Microsoft's Power Platform, according to Satya Nadella, is essential to the company's mission: "to empower every person and every business on the planet to achieve more." Power BI, PowerApps, and Power Automate are the three core components of the Power Platform (previously called Flow). Microsoft has been integrating the Power Platform into Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure for quite some time now. In its 2019 Q2 Magic Quadrant for "low code application platforms," Gartner classified the Power Platform as a leader, predicting that "by 2024, low-code application development will account for more than 65% of application development activity."
Microsoft is ushering in a new era of "citizen development" to help businesses tackle the massive backlog of commercial apps that are still waiting to be developed. The Power Platform empowers customers to transform in three ways:
Outperform others with Data-Driven businesses
Data should be used to impact company decisions, and it is universally agreed upon. You have a lot of infrastructure in place to collect the data that powers your company (the Microsoft ecosystem, line of business systems, cloud storage). However, to make this data work for you, you'll need a layer on top of it that allows you to quickly connect to it and create custom user interfaces, regardless of where the data is stored.
This is what the Power Platform enables technically: a simple, low-code way to connect to data in your business and make it work for you more efficiently; this capability allows teams to analyze business data (PowerBI) easily, take action through a user interface (PowerApps), and automate as much work as possible (Power Automate). As a result, the company has become more data-driven.
Internal confidence and ownership are generated by developing apps in-house
Managers dream of a work environment where employees take ownership of problems and have the confidence to take the initiative to improve continuously. Customers who use low-code application platforms like Microsoft's Power Platform have noted a trend toward this type of culture. Realizing they can create smart applications to tackle their own challenges has been a watershed moment for front-line workers. It has generated internal momentum, resulting in the development of an increasing number of programmes that address a variety of minor issues.
Your company requires a strategy for selecting and implementing a low-code application platform so that you can fully benefit from this technology.
Front-line employees are in the best position to spot transformational applications
Front-line employees are the ones who experience the pain of manual, labour-intensive, error-prone business processes the most; they live and breathe them and are capable of improving them. However, until recently, most people relied solely on Excel spreadsheets for assistance. What if they could utilize their unique insights to create small, accessible apps that helped them analyze, act, and automate around their business data, resulting in massive productivity gains? This would have previously necessitated a costly exercise, including their IT department, procurement team, business analysts, project managers, an external supplier, a business case, requirements documentation, and much more. But what if they could accomplish the majority of the work themselves?
Learn how to work together to meet challenges effectively with Microsoft Power Platform by analyzing data, building apps, automating processes, and creating virtual agents.
Microsoft Power Platform certifications are Microsoft's official attestations of a candidate's level of skill and proficiency in building solutions, automating tasks, analyzing data, and generating reports, as well as building bots using the new Power Platform products (Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, and Power Virtual Agents).