What are Modern Workplace Applications?
Workplace apps play a vital role in determining the success of an organization, especially in the current context where employees are working remotely. These applications are focused on resolving a business function of the organization, thus reducing the complexity of performing day-to-day operations for the employees.
In the post-COVID world, the push for digitizing business processes and employing automation is at an all-time high due to the remote workforce and customers preferring no-contact services. Business workflows like Procurement, Vendor Management, etc., require digitization, process automation, and omnichannel accessibility. Especially given hybrid work styles, various employee services like Leave Management, Expense Approval, etc., demand workflow digitization and automation.
Companies are keen on solutions that help them create these workplace applications cost-effectively and with a faster turnaround time.
How does Power Platform help rapidly create modern workplace applications?
Microsoft Power Platform is a line of business applications for creating complex business solutions, analyzing, and visualizing data, automating business processes, and employing communication chatbots or virtual agents. Power Apps is a low-code development platform (under Power Platform) that provides citizen and pro-developers a user interface-driven rapid application development capability. Power Apps has altered the dynamics of workplace app development by providing services and connectors to various workplace software like SharePoint, Outlook, Excel, etc. Power BI makes it possible to analyze data and derive insights. Using Power BI, users can ingest data from multiple sources, transform unstructured information to build visualizations and rich dashboards for valuable insights.
“The average cost to develop an application is 74% less with Power Apps.”
Internal development effort, professional services fees, and/or vendor application purchase expenses are significantly reduced for applications that can be created using Power Apps. Furthermore, the effort for code maintenance and application management is reduced. A study by Forrester observed the total saving to be about $4.9 MN in app development and management when using Power Apps.
Use cases: Power Apps can help build canvas apps – build UI using drag and drop components and connect to any data source. It can also be used to create model-driven apps with complex business rules based on entities stored in Microsoft Dataverse, which is nothing, but a scalable data service offered by Microsoft. Microsoft Dataverse enables users to persist and share data across multiple Power Platform services. Power BI is an enterprise business intelligence tool and helps gain actionable insight. It connects to a host of data sources, including Microsoft Dataverse.
Organizations don’t have to invest heavily in training the associates to develop applications on Power Apps or create data visualization in Power BI as the two provide an easy and intuitive graphical user interface. For example, let’s take a procurement system used across the manufacturing domain. The procurement system is critical as it deals with cash inflow and outflow. PowerApps enables the users to quickly design complex apps on top of a highly scalable backend managed by Azure. These applications are accessible anytime and anywhere, the crux of the modern workplace! Power BI helps build visualizations and dashboards seamlessly from Dataverse to make informed and accurate procurement decisions.
Key Benefits for your Organization
To summarize, Power Platform helps build apps of all sizes and complexity, and research backs the fact that it promotes a lot more cost-effective development. A 2021 study, states that before employing Power Platform, medium-sized projects cost $75,000, but after Power Platform, prices drop by half. Large projects formerly cost $250,000, but after implementation, the cost is lowered by 70% due to the use of fewer internal and external skilled developers.
The power granted by such low-code tools is that it encourages citizen developers or non-technical folks to create new apps. And democratising technology to enable non-IT people to build apps sounds great but comes with governance challenges. To know more about how we can bring forth the above capabilities to your advantage, address inefficiencies. and leverage automation, write to CCS Tech Consultants at collaborate@-ccs-technologies.com.