Organizations are finding that new tools are enabling users to build apps, improve workflows, and explore data using Microsoft 365 and low-code applications in Power Platform
When Microsoft introduced the Power Platform (Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power BI), they revolutionized how technology could be applied to solve business problems. Traditionally speaking, if you wanted to build an app, improve a process, or create a business dashboard that pulled data from a line-of-business application… you were going to need some help. And, if your I.T. department was like any other I.T. department, there would be simply no way that developers and engineers would be able to step away from enterprise I.T. initiatives to help improve a process for a small group of users in the accounts payable department.
Small groups of users and legacy manual processes that are outside the view of I.T. is exactly where the Power Platform fits.
When we inspect these processes with clients, this is what we look for;
- Steps in the process that can be eliminated or consolidated
- Opportunities to automate approval processes
- How the process can be improved with reminders and notifications
- Parts of the process where information can be automatically routed
- The health and efficiency of current systems
- How dashboards could be used to better measure efficiency
Digital transformation is happening at a rapid pace, and tools like Microsoft Power Platform is helping organizations quickly build apps, automate workflows, and build business intelligence dashboards. Microsoft has also leveraged the power of AI to provide a platform to create virtual agents (chat bots).
Digital transformation has also been accelerated by the pandemic. When users found themselves working away from a physical location, they quickly discovered the need for new tools to help manage the manual business processes that could not be supported remotely.
More Apps. Less Code.
Charles Lamanna, Microsoft CVP, Low Code Application Platform, states, “Over 500 million new apps will be built during the next five years, which is more than all the apps built in the last 40 years.”
These apps will likely be built by non-developers using low-code tools like Power Platform. These tools will become easier to use, simple to deploy, and will ultimately revolutionize the workplace. Legacy paper-based processes and workflows that are dependent upon the manual routing of paper will become a distant memory.
The modern workplace has been evolving, but as I mentioned before, the pandemic has created more demand for digital business transformation. The fastest way to improve processes is to become less dependent upon I.T, democratize the tools to improve processes, and to create a culture that is focused on self-service optimization and automation.
Kiefer Consulting has a team of experts that can help you get started with Power Platform. We can help you in building your first “flow” in Power Automate or work with your organization to build dashboards in Power BI. We have two Kiefer Digital Transformation Maturity Roadmaps that can help you assess where you are on the digital transformation journey, where you’d like to be, and what needs to happen to get there.
If you’d like to talk to our team, please reach out! We’d like to support you in your journey!