Microsoft Power Apps: 6 Real-World Use Cases for Your Business

Microsoft Power Apps: 6 Real-World Use Cases for Your Business

Microsoft’s Power Apps is one of the most powerful tools available to your organisation. After all, being able to build applications to use within your business without needing to code will have tons of benefits throughout your organisation and will rapidly let you deploy new applications without having to wait on developers.

But, where do you get started with Power Apps? There are so many options available that deciding what kinds of applications you want to create with Power Apps first might be difficult. And, what is Power Apps actually capable of doing?

In this article, we’re going to answer these questions by going over six real-world use cases for Power Apps within your organisation — all of which you can implement into your business with ease.

Timesheet App

One of the most popular use cases for Power Apps, a timesheet is a great way to utilise Power Apps to make a simple but effective application that can help your organisation immensely.

A great example is April Dunnam’s open-source Power Apps Timesheet —  a timesheet that lets you easily and elegantly keep track of employee hours with no frills and easy setup. All you’ll need to do is hook up your SharePoint data source and two SharePoint lists with the specified fields, and your timesheet is ready to go.

You can also spend time making your own timesheet application, which can be done in a matter of minutes rather than developing your own from scratch.

Furthermore, you can use your timesheet app in conjunction with Power BI to be able to draw conclusions and analyse trends from your timesheet data, meaning that you can use that information to make decisions and optimise your organisation to ensure that you’re as efficient as possible.

Expense Request Apps

Another popular use case for Power Apps is an expense request and report tool, to help you keep track of expenses within your organisation and track your expenditure, as well as letting you easily both submit and approve or deny expenses with a few clicks.

Microsoft already has a sample template that can help you get started with this, meaning that you can simply use said template to get a solution up and running quickly.

You can also build the app if you’d like as well, meaning that you can customise it and ensure it meets your specifications.

To get started with the template, simply select ‘Start From Template’ in Power Apps and find the expenses template.

Hot Desk Booking App

Hot desking is an important part of many hybrid working environments, making sure that you’re optimising your working spaces. However, it can be difficult to manage bookable desks, and this often leads to underutilised resources and unhappy team members!

Therefore, a simple hot desk booking app made with Power Apps is a useful tool!

April Dunnam’s open-source desk reservation app template can easily get you set up, with the ability for all team members to book time slots and request specific desks.

You don’t have to use a template, and making a Power App from scratch is fairly easy.  This lets you customise different aspects of your application depending on what your organisation needs, but without having to hire a developer (or learn a coding language!) for it.

Employee Feedback Capture App

Using Power Apps, you can create an app that lets you capture employee feedback with ease, all with a custom front end to look professional and appealing.

Power Apps makes it simple to do so, as the no-code console is easy to use for this kind of application and can be done in a matter of minutes. All of that feedback will be stored within a SharePoint data repository, meaning that it’s easily accessible to whoever needs it.

Using this, you can make surveys and other regular ways for employees to submit feedback from within the app, rather than having to send out new requests for feedback each time, and then sift through all of that data.

Service Request App

A service request app will help your organisation fluidly deal with technical issues and ensure that requests for services are handled promptly. Power Apps makes this easier than ever, as there’s already a template that allows you to create an app that lets users submit tickets to be solved by your organisation’s technical staff.

To get started with the template, head into Create within Power Apps and click ‘Start From Template’.

Using this template is a great way to quickly get this system up and running, to ensure that whoever needs technical support within your organisation can get it promptly. However, if required, you can also build your own application —  letting you customise it and ensure it meets your specifications.

Meeting Notes App

Taking meeting notes is vital to ensure that the feedback and conversation within the meeting are vital, and Power Apps makes this easier than ever. There are a few different tools that can be used to do this.

A wider meeting scheduling app like Meeting Capture will let you capture notes and track actions in a very simple manner, meaning that everything is in one place and is accessible in an organised manner — as well as being able to be exported to OneNote and Outlook.

Using AI Builder, you can create an AI model that uses speech-to-text to transcribe meeting notes, meaning that you don’t have to write or type them and that they can easily be transcribed within your application.

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Power Apps is a powerful tool that lets you create and deploy apps for your organisation with ease. These are just some of the many uses that Power Apps can have within your organisation — and the possibilities are endless.

If you’re looking to get started with the Power Platform but don’t know where to start, reach out to us today. Our experts are here to help and will be able to provide you with a helping hand along the way.

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