Microsoft Dynamics 365 licenses and Microsoft Office 365 licenses comes with new elements in a suite – PowerApps, Flow and Power BI. This “Power Tier” helps Dynamics 365 users create their own applications without relying on the IT department. In short period of time they can be used to edit, send, receive or visualise data with added interactivity.

So what do the different tools do?

Microsoft PowerApps

PowerApps is a platform which allows users to create mobile applications very quickly which can be run on Windows, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, or in a web browser. Applications can be generated based on data from Microsoft Dynamics, SQL Server Database, SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Dropbox, Salesforce and etc. Even if the integrations don’t exist today, PowerApps make it easy to integrate them yourself.

Microsoft Flow

Microsoft Flow allows to create automated workflows between your apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data and more faster than by using code to do it. For example by using Microsoft Flow and Common Data Model a user can create a flow which can pass sales orders from CRM to AX and skip all the integration development work required.

Power BI

As part of the Dynamics 365 licence package, end users get access to Power BI which enables them to make use of the most powerful BI package out there without buying any additional licenses. Power BI enables end users to create incredibly rich visualizations of their data in an easy to use, interactive format that they can view on any device. They can also ask questions of this data (see Power BI Q&A) to help them gain insight in a way that has never been possible before without expensive tools.

Key benefits are:

  • The “Power Stack” allows end users to create their own applications without having to get IT department to build everything for them.
  • Using the tools, organisations are able to create applications in a short amount of the time in an very user friendly way.
  • Because they are so quick and cheap to deploy and use, employees now have the ability to have access to information in a way that has never been possible before.

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