Power Apps and Power Automate for Businesses
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Automate Your Processes with Microsoft Power Apps and Power Automate

Business process automation has never been more important than it is today, and tools like Power Apps and Power Automate are leading the charge in increasing efficiency and reducing errors in the workplace.

Introduction

Business process automation has become increasingly important in today's fast-paced world. Businesses can increase efficiency, reduce errors, and free up valuable time for employees to focus on more important tasks by automating repetitive and time consuming tasks.  

Power Apps
and Power Automate are two of the best tools for automating complex processes, streamlining workflows and increasing productivity.  

In this blog, we'll explore the capabilities of Power Apps and Power Automate and how they can help businesses of all sizes to automate their processes and work more efficiently. You can get started with Power Apps and Power Automate no matter if you're a small business owner or part of a large enterprise.

Here's what they can do for you and your business if you're new to these Microsoft products.

What are Microsoft Power Apps?

Power Apps is a cloud-based tool that allows users to effortlessly create custom web and mobile apps, without requiring any prior coding knowledge. It is part of the Microsoft Power Platform suite, which also includes Power BI and Power Automate.

This platform was specifically designed for non-developers to quickly and easily build no-code solutions, making it more accessible to everyone. With Power Apps, you can quickly build custom web and mobile apps that meet your specific needs, making it a valuable tool for businesses and organisations of all sizes.

Key Features of Microsoft Power Apps

Microsoft Power Apps offers a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface that enables users to design and develop custom business solutions, all without the need for writing any code. This feature is especially valuable for those who may not possess advanced coding skills, allowing them to create and deploy effective solutions that meet their organisation's needs.

In addition to this, Power Apps offers a wide range of pre-built templates and components that users can easily modify to meet their specific requirements. Power Apps can also be seamlessly integrated with other Microsoft products, such as Excel and SharePoint.  

With the capabilities of Power Apps, you can create simple forms, reports, calendars and more to automate your processes.

Why Use Power Apps for Automation? Benefits Explained

Using Power Apps for process automation has numerous benefits. For example, it allows businesses to automate repetitive and time-consuming processes, which increases efficiency and productivity.

Power Apps also provides a way to centralise data and workflows, making it easier to manage and track business processes by automating processes.

Power Apps can automate a wide range of business processes, here’s some examples:

• Custom forms: Power Apps can be used to design custom forms for SharePoint lists and libraries. These forms can be designed with a drag-and-drop interface, allowing users to easily modify the layout and design. Custom forms can help businesses capture all necessary information and improve data accuracy with Power Apps.

• Employee onboarding: Power Apps can be used to create a custom employee onboarding system that automates the process of collecting and storing employee data, including personal details and contact information. The app can be integrated with SharePoint to store and manage the data, and notifications can be sent to the right people for tracking and follow-up.

• Staff Expense Claims
: With Power Apps, managing employee expenses is a breeze. The app allows you to easily track receipts, categorise expenses, and generate accurate expense reports. This not only saves time, but also reduces the risk of errors and fraud. Plus, the platform integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft products, making it even easier to manage your expenses in one place.

Businesses can greatly benefit from using Power Apps for process automation. The Power Platform's, Power Apps is a valuable tool for improving business process management, reducing IT costs and gaining business intelligence.


Numbers Don't Lie: Quantifiable Benefits of Power Apps

Now that we have an understanding of what Power Apps are and what they can do, it's time to delve into the measurable benefits they provide.

You don't need to be a technical expert to understand the benefits of Power Apps. The Foresters 2020 study* shows that Power Apps can provide significant cost savings and efficiency gains for businesses without the need for technical knowledge. Below are some key findings from the report:

  • Reduce development costs and increase overall efficiency using Power Apps
  • 74% reduction in app development costs
  • Organisations experienced an average 15% improvement in employee productivity after implementing Power Apps, with some organisations seeing improvements of up to 30%

According to the report, Power Apps enable better and faster decision-making, which is one of its key advantages. The top five business benefits from the survey included: improved IT team productivity, increased revenue, faster time-to-market with new products, better customer service and faster solution quoting.
*Forrester Consulting. (2020). The Total Economic Impact™ Of Power Apps: One In A Series Of Total Economic Impact™


Power Automate for Process Automation

Let's talk about Power Automate, a powerful tool within the Power Platform that can help businesses streamline their workflows, eliminate manual work and increase productivity.

