What Is Microsoft Power Platform and How It Can Benefit Your Business
The Microsoft Power Platform consists of three applications – Power BI, PowerApps, and Power Automate (previously known as Microsoft Flow). These three applications are designed to let users analyze their data, act on their findings, and automate business processes. Each component is built on the Common Data Service (CDS), which is a database hosted in Azure Cloud. The advantage of this is that all your data exists under a unified data model, allowing the applications to interact with one another seamlessly. The Power Platform is a flexible platform and can be used with Dynamics 365, Office 365, and other third-party applications. This blog post will discuss each component of the Power Platform in more detail and how it can benefit your business.
Power BI is a business intelligence solution that collects data from a variety of sources and turns it into visually compelling charts, graphs, and reports. Using sources such as Excel, Salesforce, Google Analytics, and social networks, users can create live interactive visuals that provide a 360-degree view of their business activities. The visualizations can be embedded in your existing applications such as Dynamics 365, and they will always display the most current data due to the underlying common data model. Check out our blog post about embedding Power BI data into Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations workspaces for more information about Power BI’s integration capabilities. By taking advantage of Power BI’s analytics abilities, organizations can gain insights from their data that can lead to better decision-making. When data exists in disparate locations, it can be hard to make sense of it all and identify trends or patterns. But with Power BI, it is easier than ever to combine and analyze all your business data through an intuitive and visually compelling user interface.
PowerApps is a suite of applications and services that provides businesses with a development environment to create custom apps. You can create three types of applications: canvas, model-driven, and portal. Canvas apps are used to create a tailored user interface from a blank canvas, which you then connect to your choice of over 200 data sources. Model-driven apps start with your data model, building off of your business data in the CDS to create forms, views, and other components. Portal apps are external-facing websites that allow users outside of your organization to interact with business data. All applications are able to be created without the use of code, and all can run in both browser and mobile devices. PowerApps provides a way for businesses to more accurately meet their business needs through custom development. As it can be used by users without extensive coding knowledge, the application-building experience is more accessible than ever. Because PowerApps uses the Common Data Service to store data, organizations can build applications directly against core business data used within other applications such as Dynamics 365, without the need for integration.
Power Automate, previously known as Microsoft Flow, turns mundane activities into efficient and automated business processes. This tool has many capabilities such as document approval, data entry automation, and lead entry generation. With more than 220 services and apps available for connection, Power Automate can help businesses manage data in the cloud or on-premises, in sources such as SharePoint and Microsoft SQL Server. As it built on the CDS for data storage, it can be used alongside PowerApps to design logic for your custom applications. Power Automate can greatly improve your organization’s efficiency, as it can be used to automate almost any business process. It can automate flows between your favorite applications and services, sync files, receive notifications, collect data, and much more. Automating repetitive tasks into multistep flows can help to meet current and future business needs. For a more in-depth look at the benefits of using Power Automate, check out our blog post about using Power Automate to add value to your software.
The Microsoft Power Platform is more than just a collection of these applications. Connect them together and to Dynamics 365, Office 365, Azure and many other applications and build end to end business solutions.
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