In an era where decisions and collaboration are consistently happening at speed, organisations are pressed to embark on their software development initiatives in the fastest and most cost effective ways possible. In response to this, Microsoft has democratised the software development process by introducing PowerApps, a tool that enables power users to create simple apps on the fly, without assistance from developers.

Along with the fact that it is free with Office 365, easy to use and saves you precious development time and money, here are some reasons why you should seriously consider PowerApps in your next software development initiative.

#1 Build apps without code

PowerApps can turn anyone into a software developer. With practically no coding skills required, any power user can design and create a simple, fully functional business application from scratch. With its drag-and-drop functionality, it is easy to use, fast to deploy and fuss-free. All you need is to slide the elements of your app into place and voila! You have a fully working app in minutes.

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#2 Cut development costs and save time

PowerApps accelerates development time for building business applications with the use of a visual designer and templates, automating the workflows to ensure it works across three major platforms—iOS, Android and Windows. Imagine the savings in money and time when you can create simple apps in-house. Through PowerApps, new apps get to employees’ hands faster than ever.

#3 Easily connect to other Microsoft services

It is incredibly easy to connect PowerApps to other Microsoft services such as Excel, SharePoint, OneDrive, Dynamics 365, and even non-Microsoft products such as Salesforce and other on-premise systems. This integration gives PowerApps tremendous value by enabling you to get the most out of your business tools when you need it, where you need it.

#4 Accessible from anywhere on any device

In the past, it’s been a struggle to get a business app working seamlessly on a mobile device. With more and more people getting work done while on the go, applications need to be readily accessible when employees need it. Applications built on PowerApps are optimised for mobile use and can also be published on the web. Even when your users build their apps, you are assured that you can manage data access and maintain corporate policies with data security and privacy controls innate in PowerApps.

#5 Leverage on the tool you’ve already paid for

Existing Dynamics 365 and Office 365 Business and Enterprise users have PowerApps included in their subscription. Maximise your Office 365 investment and save on software costs by utilising an existing tool that you have already paid for.

Curious to learn more about PowerApps? Consult with us today.

You can make simple business apps on the fly, on your own, or you can take it to the next level by building more complex, bespoke apps on top of Microsoft PowerApps. It may take a major cultural shift in your organisation to have your power users build apps without assistance from your developers. We can help you understand better how PowerApps can solve some of your business challenges and how you can manage internal changes with it. Contact your Professional Advantage Account Manager to schedule a free consultation.

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