Analyse, Act, Automate with Power Platform

Empowering business users around the world with the power to analyse, act on and automate data-driven insights and processes, Power Platform is reshaping the future of business innovation.

The author of this page: Roisin McLaughlin
Roisin McLaughlin, Marketing Director Aug 28, 2020

Now more than ever, companies are turning to data to drive business outcomes, adopting the power of the cloud to effortlessly scale data storage capacity in line with business need and consolidate data from a multitude of business systems. But with the infrastructure for harnessing the data in place, how can they make this data work more efficiently for their organisation and empower all employees, regardless of their technical ability to analyse, act on and automate this data to drive business impact?

Bringing together the capabilities of Power BI, Power Apps and Power Automate, Microsoft’s Power Platform democratises business data and solution design, empowering business users to create simple applications or data visualisations with little-to-no code using SharePoint as a data source.

Microsoft Power Platform

Common Data Service*

A preferred option for business users due to the simplicity of data integration, SharePoint is far from the only data source available.

Built on the Common Data Service, an Azure-based data platform that unifies data and allows critical business applications, data connectors and services talk to one another, the platform is powerful enough for developers to use when building more complex solutions.

Power Platform – The Power of Three

To understand the business potential, let’s look at the key applications that make up Power Platform.

1. Power BI

A self-service business intelligence solution, Power BI makes it easy to connect, analyse and gain insight from the data that runs your business. A drag-and-drop user interface reduces dependence on IT and empowers employees to make informed, confident business decisions.

2. Power Apps

PowerApps empowers business users to turn insight into action, to build bespoke web and mobile applications in response to business challenges in real-time. Featuring rich business logic and workflow capabilities, transform the manual process into digital automated processes. A flexible platform capable of meeting the needs of both business users and pro-developers, Power Apps allows extended functionality including the interaction with data and metadata, the creation of custom connectors and much more.

3. Power Automate

Your personal assistant Power Automate makes quick work of repetitive manual tasks through the creation of automated workflows and robotic process automation. From pre-set triggers, alerts, automated emails and push notifications, Power Automate enables you and your team to save time and streamline day-to-day processes. Plus with the pre-built template gallery for some of the most commonly used business automation get up and running quickly and easily.

From insight into action

Converting data into business action and empowering users to build tailored solutions to their specific business challenges, without the need for complex coding or IT intervention. Power BI unlocks insights and intelligence, PowerApps converts that intelligence into action through transformative applications built in record time, and Power Automate makes business process automation an easy point and click exercise, with further feedback to Power BI creation a powerful system of continuous improvement.

*Effective November 2020, Common Data Service has been renamed to Microsoft Dataverse

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