#Microsoft365 – PowerApps is used to build custom business applications – with no development skills needed.  Think Leave Application, Product Ordering, Claims etc. AND it runs on mobile devices.

For previous posts in my #Microsoft365Challenge go to the index page.

I come from a compliance background. ISO compliance, SHEQ and such. And whenever we needed a new application (App) it would take months to gather requirements and then eventually have it built by a developer (contracting consultants), which always ended up being a very costly affair.

The person who knows best what an application should do and look like – is after all the business process owner / super user. In the past it was near impossible for “end users” to learn the development skill needed to build Apps. I’m not even talking about mobile Apps.

Now imagine the Internal Auditor or SHEQ Representative having the ability to create an app used to log Audit Findings. As most audit finds are based on Site Walkabouts – how great would it be if the app could be a mobile app? Well – it’s possible. REALLY 🙂

This blog will give you an overview of PowerApps, I will do some How-to blogs later in this series.

What is PowerApps?

Build apps that help you get work done, and connect them to services you’re already using, like Excel, Office 365 people profiles, SharePoint lists, and more. Read more…

Good to know:

  • You can build an App from a template to get started
  • You can share an app with others in your organization
  • An app can be run in the browser or on mobile phone
  • PowerApps announces packaging, an easier way to move your apps between your UAT and PROD environments – July 27, 2017
  • Now with the new Power BI tile control, you can show your Power BI tiles inside your app – July 27, 2017
  • With the launch of the new SharePoint modern list experience will come the ability to create an app for a list from directly within the SharePoint list experience.
  • The new SharePoint list view menu you will now have an option to create a PowerApp for this list.
  • PowerApps is available on selected Office 365 and Dynamics 365 plans as well as standalone Plan 1 & 2
  • Log into https://web.powerapps.com and start your free trial today

See this impressive list of connections available for PowerApps:

Act! Excel Instapaper Project Online
appFigures Eventbrite Intercom Redmine
Azure Automation Face API Salesforce 
Azure Blob Storage Facebook LeanKit
Azure Data Lake File System SendGrid
Azure DocumentDB Flic LUIS Service Bus
Azure Queues FreshBooks Mail SFTP
Azure Resource Manager MailChimp SharePoint
Basecamp 2 Freshdesk Slack
Basecamp 3 FTP Mandrill SmartSheet
Bitbucket GitHub SMTP
Gmail Medium SparkPost
Bitly Google Calendar Microsoft Translator SQL Server
Blogger Google Contacts MSN Weather Stripe
Box Google Drive Muhimbi PDF
bttn Google Sheets Notifications SurveyMonkey
Buffer Google Tasks Office 365 Bookings
Campfire GoToMeeting Office 365 Outlook Text Analytics
Capsule CRM Office 365 Users Todoist
Chatter GoToTraining Office 365 Video Toodledo
OneDrive Trello
Common Data Service  GoToWebinar OneDrive for Business Twilio
OneNote (Business) Twitter
Computer Vision API Harvest Oracle Database  TypeForm
DB2 UserVoice
HelloSign Outlook Tasks
Disqus Outlook.com Vimeo
DocuSign HipChat PagerDuty Visual Studio Team Services
Informix Pinterest WebMerge
Dropbox Pipedrive WordPress
Dynamics 365 Infusionsoft Wunderlist
Dynamics 365 for Financials Pivotal Tracker Yammer
Dynamics for Operations Inoreader Power BI YouTube
Dynamics NAV Insightly PowerApps Notification Zendesk
Easy Redmine Instagram

Here’s a great video on Building business applications with Power Apps, Microsoft Flow, and Office 365. It’s an hour – but well worth it as it includes an Introduction and hands-on examples and walk-through:


Purpose of this blog challenge:

I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

Feel free to #AskBraam if you have questions or would like me to write about a specific topic. I’ve created a Flow to monitor Twitter for the #AskBraam hashtag and will try my best to incorporate any questions into the blogs, or answer them directly on Twitter. This is a “Learning through Sharing” approach to teach my pet sheep about Microsoft – read more on this here.