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Staying Ahead with Power Platform Solutions: A Guide to the Latest Features and Enhancements

In the ever-evolving landscape of business technology, staying ahead is a necessity. Microsoft’s Power Platform solutions continue to redefine the game, providing organizations with low or no-code tools that seamlessly integrate with various applications. Let’s delve into the latest updates in the 2023 release wave 1, exploring how these enhancements can empower businesses to stay ahead with Power Platform solutions.

Power Automate: Streamlining Workflows with Intuitive Innovations

Generate Expressions Effortlessly

Power Automate introduces a time-saving feature in the 2023 release wave 1 – generating expressions from examples in the cloud flow builder. This allows users to easily format dates, numbers, and texts by providing examples, streamlining the workflow for both experienced and inexperienced users.

Automate with Natural Language

In a groundbreaking move, Power Automate now leverages AI models like GPT-3 to understand natural language. Users can describe their cloud flows in everyday language, and Power Automate will create the corresponding workflow. This no-code approach democratizes automation, making it accessible to users with varying levels of experience.

Define Sequential Approvals

May 2023 brings a new feature to Power Automate, allowing the creation of complex approval workflows within Microsoft Teams. Flow makers can define multiple levels of approval, assign approvers, and seamlessly transition approvals from one level to the next. Transparency is enhanced with a comprehensive approval history.

Other Key Updates in Power Automate

  • Central consolidated view for monitoring flow activities
  • Storing cloud flow execution history in Microsoft Dataverse
  • Native integration for flows in Excel
  • Creating desktop flow connections without passwords
  • Passing complex data between parent and child desktop flows

Power Apps: Revolutionizing App Development with User-Centric Features

Drag and Drop for Responsive Pages

Power Apps introduces a user-friendly drag and drop feature in the 2023 release wave 1, simplifying the layout configuration within responsive containers. This enhancement makes it easier for app makers to reorder controls and adjust spacing, enhancing the responsiveness of canvas apps.

Automatically Update Forms and Views

Say goodbye to manual updates when creating table columns. The new “Update forms and views” button in the table hub or model-driven app designer streamlines the process, allowing app makers to seamlessly update forms and views through the table designer.

Create Virtual Tables with Ease

Virtual tables become more accessible with a guided, step-by-step wizard introduced in the 2023 release. App makers can now easily create virtual tables in minutes, using existing data from sources like SQL and SharePoint, without the need for coding experience.

Modern User Experiences

The 2023 release wave 1 focuses on delivering a modern user experience within Power Platform solutions, including:

  • Advanced find for easy record lookup
  • Default enabling of Power BI quick reports in Power Apps
  • Displaying the offline sync icon in the navigation bar
  • Refreshed look and feel for model-driven Power Apps
  • New and refreshed controls for building canvas apps

Power BI: Elevating Data Visualization and Analysis

Integrate Power BI into Teams Meetings

Enhancing collaboration, Power BI seamlessly integrates into Teams meetings in the upcoming release. Users can include Power BI content during Teams meetings and presentations, fostering a more collaborative decision-making environment.

Power BI App for Teams Enhancements

Improving multitasking experiences, the Power BI app for Teams receives enhancements such as:

  • Keeping your place for one hour
  • Back button support for easy navigation
  • Caching for faster app loading times

Paginated Report Email Subscriptions

In September 2023, Power BI premium users gain access to paginated report email subscriptions. This feature allows users to send unique reports to recipients, ensuring each individual receives a personalized copy of the report.

Other Key Updates in Power BI

  • Automate the migration process from Azure Analysis Services to Power BI Premium
  • Restrict access to content using sensitivity labels
  • Improved control over visual formatting
  • Quick create for exploring single visuals
  • Combine existing mapping visuals with Azure Maps
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Power Platform Support: Ensuring Seamless Integration and Optimal Performance

Whether utilizing Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, or a combination, staying ahead requires ongoing support and optimization. Power Platform services play a crucial role in extending systems to improve ROI. As a Microsoft partner with over 20 years of experience, Rand Group provides dedicated support for navigating and leveraging the latest Power Platform features.

Empowering Businesses to Stay Ahead with Power Platform Solutions:

Effortless Automation:

  • Generate expressions seamlessly with examples in the cloud flow builder.
  • Utilize natural language to describe and create diverse automation flows.

Streamlined Approvals:

  • Define sequential approval workflows within Microsoft Teams.
  • Enhance transparency with access to comprehensive approval histories.

User-Centric App Development:

  • Simplify layout configuration with a drag and drop feature for responsive pages.
  • Automatically update forms and views through the table designer.

Accessible Virtual Tables:

  • Create virtual tables effortlessly with a guided, step-by-step wizard.
  • Leverage existing data from SQL and SharePoint without coding experience.

Modern User Experiences:

  • Enjoy a refreshed look and feel for model-driven Power Apps.
  • Access Power BI quick reports in Power Apps by default for enhanced productivity.

Collaborative Decision-Making:

  • Seamlessly integrate Power BI into Teams meetings and presentations.
  • Keep your place for one hour and utilize a back button for efficient multitasking in the Power BI app for Teams.

Personalized Report Delivery:

  • Send out unique paginated reports to recipients with Power BI premium.
  • Ensure each recipient receives a personalized copy by leveraging parameters.

Ongoing Support and Optimization:

  • Rely on Power Platform services for seamless integration and optimal performance.
  • Benefit from over 20 years of experience with Rand Group as a dedicated Microsoft partner.

Co-Pilot Feature: Latest Addition to Power Platform Solutions

The latest advancements in Power Apps include the introduction of Copilot, a revolutionary feature that enhances developer speed and agility.

Copilot in Power Apps:

  • Copilot in Power Apps enables users to build and edit multiple Microsoft Dataverse tables seamlessly within the Power Apps Studio, utilizing natural language assistance.
  • Copilot extends its capabilities to end users, providing an expanded control that can answer questions over the app’s data and external websites, all backed by Power Virtual Agents.

Enterprise-grade Governance Tools:

  • Managed Environments, introduced a year ago, have now evolved with new tools for environment routing, delegated deployments, and AI-generated deployment notes and app descriptions.
  • Default Environment Routing in public preview allows administrators to automatically direct new makers into their own personal developer environment, streamlining app management and innovation.
  • Copilot’s AI-generated deployment notes provide administrators with increased visibility into approved assets, enhancing governance in rapidly developing environments.

Modern User Experiences:

  • Modern user experiences are shaped by Copilot, influencing advancements in controls, theming engines, and offline data support for canvas apps.
  • Three new composite controls—Header, Table, and Form—are introduced for Canvas apps, providing more complex interactions out of the box and enhancing app development speed.
  • A new theming system simplifies styling and reduces the need to manage style at each control level, ensuring beautiful, accessible, and performant apps.

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Conclusion: Empowering Businesses with Innovation and Accessibility

The 2023 release wave 1 brings a wave of innovations to the Power Platform, solidifying its position as a transformative force in business technology. Power Automate’s intuitive enhancements, Power Apps’ user-centric features, and Power BI’s collaborative capabilities collectively empower organizations to streamline processes, automate workflows, and derive actionable insights from their data. Staying ahead with Power Platform solutions is not just about adopting the latest features; it’s about embracing a culture of innovation and accessibility that transcends traditional coding barriers. As businesses evolve, the Power Platform continues to evolve with them, offering a future-ready solution for the dynamic demands of the modern digital landscape.

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