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What is Power Platform?

Recently, we’ve heard from a lot of people asking about the Microsoft Power Platform;

What is it actually? What does it do? Do I already have it? How do I use it? Do I even need it?

In this blog, we endeavour to uncover all the key aspects of the Microsoft Power Platform and see why it’s one of the most powerful cloud-based platforms in the market.

Whilst people may be familiar with the term, I firmly believe the benefits of what the platform is, for the most part, is undiscovered if not misunderstood.

Microsoft Power Platform is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) that enables users to create, analyse and connect data and systems inside their business, regardless of size and sector – you don’t even have to utilise all three, just want to analyse, no problems, or looking to only connect systems together that’s perfectly fine too! Let’s explore further;

Microsoft Power Platform is comprised of three applications;

  • PowerApps (create) – PowerApps, quite simply enables users to create applications without the ability to read or write code, perfect for non-technical people. PowerApps can both be mobile and desktop.

    There are two types of apps you can create Canvas and Model-driven. The key difference between the two apps is Canvas apps gives you full control over every aspect of the end result, whereas Model-driven apps are controlled more by the data and information you enter into it. If you want flexibility there’s Canvas, however if you crave structure & process, Model-driven apps can provide just that. This is perfect for businesses both small and large, that require a cost-effective solution for a specific business process or problem.
  • Power BI (analyse) – Power BI is a business analytics solution that provides nontechnical business users with tools for analysing, visualising, aggregating and sharing data. Power BI uses an interface that is very user-friendly and intuitive, it also has deep integration with other Microsoft products making it a very versatile solution that requires little upfront training.  The main purpose of Power BI is to uncover insights into a business’s data.
  • Microsoft Flow (connect) – Microsoft Flow enables users to create and automate workflows and tasks across various applications without help from developers. Automated workflows are called flows. To create a flow, you specify what action should take place when a specific event occurs. A common Flow is to trigger notifications, an example when a lead is created in your CRM an automated workflow can send a notification about the lead to the relevant salesperson.

Here at Vinergy, we’ve recently completed a number of projects, particularly for small businesses using the Power Platform to create efficiencies and streamline current manual processes.

We firmly believe by using the platform it unlocks possibilities for all businesses to do more with their data and processes.

Interested in learning more about the Power Platform, and how it can assist your business? Get in touch for your complimentary consultation today!

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