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Microsoft PowerApps Primary Use Case

IT Specialist (INFOSEC) at a government with 10,001+ employees

The one that we currently have is only to SharePoint Online as we want to be able to have analysts be able to maintain data, and we want a graphical user interface, a GUI front end, to do that. Especially if it's interfaced with PowerBI, it allows analysts to have a research tool to identify what data needs to be updated right there, and to then be able to do that through PowerApps is a huge benefit. Right now, we're only able to write back to SharePoint Online.

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Principal at a consultancy with 1-10 employees

I primarily use the solution for its business application. My business needed an application and so that's what we're using Power Apps for.

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Ameer Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Executive Director at Ali 4 Solutions FZE

We are an IT consulting company. We provide IT solutions to other companies.

We have had a few different requirements, one requirement was to create a simple online form that can be used by the clinics. When patients arrive, they will be given a TAB, to complete the form, which will be printed directly to the receptionist, once they complete the form.

Another application was supply chain management. Using PowerApps, we replicated the entire supply chain management. The corporate users will send the requisition to the purchasing department for review and approval, after which it will be distributed to prospective vendors.

Vendors will then submit their quotes for review. Multiple quotes can also be reviewed concurrently. This is all done with PowerApps. After they have reviewed them, they can select a vendor and process the PO.

In the third scenario, we developed a public relations system that you would find here in the UAE.

PROs must manage and obtain visa permissions in the United Arab Emirates. We have documentation with a two-year expiration date. As a result, we've developed a document management system that uses a Power Automated workflow system to view the alert and process the documents for all employees.

These are the workflows that we have worked on recently and have been created using Microsoft PowerApps and Power Automate.

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Director, Product Management at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

We primarily use the solution to create apps for business users which navigates them from within our platforms.

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WilliamBowers - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Vertical Symmetry

Microsoft Power Automate is primarily used to update some legacy systems for our client, as well as government compliance systems and web-based reporting systems that don't have APIs. Microsoft PowerApps has the same use case. It's the front end and is the part that is interacting with the client and interacting with the collected data.

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EVP, Solutions at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We are into software consulting. We have been developing various solutions and leveraging PowerApps to do it.

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Kamesh Gunupur - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President - Information Systems at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use the solution as part of Dynamics 365 Online. Within that, we use Power Apps and we've integrated something on the on-prem database.

The app is located within Dynamics 365 Online. It draws data from an on-prem data source. We use it to perform certain actions in Teams, so we have Dynamics 365 and Teams integration.

We've created an email reader using Power Apps.

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Andy Chen - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Specialist at a tech consulting company with 11-50 employees

We primarily use the solution for in-house management.  For example, for human resources and warehouse management. 

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Senior Product Manager Data Science at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We primarily use the solution as a general business process improvement. We use it as more of a digital transformation to eliminate some archaic manual processes that the business has built up over time. We're working to make everything more streamlined.

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Power Platform Consultant at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

I use it for internal purposes and also to advise our customers. 

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Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

In the complete Microsoft Power platform, there are four components: PowerApps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, and Power BI. We use all these four so we can make a complete solution, e.g. a visualization dashboard, automated chat bots, and the rest we can achieve using PowerApps.

Microsoft PowerApps has three types of applications. One is the canvas app. Another one is the model-driven app that is business specific and data specific. Another type of app we can use is open source, e.g. open projects that are called "portals". We can achieve the same thing when developing a website and when doing it in the portal. These are what we can achieve using Microsoft PowerApps and the Power Platform.

Microsoft PowerApps provide the user interface and functionality, e.g. we can create a normal app that is used on web or mobile. Microsoft PowerApps is similar to a form where you perform whatever you want to do. Some look and feel controls are also found in this solution.

Power Automate, on the other hand, is where we automate the backend processes, e.g. the notifications, data extractions, etc. For something that needs calculation, we use Power Automate, while building the user interface and user experience, we use Microsoft PowerApps.  

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Enterprise Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Microsoft has come at the right time. To come out with a RAD (Rapid Application Development) tool where you can develop your apps on the cloud much faster, and deploy them for multiple devices, whether it is mobile, cloud, laptops, or desktops. It is similar to Oracle APEX or Oracle developer tools where you just drag and drop into your application within minutes.

The primary use case of this solution is case management reporting. If, for example, you have a set of engineers who have been assigned a particular case or project they will need to record all of their activities and their visits. Using the application created in PowerApps, they report everything, then it goes through a workflow. 

The workflow goes from recording the daily activities of the team for the specific project. The project then goes through a series of approvals and gets logged, completed, and the report is generated. 

Expenses are also being logged. 

We have Power BI as well, and it moves the data from the source to the data warehouse then generates a report.

This is quite a short term, six-week engagement. We wanted to create an application and have it up and running within four to six weeks, rather than spending three to six months on bigger projects on the platform. We wanted it to be quick and fast.

