Are you sick of briefing app developers to build the extensions you need? Do you want the power to automate heavily-used processes and workflows? Is mindless data entry becoming a bore?
Unless you’ve already sipped from Microsoft’s holy grail, the answer to all of these questions is probably yes. But there’s no need to worry – the glory of PowerApps and Flow is accessible to all.
What are PowerApps?
PowerApps empower you to capture useful data through single purpose apps which function across numerous platforms. A good PowerApp shouldn’t require a guide to use it; it should just be intuitive and naturally flow from start to finish to get a job done quickly.
How can I use them?
Say you’re at an event that has a guest-list chock-a-block with your dream clients. Firstly, you’ll need to do a bit of schmoozing, but once the second glass of Prosecco is down the hatch, you can move onto snaring any leads. Luckily for you, you’ve already designed an app which effortlessly generates new leads and allows you to amend existing ones.
Within that, you have the flexibility to add the functionalities you need to further streamline your service. This could take the form of an automatic email sent after any new lead is captured by the system, meaning that you don’t have to worry about pleasantries while you’re nursing a stinking hangover.
What is Flow?
Flow allows you to automate many of your processes that interact with data from different sources, be it within the realm of Office 365 and Dynamics 365 or beyond.
It is a platform where you can set up a variety of “if that, then this” scenarios that make automation a breeze, and the list of available connectors is continuously growing. Like PowerApps, Flow is designed to remove the need for code as everything is built via a user interface, while there are hundreds of templates to choose from and a whole host of integration scenarios covered.
How can I use it?
Let’s use your company Twitter as an example. You can create a workflow that picks up on certain keywords. As soon as that happens, you’ll be sent an email notification; something that can also be enabled for company mentions, allowing you to respond to any potential business opportunities.
You can set up a Flow within minutes by starting from a suitable template. Creating this flow is a simple 3-step process:
- Look for your keyword in Twitter which could be a hashtag or a string of words.
- Grab the tweet and the Twitter user behind the tweet. This captures useful information from the tweet which you can use in your email template.
- Send an email with useful information from the tweet. You can design your email template by adding surrounding text along with pieces of information from the tweet such as follower count, tweet text or description, to name but a few.
You could even take this further and update your Microsoft Teams with the information. It’s just a case of adding another action to your Flow, which you can do by clicking the “+” icon above the Send Email action. You then select the Microsoft Teams – Post Message action, choose the Team and Channel from the dropdown boxes and finally populate the message body.
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