Microsoft Showcases No-Code Power Tools for Business Users
Unlike previous years, where much of the Microsoft Ignite Conference was oriented to developers and IT, this year the conference was well balanced, with a lot of great content for business power users. Someone must have informed Microsoft that not every customer has a team of developers sitting around or can afford to hire expensive consultants to implement business solutions.
Instead, Microsoft focused considerable energy on the potential of empowering business users to create their own solutions using no-code tools. As a provider of no-code out-of-the-box solutions, we here at SP Marketplace applaud Microsoft for their work.
However, just providing the tools doesn't mean users will end up with a good solution; you still have to know what you are doing when designing the solution. Nevertheless, providing the tools does lay the groundwork for small to medium businesses that don't have large IT resources to benefit by transforming their business with a Digital Workplace.
Four key areas associated with building a solution offer new features and tools:
It was clear at Ignite that Microsoft is investing heavily in the no-code power user approach, and we will see more and more capabilities coming to market. As we said above, just having the tools is not enough. In fact, giving powerful tools to inexperienced staff is potentially more dangerous than not giving any at all.
Going forward, it's important to think about the type of resources, departments, and staff in your organization that could use these tools to rapidly create powerful business solutions. Rather than technical expertise, users now need business analysis understanding and some knowledge of application process design.
The other option is to purchase next generation application templates that are built using the same power tools. This way you start with a best practices design and your staff will be able to tweak the templates to your business needs, both now and in the future. This approach provides the best of both worlds.
There are a few next generation vendors, like SP Marketplace that take this approach. They offer an out-of-the-box set of solutions built just as you would using Power User tools, but in a best practices design that has been tested in over 1000 organizations around the world.
You start with a well-designed application or portal, and are empowered to transform it to how you want with these powerful tools.
Learn more about Microsoft's awesome power user tools at https://powerapps.microsoft.com.
See examples of out-of-the-box business solution template at www.spmarketplace.com.