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Answering Your Top Microsoft PowerApps Questions

July 22, 2021 - by Synoptek

Businesses today have realized that if they have to quickly meet the needs and expectations of their customers, they need to be able to build cutting-edge solutions that simplify their day-to-day tasks. However, given that not every member of the workforce is a programmer, depending on the product development team every time to build an app or service is not only time-consuming but also expensive and not feasible.

Microsoft PowerApps empowers the workforce with top-notch low or no-code capabilities that makes everyone a true-blue programmer. Using PowerApps, employees can quickly build professional-grade apps that connect to data and work across web and mobile while modernizing traditional processes and solving day-to-day challenges – without incurring the time and cost of software development. Keep reading as we answer all of your most frequently asked PowerApps questions, and how Synoptek can lend a supporting hand.

Answering Your Top PowerApps FAQs

Although Microsoft PowerApps provides everyone in the organization the ability to build and share apps to quickly fulfill their needs, when it comes to actually using PowerApps, there are several questions that emerge. Here are our answers to 10 of the most frequently asked PowerApps questions:

1. Who can buy Microsoft PowerApps plans?

Any organization can purchase PowerApps subscriptions and then assign licenses to users, as required. This can either be done through the PowerApps website, the Microsoft 365 admin center, or through your Microsoft representative or partner.

2. What kind of apps can I build with PowerApps?

PowerApps allows you to build simple, custom business apps for web and mobile devices, facilitating you to complete everyday tasks and do your job more efficiently. You can either use PowerApps to solve problems specific to your business, collaborate better with peers, or extend the capabilities of an app or system you’re already using.

3. How much time does it take to build an app using PowerApps?

Microsoft PowerApps offers users an array of pre-built templates that make it easy for them to start building and launching functionally-advanced apps – almost immediately. Drag-and-drop simplicity and quick deployment further make it easy for users to roll out continuous improvements as needed.

4. Do I need to know programming to be able to use PowerApps?

No, PowerApps does not require you to have any experience in coding or app development. Pre-built templates and an easy-to-understand user interface means you can create simple formulas and build canvas apps – without having to write endless lines of code in a programming language like C.

5. Is there a limit to the number and types of apps I can use?

There is no limit on the number of applications you can run on PowerApps; you can use any number of apps to build new solutions or existing or customize your existing solutions. Each per-app plan is designed to solve one business scenario at a time. Therefore, each license provides an individual user with rights to two apps as well as one PowerApps portal – within a single environment. Users might be covered by multiple licenses, allowing them to use multiple apps across different business scenarios.

6. What apps or services can I connect PowerApps to?

The number and types of apps or services that you can connect PowerApps to is virtually endless. Using a library of connectors and Microsoft Dataverse, you can connect to hundreds of data sources across the entire Power Platform – bringing data from Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Azure, and hundreds of other apps together. Such integration allows you to quickly and efficiently drive innovation across your entire organization.

7. Are Power Automate capabilities included in PowerApps licenses?

PowerApps licenses include Power Automate capabilities. However, to use these capabilities, flows will need to run within the context of the PowerApps application. This means you will have to use the same data sources for actions as the PowerApps application. At the same time, if you want to consume Power Automate flows that are unrelated to your PowerApps applications, you will need to purchase a standalone Power Automate license.

8. Is there a limit on the number of API requests PowerApps users can make?

Although there is no limit to the number of apps you can build using PowerApps, there is a limit to the number of API requests you can make. This is mainly to help ensure service levels, availability and quality, and these limits are usually based on consumption and usage patterns at individual usage level – in both 5-minute and per 24-hour intervals.

9. Does PowerApps offer a self-service purchase option?

Yes, PowerApps does provide a self-service purchase option that gives users a chance to try out new technologies and develop solutions that ultimately benefit their organizations. Users can buy and deploy self-service solutions from the Microsoft 365 admin center, provided the option is turned ON by admins. Any purchase that is made is constantly monitored and tracked by the central procurement and IT teams.

10. How is Microsoft PowerApps licensed?

PowerApps is offered via two plans:

  • The per-app plan allows individual users to run 2 apps for a defined business scenario, leveraging full capabilities of PowerApps for $10/user/app/month. This is a great way for organizations to get started with PowerApps, before rolling it out across the business.
  • The per-user plan allows users to run unlimited applications (within service limits) based on the full capabilities of PowerApps for $40/user/month. Since there is one license for each user, regardless of the number of apps they need to run, this plan is ideal for organizations that need to build several apps in a cost-effective manner.

Let Synoptek Answer Your Remaining PowerApps Questions

Giving the workforce the power to build their own apps to streamline their day-to-day work is nothing less than a marvel. Such capability not only helps in solving everyday challenges; it also helps employees modernize processes, scale their apps, and increase agility across the organization. Embrace PowerApps today and empower your workforce with advanced development functionality that was previously only available to skilled developers, and watch them take your business to the pinnacle of success. Contact Synoptek today to learn more!

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