With custom workflows that automate routine tasks such as updating records in multiple systems or sending notifications based on triggered events, Power Automate empowers businesses to automate repetitive, time-consuming processes across a variety of tasks and systems.

While Power Apps is a tool for building custom applications, Power Automate is a tool for automating business processes by connecting different systems and services together.

Exploring Microsoft Power Automate: Features and Benefits

Power Automate is a powerful tool for businesses that allows them to automate their workflows without requiring extensive coding knowledge.

One of the key features of Power Automate is its drag-and-drop functionality, which makes it easy for users to create custom workflows. This feature, along with pre-built templates and connectors, enables users to connect to popular business applications and services, such as SharePoint, and automate repetitive tasks like data entry and approval workflows.

Another significant advantage of Power Automate is its ability to reduce the risk of errors by automating processes. This is because manual processes are often prone to mistakes. With Power Automate, businesses can centralise data and workflows, making it easier to manage and track business processes. This helps businesses to achieve greater efficiency and productivity, which can lead to cost savings and increased revenue.

Power Automate is highly customisable and users can create workflows that meet their specific needs. The platform provides a wide range of connectors to various services, including those provided by Microsoft, as well as third-party services. This means that businesses can leverage the features and functionality of other tools and services that they use regularly.

Power Automate is a powerful and flexible tool that can help businesses to streamline their workflows, increase productivity and achieve greater efficiency.

Automate with Confidence: Real World Examples

There are many different business processes that can be automated using Power Automate. Some examples include:

• Streamlining repetitive tasks: If there are any manual steps in your business process that could be automated with PowerApps or Flow (or both), then consider automating them with Power Automate. This includes anything from basic emailing campaigns to complex automated forms.

• Data entry: If you have data stored in one system but need it somewhere else for another purpose (such as reporting), then this is another good use case for Power Automate because it allows users who aren't technical experts themselves to easily create these types of integrations without requiring any development skills whatsoever - all while ensuring accuracy across both ends due to tight integration between these toolsets themselves

• Trigger notifications and alerts: Sending out alerts based on certain criteria can help keep employees informed while also reducing unnecessary escalations since they're always aware when something needs attention right away rather than waiting until later when everyone might be busy working on something else at which point someone could miss an important deadline entirely if left unchecked.

Case Study: How we helped Barossa Enterprises reduce reporting time by 50%

Sope has helped many businesses transform their business processes with The Power Platform. Let’s explore a recent example in the Power Automate space:

Barossa Enterprises needed to simplify the management of their partners’ NDIS plans to ensure compliance and effective management of client funding. They had been using a multi-page and multi-workbook spreadsheet to handle the reporting, budgeting, and accounting, but this was becoming too complex to manage. To automate these manual functions and generate monthly NDIS reports, they turned to Microsoft Power Automate.  

The platform allowed them to create a Plan Management App, which reduced the time it took to complete the report by at least 50%. The app also improved the integrity of the data and allowed them to manage people’s NDIS budgets more effectively.  

“What the app's allowed us to do is manage people’s NDIS budgets more effectively. We can get a clear snapshot at any given time; we can report on their monthly spend and we can draw down funds. We’re able to do these three key functions in a couple of simple transactions, whereas before there was quite a number of steps." - CEO of Barossa Enterprises, Garry Velt

The automation of various processes has enabled productivity improvements, and the app has facilitated the organisation in switching to a more customer-driven approach.

Click to read the case study.

Conclusion

In summary, Microsoft Power Apps and Power Automate are powerful tools that can help businesses automate their processes and improve their efficiency. Power Automate specialises in automation, while Power Apps focuses on low-code app development.

Process automation can be a game changer for businesses of all sizes. By automating repetitive and time consuming tasks, employees can focus on more important work that drives business growth.  

It’s worth noting that process automation is not a one-size-fits-all solution. That’s why at Sope, we work one on with our clients to design better internal processes with Microsoft PowerApps and Power Automate, built specifically to overcome specific business challenges.

To learn more about Sope and our Power Platform services, get in touch today.

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