Introduction to Microsoft Power Platform
Microsoft Power Platform is a group of Microsoft products which helps develop complex business solutions and automate business requirements. This platform offers building the applications with low-code or programming. It provides a simple GUI so developers/business users/administrators can easily create applications, which ultimately reduces the need for the IT in the organization.
With customizable business logic, Power Platform allows users to extend Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Azure to help improve business processes, systems and workflows.
There are four products under the Microsoft Power Platform:
- Power BI
- Power Apps
- Power Automate
- Power Virtual Agents
Power BI is a business analytics service by Microsoft. It aims to provide interactive visualizations and business intelligence capabilities with an interface simple enough for end users to create their own reports and dashboards.
Power Apps is a suite of apps, services, connectors and data platform that provides a rapid application development environment to build custom apps for your business needs. Using Power Apps, you can quickly build custom business apps that connect to your business data stored either in the underlying data platform (Microsoft Dataverse) or in various online and on-premises data sources
Power Automate (Formerly Microsoft Flow) is a service that helps you to create automated workflows between apps and services. With Power Automate you can create workflows to automatically collect and share data, send, and receive notifications and approval requests, and help manage most business processes.
Power Virtual Agents
Microsoft Power Virtual Agents, is a new offering that enables everyone in your organization — such as customer service, sales, marketing, finance, or HR — to easily create chatbots using a guided, no-code/low-code point-and-click graphical interface without the need for data scientists or developers.
There are other Microsoft products which are also part of Power Platform commonly used by above products which building applications:
Microsoft Dataverse (Formerly Common Data Service) is a service that is used mainly in the Power Apps portal, however, it is accessible through other Power Platform services and Microsoft Dynamics. the data can be loaded into Microsoft Dataverse entities through multiple ways, and it can be also extracted from there through different methods.
Microsoft AI Builder
AI Builder is a Microsoft Power Platform capability that provides AI models that are designed to optimize your business processes. AI Builder enables your business to use AI to automate processes and glean insights from your data in Power Apps and Power Automate.