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Microsoft Power Apps

Bringing the automation revolution to your workplace.

Power Apps
Want to make each employee 1.6 hours more efficient each week?

How about a 4.3% boost to your revenue?

And a 74% reduction in the cost of developing apps?

A 188%* ROI in three years?

When you see these types of figures, you may think that they are too good to be true… but Microsoft Power Apps deliver!

It uses low-code, drag-and-drop features to make app development significantly quicker and easier. This means that it’s now affordable to automate and streamline many of your company’s repetitive and menial tasks, freeing up your employees to spend their time on revenue-generating activities.

How can Microsoft Power Apps save employees time and boost your company’s bottom line?

Your business probably has a bunch of monotonous tasks that could be either eliminated or sped up through interconnected applications. You may have even thought about developing these in the past, but were turned off by the huge costs and long time-frame of traditional development.

Microsoft Power Apps now makes these apps financially viable. As we mentioned, we’re talking about a 74% reduction in costs. Just think of the possibilities:

All of these processes and many more can easily be replaced with interconnected apps that free up your employees to focus on more productive tasks.

What is Microsoft Power Apps?

Microsoft Power Apps is part of the company’s Power Platform, which includes a range of software tools focused on app development, connectivity and business intelligence. While each of these tools are powerful on their own, they become even more powerful when connected together with Microsoft’s other services, such as Azure, Office 365 and the company’s many other business tools.

They also connect seamlessly with a wide range of third-party software, with Microsoft offering more than 300 connectors for app integration and streamlining data.

Microsoft Power BI–Business data analytics - Business intelligence

Power BI

This business intelligence service helps businesses unify and visualise their data to create interactive reports and dashboards. This makes data-based insights readily available to everyone, facilitating more informed business decisions.

Microsoft Flow - Microsoft Power Platform

Power Automate

This tool automates processes, allowing repetitive tasks to be simplified or eliminated, all through low or no-code development.

Microsoft Power Platform - Microsoft Power BI–Business data analytics

Power Virtual Agents

Microsoft’s service makes it easy to build chatbots that can communicate effectively with your customers, all without any coding.

Columbia Sportswear - Digital Asset Manager

Microsoft Power Apps

At its heart, Microsoft Power Apps is a low-code graphical user interface for developing apps. This means that instead of having to create apps through lines and lines of complicated code, they can now be built with easy-to-use templates and drag-and-drop tools. This opens up a world of possibilities for your organisation because it means that you can quickly and easily create custom business apps that simply didn’t make financial sense under a traditional app development model.

How can Power Apps and Power Automate help your business?

The tasks that can be streamlined and automated through Power Apps and Power Automate are essentially limitless. Some use cases that can help your company save time, money, and improve its organisation include:

Power Automate integrates smoothly with Power Apps, allowing you to easily automate those repetitive, mundane and time-consuming tasks. It features a point-and-click flow designer, which makes it simple to set up data flows in your apps. You can add data inputs, buttons and actions, all without needing technical expertise.
Power Automate can integrate with over 300 connected data sources including Microsoft tools like SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. It also connects to third-party tools like Twitter, Slack and HubSpot. This makes it possible for your company to maximise its data and seamlessly create automated workflows between apps and services. Together, this can enhance productivity and collaboration throughout your organisation.

Onboarding new clients can often be a hassle, but Power Apps makes it so much easier. At RODIN, we have built client onboarding apps for business customers that simplify this process significantly, cutting back on both the cost and time it takes to intake new clients.

The new clients simply fill out the digital form, and this data is then pulled into the management application, without needing any physical paperwork. This gives the clients a smooth experience and a positive impression of the company while freeing employees from the drudgery of data entry so that they can pursue more important work.

Just as Power Apps can streamline the client intake process, it also makes employee onboarding much smoother. You can build an app that integrates with a range of other services like Outlook, Calendar, Contacts and more. This enables you to build a centralised onboarding hub that collects all of the information that new hires need in one place.

The app could easily pull all of the relevant information from a range of sources, making it straightforward for new employees to familiarise themselves with company policies and meet the other onboarding requirements. Not only could this make things easier on new hires, but it could also reduce the HR workload.

Power Apps can also take advantage of camera-enabled devices to create apps that incorporate these features. Whether it’s photos or QR codes, these can play vital roles in enhancing many apps, with use cases across a wide variety of industries.

One example would be an app for maintenance employees where they can log their tasks. If they encounter a problem in their rounds, they could take a photo of it, add in some notes, and even tag the geolocation. It could all be set up to automatically notify management, and deploy follow-up crews to address the problem.

Many companies don’t have appropriate systems to keep their leave requests organised, which can result in too many employees trying to take the same day off, delays in request approval, and workers being unsure of how many days they have accrued.

All of these issues can be avoided with an easily developed Power Apps application. Your company could build a leave request app with a range of features, including a dashboard that makes it simple for employees to view all previous leave requests, and even sort them by categories, such as holidays, sick days, or days in lieu.
Employees could submit leave requests through the app, with management automatically receiving notifications. They could even approve or deny requests all with a single click from the notification screen.

Expense reporting can be tedious, but it’s also an important part of keeping track of your company’s finances. The good news is that Power Apps makes it simple to create an application that simplifies expense reporting for employees, freeing them up to pursue more important tasks.

An expense reporting app could allow them to submit receipts from their phones or tablets, and then automatically send requests for approval to management or the finance department. This could make the process significantly faster, and make it easy for both employees and the company to keep track of expenses.

Want Power Apps for your business?

Now that you know just how much more productive Microsoft Power Apps and Power Automate can make your company, you’re probably wondering how you can begin building these apps. The answer is through RODIN. We’ve partnered with Microsoft to bring you these tools, all alongside our expertise and our range of other services.

Our specialist knowledge and broad industry experience ensures that the improvements we recommend are beneficial, and that every project is a success.