How to Expand Dynamics 365 ERP with the Microsoft Power Platform

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Expand Dynamics 365 ERP Using the Microsoft Power Platform

If you’re like most businesses, your ERP solution manages a significant amount of data. Traditional ERP systems now have the potential to play a bigger role in your business than ever before. Oftentimes though, unlocking the full capability of your ERP solution means putting time, energy, and money into IT resources -- resources that you’d be better off investing in your business.


The good news is, if you’re using Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP, it’s possible to expand the potential of your existing data without making significant IT investments. How? With the help of Microsoft Power Platform.



The Microsoft Power Platform Defined

The Microsoft Power Platform includes three incredibly powerful tools designed to be accessible to anyone—whether they have a tech background or not:

1. Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI allows your business to access and combine data from diverse sources, including Dynamics 365 ERP, the cloud, Excel spreadsheets, and more. This powerful tool allows you, and millions of other users, to analyze data with ease and make valuable insights.


2. Microsoft PowerApps

Have you ever wanted to develop a web or mobile app for your business, but didn’t think you had the technical know-how? With PowerApps, you can design powerful apps without any sort of coding background. Plus, PowerApps connects with Power BI to further analyze problems.


3. Microsoft Flow

With the help of Microsoft Flow, you can automate a wide range of business processes. Workflows created in Flow can be easily triggered from apps built in PowerApps, via Power BI, or even using third-party applications. This Power Platform tool is also ideal for non-technical users.


Triple A Loop: Use the Power Platform to Analyze, Act, and Automate

With the help of the Power Platform, you can analyze, act, and automate, creating a “triple A loop”:

  1. Analyze data sets and problems with Power BI
  2. Act on your findings with a custom app designed in PowerApps
  3. Automate processes with Microsoft Flow


Getting Started with the Microsoft Power Platform

Some Power Platform users opt to purchase the platform as a standalone product. If you’re already using Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP, however, the Power Platform may be included as part of your existing Dynamics plan. Microsoft BI, PowerApps, and Flow allow you to eliminate your dependence on many third-party applications, all while giving a larger number of users within your organization the ability to contribute to a data-driven culture. Once you’re up and running with the Power Platform, you’ll be able to experience its proven ROI first-hand.


The Microsoft Power Platform: Powerful Tools for Everyone

It’s not just developers and IT experts who take advantage of the Power Platform. In fact, these solutions are purposefully designed to give non-tech experts access to powerful data and app building tools.


Check out the blogs below to learn more about real-life Power Platform users:

Ashley Culmsee -- a psychology student without any prior IT knowledge -- was able to use PowerApps and Microsoft Flow to build a universal audit and inspection app.


Nick Gill, of the American Red Cross, managed to simplify the training supplies ordering process for more than 650 first aid and CPR instructors.


The Power Platform and AKA Enterprise Solutions

Here at AKA, we love the Microsoft Power Platform for analyzing, acting on and automating tasks. Our VP of Financial Services, Tom Berger, was recently raving about it, exclaiming: “I love my new CRM PowerApp!!! We are drinking our own champagne!”


Of course, it’s hard not to love the Microsoft Power Platform once you’ve seen what it can do and how well it works — not to mention, how easy it is for non-techies to use.


Are you ready to put the Power Platform to work for your business? AKA Enterprise Solutions can help. And if you don’t have Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP up and running, don’t worry: we can assist you there, too.


Want to learn more about what the a true ERP platform can do for your business? Take a look at this webcast for a deeper dive into Microsoft Power Platform’s capabilities: No-Code Applications that Solve Real Business Problems.


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