Apps that simplify … everything
Avanade is taking advantage of Microsoft PowerApps to bring the power of wide-ranging corporate resources to mobile devices. PowerApps is a platform and service for creating and running apps using very little code or no code at all (low code/no code). It uses the Common Data Service, along with hundreds of predefined, standard business entities so that all Avanade apps can share the same definition of “client,” “product,” “lead,” and so on.
Miller sees high value in the low-code/no-code capabilities of PowerApps, particularly in the context of interoperability with SharePoint Online. “With PowerApps, we gain the ability to rapidly prototype, iterate, and publish solutions that better connect employees with SharePoint Online, without expensive planning, development, and IT maintenance costs.”
Specifically, Avanade created the Digital @ Your Fingertips mobile app, which employees use to find and access content on their smartphones that previously required cumbersome intranet searching. Lord says, “People previously struggled to find what they needed in an abyss of documents, links, and resources delivered in the intranet search results.” With minimal effort, her team used PowerApps to develop and publish curated SharePoint Online content inside the app, making it easier for employees to quickly find key information.
Updates were a cinch, too. Adds Lord, “Somebody said, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be great if we had client evidence in there? Sellers are always looking for client evidence.’ And we said, ‘Why not? We have it in a SharePoint Online list. Let’s just surface it in the app.’ So that’s what we did. Someone later said, ‘Let’s add demos.’ Now, with three clicks, our sellers are doing demos on a mobile device.”
Now the team can stay better connected with real-time notifications in the app. Lord continues, “We’re pushing out messages using Microsoft Flow. For example, when we have new training or a digital workplace session, an automated invitation is sent directly through the app and can be added to calendars right from the phone. The app also provides access to contacts, training materials, an image library, the Avanade Insights blog, the Avanade Inc video channel, information about the company’s offerings, employee feedback, and more.