About Walter Silin

As an entrepreneur and technologist, I am always looking for ways to apply technology to common business problems. I actively seek out solutions that result in increased efficiency or real monetary savings.

What the Power Platform 2021 release wave 2 means for your Power Apps

2021-10-19T15:46:54-06:00By |

The Microsoft Power Platform is constantly being updated to provide app makers with new features and capabilities. And the next update (Power Platform 2021 release wave 2) will be available for all subscribers from October 1st. Staying on top of the Power Platform product roadmap can be challenging – if you’re already busy, you probably won’t have time to read about all the updates coming down the line! To save you time, we’ve looked at all the new features announced in the Power Platform 2021 release wave 2, to bring you a summary of the most exciting experiences you can look forward to. 6 new updates coming to Power Apps this October Here are the new Power Apps features coming to the Microsoft Power Platform this October that we think are going to be particularly helpful to app [...]

Analyzing and visualizing data with Power BI in real-time just got better

2021-10-12T12:52:47-06:00By |

Microsoft has introduced new data streaming functionality for Power BI. Analyzing and visualizing data with Power BI in real-time has just become quicker, easier, and more precise. And it’s got us excited here at the Bauen Group. We are longtime champions of the Microsoft Power Platform, and this new addition cements its reputation as the ultimate solution for digital transformation success. In this blog, we’ll look at how streaming dataflows with Power BI can help your business. Big news for big data If you follow our blog and others like it, you’re probably fed up with hearing how data [...]

Accessibility matters: Making accessible apps in Power Apps

2021-09-25T15:51:58-06:00By |

We live in a world striving for more inclusivity. And in the technology landscape, one of the ways this manifests itself is greater concern for accessibility. Making accessible apps and services is now a must for organizations everywhere. In this article, we’ll reveal our top tips for ensuring the apps you create in Microsoft Power Apps are as accessible as possible. But first, we’d like to briefly run through why we think Power Apps accessibility is an important topic in the first place. Why we wrote this article Low-code development platforms such as Power Apps are becoming increasingly popular [...]

Save time with these new Teams and Dynamics 365 features

2021-09-07T14:47:17-06:00By |

Teams and Dynamics 365 just got better. That’s because they work better together than ever before. What do I mean by that? Read on. The power of teamwork Microsoft’s flagship collaboration platform, Teams, hit 145 million daily active users earlier this year. It’s proved an indispensable part of the digital workplace for organizations, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Meanwhile, their ERP and CRM solution Dynamics 365 has long been a favorite due to its powerful capabilities and leading flexibility. There are many reasons why businesses choose Dynamics 365 – including its seamless integration with the rest of Microsoft’s [...]

How to use Power Automate Desktop to get the most from your workstation

2021-09-29T05:57:24-06:00By |

Ever wished you could ditch those admin tasks that take hours out of your busy schedule? You might not be able to banish them altogether, but you can create processes that take the brunt of the workload for you by using Microsoft Power Automate Desktop. Microsoft Power Automate Desktop was released in 2020 as a way of giving regular users the opportunity to automate tasks without needing to know any code. It means your employees can bypass time-consuming tasks and take on higher priority ones without sacrificing the quality of their work. Productivity is the focus Workflow automation has [...]

Get agile and grow thanks to Power BI data insights

2021-08-14T16:24:40-06:00By |

In today’s world, agility is more important to businesses than it’s ever been. Facing a challenging financial climate and highly competitive markets, organizations know that everything depends on their ability to adapt and anticipate, swerve out of disaster’s way, and seize valuable new opportunities. Businesses need every advantage they can get – and that’s why many are turning to Power BI data insights to get the edge. Let’s look at why that is. But first of all, some readers may be wondering... What is Power BI? Power BI is Microsoft’s flagship business intelligence tool, designed to help organizations make [...]

Why the rise of low-code platforms matters to you

2021-09-29T05:49:08-06:00By |

Businesses everywhere are adopting low-code development. But what’s behind the rise of low-code platforms? What are the benefits that organizations are so eager to harness? If you want to know the answers, you’ve come to the right place. The new demands of the “new normal” In a June 2021 survey from Salesforce, 88% of the IT leaders said that IT workloads had increased in the past 12 months. It’s a fair bet that much of this is due to demands placed on technology infrastructure, and IT departments, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Facilitating effective and secure remote working and [...]

Microsoft Power BI vs Excel: Rivals or partners in crime?

2021-09-29T05:51:29-06:00By |

How organizations process and analyze data is a significant competitive differentiator. Microsoft Excel has been – and still is for most business users – at the very center of these activities. But with the emergence of dedicated tools like Power BI, the tables are beginning to turn. In this article, we’ll compare the difference between Power BI and Excel. Ultimately, framing Power BI vs Excel as a rivalry is missing the point. These two tools work well together. Excel is still a go-to tool for all kinds of situations, but it can provide even greater value thanks to the [...]

How the new Power BI Teams activity app helps your productivity

2021-07-20T15:30:20-06:00By |

Over the past year Microsoft Teams has become a huge part of millions of people's lives. You will probably have attended hundreds of Teams meetings and had countless chats with your coworkers over the application. But do you know precisely how much time you are spending in Teams? Earlier this year Microsoft released a new feature that allows you to analyze teams activity with Power BI, the business analytics platform. If your company has a Power BI license, you can now gather precise information about your own personal activity in Microsoft Teams as well as that of your coworkers. [...]

Unlock the business advantages of the Internet of Things with the Power Platform

2021-07-12T08:34:40-06:00By |

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been lauded in technology circles for some time now, but many organizations have yet to realize its potential. Let’s look at how Microsoft’s revolutionary low-code Power Platform provides some of the fastest, simplest, and cost-effective ways to start exploring and harnessing the advantages of the Internet of Things. What is IoT? “In the simplest definition of the phrase, the Internet of Things (IoT) includes everything connected to the internet.” This is our top-level definition of IoT on The Bauen Group’s IoT webpage. As definitions go, it’s throwing the net out pretty wide, but [...]

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