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WHAT IS THE
POWER PLATFORM?

The ‘Power Platform’ is a collective term for these Microsoft products:

  • Power BI 
  • PowerApps  
  • Power Automate (previously known as Flow).  
  • Power Virtual Agents 

Power Platform helps you easily manipulate, surface, automate and analyse data and can be used with Office 365 and Dynamics 365 (as well as other third-party apps and other Microsoft services). The Power Platform comes with a data platform called the Common Data Service (CDS), which provides a unified and simplified data schema so that applications and services can inter-operate.

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Power Apps

Power Apps is a low-code approach to custom app development, that allows users to quickly create apps with a ‘point and click’ approach. With Power Apps you can:

  • Build mobile-friendly apps quickly and without development knowledge and reducing pressure on busy IT teams
  • Connect to and surface data from your business applications, such as Dynamics 365 and Office 365 (and also third-party apps)
  • Surface key data into a user-friendly app to help data entry – meaning users only see the information they need to fulfil a particular task
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Power Automate

Save time, reduce human error and streamline your processes with Power Automate. Your team will avoid repetitive tasks when you use Power Automate to create automated workflows between your Microsoft services or third-party applications. It allows you to:

  • Use pre-built automation templates for common automations
  • Connect disparate applications, databases, solutions and cloud services such as Outlook, SharePoint, Dynamics 365 or a multitude of non-Microsoft applications
  • Set up triggers, alerts, automated emails, push notifications and much more – with no coding and in minutes
  • Overall it allows you to save time, reduce human error and streamline your processes
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Power BI

Analyse complex data and enable continuous improvement with Power BI. It is a business analytics tool which allows you to easily connect to data sources, create visuals and gain business intelligence quickly. Power BI allows you to:

  • Click and connect with Microsoft and third-party cloud services, as well as on-premise data sources
  • Easily manipulate data and create visuals, such as charts, dashboards, maps and many more – so you can present your data in an easy-to-digest format
  • Use natural language to query data and get results
  • Overall, allowing you to easily analyse and make sense of complex data to enable continual improvement
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Power Virtual Agents

Create powerful chatbots—without the need for developers or data scientists—by using a guided, no-code graphical interface. You could use this to provide self-service assistance to your teams while reducing helpdesk request.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THE POWER PLATFORM?

The Power Platform has some key qualities that are going to be of strategic value to your project organisation:

Collaboration

1. Collaboration

Dismantling silos and enabling teamwork is paramount to project success. The Power Platform makes it easy for everyone to work together, with modern work management tools such as Project for the Web, Planner, To Do and of course Teams.

speed

2. Flexibility and Speed To Deploy

Power Platform can be customised at speed to deliver solutions specific to your needs. Get features built within days, not months.

automation

3. Automation

Power Automate can produce  substantial productivity gains through automation of time-consuming and repetitive processes like approvals, alerts, data compilation and report creation.

integration

4. Integration

The platform comes with out-of-the-box connectors that can merge data held in disparate silos. Power Platform simplifies connections between people and systems.

visibility

5. Business Intelligence

All of the above benefits lead to an increase in valuable data. Power BI leverages your data, which enhances decision-making and drives behavioural change towards increased maturity.