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Microsoft PowerApps: Understanding the Framework

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What’s stopping you from creating a mobile app?

Here are the top “limitations” we hear from people all the time:

  • Don’t have the time 
  • Don’t know how to write code
  • It’s too difficult
  • No knowledge of programming

Here’s the good news: you don’t need any prior knowledge of programming, coding or computer science  to create a mobile app.

Here’s what you do need:

  • A strong will to succeed
  • Openness to learning
  • Dedicated work ethic

Think you can handle that?

If so, read along, as we dive into the framework of Microsoft PowerApps and build a foundation, so you can get started creating your mobile app.

What is Microsoft PowerApps?

Microsoft PowerApps is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution created for the average individual to create mobile apps. The software allows users to securely connect to data in backend systems and share their apps with co-workers.

The innovation of PowerApps is Microsoft’s way of bridging the gap between IT and business, so users can easily create custom apps, all while using a modern, intuitive interface.

Why use PowerApps?

The majority of business systems are restricted on the premises of an organisation, meaning they are not accessible on-the-go, where people need them most: their smartphones and tablets.

Microsoft identifies this as an “innovation gap” in the business app environment, and gives three primary causes:

  1. Lack of skilled mobile developers
  2. Proliferation of business data
  3. Restricted IT agility and app sharing

Their ultimate goal is to capitalise on the power of data in the cloud, without requiring users to write in code. The future of mobile app development is promising; the everyday user can now create a mobile app by utilising pre-made templates and simple drag-and-drop features. All without having to write a single line of code. Amazing!

Who can use PowerApps?

Users can install PowerApps on their iOS, Android or Windows devices. Once your app is created, sharing is similar to sharing a document on Google Docs or Windows 365. The recipient will need to be granted access by the creator (you) and download the “container” app first.

Getting Started With PowerApps

Let’s take a look at some of the most important PowerApps functions:

  • Maker Portal: This is where most of the building and creating happens. Users can access sample apps and templates, to find inspiration or just get started. This is also where you’re able to see all the apps you’ve created and manage data connections, gateways and entities.
  • Consumer Portal: Once you’ve been granted access to a specific app, the consumer portal is where you’ll go to run it. Users can also see which apps are available to them, as shared by an individual or organisation.
  • Studio: Studio makes app creation simple and intuitive for the average consumer. It has even been compared to building slides on PowerPoint — super simple!

Building apps is a learning process and requires a strong foundation to ensure your future app-building success.

Stay tuned, as we continue to dig deeper. We’re glad to have you along for the ride!

 

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