Microsoft is placing its bets on Artificial Intelligence (AI), predictive systems and the development of codeless applications to drive greater organizational productivity. The result is Microsoft Power Platform, an application suite comprised of 3 unique tools fully integrable with Dynamics 365 CRM or ERP systems, which is bringing major changes to the way technology is used in business.
Microsoft Power Platform
Power Platform is an integrated application that combines Power BI, PowerApps and Power Automate. These tools cover three high value needs in today’s business landscape: the visualization of reports and data analysis for decision making, the creation of simple custom apps, and the creation of workflows for automating workflows. And it achieves this using the rich data sets drawn from business technology liked Dynamics 365!
Undoubtedly a company’s most important asset is its information. It is vital, therefore, that businesses transform information into strategies for organizational growth.
Power BI is a detailed information analysis application that allows users to create reports from different data sources and visualize desired data resources for quick and informed decision-making in real time. By creating a culture based on data, an organization can open up a number of opportunities surrounding predictive analytics and data indicators. In essence, you can do better business!
Perhaps the most emblematic component of Microsoft Power Platform, and where Microsoft has focused a great deal of its energy in recent years, is on the development of apps which do not require time-consuming or costly programming.
PowerApps is Microsoft’s solution for the creation of multiplatform business applications. It allows users, essentially of any competency level, to develop tools that might otherwise take several months for a company to develop. PowerApps connects several data sources using a versatile integrated data environment.
Power Automate is Microsoft’s application for automated workflows. It allows users to easily transform repetitive tasks into automated processes, boosting productivity and eliminating redundancies. Using codeless programming, a company can connect to hundreds of popular applications and services to implement business process automation.
Benefits of Power Platform
Power Platform is fully integrable with the Microsoft business suite, including Office and Dynamics 365, plus Microsoft’s Azure cloud server, as well as other custom tools like the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), Google, MailChimp, Salesforce, Twitter, Slack, Dropbox, Facebook, and AtBot Logic, among others.
The major advantages of Power Platform are:
- Broad systems integration, meaning companies do not have to change or disuse the tools they currently have
- Reinforces the 360° view of your organization and processes which technology like Dynamics 365 helps to develop
- Improves control over processes and ensures business strategies are fueled by real-time insights
- Processes and routine tasks are automated, considerably increasing productivity
- Facilitates the creation of custom applications without major programming, reducing development costs
Microsoft is constantly customizing and adding new features to Power Platform technologies, the most recent of which have included AI Builder and PowerApps Portals. They have also accelerated intelligent automation in Power Automate using AI innovation and given Power BI a new look.
In our next blog posts, we’ll delve deeper into each of the three Power Platform tools and explore some of the solutions AlfaPeople has developed with these technologies.