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What is Microsoft Power Platform

This Video article, gives an overview of the What is Microsoft Power Platform ? Basically this is an first video of Power Platform Tutorials for Beginners vide series. Which is mini course about Introduction to Power Platform. This includes explaining Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, Power Virtual Agent, Common Data Service, Connectors and AI Builder.

What is Microsoft Power Platform ?

The ‘Power Platform’ is a collective term for the following four Microsoft products: Power BI, PowerApps, Power Automate (previously known as Microsoft Flow) and Power Virtual Agents

“The Power Platform is a low code platform that enables organizations to analyze data, act on it through applications, and automate business processes. It allows everyone, from the professional developer to the frontline worker, to participate in driving better business outcomes by building apps.

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Microsoft Power Platform Overview Video Chapters

  • 0:00 Overview
  • 0:41 Power Platform overview
  • 2:55 Power Platform architecture
  • 3:14 What is Microsoft power bi tutorial in nutshell?
  • 3:45 What is Microsoft Power Apps / RPA in nutshell?
  • 4:48 What is Microsoft Power Automate in nutshell?
  • 5:22 What is Microsoft Power Virtual Agent in nutshell?
  • 6:36 What is Microsoft Dataverse aka. Common Data Service (CDS) in nutshell?
  • 7:48 What is Power Platform Connectors or data connectors for the Power Platform in nutshell?
  • 8:32 What is Microsoft PowerApps Portals or power platform portal in nutshell?
  • 9:30 What is Microsoft AI Builder or ai builder PowerApps in nutshell?

Power Apps

Power Apps is the idea of building applications that do not take months and a lot of development work to do. Power Apps gives users the ability to build no-code applications as well as with very low code. There is very minimalistic code involved to build a very sophisticated intelligent type of application that include the logic of your business. Those applications, as well as the other Power Platform solutions, can be used on different devices whether it’s your Android phone or iOS operating systems, your laptop, tablet, desktop, on the web, online anywhere.

Not only can you build model-driven or canvas apps which are across multiple sources, you can have highly customized tasks as well that give you an immersive experience from starting your data and your data model, and then going all the way to your business processes and consuming that across multiple devices.

Security is a big component within Power Apps and the entire Power Platform. In Power Apps there is high enterprise security, management, and control that you can manage through your Azure Active Directory to enable policies that have multifactor authentication. You can have full audit logs and use analytics that are there, or your data loss prevention policies that you can put in place, essentially to manage your data all through the admin center, providing you that full experience to centrally manage your apps across your organization, as well as what has been deployed outside the organization.

The one key aspect that I want to emphasize for all the Power Platform applications is the idea that you can connect just about any data, as well as integrate that data across your existing systems so that you can extend your solution. You can utilize the data that is within Dynamics 365 and inherently connect that data to an app that you’ve built and utilize the information that you get out of there.

Power BI

Power BI allows you to see interactive real-time dashboards and gives you insights, in a single glass pane, for the information that you’re trying to see. With Power BI you can gain insight regardless of where your data lives, so connecting and consolidating that data to give you a fuller view across your business is the intention.

You can build smart insights and infuse those insights into driving actions and making informed decisions from the data that you get from the live interactive real-time dashboards. In fact, you can even ask questions to your data, which is the idea of getting the data to work for you through the natural language query model as well to help you understand your data, to help you locate and answer simple questions.

Like I mentioned, there are over 275 different types of data sources can connect with the Power Platform. Within Power BI there are common data sources, for example, your SQL database, your Dynamics environment, or data that’s coming from file servers like Excel. All those methods or different data sources can be connected to give you that one image. Power BI dashboards are not limited to pulling data from the Microsoft platform, they can integrate with other cloud-based solutions. Microsoft has many data connectors right now and there’s some legacy apps that can be connected as well if they have what’s called a REST API. There are not many systems that have the power to do what the Power Platform does.

Power Automate

Power Automate, formerly known as Microsoft Flow, enables process automation to get rid of rudimentary manual tasks and eliminate the manual errors that could arise. Power Automate is a powerful workflow automation tool that allows you to connect different systems together and take that data and translate it. There is one source of truth and you can work throughout different Microsoft systems. Power Automate allows you to automate and build business processes across your apps and the services that you have already deployed. These can vary from simple automations to very advanced scenarios like creating branches or having different trigger responses and trigger actions.

One example could be using workflows for an approval processes or something as simple as getting notifications about different platforms where you work. Power Automate can connect to those different data sets.

The aspect of security, connecting that data, using these applications as a way of making data work for you and making it meaningful for your organization, and essentially having a stronger system are some of the attributes of Power Automate. Power Automate has a range of functionality. There are some that are natively integrated within the Microsoft Cloud applications and others you can build in, for example, through Microsoft Dataverse (formerly known as the Common Data Service), or you can build custom workflows or custom applications. Strong data connectivity, built-in platforms that are seamlessly integrated together to give you a fuller, intelligent, automated experience is what Power Automate can do.

Power Virtual Agents

Power Virtual Agents are intelligent virtual bots that can communicate and do a lot of the work that you might need to do manually or hire someone else to do, by using a robot online. See our What is Power Virtual Agents recorded webinar for more information.

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