Content of the Article
- Azure Integration with Microsoft Azure Functions
- Optimized Development Process
- Easy App Creation
- Standard Connectors
- Office 365 Integration
- Ready for Mobile
- Microsoft Flow
- Low Costs
PowerApps is Microsoft's low-code development platform. As with other offerings in this category, the idea is to give business users a way to create simple applications through an interface that minimizes the need for custom code. PowerApps can also be used by professional developers to develop applications faster and easier than before.
If you're not using PowerApps yet, you'll miss an amazing number of benefits. In this article, we'll list the 9 key benefits of Microsoft PowerApps and how you can increase productivity and efficiency in your business.
Azure Integration with Microsoft Azure Functions
With Azure Functions, you can create and execute code snippets in the cloud without managing web servers or containers. It allows small code snippets to run without the developer having to worry about the infrastructure or the platform where the code runs.
Azure Functions makes development in PowerApps more productive and allows you to launch serverless applications on Microsoft Azure. It helps with data processing, coordination with different systems for the Internet of Things (IoT), integration of different processes or systems, and building simple APIs and microservices. Azure Functions is perfect for tasks such as image processing, processing jobs, file maintenance, and performing scheduled tasks.
One of the great benefits of PowerApps is how quickly a useful and working app can be developed. PowerApps provides many time-consuming components from the usual development process (e.g. creating a user interface, linking form fields to code and data, etc.) and replaces them with an intuitive drag & drop interface. As a result, PowerApps makes the development of a new app faster than ever.
Drag-and-drop with ready to use components and elements allows you to create your application directly from the user interface. Once the interface is complete, all you need to do is link the data sources and create the actions, many of which are also available via drag & drop.
In most companies, development teams or consulting firms are responsible for creating business applications. However, there may be so much time between the submittal of the change request, manager approval, development, Q&A testing, and rollout of the newly developed app that many business units may do the work manually or use an outdated application. With PowerApps, new apps can be designed, created, and distributed within the business unit where they are really needed.
With APIs, libraries, functions, and objects, the programming of an application can usually only be done by professional developers. The advantage of PowerApps is that most, if not all, of this coding can be done by drag & drop. Regardless of whether you are creating a mobile app, a browser app, or your own desktop app. PowerApps does all the usual overhead that helps you adapt the app to your environment. With PowerApps there is no need to know the advantages and disadvantages of frameworks, dependencies or libraries.
One of the biggest hurdles in developing apps for business users is knowing how to successfully connect to data sources. While drag & drop makes it easy to build the frontend, it won't help a power user in accounting to create a complete app if he has to deal with creating SQL queries in the backend. Thanks to the PowerApps connectors it is possible to easily connect to many standard data services and use them with PowerApps. Additional templates facilitate access to data from cloud services or popular Microsoft applications.
PowerApps integration with Office 365, Microsoft Flow, and Microsoft Power BI makes it easy to transfer data to and from SharePoint, Excel, or any other Office 365 application your organization uses.
Full-packed user masks that look good on a desktop monitor can be confusing on an iPhone or Android device. PowerApps allows you to simultaneously develop for desktop and mobile display sizes, so you can always be sure that the new app looks neat on a mobile device. Thanks to the easy-to-use interface and the same connectors, you can create a mobile version with the same data sources that the desktop version already uses.
Microsoft Flow is fully integrated with PowerApps. This allows your developed app to automatically respond to changes or updates to data on other platforms. The workflows are visually appealing and also quickly created by business users.
Another advantage of Microsoft PowerApps is the low cost. Subscriptions start at €5.90 per month for the basic plan or €33.70 per month for model-driven apps. However, PowerApps is included with many of the Office 365 subscriptions. This means your organization may already have PowerApps up and running - you just don't use it yet.