An awesome session presented today by Chris O’brien, during which he took us through the new capabilities and features of Power Apps, which are in my opinion just AWESOME 🙂
Before listing the features, I needed to highlight the fact that there are 6 times more Power Apps compared to the same period last year, such growth can only confirm that Power Apps will be around for a while and that it might be the first GO-TO tool to build simple Enterprise solutions, fairly quickly without any coding knowledge.
Power Apps by its design is not a programming platform or coding tool, it uses syntax similar to the ones in Excel for formulas, and the code runs as a set of instructions one after the other.
We need to keep in mind the limitation of SharePoint forms customisations and the proper Power Apps. So if you use a SharePoint list form customisation, these might not be available to users (by default), it they use the mobile client, again, I would add YET.
Power Apps offre three templates to start you project:
- Canvas App (the most popular).
- Model-driven App (more expensive).
- Customised SharePoint Forms
Here is a list of the most interesting I took from the sessions
- Power Apps can work offline using the commands such as PATCH, Collect
- Power Apps offers local storage capabilities (around 20Mb), which I think, is more than enough to store lookups data, temporary forms data (for synchronizing later), and other types of data.
- Combining Power Apps with Flow we can have Actionable forms embedded in the emails for smoother business process design and better user adoptions *hopefully 😉
- Power Apps integrates easily with SharePoint, so Apps can be embedded in the modern pages using the Power Apps Embed web part.
- Connecting to on-premise data sources is now
avaiableand easy to configure. Before you ask, YES it is secure as onlyoutbound connection to Azure endpoints are needed. In other terms, you won’t drill a whole in your firewall * you can sit MrSys Admin 😉