Microsoft have launched PowerApps – enabling businesses to quickly create DIY apps that work on any device, reducing development time down from weeks to minutes.
Integrated with Dynamics, Power BI, Office 365 and Skype for Businesses, PowerApps includes Azure App Service for employee-facing apps, so native web and mobile apps can unlock a new agility in workflows. Once created, the bespoke apps can be shared as easily as a spreadsheet.
It features plug and play interoperability with enterprise favourites like workday, Concur, Salesforce and Dropbox as well as all of Microsoft’s own mission-critical applications. It also includes a heavy roster of new features for Skype for Business including PSTN conferencing, live broadcasting and calling, creating one single platform for sharing and communications.
The company also launched Dynamics 2016 with a host of new features including machine-learning-powered analytics in the form of Cortana Analytics Suite which the company say is adaptive to sales, customer experience and social engagement management.
For sales, it provides intelligence relating to cross-selling, predicting which products certain customers will need, as well as processing social data to sift out new leads. For customer service it promises to empower staff with detailed answers to questions so they can respond to customers more effectively. Microsoft’s Delve app is also integrated and can provide intelligent content based on the task the employee is working on at that current time.
Microsoft have been secretly trialling the new software out with some of it’s clients. Stéphane Cavallo, CIO of Division Habitat at Groupe Beneteau, shared that “PowerApps is simple to use, and doesn’t require deep technical knowledge or programming skills. I can create fully-functioning apps very rapidly and easily. In fact, we’ve brought app development in-house, which has really saved us a lot of money.”