BUSINESS VALUE OF POWER PLATFORM
POWER APPS PIONEERING LOW CODE DEVELOPMENT
Canvas Apps are built without code and involve dragging and dropping components into a flowchart formation. They are usually meant for non-technical developers due to their ease of use and intuitive user-experience. They run on mobile devices, laptops, or computers, and within other apps like Microsoft Teams or Dynamics 365. Model-driven Apps are created from data (specifically the data stored in Common Data Service (CDS)) using the framework of Dynamics 365. More than the app layout, in Model-driven apps the focus is on adding components like dashboards, forms, views and charts to the application. They are responsive in nature and run on any device.
POWER APPS FOR DYNAMICS 365
The functionality of Microsoft Dynamics 365 can be extended using Power Apps. By integrating Power Apps, users can enhance and extend Dynamics 365 by linking with processes and data within D365 and adding additional features. For instance, a company using Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations, in an attempt to improve their services, wants to record the feedback of their customers post every delivery/invoice. The feedback data is decided to be stored in a SharePoint list by the IT department, along with the basic details. This is then taken over by the callers who are designated to collect the feedback and fill it in along with the other details in SharePoint. At this point, a Power App is created by the IT department and embedded into the D365 Finance & Operations to streamline the entire process.
POWER AUTOMATE STREAMLINING WORKFLOWS
Power Automate enables users to easily substitute manual repetitive tasks with automated workflows, instantly get and respond to notifications, collect from, and share data among team members, pass automated approvals and more, with low/no code. Power Automate unleashes the power of an organization to get mundane tasks and common business processes done using robotic process automation (RPA), utilizing thousands of pre-built templates. Power Automate allows connections to existing cloud services, which includes Microsoft services like Dynamics 365, Teams, One Drive, Azure SQL, SharePoint, as well as other third-party services like YouTube, WordPress, Salesforce, Google Drive, MailChimp, Twitter, and many more.
POWER AUTOMATE FOR DYNAMICS 365 USERS
Power Automate has advantages that make it preferred over the classic Dynamics 365 background workflow model. It administers greater control, flexibility, error handling capabilities, connection with external services, and the advantage of scheduling workflows for a specific period. For a Dynamics 365 user, Power Automate streamlines everyday-internal- automated solutions without the support of the IT department. Scheduling daily tasks like sending out multiple emails, access to extensive pre-built template library, creating custom connectors to external solutions, and ease of access to business intelligence are some of the features the D365 users could easily leverage. Easy and automated extraction of data from Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations and other finance management automations with Power Automate are held in high regard and makes it more sought after.
In today’s fast-paced business world, digital transformation has changed from trickle to flood, and so has the pace of value delivery. To keep up with this speed, emerging businesses need to up their technology and empower their employees to work smarter and more efficiently. Microsoft’s Power Apps and Power Automate ushered in a new normal wherein even citizen developers can triumph at developing simple to complex applications and automations without the required technical knowledge. This is a highly progressive leap for businesses towards evolving in new and exciting directions.