Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has driven a five-year stock rally since taking over the helm. Microsoft’s cloud computing, led by Azure and Office 365, is the leading cause of this growth. Building on this achievement, another avenue of business has opened: customization of cloud products, most easily achieved with the Power Platform.
Last month, at the annual Microsoft Build developer conference, the Power Platform was highlighted. This collection of products provides services for business intelligence, app development and app connectivity.
This is Microsoft’s push to build on their existing products: Azure for cloud computing and connectivity and Office 365 for productivity. The Power Platform allows enterprises to deepen their value in Microsoft investments with simple customization.
With cloud demand pushing the growth of Microsoft’s commercial cloud (Dynamics 365, Office 365 and Azure) to 41% in the last quarter there is plenty of promise of growth. Though the Power Platform does not yet generate major revenue.
The key to the expected growth of the Power Platform is the variability faced by enterprises within every sector and with the pass of time. There is no template to fit all needs as each industry faces its own challenges. That required customization is where the Power Platform comes into its own.
The Power Platform – A Simple Breakdown
This suite of tools uses a point-and-click approach, meaning no advance coding is required. If you are familiar with Microsoft Office, using these tools you can customize and extend Dynamics.
If you aren’t sure on what the platform offers, here is a brief rundown:
- PowerApps – A simple tool to create business applications. In hours you can easily connect data, use simple expressions to add logic and run the apps on the web or mobile devices.
- Power BI – A business intelligence tool for visualising data. Sort through and gain insights into your data with charts, interactive dashboards and more.
- Microsoft Flow – A tool for connecting your various applications. A no-code approach that can introduce workflow automation between hundreds of apps and services.
The key takeaway from the Power Platform is that it is not just for technical developers or ISVs (Independent Software Vendors). It can be used by many people and all ISVs around the world who are trying to build solutions for their industry or community.