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Microsoft Power Platform 2020-07-21T21:28:00+00:00

Microsoft Power Platform

Today, data is the key to driving business outcomes. Organizations across industries are beginning to understand the potential of all this data, so they store it—in very large quantities and from many sources, from social media to ERP—in the cloud. But harnessing the data is just the first step.

How do you get to that data so you can leverage it? How do you ensure everyone in your organization, regardless of technical ability, can get in on the action? And how do you get what you need for your industry, as well as your organization’s unique requirements? The Microsoft Power Platform is designed for that purpose, providing more access than ever before to business intelligence, app development, and app connectivity.

The Power Platform enables users to Analyze, Act, and Automate by combining three powerful, cloud-based services—Power Apps, Power BI, and Power Automate (formerly known as Microsoft Flow)—into one platform that allows anyone (not just programmers) to build apps and gain data insights quickly and easily.

Extending the power of Office and Dynamics…and more

What’s even more amazing about the Power Platform is that it not only extends Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365, but it can also integrate with just about any business application you work with, like Salesforce, Workday, SAP, or Oracle. Now that’s extensibility.

Want to see the potential of the Power Platform in your business? Talk to AKA about a Proof of Concept engagement

A proof of concept is a low-risk way to see what the Power Platform can do for your business, while helping you get buy-in and build excitement with your employees. In a 5- to 10-day proof-of-concept engagement, we help you re-imagine a challenge or goal during four phases:

  • INSPIRE. We work together in a workshop where we envision and build a strategy, defining a solution to your challenge or goal.
  • DESIGN. We identify desired business outcomes and assess the solution’s potential value; we then strategize on the approach.
  • EMPOWER. The vision comes to life through visual assets and a demonstration of the transformative possibilities and value.
  • ACHIEVE. We deliver an action plan that offers a real-world blueprint.

The Power Platform Proof of Concept stimulates the ideation process, but action is required. This engagement also delivers concrete deliverables that identify the value you can expect by moving forward with a Power Platform project. Learn more about AKA’s Proof of Concept offering.

The components of the Power Platform

Each of the three services are components of the Power Platform, but they can each exist and operate on their own. However, the Power Platform is built on Microsoft Dataflex Pro (formerly known as the Common Data Service for Apps), and that’s where the real power comes in. So, yes, each component can operate independently, but the combination is a force to be reckoned with.

Putting the power to “analyze, act and automate” in the hands of people who know their business best, with built-in connectors to all the systems and data sources, gives them the power to transform like never before.

So, in short, Power BI opens the door to insights and intelligence, Power Apps takes those insights and intelligence and puts them action through apps, and Power Automate streamlines business processes. With continuing feedback to Power BI, you get a loop that promotes continuous improvement.

Here is a brief description of each component of the Power Platform:

Microsoft Power Automate

Microsoft Power Automate is a service that enables users to create automated workflows between apps and services. Workflows can then be used to integrate and update data, synchronize files, get notifications, and more. The number of apps and services that work with Flow is constantly growing. Read more about Power Automate.

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is a business analytics service that makes it easy for users to easily pull data stored in CDS or any other database to build reports and dashboards that can be displayed just about anywhere, including apps, SharePoint, Teams, or on a website. Read more about Power BI. Read more about Power BI.

Microsoft Power Apps

Power Apps allows anyone to build web and mobile applications without writing code. The connection between Power BI and Power Apps makes it easy to disseminate insights to those who need it, wherever they are and tailored to the tasks they need to accomplish. Read more about Power Apps.

Microsoft Power Virtual Agents

Power Virtual Agents lets anyone easily create bots using a guided, no-code graphical interface by empowering teams to build bots that reduce costs by automating common inquiries and improving customer satisfaction with 24/7 self-help. Read more about Power Virtual Agents.

Microsoft’s Common Data Service

The foundation of the Power Platform is the Common Data Service for Apps (CDS). CDS is a secure database hosted in the Azure Cloud and pre-built with a standard set of entities and record types that represent commonly used concepts and activities. These are extensible, so users can add additional data fields as well as new entities. These entities have relationships to each other, and you can create business rules for fields.

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