PowerApps is best suited for those cases where you have a small scenario and an application to support that project or scenario. You can call these departmental applications, which are needed on the fly. We create a much shorter development lifecycle and then deploy, and then people start using it.

Take an example of the COVID-19 situation. We wanted all of our branches to log their COVID cases or what exactly are they doing daily to manage the COVID cases and to know what the process is. All of those details are logged into the COVID folder and then the reports are generated daily or weekly.

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Senior Programmer Analyst at Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

We're not in production yet. We're still very much in the early stages of this solution.

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Yen-Ju Su - PeerSpot reviewer
Deputy Manager at Ernst & Young

We use the solution to integrate with enterprise solutions like SAP and other enterprise solutions. It's highly integrated and highly secured. 

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Application Support Specialist at a aerospace/defense firm with 501-1,000 employees

PowerApps is mostly a front end. It's a form where users can input information, and it gets goes into a database.

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Intelligent Automation Lead (RPA & AI) at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

We did a POF with Microsoft PowerApps and we used it for simple automation tasks.

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Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

We're working on B2E applications and therefore we can't really get into specific use cases.

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Muhammad Nadzir - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at Ernst & Young

With Power Apps, we create some of the collaboration forms for our employees to use during the pandemic. We can record our employees' status health daily, and start a database of the information. After that, we can track using Power BI if there are any symptoms or if the risk is low, high, or medium. We use it basically for self-declaration forms.

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Director, Program Innovation & Improvement Medicare at UPMC

We use Microsoft PowerApps for internal business solutions that eliminate the need for Excel workbooks.

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Katerina Chernevskaya - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at SoftServe

I'm working for a company that provides services and develops projects for our clients. I am a solution architect and I use Microsoft PowerApps.

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Sr. Digital Experience Consultant at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

My organization deals with the implementation of PowerApps and Salesforce. We are currently scaling up our capacity in low-code, no-code platforms. Essentially, this solution is for building forms from a front-end loan application and quickly rate a particular application.

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Project Manager at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We're using it for our business processes. We have applications for expenditure requests, travel requests, and accident reporting.

I am using the latest version of the solution.

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CEO at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

It was used to collect or gather information from the requests, assess requests, and evaluate the requests for a new potential project. 

I am a consultant for developers and architects. People to whom I give consultation use it.

It is a cloud solution. Data can be cloud-based or on-premises, but it is mostly cloud-based.

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Joseph Vijayakumar - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder & CEO at Logesys Solutoins India Pvt Ltd

We use it as part of our analytics offering. We are basically into analytics. Maybe sometimes we use it to build small apps to instrument the research process. That's what we do.

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Cloud Application Architect, Senior Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

I am not a PowerApps user, but recently I have been evaluating and scoring no-code to low-code platforms (for developing mobile apps). The score chart is divided into sections, such as usability and features like the ability to test and multi-platform. Due to these evaluations, I learned the systems well enough to be able to build a sample application on all of these platforms and then fill in my evaluation.

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Architect director at Olimpiait

We use this solution for process authorization in our company.

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Information Technology Operations Analyst at a construction company with 10,001+ employees

We use the Microsoft PowerApps platform to create low-code applications that are used for optimizing internal business processes.

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Solution Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

I belong to a consulting company that develops applications using PowerApps.

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Senior Business Intelligence Consultant at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees

We are user integrators and partners with Microsoft. 

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Contractor/ Developer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

We use this product to develop small apps that are used internally. Nothing major.

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Data Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

Our sales reps use it in the field on a daily basis. I get the data from there and then analyze it for my needs. We are also developing an application to start using Microsoft PowerApps. I would assume we have the latest version. 

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Youness Ziach - PeerSpot reviewer
Digital Transformation Project Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 5,001-10,000 employees

This is a low-code solution that I am using for making applications.

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Contractor/ Developer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

I am using Microsoft PowerApps for small apps for internal company management. I have been working only on small and simple apps. I haven't used it for making complex apps. 

I am using the latest version of Microsoft PowerApps.

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S/W Technologies & Processes Unit Manager at Unisystems

We are customers and resellers. We mainly collaborate with Microsoft and supplemental applications.

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Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Our primary use case of this solution is for when we're integrating something and need to extract some data. We use PowerApps to extract the data and create our own module inside PowerApps and create our own app. We extract data and integrate it with PowerApps.

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Solution Architect IAM at a computer software company with 1-10 employees

We use Microsoft PowerApps to get insight into the business. We use it for BI.

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IT Department Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are currently piloting the solution, we are checking it with our workflow.

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IT Operations Section Head at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We migrated all the applications to the PowerApps Server and are sending some to other users.

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RahimKhowaja - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Information Technology Officer at BMC Solutions

We use the solution for making forms for Office 365.

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