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What is the Power Platform

The Microsoft Power Platform is a business application platform that helps support and extends Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure, as well as third-party services and applications. The Power Platform offers low-code automation, actionable data-driven applications, and customizable business logic that can improve business processes, systems, and workflows.

The Power Platform is made up of three applications designed to help create dynamic visualizations from data hosted on internal and external sources, build custom apps, and automate workflows.

  • Microsoft PowerApps: PowerApps is an application with services, connectors, and a data platform that provides a rapid development environment for building custom apps for business needs. Apps built using PowerApps:
    • Enable users to build feature-rich, custom business apps with no or minimal code.
    • Provide rich business logic and workflow capabilities to transform manual business processes to digital, automated processes.
    • Have a responsive design allowing them to run seamlessly in a browser or on mobile devices.
  • Microsoft Flow: Microsoft Flow lets you create automated workflows between applications and services to synchronize files, get notifications, and collect data. Microsoft Flow can:
    • Automate and model business processes across applications and services, from simple automations to advanced scenarios.
    • Trigger actions, grant approvals, and get notifications from a computer or mobile device.
  • Microsoft Power BI: Power BI (Business Intelligence) is a business analytics service that delivers insights to enable fast, informed decisions. It scales across an organization with built-in governance and security. Power BI enables users to:
    • Transform data into stunning visuals that can be shared on any device.
    • Visually explore and analyze data—on-premises and in the cloud—all in one view.
    • Collaboratively create and share customized dashboards and interactive reports.

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Why does the Power Platform Matter?

Most organizations have customized needs that require them to stitch together solutions from multiple products and tools. However, those components often don’t play well together, so organizations need to invest a lot of time and money into custom development to ensure the applications are providing the desired outcome.

The Microsoft Power Platform was engineered to better equip organizations to create unified, enterprise-grade solutions that seamlessly drive intelligent business decisions. Power Platform provides a little or no-code solution that empowers business users to tailor Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365 to specific business needs with powerful applications that span productivity and business data.

For example, users can customize and extend SharePoint Online, use PowerApps with Microsoft Teams, and build targeted business application on Dynamics 365.

In this lesson, we’ll look deeper into real-life business scenarios where the Power Platform and Dynamics 365 are leveraged together.

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