A new way to build powerful business applications

If you think you haven’t got what it takes to build a mobile app for your business, think again. Microsoft PowerApps fill a huge gap in the development of business applications – and you can use them to automate your tedious manual processes.

Typically, If you need a custom app built for internal use, you’ll take this to your internal IT department, or outsource it to an external development team. Software developers will then use tools like Microsoft Visual Studio to build these apps to your requirements.

The process to take your app idea from concept to a finished product that can run on PCs and devices is extensive and expensive. So much so, that many teams will use a combination of existing tools like Excel, SharePoint or OneNote to achieve similar results. This can work well when you’re using a PC or Mac, though what if you really need to build an app that runs well on a mobile device? You use Microsoft PowerApps.

PowerApps allow you to uniformly design your own mobile applications and the logic behind them. These powerful applications run on Apple, Android and Windows devices and connect to almost any data-source imaginable.

So now, instead of approaching a software development team with a list of requirements, you open PowerApps and start building. Once you’ve created your application, you can share it with anyone on your team.

It’s important to note that PowerApps are for building internal tools only. Though, while you can’t share these with the public, they can be used in public facing scenarios, such as survey collection, or event signups.

Data that PowerApps can work with so far:

  • Excel
  • Dropbox
  • Dynamics CRM Online
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • SalesForce
  • SharePoint Online
  • Dynamics ERP
  • SQL Server
  • SharePoint Server
  • Any custom datasource you configure!

Some PowerApps you can build:

  • Company asset manager
  • Budget Tracker
  • Conference Agenda
  • Instruction Manual
  • Service Desk
  • Survey collection and reporting
  • Event sign-ups
  • Opportunity tracking
  • Product Catalog

How to get started with PowerApps

If you’re interested in getting started with PowerApps and Office 365, you might have to wait for your invite. PowerApps are currently in private preview, though you can sign up for your invitation here.


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