etc.
Who Attends App In A Day?
The demand to leverage advanced technologies to enhance workflows spans across the entire company spectrum. You can implement Power Apps within any department: Finance, HR, Marketing, Sales, and Quality Control.
Attendees of the previous ‘App in a Day’ workshop at One Microsoft Place came from various backgrounds outside of the IT field, including C-level executives, sales and marketing professionals.
Your Future Enterprise App Awaits
The current road map for sentiment analysis within the Microsoft Cognitive Services is exciting. AI technology such as facial recognition, object recognition, and especially text recognition will further streamline basic workflows. Take the finance department: How much time is spent inputting business expenses into accounts? With text sentiment, you can scan business expense receipts, and the AI or cognitive services will capture where the purchase happened, the price, the date etc. The next real step-change in app development is the insight businesses will gain from reporting and analytics. The first step is building your low-code App.