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The Microsoft Power Platform is a suite of applications designed to help businesses analyze data, build solutions, automate processes, and create virtual agents

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What is the Power Platform?

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The Microsoft Power Platform is a business application platform comprised of three products:

  • PowerApps: A business forms technology

  • Power Automate (formerly Flow): A workflow system.

  • Power BI: A business intelligence platform .

The platform provides the means to help people easily manipulate, surface, automate and analyse data and can be used with Office 365 and Dynamics 365 (as well as other third-party apps and other Microsoft services).

 

The Power Platform is possible thanks to the Common Data Service (or CDS), which is essentially the underlying data platform that provides a unified and simplified data schema so that applications and services can inter-operate.

Developers build applications on the Power Platform using graphical design surfaces with minimal coding, allowing less experienced developers and even power users to be productive.  This type of platform is referred to as a "Low Code" platform.  

How can I Extend the Power Platform?

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Low-Code Platforms cannot do everything that full stack platforms can: While the types of automation workloads that the Power Platform can handle expands, there still remains certain features that are better built in a full stack platform.  An example would be a system that needs embedded drag and drop functionality which PowerApps does not currently support.

Extend with REST: Nearly every cloud service includes a REST API. One can use any REST API from within Power Automate to integrate with these systems.

Extend with Microservices / Cloud-Native Stack: Developers can use the programming stack of choice to build microservices in Azure and AWS and then call them from the Power Platform.

Why use Distributed Logic for your Power Platform Needs? 

Experience on the Power Platform: While the Power Platform has only been mainstream for a couple of years, we have built dozens of applications for our customers. 

Our project Approach and Process: For more than 20 years, Distributed Logic has been building custom enterprise applications. We've taken best-practices from these past projects and incorporated it into our Power Platform development approach.

Tools: Over the past 2 years, we've created a large collection of customer service flows. Service Flows are packaged functions that can easily be incorporated into any of the Power Platform components. This tool kits expands the Power Platform, speeds development and reduces costs.

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