Our five-part blog series discusses the maturity of Microsoft PowerApps, along with the best training and tips for using the platform.
In a traditional enterprise-level organization, you have many tools and strategies available to you when developing, designing, testing, and managing code bases for your applications.
Methodologies such as Agile, Source Code Management such as GitHub, and IDE’s like Visual Studio empower developers through the application life-cycle in the most efficient way possible. Microsoft PowerApps is reaching this point, but their tools are still immature when it comes to enterprise development and management.
Remember, PowerApps was designed for business users to create their own mobile apps. That is the core audience. In a perfect world that would hold true, but what experience tells me is those business users:
A. Don’t always want to learn how to make apps.
B. Don’t want to devote time to learning PowerApps.
C. Don’t want to be responsible for supporting any created apps, if A and B don’t apply to them.
So, realistically, most organizations will turn to IT departments for the development and management of these authorized PowerApps that will run in the organization.
I have outlined my thoughts and strategies to help you be effective in designing, creating, testing, and supporting PowerApps in your organization. The training and tips I mention will help you navigate the capabilities that Microsoft PowerApps provides. (Please note: This is in no way indicative of Microsoft’s view of how to go about this. It’s based on my own experience with PowerApps).
Read the Series:
PowerApps Development Strategies – Part 1: Creating and managing PowerApps first requires understanding how to plan for the solution before exploring the many tools that Microsoft provides.
PowerApps Development Strategies – Part 2: In part two of our series, we explain the importance of having a good Program Management Office for running your PowerApps.
How to Print a Form in PowerApps: When switching from InfoPath to PowerApps, it is now possible to create printable forms using PowerApps.
How to Get Past the 500 Items Limit: One roadblock users face with PowerApps is the inability to query past 500 rows. Using certain SharePoint items will allow you to get over this hurdle.
Use Variables to Improve Performance: If you want better performing and more dynamic PowerApps, start using variables.