Microsoft Announcement: Improved Power Platform governance
According to Microsoft, more than 7.4 million people do some type of development work on Power Platform. The company will now be improving its service with new SAP integration, improved Cards development, co-authoring and more robust governance.
Microsoft CVP Charles Lamanna told the Power Platform Conference audience in Orlando that “The Power Platform loves governance.” He underlined the fact that Power Platform is designed with IT administrators in minds. “It is not adversarial, it is not governance versus creators. It is collaborative. It’s fusion teams, people that historically, if you weren’t on the same side, when it comes to creating solutions, able to go work together over time”
He also added that the new Automation Centre of Excellence toolkit will give professionals that use Power Platform new ways to demonstrate the service’s worth to senior management. The new services will track the use of flows, apps, and reports to give creators a way to demonstrate their output.
“It provides an easy experience to go track the impact and the value of every app and every bot and every dashboard that you create inside the Power Platform. And it gives you great visualizations. So you can go create a simple PowerPoint presentation of the millions or tens of millions or hundreds of millions of dollars that it could save through the Power Platform,” Lamanna explained.
Two new Power Apps capabilities were announced by Microsoft at the same event, and those are Cards for Power Apps which is based on Adaptive Cards and offers a new interface option that can be delivered as “mini-apps” inside Outlook, Teams and others. In a demonstration they displayed a card to a Teams group that showed information on an applicant, and it gave each user the ability to provide their own comments and ratings. The inputs were then compiled to determine the progress of the applicant.
Microsoft MVP Asif Rehmani of VisualSP said that co-authoring has become a priority for many in the community. “They are focusing on bringing the consumer-type of co-authoring into Power Apps, which I know that developers and app builders are super happy about,” he said. “That’s been a constraint when you had to wait for someone to get out before you could get in [when building an app]. There was a very good reception from the audience on it.”
According to Lamanna the introduction of co-authoring is a major shift in the platform’s path.
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