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Until recently, creating apps rested solely in the hands of professional developers. With Power Apps, a low-code development platform, employees across all business units can now solve business challenges with a simple drag and drop interface, helping your business reduce IT backlog without compromising on solution quality or security.

The author of this page: Deirdre Lysaght
Deirdre Lysaght, Marketing Executive Dec 16, 2020
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Power Apps, an application development platform that is part of the broader Microsoft Power Platform, provides a rapid application development environment to build custom apps for your business needs. Using Power Apps, you can quickly build custom business apps that connect to your business data stored either in the underlying data platform (Dataverse) or various online and on-premises data sources, for example, SharePoint, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365.

Dynamics 365 for Sales, Marketing, Customer Service and Field Service also use the same underlying data platform used by Power Apps to store and secure data. This enables you to build apps using Power Apps and Dataverse directly against your core business data already used within Dynamics 365 without the need for integration.

Building Apps against your Dynamics 365 Data

You can build apps quickly against your business data within Power Apps or by using the extensible platform that lets pro developers programmatically interact with data and metadata, apply business logic, create custom connectors, and integrate with external data. Business rules and logic already defined in your Dataverse tables are applied to apps created with Power Apps to ensure data consistency, regardless of how your users access the data or which app they use.

Building Apps that save money

The IT department at Pepsi was tasked with delivering more on-the-go services for the company. By using Microsoft Power Apps, Power BI and Power Automate, the seven-person team created custom applications to automate the company’s store audit and merchandising process. They were able to build, deploy and manage this scalable end-to-end solution without previous app development experience. The apps saved the organisation approx. $500,000 in the first year and the customer experience is already impacting customers via better communication and faster turnarounds on requests.

"I could tell immediately that Power Apps would be a game changer for our organisation. It brought app development down a notch, so our team could leverage it to help improve business processes, gather insights and do it rapidly".
Eric McKinney, Cloud Services Manager, Pepsi

Delivering Quantifiable Savings to Business

To streamline previously manual and time-consuming processes, Autoglass adopted Microsoft Power Apps, and it now uses more than 40 apps, all developed in-house by just one employee with no programming skills. Used broadly across the business, from HR to Field Service reps, the apps help the company improve efficiency, save money and make it easier for staff to operate effectively.

With improved operational efficiency, Autoglass has been able to eliminate manual processes. The time-savings from the Weekly Vehicle Safety Condition Checklist app give an additional $1.66 million per year of potential revenue while creating the Technical Helpdesk app in-house meant that the company didn’t have to spend $40,000 per year with external suppliers.

"Everyone is looking to automate processes. Using Power Apps is going to help save money, assist technicians, and boost employee engagement. The possibilities of Power Apps are endless!"
Martin Lee, Technical Power Apps Solution Expert, Autoglass

How can we help?

Storm Technology can create Power Apps for customers or co-build with the customer while applying our extensive knowledge of the Microsoft stack to assist with any aspect of Power Apps.

We can help you add further value to your Dynamics 365 solution and scenarios with Power Apps by facilitating a structured Power Apps Envisioning workshop to discover how to;

  • Fill Dynamics 365 gaps, extend scenarios and drive new capabilities.

  • Replace any paper or Excel-based processes

  • Modernise and streamline legacy apps & processes

Start taking advantage of Microsoft Power Apps by contacting an experienced team member today for more information. We can provide expert guidance and advisory services to optimise your business processes and build digital solutions to meet your business needs.

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