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.

Back to the office? You need to see these benefits of Power Apps portals

2021-05-10T07:16:51-06:00By |

Many organizations have turned to Microsoft’s Power Apps to build, host, and maintain custom applications. The popular tool makes it easier, quicker, and more cost-effective than ever to roll out digital solutions for almost any business requirement imaginable. However, the benefits of Power Apps portals are perhaps lesser-known. As businesses return to the office after the pandemic, this feature of Power Apps could make a big difference. What are Power Apps portals? Power Apps portals are user-facing hubs that allow customers or employees to interact digitally with the organization, its data, and its various applications. With Power Apps portals, [...]

The top 3 benefits of the Power Platform for healthcare

2021-05-04T14:28:49-06:00By |

Over the course of the last year, the healthcare industry has become front and center for people all around the world. There’s never been more pressure for healthcare providers to deliver a better level of service for their patients – while making more efficient use of the time and money they have. In this blog, we discuss how Platform as a Service technology like the Microsoft Power Platform for healthcare can help healthcare providers deliver more with less.   1. Customize your patient care The Power Platform has wide potential to improve the service that you offer to your patients by enabling self-service functionality. With Power Apps in healthcare, you can create your own customer-facing healthcare apps, giving [...]

The fastest growing companies, Microsoft Power BI, and business growth

2021-04-30T09:41:14-06:00By |

Innovation is at the heart of every business success story. From empowering staff and streamlining operations to launching a ground-breaking new product—it’s innovation that drives growth at the most exciting companies in the world.  If your organization is struggling to achieve the kind of success you’ve set out for yourself, it may come from a failure to establish a deeply engrained organization-wide “culture of innovation” across your processes.   What’s more, technology must play a role in establishing a culture of innovation, and this is often overlooked. In this blog, we explore the role of technology in innovation, and how Microsoft Power BI and business growth are like two peas in a pod.  Reasons for innovation today  For many businesses, 2020 was a year for hunkering down and prioritizing business continuity. Many were forced to act reactively to unexpected changes rather than proactively engage in driving innovation. Although life might not [...]

FAQs about business intelligence to help decision making

2021-04-25T17:59:37-06:00By |

It might seem obvious that better insights lead to better outcomes. But in a business landscape increasingly shaped by data, how we use technology to gain these insights makes all the difference. In fact, optimizing how you use data should be seen as a key competitive differentiator. When you use the right business intelligence technology in the right way, you can transform how your organization operates and elevate outcomes to the next level. As part of its Power Platform, Microsoft’s Power BI is the business intelligence platform of choice for many of the world’s leading organizations. In this blog, we will look at some of the questions we get asked by customers when they are deciding whether to invest in business intelligence to help decision making. These include: [...]

The benefits of Microsoft Power Platform tools used together

2021-04-25T17:37:55-06:00By |

You may be aware of the benefits of Microsoft Power Platform in terms of its individual tools: Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, and Power Virtual Agents. Many organizations don’t use all four. Or if they do use the entire suite, they use each app in isolation. However, the Microsoft Power Platform benefits you most when several or all of its elements are used in unison. In the article I’ll show you how the Power Platform is far greater than the sum of its parts. An overview of the three Power Platform apps The Microsoft Power Platform is made [...]

Improve employee productivity in a world of hybrid working

2021-03-27T15:58:36-06:00By |

The way we work has changed over the past year, and the role of the traditional office is dramatically transforming. Within this changing landscape, organizations are looking for the best way to ensure their employees' safety, engagement, and productivity. And many are turning to a hybrid work environment to achieve these aims. Today we look at how best to help your employees adapt to a hybrid way of working, where some staff members will be working in the office and others remotely, and ensure your business continues to be as productive as possible.   A hybrid setup combines the benefits of remote working with the traditional office. But, as we’ll see, it’s not without its drawbacks.   The benefits of hybrid working While COVID-19 has played a big part in this changing work environment, there [...]

Food for thought: Time to improve operations in food manufacturing and services?

2021-03-20T13:15:47-06:00By |

Industries across the board are benefiting from digitizing their processes. They’re adopting new line-of-business apps, launching new services for customers and employees, and turbocharging their operations with technology in all kinds of ways.   Food is one such industry. Businesses everywhere have used the power of digital transformation to improve operations in food manufacturing and drive efficiency and productivity in food services. Let’s look at how they’re doing it.   Collecting and harnessing factory data Today, thanks to the low-code revolution, organizations can now more easily and quickly build their own bespoke apps to enhance productivity in the food manufacturing chain. Platforms such as Microsoft Power Apps can be used to put powerful new mobile applications in the hands of workers on the factory floor. [...]

How low-code solutions can fuel energy sector transformation

2021-03-09T23:35:44-07:00By |

These are difficult times for the oil and gas sector. There are several reasons for this, including the current economic downturn and longer-term decrease in petroleum demand. And they’ve all culminated in what Deloitte are calling the “great compression” for the industry. Deloitte also states that US energy companies laid off around 14% of their permanent employees during 2020, and their research indicates that 70% of those jobs may not return by the end of 2021. With that in mind, it looks like oil and gas faces the imperative to do more with less – and low-code solutions have the power to help the industry achieve that.     Taming the big-project beast By their very nature, organizations in the [...]

Working with the Bauen Group: The 7 building blocks of your success  

2021-03-18T20:59:23-06:00By |

When you choose a partner for your technology project, there are plenty of things you’ll want to know:  What’s their work like?   Who have they worked with in the past?   On what kind of projects?   Tech companies devote pages and pages of their websites to answering these questions with case studies, services and solutions sections, but rarely answer this one:   What is it actually like to work with us?  This article is all about what it’s like to work with the Bauen Group: How we build your technology, and the road we take together to your solution.   Building block 1: Your insights make the best foundation  Everything we build has an aim. Whether that’s solving a business problem or seizing an opportunity, the customer is looking for [...]

5 main advantages of Power Apps in 2021

2021-03-07T22:52:40-07:00By |

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, [...]

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