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Microsoft Empowers Enterprises with PowerApps

Posted on 11.30.2015

Microsoft has unveiled a new service to help enterprises build business apps.

The service, dubbed PowerApps, can be leveraged by anyone in an organization. PowerApps offers a Microsoft Office-like experience with templates and a visual designer to automate workflows. This enables any employee to create an app that works across devices quickly. What’s more, employees can leverage built-in connections (or connections built by their company) to connect PowerApps to cloud services like Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, Dropbox and OneDrive and on-premises systems including SharePoint, SQL Server, Oracle databases, SAP and more. PowerApps can also be shared like documents, with users needing to simply type in an email address so a coworker can take advantage of the app.

It is also important to note that developers and IT professionals can leverage PowerApps to build additional data connections and APIs to any existing business systems. PowerApps also includes Azure App Service for employee-facing apps, as well as respects data security and privacy controls so corporate policies can be maintained.

“While companies are increasingly turning to SaaS solutions for specific scenarios like CRM, travel and HR, using services like Microsoft Dynamics, Concur or Workday, most business app scenarios still remain locked on premises, dependent on corporate connected PCs. Too often, they’re not optimized for mobile, not easily integrated with other services, and not accessible when and where people need them most – on the device they want to use in that moment. The business app category continues to lag behind consumer app scenarios in terms of richness and ubiquity.,” Microsoft said in its announcement.

Microsoft notes that it has already partnered with a variety of companies who have built solutions ranging from a recruiting app to a mobile app for banking employees that connects to CRM data. Microsoft expects PowerApps to dramatically accelerate how business apps are built and balance the power between IT and business users. Those who are interested in PowerApps can put their name on a list to get access here.

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