In our previous blog about Microsoft Power BI Consulting , we explained exactly what it is and what you can do with it. The overarching platform gives you the opportunity to analyze your data, find solutions for specific weaknesses or automate certain business processes. Now we would like to take a closer look at the different parts of Power Platform that enable such functionalities, and what benefits the platform offers for your business.
PARTS OF POWER PLATFORM
Microsoft Power Platform may be fairly new, but the various components that make up it are not. You have undoubtedly heard of them and maybe even used them. We summarize them for you:
Power BI is a tool with which you can visualize and analyze your data , in order to gain valuable insights in a fast and efficient way. This offers you the opportunity to quickly make informed decisions and implement the necessary changes within your business processes. The advantages of Power BI include collecting data from different sources, transforming and visualizing the data and the handy dashboard that you can use during your business meetings and reports.
With Power Apps you can build custom applications in a quick and easy way. These applications are then immediately connected to your company data thanks to the underlying data platform. The data can come from different sources such as SharePoint, Office 365, Excel, Dynamics 365, and so on. Some advantages of Power Apps are developing apps without prior knowledge of code (low-code), building custom applications, integration with other systems and support on both your computer and mobile.
Power Automate gives you the opportunity to easily automate, integrate and accelerate business processes. That way you can turn time-consuming tasks into fast automated workflows with built-in AI options. This gives you more time to concentrate on your core business. In addition, Power Automate significantly increases productivity in your company.
With Power Virtual Agents, your employees are able to create chatbots themselves without the help of developers, and without knowledge of complex programming codes.
The power of Power Platform therefore lies not in the system itself, but in the connection between the underlying tools in one centralized platform. When you then connect it with Dynamics 365, Office 365, Azure and various other applications, you have the necessary resources for all your projects and the further digital transformation of your company.
BENEFITS OF POWER PLATFORM
Power Apps, Power BI and Power Automate each have their own advantages, but when they join forces in Microsoft Power Platform, the possibilities extend much further. The advantages of Power Platform are therefore certainly not to be underestimated:
Applications, integrations, reports without knowledge of code
With Power Platform, your employees have the opportunity to create applications, chatbots, integrations, automations or reports themselves without knowledge of programming codes. After all, it used to be the case that employees had to wait until the IT department had the necessary time to perform such tasks. Now they can build or create the above items themselves in just a few steps. Even if they want to add slightly more complex options, they don’t have to knock on the door of the IT department. Power Platform provides the option to build on top of an existing solution.
Flexible way of working
Power Platform provides high flexibility so that your employees can work the way they want. Integrations with Microsoft Teams, among others, allow employees and teams to improve their business processes and efficiency by creating a seamless work experience. The platform is therefore extremely suitable for turning your company into a modern workplace, which strongly emphasizes the importance of flexibility.
Access to Artificial Intelligence and Business Intelligence
Every day, every company collects masses of data that can lead to relevant insights. This is only possible when the data can be analyzed and interpreted in the best and fastest possible way. Microsoft therefore introduced AI and BI in Power Platform. These are important technologies that can help your company analyze and predict certain things, so that you can make the necessary changes in your business in a timely manner.
Rapid integration and automation of business processes
Automation is one of the most important words for a successful business, now and in the future. Every company has to deal with repetitive business processes that waste a lot of time and energy, but which are necessary. To increase productivity, Power Platform gives you the opportunity to automate certain work processes. Moreover, the platform stimulates the digital transformation in your company.
Finally, Microsoft Power Platform also provides support on mobile devices. Both Power Apps, Power BI and Power Automate can be downloaded on your smartphone or tablet and are optimized for all screens. For example, Microsoft is pulling the line all the way for a modern work experience.