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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Microsoft PowerApps

Today's blog topic - Microsoft PowerApps.

Nowadays, most companies are trying to digitize their business. Therefore, there is a constant need to develop new and improve existing internal business applications that are used in business processes within the company.

PowerApps is a Microsoft cloud product that through the graphical user interface allows you to build customized business applications. Compared to the traditional approach to developing business applications, the development of using PowerApps is simpler and faster, and maintenance of applications is cheaper. With PowerApps it is possible to create a business application without writing code, and the application will always be responsive and provide a rich user experience. Every application is immediately available for desktop (via web browser) and for mobile devices (via PowerApps mobile app for Android and iOS).

Each PowerApps application consists of a user interface, business logic, and data connectors. Applications are developed using web sites, and many of the available templates simplify the creation of new applications. Business logic is added by creating new ones or by adding existing Flow processes (Flow is a Microsoft cloud product that allows automation of the process using connectors to countless external services). Data connectors can be connected to a variety of data sources, such as Office365 documents, Dynamics365 services, Azure SQL databases and many others.

There are two types of applications that users can do: canvas applications and model-driven applications. Canvas applications allow users to more customized access to application development: full control of user interface design, integration with existing external data sources, defining logic to commands like Excel-style syntax, etc. Model-driven applications are simpler and are made exclusively using a visual interface using predefined components, but they can not therefore be customized to the same extent as Canvas applications. Logic in model-driven applications is defined by adding a Flow process, without writing commands. Also, in model-driven applications, it is necessary to define a specific data source (Common Data Service for Apps) and enter new or re-model existing data.

By using PowerApps, it is possible to automate many manual business processes in a very simple way and integrate internal applications internally. The created applications are visually appealing and easy to use. PowerApps provides companies with a much more productive development and integration of business applications.

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