PCMAN – There’s a growing term called the “innovation gap” to describe how the way we work has fundamentally changed from how it was just a few years back. Before, we tend to work on a desk, with a set of CPU, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. However, as time goes by, work happens more on our phones, tablets, or laptops, everywhere we go. The mobile-first, cloud-first world that we are living in has transformed our professional experience.
However, despite the vast changes, the apps and software that we use to do business seems to have a slower pace compare to the employee’s demands. There are some cloud solutions that companies have been diverted to, but most business app scenarios still remain locked on premises, dependent on corporate connected PCs. Often they are also not optimized for mobile, not easily integrated with other services, and not accessible when people need them most.
Some of the causes to this business “innovation gap” are more likely to be:
1. Lack of Skilled Mobile Developers. While the demand of mobile app development is predicted to grow at least five times faster through 2017, internal IT organization simply do not possess the capacity to deliver the service caused by the lack of skilled mobile developers.
2. Increasing Business Data. The number of business data is rapidly increasing on premises systems and beyond the firewall to SaaS clouds. It has been made more difficult to connect and consume related data if it was being stored in many different systems.
3. IT Agility and App Sharing. It may take longer to get apps onto employee phones caused by mobile app distribution that typically happens through app stores, or mobile device management, governed by IT.
Being one of the most respectable innovation companies, Microsoft has proudly introduced Microsoft PowerApps, a unique solution to overcome the innovation gap. PowerApps is an enterprise service for innovators to connect, create, and share business apps with their team on any device, from anywhere around the globe. It helps anyone within the organization to unlock new business dexterity.
Benefits for Employees
Microsoft PowerApps allow users to quickly create apps that work on any device using a Microsoft Office-like experience, in order to get started quickly in a visual designer automate workflows.
It also uses built-in connections, or ones built by the organization, to connect PowerApps to cloud services such as Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, Dropbox and OneDrive.
PowerApps is also easy to share, as simpe as typing an emai address for your coworkers to take advantage of an app you created.
Benefits for Developers and IT Professionals
PowerApps includes Azure App Service, a service that allows native web and mobile apps get into employee hands faster. It also builds additional data connections and APIs to existing business systems, empowering users to create apps they need. Lastly, Microsoft PowerApps allow users to manage data access and maintain corporate policies according to the organization needs.
Microsoft has been partnering with a number of partners such as Toro, Bose, Metro Bank, and eBecs to deliver the best version of PowerApps for business agility. The software will dramatically accelerate how business apps are built, reducing time solution, and empower new category of app creators.