Is Power Platform Right For Your Organisation?

With much market hype surrounding low-code solution design and the rising popularity of tools such as Microsoft's Power Platform, many business leaders are keen to understand just how the adoption of low-code can add real value to their organisation.

The author of this page: Brianna Bracken
Brianna Bracken, Marketing Executive Dec 08, 2021

As uptake in Microsoft’s Power Platform continues to rise, many business leaders may be wondering is it right for their business? Over 70% of organisations believe that their data is not being used to its full capacity. With more data at everyone’s fingertips than ever before, it is important to get the most from your data, making data work for you through fostering a data culture within your organisation. According to McKinsey, data-driven organisations are 23 times more likely to acquire customers, six times more likely to retain customers and 19 times more likely to be profitable.

Power Platform can help organisations make the most of their data. Made up of four components, Power Platform allows users to harness their data to gain data insights, streamline processes and create applications. As a suite of solutions, Power Platform proves an attractive alternative for many business users, but what can each component do for your business?

Power Apps

Perhaps the most widely known component of Power Platform, Power Apps, is a low-code solution targeted at the regular business user who can become a ‘citizen developer’ without extensive coding knowledge. Business users can build applications to solve business challenges, lessening the IT burden for new applications and increasing innovation in the organisation. Power Apps can also be used by professional developers to create applications more quickly.

Power Automate

Power Automate is another component of Power Platform, formerly known as Microsoft Flow. Power Automate can help business users save time by streamlining repetitive manual tasks through an automated workflow. Similar to Power Apps, Power Automate has an easy-to-use interface allowing business users to actively create these workflows themselves, boosting productivity across the business.

Power BI

The Power BI component is all about data visualisation with the ability to generate meaningful data reports pulling in data from multiple sources into a single space. Power BI provides all business users with data-driven insights to empower better and informed decision making across the organisation. Power BI can also save time for those preparing reports, with insights available at a click ready to present.

Power Virtual Agents

Power Virtual Agents are intelligent chatbots that can streamline manual tasks for businesses without the need for coding knowledge. Virtual agents can help reduce the burden on HR and helpdesk staff, with the ability to set up chatbots to answer common queries and requests. They can also be used externally to help shorten response time to customers.

With an understanding of how each component can benefit your business, your next focus should be ensuring that you are getting the most from your Power Platform solution. Once you have rolled out Power Platform, the key to ensuring success is to build a Power Platform Centre of Excellence (CoE) within your organisation. A CoE aims to provide a network of people to oversee the technology, metrics and processes needed to help your citizen developers. Essentially, building a community that has citizen developers and leaders who govern them.

Once your organisation learns the basics of Power Platform, you can fully embrace the low-code movement to deliver real business value. As a trusted Microsoft Partner, Storm offers a Power Platform Advisory Service. This service provides customers access to our Power Platform experts for guidance and support as they roll out the solution across their organisation. If you would like to learn more about our advisory service or about how to start your Power Platform journey, get in touch to speak to a specialist.

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