Here’s Why the Microsoft Power Platform Should Be In Your Enterprise’s Toolbox

Tom Berger
28 May, 2021

Every business has “those” issues: a process or workflow that’s not working correctly. Typically, the issue is not big enough to stop you in your tracks, yet not small enough to be a “no brainer” to fix. It’s going to require a customization effort of one of your software applications or it’s going to require purchasing new functionality, neither of which most businesses have the time, bandwidth, or budget to do…so the issue gets shelved.

The problem is that it continues to cause trouble. And while the trouble might be small now, it can grow into a serious issue that can cost you money, lost productivity, or customers. If you’re looking for a way to have organizational agility, innovation, and quickly respond to customer or business demands, but you can’t or don’t want to tie up your IT department or take on a big project, you need the Microsoft Power Platform.

The Microsoft Power Platform fills the gaps that show up between standard applications and expensive, time-consuming customizations by enabling just about anyone to easily build apps, analyze data, and easily automate processes and workflows that integrate seamlessly with all your other business-critical applications, tools, and systems.

Based on solid Microsoft technology and designed for low-code, no-code development, the Power Platform plays well in any organization, from small or emerging to enterprise. The key is the data layer, called the Dataverse (previously called the Common Data Model). The Dataverse is an extensible data platform that houses the data used by your business applications and set up for easy querying and access. With the Dataverse as your foundation, your data is ready to be used anywhere. With the tools in the Power Platform, you can connect all your applications, platforms, and systems through workflows or apps or reports or even bots.

What’s in the Microsoft Power Platform

Power BI combines analysis functions with a user-friendly interface for analyzing and visualizing business data.

Power Apps allows you (or your Dynamics Partner) to quickly and easily develop apps to automate tasks and processes.

Power Automate allows you to automate tasks from small to large, easily connecting triggers and actions across different systems.

Power Virtual Agents lets you build chatbots, which you can then connect to Power Automate for follow-up actions.

Where does the Power Platform fit? Just about anywhere

The Power Platform fits nearly anywhere in any industry. Any app or flow for a process or workflow–regardless of how small–can be quickly developed, with little to no coding. With the Dataverse, whatever you develop will have access to the data it needs, regardless of the application in which that data is housed. It can work around and with any application–not just Microsoft–so you don’t have to unseat something that’s working for you. The business value is obvious–and fast with the Power Platform, you’ll see benefits right away, including:

Fast time to market. In a 2020 study by Forrester reported that the overall reduction, including IT management and development costs, is 45 percent. Companies before could not afford to take care of a problem can now put that problem, and more, to bed and move on. With the Power Platform, the development cycle is dramatically shortened, which means you get your problem solved fast…and that means you start seeing results in the form of increased productivity, time saved, costs lowered–whatever the goal–very quickly.

The power of integration. With the Dataverse and applications that all integrate seamlessly, you immediately eliminate data silos and information is free to flow from one place to another for a truly end-to-end transformation. Even on the smallest scale, this kind of performance yields immediate benefits, including money and time saved by not being forced to deal with big development projects or implementing new software.

Streamlined operations. The Power Platform provides you with a blank slate to look at every process and workflow for opportunities to improve them–without the cost, time, and resource investment required by traditional development projects.

Don’t want to do the development in-house? You don’t have to

If you’re worried about letting just anyone from your organization develop apps and workflows using the Power Platform, don’t. We understand that, if you’re not in the business of developing software, you don’t want your resources pulled away from what you are in business for. With the Power Platform, your Microsoft Dynamics Partner, other IT consultants, or resources can still do the work for you as with traditional customization projects–but they’ll pass the benefits of using the Power Platform on to you. Either way, you win with the Power Platform.

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