When your business develops a need for software, typically you have two options; buy a pre-made product which might not fully fit your needs or commit to the expense of developing one.
Power Apps disrupts this question by providing a third answer. What if you could empower your employees to develop the solutions they need, without specialist skills or resources?
Power Apps “democratise development” by giving employees the ability to create advanced applications that can run on any platform and integrate with your existing software ecosystem, whilst being no more complex to develop than writing formulas for Excel.
Not only does this provide a further option to the consideration of how to add software solutions to your business, but the accessibility of Power Apps gives your employees the ability to accelerate their day-to-day productivity by putting the ability to create apps directly into their hands. It allows them to create tools to aid the processes they know best.
Power Apps are also highly portable and easy to share. Once an employee has developed an application, they can share it with members of their team as easily as the could a document. Once shared, the app can run on computers, phones, and tablets, or even embedded within websites.
Depending on the solution you require Power Apps are available in two different forms:
Canvas Power Apps
Canvas Power Apps provide User Interface focused experiences akin to traditional apps, ideal for solutions requiring large amounts of data input or visual feedback. Canvas apps are capable of much of the functionality that would typically only be expected only from native phone or tablet apps. This includes things such as offline-working or usage of GPS and camera hardware
Canvas apps have rich UIs that are easily designed and developed with a WYSIWYG editor. In a space of minutes to hours, a user can create something that is easy to use and compatible with both touchscreens and more traditional input methods.
Model-Driven Power Apps
Model-Driven apps provide solutions for data-driven scenarios. Rather than being interface-focussed, they allow for the modelling of business data by its relationships and interactions. Model-Driven apps utilise the Common Data Service to provide you with the tools to define rich metadata, ensuring data-integrity and accurate enablement of business processes.
Model-Driven Apps are most similar to Dynamics Customer Engagement, but with limited pre-defined entities and data models, facilitating a broader set of scenarios and needs.