Power Apps – How you can simplify processes

 Case Study:

“How Power Apps helped John sort out his paper work”

 John has a food manufacturing plant in the South Island. As you can imagine, food manufacturing regulations are intense with continual checks and regulations for cleanliness, because really – none of us want a cockroach in our food!

Before John heard about Power Apps, these processes were time consuming and highly manual. They would often cause frustration and involve following people up, sending reminder emails, and generally cause a headache.  Sometimes, Beth would have signed off her side of things, emailed it to Keith, and then still be waiting on Cara. Finally they threw their hands up in the air and said ‘there has to be a better way to do this’.

Luckily there IS a systemized way to deal with processes exactly like this –  Power Apps and Power Automate.

Working with his I.T provider, Johns company has now set up a power app that is specific to their needs. This process is now completely automated with automatic emails sent, reminder emails if required, plus automatic updates. Once the check is completed a pdf is created and it is automatically filed for everyone to view.

The cost benefits to the business have been huge and include:

  • Labour savings.
  • Increased efficiency and productivity.
  • A quicker more stream-lined process.
  • Automation of processes that were otherwise often in people’s heads.
  • All regulations done and filed.

 So what is Power Apps?

Power Apps is a low-code application development platform that integrates with Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Azure and more.

With Power Apps, web and mobile applications can be built without writing code. Instead you can use pre-built templates and components with drag-and-drop simplicity.

Power Apps has been described as being a bit like a meal delivery kit. The ingredients are pre-measured and chopped. The instructions are ready to go. All you have to do is prep and cook.

Because Power Apps has advanced logic and rules built-in, development time is cut by 70%. In some cases, it takes just a few hours to build an app. Or you can customize one of the pre-built templates in just minutes. Plus, Power apps connects to hundreds of business systems and databases.

Companies who use Power Apps can expect to see:

  • 188% ROI over three years3
  • 74% reduction in app development costs4
  • 2 hours of line-of-business employee productivity improvement per week5

How do Power Apps and Power Automate help you?

  • Help companies to build apps in an economical way.
  • Build professional-grade, custom apps.
  • Streamline and automate business processes.
  • Deliver business agility and reduce time to market.

Case Study: A Real Estate agency gets streamlined:

Another example of a very basic streamlining of systems, is a local real estate company who has found that with using power apps they have now been able to create an even more stream-lined process, whereby a potentially interested buyer will come to an open home, and right then and there, the real estate agent is able to send them information, that automatically adds them to the list of interested buyers, emails them a follow up query, and simplifies a process that would otherwise have been a manual three or four step process.

Where to from here?

If you have a process that you are doing repeatedly and that requires you to do the same thing over and over again, it is more than likely that a power app will be able to help you systemize this process.

If you would like more information, please speak to your I.T professional contact here.