The combined functionality of the Microsoft Power Platform along with Dynamics 365 capabilities in more than one splendid ways is the next big thing!
The whole new idea revolves around converting minimum lines of code to the outright codebase meant for a specific operation. To this end, Microsoft has been using Dynamic accelerators that can extend the capabilities of PaaS to APaaS, viz., Application Platform-as-a-Service.
The APaaS model fulfills certain key objectives with respect to industry accelerators
- It offers components that are broadly relevant to a vertical. However, provision for building the most precise micro-vertical and country-specific components is left with partners that are well-versed with nice capabilities
- An architecture exclusively unveiled by Microsoft that encompasses the state-of-art Power Platform, and a range of Azure services including the Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2
- It promotes collaboration with key industry partners, integration with business applications, or sector-level cooperation with focus on evolving relationships
Common Data Services (CDS) framework
The Common Data Service acts as the line-up of ‘data object’ which are structured as entities in a business scenario; wherein the hosted data act as a set of rows in a table. The entity can represent a record such as a product or a company address. You could add your entities from a customer record or create one from scratch. By leveraging the Common Data Service (CDS) with the Azure Data Lake Storage [Gen 2], Microsoft has enriched the Dynamics 365 capabilities for partners who would want to implement their specific business scenarios as precisely as possible.
Microsoft Power Platform
The Power platform is enriched with capabilities that can fetch data generated in Dynamics 365 and Office 365 business apps across customer and partner touch-points, and convert them to formats that support new-generation PCs and smartphones. Microsoft has thus refurbished the Flow, Power Apps and the Power BI, as a set of components forming the Power Platform.
- Power BI: A set of business analytical services that can essentially trigger applications and analyze data entities to inform decision makers for the next course of action. Millions of data rows can be collated for insights by executing commands using Power Query language. As such, it is labeled as the ‘analyze’ module.
- Flow: Also considered as the ‘automate’ tool of the Power Platform, it offers a no-code or low-code approach to application integration. The tool accomplishes hands-free automation by transforming or processing events from one application into targeted outcomes in another application. Flow can be instrumental when one wants to update a row in Google Calendar in sync with an Office 365 calendar entry.
- Power Apps: Regarded as the ‘act’ catalyst, Power Apps plays the role of an advanced UI tool, comparable with traditional Access or Visual Basic framework. The Power Apps delivers information on a desktop or mobile medium, thereby leveraging Power Query along with cloud-connected logical UI model.
With the Power Pack, Dynamics 365 now able to utilize information gathered or stored by switching between platforms with Power Platform tools that come in handy towards accelerating business outcomes.