More businesses and organisations of all sizes are utilising the power of bespoke software and apps – designed specifically for their requirements as opposed to ‘off the shelf’ solutions – to cover a range of business activities ranging from the handling of repetitive, manual tasks to productivity and business-building functionality in marketing and customer interaction.
As a company at the forefront of providing productivity software to meet the demands of various tech evolutions, industry giant Microsoft provides a way for organisations and businesses to create their own apps through their Power Apps interface.
Power Apps development
Power Apps is part of the comprehensive Office 365 productivity suite and enables users – even those with a modicum of software development experience – to undertake their own Power Apps development using very user-friendly drag and drop functionality.
A diverse range of Power Apps can be developed and a search for ‘power apps Microsoft’ would yield many and varied examples of different apps created by Power Apps in use.
Speed of development, with easier low code app creation, and being immediately mobile ready are just some of the benefits Power Apps offer businesses looking to create in-house apps
Use Power Apps with existing data sources and tech
Along with being familiar enough to design through the user friendly interface, Power Apps development is made even easier through seamless integration with other popular Microsoft tech including Excel and other online or on premises data sources, or using the business’s Common Data Service (where various data sources are pulled together ‘under one roof’ to provide a data store).
Power Apps Microsoft: mobile and browser friendly
Since they use a trusted interface that integrates well with other popular software, apps built using Power Apps by nature feature a responsive design and can run in a PC browser and on smartphones and tablets.
Power Apps development with no coding required
Power Apps development ‘democratises’ custom app building since the developer doesn’t have to know coding – in many ways they’re like the way many non-experts build their own template-driven websites using platforms such as WordPress using a highly intuitive, graphical interface.
Professional app development expertise still important
The above may make it look as though using Microsoft Power Apps development means the specialised skills of bespoke app developers is not required, but this wouldn’t be entirely the case.
To start with, having a full idea of exactly what your bespoke app should achieve is vital before even starting out – and ideally some concept of how it may extend and adapt in the future to meet changing needs stemming from, for example, a change in business activity, increased growth or meeting new challenges generally.
This is an area where help from a Power Apps development company experienced in planning app development so businesses and organisations ‘start off on the right foot’ could be highly beneficial.
Also, it could be worth outsourcing the initial build and working in partnership with Microsoft Power Apps consultants to ensure the app is fit for purpose. This way you have confidence and can resume the maintenance and any alterations in house to fine tune the app to fully meet its set objectives.
An experienced Power Apps development company is able to provide as much or as little help as is required, and the investment in their services would likely be more than offset by the business deriving the maximum benefit from their Power Apps development through possible improvements in productivity, sales and thus increased revenue and profit.
What are Microsoft Power Apps?
At heart, Power Apps is a user friendly and intuitive platform through which businesses and organisations can create apps for specific requirements without having to settle for ‘off the shelf’ solutions. Apps can be created in two ways:
Model driven - building the app ‘on top’ of already defined data sets and rules so taking a highly structured route to app creation.
Blank canvas - a more open form of development using connected data sources, adding workflows and designing interfaces using intuitive drag and drop.
Choosing which route to take could be determined successfully with help from a Power Apps development company.
What can Microsoft Power Apps help with?
In short, a raft of business activities from automating repetitive and time-consuming tasks to enhancing sales and marketing through enhanced customer enquiry handling, follow up and data collection.
Establishing what exactly the Power App should achieve at the outset is key and something experienced Microsoft Power Apps consultants can help with.
Basic examples of how Power Apps can help:
- Customising documents - creating customised versions of standard documents that may alter depending on specific information required
- Standardising field reporting - making for a standardised method for staff and contractors to enter information when reporting
- Marketing intelligence - automating basic customer follow up and data gathering based on their responses and activities
How do I know if Microsoft Power Apps are right for my business?
The simple answer is to decide what you’d like an app to do for you:
For instance: do you wish to reduce or eliminate certain repetitive and manual tasks? Do you want to improve information gathering from staff and contractors reporting in from the field? Perhaps you’d like to beef up your marketing intelligence activities such as data gathering from sales prospects or existing customers?
Seeking guidance from an experienced Power Apps development company to determine how Power Apps can achieve what you desire would be a good first step to find out how this Microsoft tech could help you.