ATOI365D#Office365Challenge So it’s time to start chatting about Microsoft PowerApps. Today I’ll try to explain what it is – before we start doing some crazy stuff with it.

Day: 257 of 365, 108 left
Tools: Office 365 / SharePoint / PowerApps
Description: What is PowerApps?
Audience: End User / Power User / Business Analysts etc.

When explaining new technology to people it’s very easy to quote existing information in a “technical way”.  It is however very difficult to explain it in such a way, that someone who’s never worked with it before – will understand and be able to relate to it. Below is one of my favourite Einstein quotes, and believe me – it carries more weight in the IT world than you can ever imagine:


Because I don’t throw big IT words and Acronyms around so much, it’s normally easier for me to relate to end users. With all the amazing things happening in Microsoft right now – it’s even more important that the users really understand what is used – when AND why. We’re gonna have to go back to basics a bit cupcakes, or too many people will be left behind.

I will try my best to explain this in a non-technical way – however it will help if you have experience in SharePoint / InfoPath and SharePoint Designer to quickly catch up.

Imagine you have a bakery which specializes in cupcakes. You would like to develop a mobile app where clients can take a photo of a cupcake, tag it on Instagram and rate it. The data received from this will be used to influence the production of cupcakes. The same app can also be used to design and order cupcakes. Sounds complicated right?

What is application development?

 the action of putting something into operation:
“the application of general rules to particular cases”
synonyms: implementation · use · exercise · employment
application developer in Technology
Application developers must hold at least a bachelor’s degree and have a strong understanding of the different computer languages that can be used in application development. Their job tasks may include working in teams, testing applications, and designing prototype applications.

You’ll need to pay some seriously clever developer to build your mobile app for you, but can your small business afford this? Will you try to win the lotto or study to get your bachelor’s degree?

Nope! Not any more!

Thanks to Microsoft, PowerApps allows you to build apps for use on Mobile, Notebook or PC without having any experience in app development. It also has over 60 different connections and data sources to choose from.

Still not sure what PowerApps is? Think of the various apps you can install on your smart phone from the App Store. Creating an app is all about creating the form the end user will interact with, as well as the different fields on the form and the validations on them if necessary. For example, when someone enters a date on the form, are they allowed to fill in a date older than the current date? PowerApps also allows you to link to data from other sources.

PowerApps is a collection of software services and apps that work together to fundamentally transform and accelerate how you build and share custom line of business applications. – Microsoft

Below you’ll see some of the connections available:


Tomorrow we’ll look at who has access to apps and how the licensing works. After that I’ll take you through my journey of learning how to use Apps with some business examples. I’ll have to start with something less complicated than my example above, as I definitely cannot bake cupcakes, haha 🙂

Empowering People, one app at a time…

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.