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How to drive efficiencies with Microsoft Power Apps


Posted by Akari Solutions

Imagine how your business would prosper if you could empower any staff member to build applications and automate their tasks.

Well, that's exactly what Microsoft Power Apps will deliver - it's a clear path to turbocharge your operations.

Let's unpack Microsoft Power Apps and explore what it can do for your business.

What is Microsoft Power Apps?

Before we delve into the exciting reasons to give Microsoft Power Apps a go, let's understand it a little more.

Microsoft Power Apps is a low-code application development tool. It makes it straightforward for anyone (including non-technical staff) to build applications. By enabling your staff to create their own workflow automations, you democratise the power of automation and dramatically boost efficiency.

But, why is it so helpful for the modern, ambitious company?

Get more done with less

'Power Apps gives citizen developers (someone with little to no coding experience) a best practice and model-driven design. And the code is generated automatically, which significantly lowers the learning curve.' - Chris Ingalls, Business and Solution Architect, Toyota

With an uncertain economic outlook, now's the time to look for ways to enable your team to achieve more with fewer resources. By democratising your app development process, you immediately make it possible to build applications with less time and money.

Also, consider that your few highly trained IT staff will be freed up. They can now focus on innovation and new, challenging projects, and you won't have to pay over the odds in a difficult job market for new technical talent.

Happier, more efficient staff

The boring and time-consuming tasks that staff loathe can come to an end. Using Microsoft Power Apps, you can quickly deploy automation to a variety of processes, and help make the average staff member more efficient.

It's important to note that this is a win-win as it enables your staff to work on more enjoyable tasks. This is crucial for staff well-being and morale. And, crucially from a business sense, you'll reduce staff turnover as they will feel more engaged.

Level up innovation and agility

'The apps are easy to create, easy to deploy, and they give us an incredibly fast way to innovate.' - Chris Ingalls, Business and Solution Architect, Toyota

Thanks to Microsoft Power Apps, your team can go from ideation to deployment much more quickly.

As a result, when the market shifts, your team is ready to respond with automated technology. This is perfect for turbulent times (such as those during the pandemic), and for any ambitious business looking to implement change at speed.

Boost productivity

'Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.' - Peter Drucker, management consultant, educator, and author

The natural byproduct of introducing automation is that output increases.

What took one employee minutes or hours to do is now automated away. And, with repetitive work ranging from 28 percent to 41 percent for the average employee, there is clearly plenty of opportunity here.

Where the rubber meets the road

We've explored the many benefits of the Power Apps platform. But you might be curious to see some real-life use cases:

  • Employee onboarding. With the great resignation turning the recruitment market into a fast-moving quagmire, it’s a good time to accelerate your onboarding.
  • Service request forms. It’s a drain on employees to spend time on technical support. Fortunately, you can streamline your helpdesk work easily with Microsoft Power Apps.
  • Sales management. Automate managing prospects and following up with leads by building a sales system with Microsoft Power Apps.

These are starting points, but really, the possibilities are endless when it comes to using Microsoft Power Apps. You can check out some more niche examples from Microsoft in sectors such as manufacturing and education here.

Accelerate collaboration

Maintaining collaboration during the new age of remote and hybrid working is a top challenge. So, you'll want to find tools that will help.

Microsoft Teams is the messaging platform that many companies are turning to. Indeed, dovetailing Teams with Microsoft Power Apps is wise as they work seamlessly together.

When you use Teams, you'll enjoy features that include:

  • Meetings. You can schedule and hold meetings and connect calendars with outlook.
  • Calls. Even if who you're calling doesn't have a Teams account, you can still use the platform for your call.
  • File sharing. Create Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents within Teams, and collaborate on the same document in real-time.

What's more, Microsoft Teams comes under the Microsoft 365 banner, so it's a perfect addition for the multitude of organizations with existing licensing.

If you'd like further training to support your staff as they adopt Teams, there are plenty of options available.

It's time to embrace Microsoft Power Apps

Could your company ignite its efficiency and collaboration by using Microsoft Power Apps and Microsoft Teams?

From improved productivity to happier staff, there are plenty of strong reasons to integrate these tools into your tech stack.  However, it can be hard to deploy it correctly when your plate is full of other tasks.

Here at Akari, we've built Power Apps to streamline common business processes, such as replacing Excel for expense claims. And, we've addressed common industry challenges through our products, like using LIVE to simplify scheduling for broadcasters.

If you'd like a conversation with one of our team to find out how we can help you achieve more, reach out today.