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.

The Company We Keep

2022-05-26T11:45:13-06:00By |

It is often said we are only as good as the company we keep.  At The Bauen Group, we are proud to be one of only 16 companies in the United States to have obtained Microsoft’s Advanced Specialization designation for Low Code Development.  This specialization recognizes our team’s achievements both in the classroom with certifications and in the field with our diverse array of implementations in the Power Platform space. To achieve this Advanced Specialization designation, the Bauen team was required to become certified on multiple levels as Architects and Developers.  In addition, the size and scope of [...]

The Agile Movement— What It Is and What It Is Not

2021-12-20T16:19:50-07:00By |

The Agile movement is often misinterpreted and misunderstood. Agile is not something you buy or do; it is company culture, an approach, a mindset. It is essential to understand what it is, what it is not, its various forms, and how to implement it to adopt the agile mentality. This concept is why we created this guide to walk you through all aspects of agile so that you can build productive, customer-focused teams. What is Agile? Agile is a word used to describe various software development approaches, emphasizing gradual delivery, continual planning, team collaboration, and continual learning. The term [...]

How agile mobile app development with Power Apps helps you adjust to a post-COVID world

2021-11-16T08:30:18-07:00By |

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a boom in the use of mobile apps. According to analytics firm App Annie, mobile app usage grew by 40% in 2020. The trend was especially strong in business applications, which were downloaded at twice the weekly rate seen in 2019. We can expect this increased reliance on mobile apps at work to persist. And while household-name tech like Zoom or Microsoft Teams will continue to be used heavily, many organizations are also seeking to create their own tools to match specific needs. Agile and low code mobile app development will make this [...]

How to Use Power Apps Templates to Create your First Mobile Apps

2021-11-27T09:54:20-07:00By |

Microsoft Power Apps are a revolutionary technology that allows anyone at any organization to create useful applications that help their coworkers. Although Power Apps are easy to use, creating your first ever app can still feel a little challenging – especially if you don’t have a background in software development. And this is where Power Apps templates can help. Power Apps templates are a great launching point for using Power Apps if you haven't worked with the technology before. They will let you build a functional app, customize it to your needs and - perhaps most importantly - learn [...]

What is Power Fx, and what does it mean for your apps?

2021-11-27T10:27:47-07:00By |

Have you ever built an app in Microsoft Power Apps which whole departments at your business started to depend on? Oftentimes, a simple app becomes crucial to the work that teams do. Over time, colleagues begin requesting more features and capabilities. Until relatively recently, adding these extra features to Power Apps could be tricky, and would soon start to need the input of software developers. But with Microsoft Power Fx, a newly released programming language for the Power Platform, it should now be much easier to build out low-code apps. So, what is Microsoft power Fx, and what does [...]

Q. If you could have a superhero power, what would it be? A. Automatic aggregation in Power BI

2021-11-27T10:50:36-07:00By |

Every story with a superhero has a villain. Or in most cases a stock of villains that re-emerge in different guises over time. For the Joker, Penguin, and Riddler think of the ongoing challenges that come with digital transformation—for example, modernizing legacy apps and embracing remote working while tightening security. But who is the hero in this story? With Microsoft’s Power Platform it’s you. It’s your colleagues. It’s HR, Finance, Sales. It’s everybody. Because, with the Power Platform and its low-code functionality, every employee (regardless of technical IT expertise) has the power to fly, punch, and kick their way [...]

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 [...]

Why you need to give your Power Apps security a health check

2021-11-27T15:32:23-07:00By |

Earlier this year, researchers discovered that a Microsoft Power Apps security configuration issue had led to some 38 million records being exposed online. Personal information, including vaccination appointments, Social Security numbers, employee ID’s, email addresses and COVID-19 contact tracing, was effectively being published online via Power Apps portals. The issue arose because of the way that certain Power Apps portals were set up. When people build Power Apps, they can set up web-based portals which display data to be viewed by employees and members of the public, over a browser. Unfortunately, the default setting was to make all data [...]

Increase productivity with Power Apps in Microsoft Teams

2021-11-18T16:04:50-07:00By |

Microsoft are constantly trying to make Teams better. One recent example is the new Power Apps integration in Teams. The goal is to increase productivity with Power Apps, by giving users speedier access to extra tools. The Teams Power Apps integrations were first announced last year. If you haven't yet used the Power Apps integration in Microsoft Teams, we would definitely recommend trying it. Let's see why. What is the Microsoft Teams integration with Power Apps? Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration platform where people can easily chat with coworkers. Power Apps is a part of the Microsoft [...]

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 [...]

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