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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Easily Build Intelligent Chatbots with Microsoft Power Virtual Agents

2021-02-12T15:17:57-07:00By |

By now, you may have heard of Microsoft Virtual Agents, the incredible little bots that have transformed customer service. Still, you may not have heard of Microsoft's Power Virtual Agents, the bots that are easier to use for customer service and beyond. These powerfully smart and ever learning bots change how you interact with customers on every platform, allowing anyone on your team to build their bot of choice no matter their skill level. Let us explore how you can use Power Virtual Agents to create sophisticated, AI-power chatbots for your business, solving common issues and answering questions around [...]

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 [...]

Improve Your Food Business with Power BI

2021-02-01T21:56:53-07:00By |

It is not easy to run a food business, whether a restaurant or an essential supply chain entity. Food and beverage professionals are responsible for managing food quality, stock quantity, team dynamics, equipment monitoring, and overall business performance. It sometimes seems impossible to ensure everything is always running smoothly. Still, business intelligence (BI) and specialty food software make it possible for food industry leaders to manage day-to-day operations while scaling their business successfully. The Value of Business Intelligence in Foodservice Almost every other industry is leveraging data to manage and scale business. Why should food and beverage companies be any [...]

Will low-code development and citizen developers spark a new tech arms race?

2021-01-28T21:35:24-07:00By |

Low-code development platforms have done a lot to level the playing field and democratize development. In the age of the citizen developer, organizations are no longer held back by a lack of in-house coding expertise and prohibitively lengthy and expensive solution implementation periods.   As well as unlocking a wider world of possibilities and opportunities for businesses everywhere, low-code development has also opened a Pandora’s box, dramatically altering the technology landscape. Now there’s new territory to be navigated, new approaches to be taken, and new considerations for success. Let’s explore.    A new challenge appears  With the advent of low-code, today’s organizations suddenly find themselves in a new arena of competition, surrounded by rivals now arming themselves with new mobile apps, digitally-transformed business operations, and custom software for line-of-business staff: all perfectly designed to give [...]

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.   [...]

New Power Apps integration makes Teams a powerful productivity platform

2021-01-28T21:51:52-07:00By |

Since Teams’ beginnings as a communication tool, Microsoft’s ambitions for its collaboration hub have greatly expanded. The tech titan knows the more business users can do within Teams, the less likely they are to click off to a third-party tool – and the more central and valuable Teams becomes to organizations everywhere as their go-to, all-in-one productivity platform.   Teams has now become the place where work gets done – all your work. And such is Microsoft’s new drive to push “Teams as a Platform” (or, rather, the platform) that now they’ve even integrated Power Apps seamlessly into Teams.  Let’s look at what that means for you.    Microsoft Teams gets a Power boost   Core pillars of the Microsoft ecosystem such as the Office suite of apps and the Outlook [...]

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