The Microsoft Power Platform allows companies to digitally transform their business by analysing and automating their data. The Power Platform is made up of four products – Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents. It also has two add-ons: AI Builder and Power Apps Portals.
The Power Platform release plan for the 2020 release wave 1 describes all new features releasing from April 2020 through September 2020 for Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, AI Builder, Power Virtual Agents, and Common Data Model and data integration.
Power BI helps companies build a data culture where employees can make decisions based on facts, not opinions. For the upcoming release, Power BI is investing in four key areas that drive a data culture: Self-service analytics for everyone, Unified platform for enterprise BI, big data analytics with Azure data services, and pervasive artificial intelligence (AI).
Power Apps enables a broad range of app scenarios to be created that infuse digital transformation into manual and outdated processes. PowerApps helps everyone from business analysts to professional developers work more efficiently together. For the upcoming release, Power Apps provides significant improvements for Power Apps developers of all skill levels, improving the difficulty and use of apps that are created across the web and mobile devices.
Power Automate provides a better way to get things done across your organisation through digital and robotic process automation. For the upcoming release, Power Automate is investing in three key areas: Empowering citizen developers to build powerful automation across the 300+ connectors, UI flows automate mundane, rules-based tasks with point-and-click simplicity whether the app is old or new, on-premises or in the cloud, and enables modelling and running human-driven business process with the modern approval and business process flow features.
Power Platform offers a range of governance and administration capabilities that span Power Apps, Power Automate, and Common Data Service. These capabilities are designed to help the administrators and IT Professionals in the business to set up, secure, manage, govern, and monitor the use and implementation of the platform and its components across the firm.
Data integration provides built-in connectivity to the Power Platform and more, with data across hundreds of business systems, enabling rich and intelligent experiences. The Common Data Model provides semantic consistency for business entities across Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service, increasing value and saving time for application developers, ISV partners, and integrators.
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