Microsoft’s Power Apps has been around for a few years now, and the hype has been steadily growing. The platform was already popular due to the ease and speed with which users can create robust and powerful applications, but in 2020 even more organizations realized the advantages of Power Apps while they adapted to widespread disruption.
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up many unexpected challenges for businesses. Organizations have had to roll out custom apps to accommodate remote working and to achieve business continuity. Power Apps has been invaluable in achieving this at scale, speed, and within budget.
In this blog, we propose five reasons why organizations can benefit from Power Apps in 2021 and beyond.
What is Microsoft Power Apps?
Part of Microsoft’s Power Platform, Power Apps is a unique set of apps, services, connectors, and data platforms which help businesses build custom applications. Power Apps was created by Microsoft to encourage non-developers to contribute to this. Easy-to-use, Power Apps allows you to design, build, and deploy custom apps at rapid pace and at great scale. What’s not to like?
5 main advantages of Power Apps
We believe Power Apps is the key for organizations of all sizes to overcoming the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the five main Power Apps benefits you can harness in 2021:
Power Apps facilitates remote working
With more employees working remotely than ever before, organizations have had to accelerate the provision of cloud-based apps, so that everyone can communicate and collaborate from wherever they are. Power Apps provides the tools to create professional-grade applications in Microsoft Azure—Microsoft’s huge and comprehensive set of cloud computing services. Not only does Power Apps allow you to replace outdated operations with cloud-based apps for remote working, but it lets you do so efficiently. The Power Apps platform improves app development efficiency by 15%.
Power Apps boosts business continuity
When an organization’s priority goes from “growth, growth, growth” to focusing on survival, business continuity becomes the central preoccupation. Organizations can work to support business continuity by improving the speed and efficiency of the apps and workflows they use. Power Apps not only provides the opportunity to improve efficiency but helps organizations build better apps more quickly, economically, and at scale. Becoming more agile, productive, and cost effective is the name of the game where business continuity is concerned. The average cost to design, develop, and deploy an application is 74% less when Power Apps is used.
Power Apps empowers your people
With a dispersed workforce, it’s important not to forget that your people are your greatest asset. What better way to boost morale and bring people together than to involve them in digital transformation? The low-code functionality of Power Apps can empower your employees to get involved in building the apps they want to see. At the same time, it also provides developers with more powers to create better applications.
Another related advantage of Power Apps is that it also reduces the burden on IT. In fact, applications built with Power Apps involve 38% less effort to maintain and manage than other services.
Power Apps helps you futureproof with AI
Power Apps puts the future in the hands of your employees today. AI is proving its potential by helping organizations overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19, and Power Apps is playing a part in that. Power Apps provides prebuilt AI scenarios, such as:
- Key phrase extraction
- Text recognition
- Language detection
- Statement analysis
- Business card reader
- Entity extraction
What’s more, the low-code and no-code component allows non-developers to build, train, and deploy AI without needing coding skills and knowledge.
Integration with Microsoft technology
Power Apps integrates seamlessly with the rest of the Power Platform and other Microsoft tools and services including Office 365, Excel, Teams and more. Apps and data sources can be connected using a collection of more than 260 connectors. By joining your data with your Microsoft tenant, you can create automated workflows that take collaboration and productivity to next level. Whether your priority is safeguarding business continuity or improving remote working, you’ll find a solution to your problem within the Microsoft ecosystem. Making use of Microsoft integrations can breathe life into your custom applications – and it couldn’t be easier to connect the dots with Power Apps.
Maximize your Power Apps benefits with Bauen
Microsoft created Power Apps to make building apps easier, but guidance is still required to get things up and running and ensure your new technology works perfectly for your business. Bauen and our team of IT specialists will ensure you make the most of the advantages of Power Apps.
Our combined expertise in business intelligence, cloud applications, custom software, and mobile applications means we can help you harness the full potential of Power Apps. We work closely with you to understand the challenges you face today. Together, we’ll design innovative technology solutions to help your business grow in 2021 and beyond. Let’s make it happen.
To learn more about the incredible advantages of Power Apps and the entire Microsoft Power Platform, get in contact with the team at Bauen today.