Overview of Power Platform

In this blog, you will learn about what is Power Platform and what are it’s key features. Now let’s start exploring,

What is Power Platform?

Power Platform consists of four key components; Power Automate, Power BI, Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents

Microsoft defines Power Platform as, “Work together to meet challenges effectively with Microsoft Power Platform—analyse data, build solutions, automate processes, and create virtual agents.”

Screenshot showing overview of Power Platform.
Power Platform Overview Fig.1

Let’s just deep dive into this Architectural Power Platform overview fig.1

Power BI (Business analytics): Consider Power BI as data visualization in the form of reports and dashboard to gain insights by enabling fast and improved decisions.

Power Apps (Application development): It is a low-code app development platform with various connectors and services where your app data is stored in Common Data Service or any of the on-premise or online data sources.

Power Automate (Process Automation): It helps citizen developers to build powerful automation using 300+ connectors. Users can also create UI Flows (Robotic process automation) also they can integrate intelligent capabilities built on AI builder.

Power Virtual Agents (Intelligent Virtual Agents): This is recently added in Power Platform family. It is a low code, no code solution to create powerful chatbots. It is deeply integrated with Power Automate and Microsoft Bot framework. You can deploy it in Microsoft Teams, Websites and many more channels.

Along with these platforms, these three core services make Power Platform more useful,

Connectors: Consider connectors as a bridge through which the information will travel. With the help of connectors, you can connect apps, data and services in the cloud. There are more than 275 connectors for Power Platform. Connectors like; Office 365, Twitter, Salesforce and many more.

AI Builder: This allows to add intelligence to your Power Automate workflows and Power Apps where you can predict outcomes to improve business performance

Common Data Service: This is a service to store data in the form of entities, you can consider this as a database. Common Data Service abbreviated as CDS is also accessible to all the Power Platform capabilities.

I hope you enjoy reading a simple curated overview on Power Platform.

Stay tuned for upcoming blogs on Power Platform capabilities!

References:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/introduction-power-platform/

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