What you need to know about
Microsoft Power Platform

The role of data in remaining innovative and successful is becoming increasingly important. The Power Platform makes it possible to extract value from raw data. Microsoft’s powerful application platform collects all your business data in a common data model, connects to hundreds of (existing) sources, and can also be linked to information that’s on-premises.

You don’t need any programming knowledge to get started with apps, analytics, workflows, and automating business processes. Power Platform consists of PowerApps, PowerBI and PowerAutomate, versatile tools that ensure you no longer have to use outdated (paper) lists or gut feelings when making important decisions.

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Customization is standard

Build your own apps on top of the Dynamics 365 platform and automate your business processes without any programming knowledge? The ‘low-code development platform’ PowerApps makes it possible, without you having to write a single line of code. This lowers the threshold to include features that were previously built as customization in the system in a structured and user-friendly way in your business application platform.

Think of calculation tools that allow you to quickly calculate cost and/or selling price based on a number of characteristics. Or a mobile app to track shipments to customers. PowerApps is a solution that, like Power BI, can be used separately from Dynamics 365. You can merge data from other applications in a structured way in one business process.

Mobilize your data

PowerBI makes it easier for everyone within the organization to get started with business intelligence. You no longer need a background in BI, data mining or data science to get value from data. Through well-organized dashboards and powerful analyses and reports on business processes, you arrive at new insights that were impossible before.

This is Power BI in a nutshell:

Insight

Keep an eye on your finances, operations and performance and make more informed decisions based on real-time analytics.

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All in one place

Various data sources of different systems (also externally) can be linked together

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Accessible

Power BI is a self-service BI tool. To create and share reports, you need minimal training.

Universally applicable

For many data sources there’s a standard link. Think Dynamics AX, Excel, SQL database and Google Analytics.

Connecting is saving

With PowerAutomate (formerly Microsoft Flow), you can create workflows in an instant and automate complex business processes and routine tasks across apps and services. Work more efficiently, e.g. by automatically controlling push notifications, content management, and business processes with defined steps.

PowerAutomate gives you the ability to tailor workflows and includes convenient out-of-the-box templates. This makes it a perfect solution for automating recurring, time-consuming tasks. It also integrates with 200+ services, including those of Microsoft and third parties such as Google Drive, Trello, Twitter and Salesforce.

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Common Data Service

A big advantage of the Power Platform is that you don’t need programming knowledge to get started. Another advantage is the Common Data Service (CDS), which forms the heart of the platform. In this secure database hosted in Azure Cloud, all business data and applications combine to be processed to one size.

Data inside the CDS is stored within a set of entities. An entity is a set of records that is used to store data, similar to the way a table stores data in a database. PowerBI, PowerApps and PowerAutomate can use the stored data from the CDS.

Microsoft Power Platform in a nutshell

Microsoft’s Power Platform consists of four low- and no-code tools, which allow you to build business applications. With Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI and Power Virtual Agents, you’re able to create apps, automated workflows, reports and chatbots quickly and without extensive technical knowledge. It’s possible to link your business applications to Microsoft solutions and other systems. This way, the Power Platform makes you more flexible, innovative and less dependent on your IT department or external providers.

Power BI brings different data together and enables you to turn that data into interactive reports or real-time dashboards. With Power Apps, you can build applications in just a few hours without writing a line of code. Power Automate allows you to capture business processes in automated workflows so that you can use your valuable time for more important tasks. Finally, Power Virtual Agents lets you create chatbots available 24/7 to help customers with their problems or questions.