What is Microsoft Power Platform? (Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI and Power Virtual Agent explained)

app in a dayMicrosoft Power Platform is made up of four powerful and dynamic components:

  • Power Apps
  • Power BI
  • Power Automate (previously Microsoft Flow)
  • Power Virtual Agent

Previously, organisations faced two all-or-nothing options: the pre-baked one-size-fits-all commercial solution, or the finely customised app development that was too cost-intensive to justify the investment. This dilemma was faced by many frustrated organisations when attempting to transform their workplace and customer end-user experience.

In its place, the birth of quasi-apps and shadow IT that initially enhanced smaller workflows, yet opened up large vulnerabilities to its systems, and consequently risking the very data it was working with.

Users needed a truly productive and communicative platform that could unlock insights and intelligence through automation, which was then convertible to intelligible action plans across the web and mobile applications.

 

Development of the Power Platform

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella promoted the product collection as one of the platform opportunities available to software developers, alongside the Azure cloud and other services.

Using the backbone of Common Data Service for Apps, the Microsoft Power Platform combines the automation of workflows (Power Automate) with the data insights of Business Analysis (Power BI) to give you more insight into your business.

The addition of Power Apps enables your non-technical users to create responsive mobile applications.

And the latest addition, Power Virtual Agent, which allows you to build and integrate your own chat bots – or virtual agents – for customer engagement.

Overall, Microsoft Power Platform gives businesses (often for the first time) the ability to track trends and growth, develop strategic plans and make real-time informed decisions for their business.

 

Is Power Apps free with Office 365?

The real power of Microsoft’s low-code, no-code features is that it’s built upon common Microsoft technologies that many companies already have in their capability.

Most Office 365 licences include Power Apps making it very accessible for many businesses.

And you can tailor your licenses to your specific needs. For example, you can get more advanced features with higher plans as well as with Dynamics 365.

To demonstrate just how many apps there are in the Office365 suite, here’s Paul Gilbride at the European SharePoint, Office365 and Azure Conference in Prague, putting attendees’ knowledge to the test:

Is Power Apps any good?

Microsoft is continuing to develop its Office365 suite in really innovative ways. And by integrating different apps within the suite, businesses are able to see some real momentum.

Business Solutions Practice Director, Paul Gilbride, explains how you can get even more from Power Apps.

“We work with customers to elevate every-day business workflows and develop customised, intelligent and streamlined solutions that not only advance manual processes but deliver valuable insight into data and analytics functionality.

“We do this using a combination of both Power Apps and our own technical expertise to create bespoke apps that help our customers work more efficiently as well as save time and money.”

The Evros Labs team have built upon new disruptive technologies to develop several solutions and training capabilities that deliver innovative low-code, no-code, rapid proto-typing App solutions to transform user capability and customer experience.

Here you can see just how Evros and Microsoft Power Platform combined can impact your business:

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Here at Evros, we’re able to provide bespoke, intelligent and streamlined solutions that not only advance manual processes but deliver valuable data analysis and insight.
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