Key benefits of Power BI and making a business case

2021-04-06T16:11:15-06:00By |

The recent unveiling of the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant on analytics and business intelligence (BI) sees Microsoft staying strong in the “Leaders” quadrant. It’s the 14th consecutive year they’ve been positioned among the best, and the third time they’ve scored highest for “completeness of vision” and “ability to execute”. Good news for Microsoft – and a good time to look at exactly why Power BI, their flagship business intelligence tool, is so highly rated. In this article, we’ll explore some of the key benefits of Power BI. We’ll also provide some practical advice for making the case for Power [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

A firm need for change: Power Apps for professional services

2021-03-07T23:05:26-07:00By |

For as long as the “billable hours” model has existed, professional services firms have faced the imperative to do more with less. That’s because when a client is paying for your time, they want that time (and therefore their money) to be spent as cost-effectively as possible. Otherwise, the line of thought runs, they’ll get somebody else to do the job just as well but quicker and cheaper.   In 2021, “doing more with less” hinges on your willingness and ability to drive digital transformation and adopt new game-changing tech. And because you want to be that “somebody else” – not the firm getting ditched – I’ll explore how to do that. In this case by harnessing the possibilities of low-code development [...]

Digital transformation in healthcare: A cure for the industry?

2021-03-07T22:59:05-07:00By |

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges to the already ailing healthcare industry. However, technologies such as Microsoft Power Apps hold the key to solving many of its problems, so I’d like to explore how digital transformation in healthcare has the potential to be the powerful pick-me-up healthcare needs.    First of all, though, a little background. Let’s take a look at the charts.   Recent history and prognosis Even before the pandemic, the healthcare industry was running on fumes. Healthcare costs have been steadily increasing, with quality care becoming less affordable and accessible for many patients.   These strains have been felt by healthcare professionals, too. According to 2020 research from Medscape, as much as 42% of physicians reported being burned out. And the industry has also been drowning in a rising [...]

In case of emergency, break out Power Apps for business continuity

2021-02-12T13:29:18-07:00By |

New challenges require new solutions. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has seen plenty of the former, with new distances created between colleagues, customers, and businesses, together with new considerations that are necessary to carry out even everyday operations. Organizations everywhere have had to rely on new technology solutions to maintain productivity and collaboration, and Microsoft’s Power Apps has arguably been the breakout star of the year. Let’s look at why many are choosing Power Apps for business continuity. But first, a little recap of the story so far.   COVID-19 was a wakeup call   Until not so long ago, it was often expertise-and-time-intensive for a business to create its own bespoke technology solutions. It required professional developers and drawn-out development periods. The alternative was to enlist a third party, which could be expensive.   [...]

Why choose Power Apps development? See the success stories for yourself

2021-01-28T13:06:24-07:00By |

Unless you’ve been living on a desert island for the last few years (if so, we’re jealous) you’ve probably heard of Microsoft Power Apps. Since its launch in 2015, the software development platform has made big waves in the technology world, unlocking new possibilities for organizations everywhere.   In this article, we’ll take a look at just why Power Apps development has become such a massive hit and consider the benefits of using it for your own custom applications. We’ll also show you some examples of organizations who’ve succeeded with Power Apps.    So, what’s the big deal with Power Apps?   Seamless integration with all your data and services   As Microsoft says, the world needs great solutions right now – perhaps now more than ever. Power [...]

Advancing Government and Our Nation with Microsoft

2021-01-28T13:30:38-07:00By |

Suppose this year has taught us anything as individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments. In that case, we can make it to the other side of just about everything by working together. Responding to the various challenges this year gave us has been difficult, but it is a defining moment as we reimagine a future of transformation and innovation. In particular, the United States government has had to respond to the global pandemic's health and economic crisis, a social and racial justice movement, an unprecedented fire season, and more. To help lead the population through this turbulent time, Microsoft formed [...]

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

2021-01-28T13:32:59-07:00By |

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 [...]

Microsoft’s Project Oakdale: Your 2020 Everyday Guide

2020-08-29T17:29:42-06:00By |

The different names may cause some confusion, but it is the same powerful low-code platform. In late July, Microsoft announced the release of Dataflex, now known as Project Oakdale. Project Oakdale provides relational data storage while supporting rich data types. Users can utilize Power Apps to build low-code applications for Microsoft Teams and beyond. Let us explore how Project Oakdale is helping businesses, just like yours, harness the power of customization and automation to reinvent the workplace. Getting to Know Project Oakdale The way we live and work is rapidly changing, and Microsoft launched Project Oakdale to continue to [...]

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