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Power Apps is a key part of the Power Platform - Microsoft's industry-leading low-code development platform (LCDP). With Power Apps, we can rapidly build enterprise-grade web and mobile apps that improve productivity, streamline business processes, and drive innovation across the enterprise.
Power Apps come in two distinct flavors: canvas apps and model-driven apps. As the name suggests, canvas apps provide a visual canvas that makers can use to create pixel-perfect user interfaces using a rich palette of pre-built components (think LEGO® building blocks). One of the most powerful features of canvas apps is its support of Microsoft’s Power Fx formula language. Power Fx builds on the formulas used within Microsoft Excel to empower developers to define app logic in a simple and transparent way. This powerful feature promotes unprecedented collaboration between professional developers, makers, and business analysts. At Bowdark, our fusion teams leverage the collaborative authoring capabilities of Power Fx to expedite the development process of business apps, fostering a more efficient and synergistic workflow.
Model-driven apps are the more enterprise-based alternative to canvas apps, having been built on the same infrastructure as Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 CRM platform. As the name suggests, model-driven apps are modeled from tables defined within Microsoft’s Dataverse cloud database. This approach enables apps to come together very quickly. It also allows our makers to tap into a wealth of built-in features including responsive design and offline access support for mobile users, personalization controls, deep integration with Excel/Office, advanced search capabilities, AI copilots, and fine-grained security controls. Plus, with the introduction of custom pages, we can now incorporate canvas app experiences into model-driven apps to create stunning user experiences.
Power Apps offers modern and responsive user experience (UX) features, ensuring that applications are both visually appealing and easy to use across device types.
With over 1,100 connectors available out of the box and support for custom connectors, we can integrate Power Apps with literally anything.
The Power Apps Copilot is like a cheat code that we can use to harness the power of cutting edge AI technology to rapidly incorporate new features into apps.
Whether you're starting from a sketch on a whiteboard, an Excel workbook, or a Figma design, we can use pre-built templates to quickly go from concept to working prototype.
With AI Builder, we can easily incorporate advanced AI capabilities such as invoice processing (OCR) and text translation into app experiences.
Power Apps includes built-in controls to support advanced app features like digital signature processing, camera integration, geospatial mapping, and even mixed reality.
Streamline business processes by integrating functionality from multiple systems such as SAP and Salesforce.
Build tailor-made industry solutions or LoB apps to fill in process gaps or create competitive advantages.
Deliver work into the hands of the right people at the right time.
Save time by integrating apps directly into Teams so they have functionality right there at their fingertips.
Eliminate risks and increase visibility by replacing Excel and Access databases with enterprise-grade apps.
Whenever you hear people talk about the Microsoft Power Platform, they’re usually talking about Power Apps or Power Automate. However, while it might not get as much press, AI Builder is a criminally underrated module that can really add a lot of value for businesses.
In this blog post, I thought I’d open up the Bowdark therapist booth and do my best to help long-suffering Microsoft customers address concerns over Power Platform adoption.
If you’re the kind of person that pays attention to buzzwords that are trending in the enterprise software space, you may have started to hear the term “superapp” thrown around a bit more lately.