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"The product has good usability, in terms of low-code applications.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the Model-driven or Canvas application-making platforms. The power of the two gives us exactly what we are looking for.""The solution is very good. It's very full. You can do almost anything.""The solution is easy to use and map.""The most valuable feature is that PowerApps can be used by most business users. It is not only for programmers.""The cloud aspect has been great. We don't have to do a lot of research in order to begin integrations. It's so easy to integrate with other solutions.""Of all of the solutions I evaluated, it was the easiest to use and deploy.""Time to market is most valuable because you can make apps pretty fast. It also has pretty good integration."

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"It has a well-designed architecture and is a simple 3rd party application.""Oracle Application Express is easy to use, people don't have to be developers to use it.""Oracle APEX improved our organization by making it possible for us to implement agile project development.""This is a good application for quickly creating public applications.""Quick development and the connection with the database are the most valuable and useful features. It is also very stable, scalable, and easy to set up. Its support is also good.""I like the way that it automatically goes into the spreadsheets and the users can deal with it.""The most valuable features are security, stability, and ease of implementation.""One of the most valuable features is that we can develop everything locally and deploy it for different kinds of operators in different locations, so we can do our job in one piece. The benefit of that is that others can use these applications. They connect to the internet to do these kinds of applications based on the permissions for those users."

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Cons
"PowerApps is still a bit new compared to a slightly more mature product such as OutSystems.""Installation and integration could be improved.""The availability of templates needs to be improved. I understand that the ecosystem around it is still developing, but we need more templates. I would like the entire ecosystem around it to improve. I would recommend adding AI components. Even though we can always connect to Azure for AI components, they should slowly start looking at adding some AI components to PowerApps so that out-of-the-box learning can be applied to process flows. Salesforce has the Einstein layer that works along with license platforms. PowerApps should also have something similar.""Microsoft could streamline monitoring and management. In addition, it should be easier to put the solution in different environments. For example, you should be able to move from a dev environment to a production environment seamlessly.""The price could be lower.""Microsoft PowerApps is not intended for customizing what's generated in a major way.""The connectors are the main components that reference the data sources, and these need to be improved.""PowerApps can't do a lot of things that users need now. For example, it can't handle signatures."

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"Visual Builder and APEX should meld in one product.""There is a problem with security because the applications store passwords in the configuration files.""Reporting needs to be accessed via third party tools.""Better connection and integration with non-Oracle databases is needed.""Connecting with Oracle and the relation with Oracle at the database as a procedure needs improvement.""Connections to the application pages are not handled well and at times more than one user can be accessing an application with the same ID.""Fixing bugs is difficult because of how the HTML code is generated. It is not always broadly compatible with browsers.""Currently, APEX doesn't have a building workflow engine. I think that's the most important improvement that could be made at this point."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "If you start to use any premium connectors that are not stored in a SharePoint list or on an Excel workbook, then it costs $4 per user per month. If you want unlimited, it's about $16 per month for unlimited apps, and unlimited connectors."
  • "The company has a subscription where you can use certain features for free, but there are features that require a premium subscription to use."
  • "The enterprise-level costs a great deal of money, and you have to purchase additional licenses to scale it."
  • "We use the Office 365 package, and Microsoft PowerApps is a part of the package. We don't pay any separate price for this. There are no additional costs. We just pay for the Office 365 package."
  • "There are two licensing costs, one is pay-as-you-go, or you can develop it for one year."
  • "This is not an expensive product and there are no licensing fees."
  • "It is not expensive. There is no licensing cost."
  • "The pricing is too expensive and the licensing system is complicated. There are many pages of instruction on how to do the calculations for the price."
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  • "When buying the data license, APEX is included."
  • "We have a full Oracle E-Business Suite license, and we use that license to develop applications. There's no license required for developing Oracle applications."
  • "There is a trial version available that can be used free of charge."
  • "Pricing is expensive, overall on an enterprise system but we consider that it gives corresponding value in the product."
  • "It's a free solution with no additional costs."
  • "We have an Oracle basic product license, and then we can use Oracle APEX for free. We have many licenses for Oracle for approximately 20 processors."
  • "The solution is free."
  • "I do not think this would be an ideal option for a small sized company or a startup when considering the salary requirements for Oracle DBA'a and developers."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    I think it depends on your use case. If your organization uses Microsoft Enterprise products, PowerApps will work better in your environment. Similarly, if you have a Salesforce integration in… more »
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    Hi Netanya, I will choose ServiceNow because ServiceNow is a very good tool compared to Microsoft PowerApp.  Because ServiceNow has a very strong module (Performance Analysis) reporting which will… more »
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    Microsoft Azure App Service is helpful if you need to set up temporary servers for customers to run their programs in locations that other cloud providers do not cater to. When servers are closer to… more »
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    It has a well-designed architecture and is a simple 3rd party application.
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    Pricing is expensive overall on an enterprise system, but we consider that it gives corresponding value to the product. It becomes more expensive when more products are added to the main product. The… more »
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    It has been reported that the technology is tough to learn, and the service is expensive. The online supporting documentation could be better and offered in other languages, as Malaysian does not seem… more »
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    Also Known As
    PowerApps, MS PowerApps
    Oracle APEX
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    Overview

    PowerApps enables a broad range of app scenarios to be created that infuse digital transformation into manual and outdated processes. Use both canvas and model-driven apps to build PowerApps that solve business problems for task and role-specific scenarios like inspections, field sales enablement, prospect to cash, and integrated marketing views.

    Application Express enables users to design, develop and deploy beautiful, responsive, database-driven applications using only web browser. The Oracle Application Express engine runs directly in the Oracle Database and exploits the database's extraordinarily scalable and efficient architecture. Its framework provides numerous security features out-of-the-box and helps authenticate users using LDAP, Oracle Single-signon, Oracle Database credentials, or HTTP Header variable.

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    Sample Customers
    TransAlta, Rackspace, Telstra
    Hepart AG, pharmasol, SATLOG, Collège Bois-de-Boulogne
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company33%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm5%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Government18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Healthcare Company18%
    Pharma/Biotech Company9%
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    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise33%
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    Microsoft PowerApps is ranked 2nd in Rapid Application Development Software with 36 reviews while Oracle Application Express (APEX) is ranked 7th in Rapid Application Development Software with 16 reviews. Microsoft PowerApps is rated 7.8, while Oracle Application Express (APEX) is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Microsoft PowerApps writes "Great for quickly making apps, with reasonable pricing, but doesn't scale well externally". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle Application Express (APEX) writes "Rapidly develop public-access applications that stay stable under load". Microsoft PowerApps is most compared with Mendix, ServiceNow, Microsoft Azure App Service, Salesforce Platform and OutSystems, whereas Oracle Application Express (APEX) is most compared with Oracle Visual Builder Cloud Service, Salesforce Platform, Microsoft Azure App Service, OutSystems and Mendix. See our Microsoft PowerApps vs. Oracle Application Express (APEX) report.

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