Since Microsoft’s November 2015 announcement about the release of PowerApps, the enterprise has been waiting to see what the tech giant has in store. Microsoft bills PowerApps as a tool that enables the creation of apps quickly and simply. Read on to learn what advantages it provides users.

Mobile-First

Microsoft’s PowerApps represents a departure from its previous strategy in that PowerApps are designed to be used on mobile devices.

It doesn’t matter whether you use an Android, an Apple device, or a Windows phone or tablet. You can still utilize an app designed with PowerApps.

This approach represents a sea change in how software development firms see apps. Previously, they designed apps for on-premise deployment. Mobile devices were an afterthought at best. PowerApps is meant to be deployed on mobile devices first.

No Previous Coding Knowledge Required

When people think of apps, the first image that comes to mind is of developers, hunched over their desks, frantically typing lines of code into a computer. PowerApps aims to erase that image.

You don’t need to know a single bit of code in order to create an app in the PowerApps interface. The only skill necessary is the ability to drag and drop.

Cost Savings

If you were outsourcing your app development before, PowerApps allows you to bring that in-house, which is a move that will save your organization money.

What if you’ve already got an in-house app development team? You’ll no longer need to find developers who specialize in particular platforms, as PowerApps works on the Big Three. And your current staff can focus on ensuring that line-of-business users have a seamless app experience.

The Power of Microsoft Tools, All in One Place

One of the best parts of PowerApps is that it’s a Microsoft solution, which means that it works with other Microsoft solutions.

Here’s an example to illustrate. Sara creates an app through PowerApps that helps salespeople in the field provide estimates on the spot with customer data. She then shares it with the sales team by sending the link to everyone through Outlook.

Microsoft has also integrated PowerApps into Dynamics 365. Dynamics 365 is the cloud-bundled version of its CRM and ERP solutions. The benefit of the PowerApps integration into Dynamics 365 is that users can customize and share apps that enable them to do their jobs better.

Here’s another example. Janet is on the sales team. She needs access to data that the customer service representatives have. Thanks to PowerApps, Janet can connect to information stored in Dynamics 365. The next time she has to meet with a prospect, all she needs to do is open the app and the requisite data is at her fingertips. Janet is making more sales than before her firm deployed Dynamics 365. Because creating apps is so fast and simple, Janet can get back to her work quickly.

There’s a reason so many companies are interested in what PowerApps can do for them. What can it do for you?

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