Growing internet usage has resulted in an exponential increase in data creation. Stats say that most data is generated in the last couple of years than that of the entire human history and it’s estimated that by 2025, 463 Exabytes (equivalent to 463 billion Gigabytes or 212,765,957 DVDs) of data will be created every day across the world. However, this data has no value unless it’s harnessed effectively into deriving meaningful insights that can benefit businesses thrive in today’s relentless competition. Microsoft Power Platform helps you achieve just that!
What is the Microsoft Power Platform?
Microsoft Power Platform is a combination of three Microsoft Business Applications, namely, Power BI, Power Apps and Power Automate (earlier known as Microsoft Flow) that together help businesses gain insight through automated intelligent business processes with the mantra of ‘Analyze, Act and Automate’. While Power BI assists you to effectively analyze the data, Power Apps helps you drive intelligent business processes efficiently and Power Automate facilitates hassle-free automation of these processes. It’s a low-code solution enabler that helps businesses derive valuable insights without the need of technical experts and has been recognized by the Forrester as the leader in ‘The Forrester WaveTM Low-Code Development Platform For AD&D Professionals, Q1 2019’.
Analyze with Microsoft Power BI
Power BI is a user-friendly, self-service and robust data analytics and visualization tool that can connect to a broad range of data sources including Excel spreadsheets, SharePoint list, an Oracle database or in a SAP or Salesforce application. While Power BI Desktop application builds data models and transforms your business data into stunning visuals or reports, the online Power BI service securely delivers the interactive, immersive dashboards and reports to the users. Power BI is also available on mobile devices and tablets that facilitate users to make informed decisions from anywhere.
Act with Microsoft Power Apps
Power Apps is an Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS) and helps businesses build high-productivity business applications quickly for both web and mobile devices with minimal coding. It brings down the app-building cycle duration to hours from months. It can connect to 200+ different sources including SharePoint, Excel, Azure, SQL Server and social media applications. It’s completely Cloud-based and can leverage the device features like microphones, cameras and GPS. Power Apps supports continuous improvement by creating a closed-loop process where the data contained in the Power Apps can be returned to the systems and can be analyzed by the Power BI. Further, it provides a fully-managed enterprise-grade data store in the form of Common Data Service (CDS) for those applications that generate data, not aimed for a legacy system. As Power BI and Power Automate are strongly connected to CDS, just like Power Apps, it’s fairly easy to derive valuable insights from the data stored in the CDS.
Automate with Microsoft Power Automate
Power Automate or Microsoft Flow is an intelligent process automation service that enables non-techno savvy users to automate tasks of any level of complexity. Its simple and intuitive interface allows users to build automatic workflows without any coding knowledge and need. The workflows are run entirely in the Cloud and are completely managed and secured by Microsoft. With the capability to connect 100+ different data sources and REST APIs, it can collect data, send notifications and create, use and share approval workflows. It can be triggered automatically by an event and manually by running on a schedule or pressing a button.
The Combination Supremacy
Though Power BI, Power Apps and Power Automate are individually powerful tools in their respective arena, when combined, they appear to be a business game-changer to drive enterprise-wide innovation by offering added value and enhanced competitiveness. Power BI offers valuable insights from your business data, Power Apps transforms these insights into actions, while Flow orchestrates and automates the business process with a simple point and click functionality.
You can create an automatic workflow triggered by a Power BI insight delivered through a business app built with Power Apps and integrated with events from any of the systems supported by the Power Platform. Some of the examples of Power Platform applications can be automating the process of approval and business card scanning among others.
Power Platform Benefits
According to Forrester Consulting, Power Platform helped businesses reduce development cost by 70%, increased overall business process efficiency by 15% and offered ROI of 362% over three years. Some of the Power Platform business benefits include
- Proven ROI and efficiency gains
- Reduced dependency on the third-party tools
- Seamless experience across devices
- Enables all types of users due to low-coding requirement
Microsoft Power Platform facilitates your business to derive valued insights from data, convert them into tangible actions and automate them with a few clicks. It offers an individual, transformational opportunities and potential through analyze, act and automate which was previously unthinkable.
WaferWire Cloud Technologies offers Power Platform Consulting Services that help organizations harness and implement the power of this platform by providing Power Platform licensing, governance and best practices to nurture and utilize these solutions to maximize productivity, efficiency and in turn, return on investment. Contact us to know how we can help you achieve this.