Dynamics 365 and the power platform – don’t get left behind,

April 4th, 2020 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

What is PowerApps?

PowerApps is an application development platform that is part of the broader Microsoft Power Platform, with capabilities that are both built on and that utilize Azure cloud services.

Dynamics 365 for Sales, Service, Field Service, Marketing, and Talent are all built natively on the platform.

PowerApps, users can build their own custom line of business applications using Azure cloud services to scale from personal use to enterprise-level using little-to-no code and running both mobile or desktop devices. There are two types of applications: Canvas and Model-Driven.

Canvas Apps

Canvas apps are built without code and are configured using a drag-and-drop UI similar to PowerPoint. This gives users a high-level of control over the user experience and can make the interface clean and intuitive. These apps are meant for simple and specific use-cases, such as submitting an expense report and can connect to both Microsoft (Sharepoint, SQL, etc.) and non-Microsoft (Twitter, Dropbox, etc.) data sources.

Model-Driven Apps

Model-driven apps are built using the Dynamics 365 framework and can only connect to the Common Data Service as their data source. These applications are more suited to complex scenarios with multiple functions and utilize the Unified Interface UX.

How does this relate to Dynamics 365?

As it is also on the common data service, Dynamics 365 is a datasource that can be surfaced into a PowerApp for users to interact with without having to learn how to use and navigate Dynamics 365!

Apps can also be embedded into applications that users currently use, such as SharePoint and Teams.

The Microsoft Power Platform – is empowering millions of people to achieve more. Why not you?

Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and the Power Platform on top of what we’re doing with Azure is the core of what we are doing as a company vis-à-vis I would say our commercial customers – businesses of all sizes, whether it’s small business, large business, whether it’s in an emerging market or in a developed market. Satya Nadella

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