Getting to know the Microsoft Power Platform

Jordan Berry
July 7, 2022

In today’s world there are many different products and platforms to choose from.  Microsoft provides a suite of products that are bundled into their Power Platform to link all of your data to uncover insights.  The Power Platform contains four different applications - Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents.  These applications and products are able to provide you all the tools necessary to achieve end-to-end business solutions.

Power BI

Power BI is a business analytics service that allows users to connect data from their sources to generate reports and dashboards.  This product will help you improve efficiency for prepping and analyzing data by applying tools from within Power BI.  Quickly tap into your data by connecting your sources to automate workflows, build machine learning models, gain business insights, and follow real-time analytics.  Power BI is a powerful tool to help you understand and visualize any amount of data you have.

Power Apps

Power Apps is a tool that can be used by any department to mockup app wireframes and visualizations.  This tool gives you the ability to build anything you want, if it is necessary to create a hub to understand the sales for the month, Power Apps can help you get that done.  By being low to no-code, building apps in a short period of time is no longer a challenge due to their drag-and-drop framework.

Power Automate

Power Automate is an automation tool, go figure!  This product has the ability to create, use, and share automated approval workflows helping teams and organizations move more quickly and efficiently.  Anything is possible with Power Automate, from sending emails to potential customers after a sign up, to adding them into your CRM platform.  If there is any business process or procedure that is taking too much of your time, odds are Power Automate can help you out.

Power Virtual Agents

Power Virtual Agents is an application that gives you the ability to create chatbots that can be deployed to serve your customers, employees, or website visitors.  With this product, anyone is able to create a chat bot due to the no-code graphical interface.  By linking Power Virtual Agents with records and conversations it will help the bot better understand the problem at hand.  Power Virtual Agents is a powerful tool that helps personalize conversations without you having to do much, making yours and customers life’s much easier.

At Interloop, we use these tools to help make us successful.  Power BI gives us a great understanding of what is going on with our financial and sales teams by providing visual insights and dashboards.  Power Apps helped us build out our internal reporting system to give us a look into what is going on within our platform.  Power Automate helps us get potential customers through our marketing funnel, and Power Virtual Agents helps us answer any questions that those potential customers may have. Microsoft Power Platform has been a very valuable resource for us at Interloop and could do the same for your organization.

Selecting the correct tools and products is a big key to success these days due to the large amounts of data out there.  Microsoft provides tools and products that can make your organizations successful.  Reach out today to see how you can implement Interloop with the products of the Microsoft Power Platform into your business to gain insights and make data-driven decisions.

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