What is Microsoft Power Apps and Its Benefits for Project Management

Shubhangi Pandey
By | Updated September 19, 2022 | 7 min read
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Gartner has once again recognized Microsoft as a Magic Quadrant Leader in its 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms. This is yet another evidence that Microsoft and its range of products such as the Power Platform and Microsoft Power Apps have become one of the top choices for developing business solutions.

 

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In this article, you will find

What is Power Platform?
What is Microsoft Power Apps?
Key features of Power Apps
The benefits of using Power Apps for project management

 

 

What is Microsoft Power Platform

Power Platform, is a suite of tools and apps developed by Microsoft. Power Platform – when connected with other Microsoft products such as Microsoft 365, Azure, and Dynamics- offers holistic end-to-end business solutions. These solutions can range from automating business workflows, to analyzing complex data, to developing new features in applications, and more.

 

What is Microsoft Power Apps

Microsoft Power Apps is a component of the Power Platform. It is a low-code application platform that enable both experts and new developers to build and deploy applications with ease. With the Power Apps, you can build an interactive and easy-to-use User Interface (UI) and even customize it.  It offers easy drag and drop option to seamlessly add and remove features on applications such as – fillable forms, drop down lists, text boxes, media, and more.

 

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Key features of Power Apps

Some of the key features of Power Apps that you can leverage to design your workflows and applications –

  • Common Data Service to store data
  • 200+ connectors to integrate data and systems
  • Pre-built templates
  • Drag-and-drop designer
  • Power App Canvas
  • AI Builder and pre-built AI components
  • Portals (for no code responsive websites)
  • User experience (UX) customization
  • Low code web development
  • Several app scenarios
  • Controls including camera and location
  • Private and secure storage of information

 

The benefits of using Power Apps for project management

 

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Empower all your teams to build solutions

The low-code Power Apps allow project managers to build solutions with less to no coding knowledge. You can easily learn to build applications and their unique features, and further train your team members with a hands-on experience. This makes technology more accessible to solve business problems using – process automation, AI, data security, data visualization, analytics, and more.

 

Streamline cross-department collaboration

Professional developers and business function experts often work in silos. This results in gaps in communication and understanding of the business goals. Using low-code Power Apps, you can connect your developers who understand your technology with your managers who have the business expertise. Power Apps gives your different teams a platform to collaborate effectively to make your projects a success.

 

Customize solutions as per your business needs

As your business grows, your project demands are likely to evolve. You need to have a technology that helps you adapt to those changes. Use Power Apps to build custom apps or customize your existing applications to suit your evolving business needs. This allows you to fully leverage your Microsoft 365 environment and explore all its capabilities to your advantage.

 

Become more agile

Quick and easy access to technology that allows you to solve business problems enables you to become agile. Your project teams would not be completely dependent on technical experts, just like your developers would not be lost without information from other business departments. Having access to valuable insights from data, enhanced mobility, and automation makes it easier for your teams to adapt with higher efficiency.

 

Reduce app development cost with BrightWork 365 and Power Apps

According to 2021 Forrester report, Power Apps and Power Automate helped decrease the cost of app development by 70%.

BrightWork 365 project management solution is build specifically for the Microsoft 365 environment. When integrated with different products of Microsoft, such as Power Apps, it increases your technical capabilities that adapt easily to your business processes.

Having the capability to build and customize apps on your own, you can cut down additional subscription and licensing costs. As a part of Microsoft Power Platform, another cost-effective benefit of Power Apps comes through automation, business intelligence, and data accuracy. These proficiencies allow you to make quick and informed decisions for faster results.

 

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Shubhangi Pandey
Shubhangi Pandey

BrightWork Content Marketer

Shubhangi is a product marketing enthusiast, who enjoys testing and sharing the BrightWork 365 project portfolio management solution capabilities with Microsoft 365 users. You can see her take on the experience of the template-driven BrightWork 365 solution, its unique project management success approach, and other personalized services across the site and social channels. Beyond BrightWork, Shubhangi loves to hunt for the newest Chai Latte-serving café, where she can read and write for hours.

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