Have you ever felt the pain of implementing multiple business applications for your organization?
If yes, you have probably invested a lot in resources, time, and money to create a custom app to meet a specific requirement. Today, we will walk you through the most common issues organizations face and their importance in empowering your workforce with a custom Microsoft Power App.
Why the need for custom apps?
Today's workforce is empowered and loaded with information. What they need is the right kind of tools that can help them solve problems faster or improve their performance. The right set of custom business apps, along with the right set of skills, can empower the workforce by solving fundamental issues within no time.
Microsoft Power Apps are the applications that shorten development time, increase functionality, and extend the functionality of Windows 10, Office 365 and the Microsoft Graph API. Empowering your workforce with custom apps that the experienced application developer builds is crucial to achieving better results.
Identifying Business Needs
Customer engagement has never been more critical for businesses. As per McKinsey's report on the state of customer care in 2022, customer care and service have become a strategic focus for companies.
Identifying business needs is the first step to developing a customized solution. Before we begin, we'll interview key stakeholders and other employees interested in the project. This ensures that everyone involved understands the project's goals and has input into its development.
Using this information, we can create a blueprint outlining your custom app's functionality and technical requirements. We'll also determine how much time is needed to complete the project and what resources are available. Finally, we'll develop a budget for all phases of development so you know how much it will cost to implement your app once it's ready for use by your workforce.
Assessing Current Workflow and Identifying Pain Points
We start by assessing current workflows to identify pain points in your organization or processes that could be improved with a custom app.
For example, if you run an eCommerce site and need an order tracking system but don't have one already built into your website or storefront platform, then this would be considered a pain point for your organization that can be improved through custom development.
Identifying Opportunities For Improvement Through Custom Apps
The first step to creating a custom app is identifying the problem that needs to be solved. This can be accomplished by analyzing your existing tools, processes, and data.
For example, you may have a lot of data stored in Excel spreadsheets that you need to track better or analyze. Custom apps can help transform this information into more useful, accurate, actionable data that can be shared across teams or departments.
Custom apps are also an excellent way to standardize processes across your organization. You can use them to create a system where every team member has access to the same information at all times and can use it immediately when needed.
This makes it easier for employees to work together on projects, collaborate with other departments and ensure everyone is up-to-date with essential deadlines and changes in policy or procedure.
Defining Goals And Objectives For Custom App Development
Once you've identified what problems you're trying to solve with custom apps, it's time to set some goals for your project so that developers know what they're working toward when creating your new solution. The purpose of your custom app development should be to improve the productivity and efficiency of your business and its employees.
To achieve this, you need to define goals and objectives for your app. Here are some examples:
Make it easier for customers to book appointments with you or sign up for a new service
Streamline the onboarding process for new employees
Increase revenue by making it easier for customers to buy products or services
Automate repetitive tasks like payroll, billing, or sending out invoices
Custom App Development
Microsoft Power Apps is an enterprise-grade cloud app platform that helps you build custom business apps for your entire organization. With PowerApps, you can create rich business apps quickly and easily without writing any code.
You can build apps from scratch or start from prebuilt templates to get up and running fast!
Incorporating Power Automate And App Power BI
These workflows can then be integrated into your Microsoft Power App as an action step within your new app or customized template.
For example, if you have a process where you need to send out reminders about upcoming events every day at 8 am, this could be automated by using Power Automate to send an email from SharePoint or Dynamics 365 at 8 am each day until completed.
Benefits Of Custom Apps
Microsoft Power Apps is a powerful platform for building custom applications. These applications can be used for everything from creating invoices to managing employee schedules, with more than 200 built-in components to choose from.
This makes it easy to customize your solution and meet your unique business needs.
Increased Efficiency And Productivity
An IT department can use custom PowerApps to automate processes previously done manually, such as generating expense reports and tracking employee absences.
This allows employees to spend more time focusing on their primary duties, which can help reduce errors and improve the speed at which work is completed.
Improved Data Accuracy And Analysis
Custom apps can also help you gain insights into critical business metrics like customer satisfaction or employee retention rates by pulling data from multiple systems and sources into one place for easy analysis.
This helps you make better decisions about how to improve your business processes.
Enhanced Collaboration And Communication
Custom apps can also be a central meeting hub for your team, allowing them to share information, documents, and files in real-time through a secure web portal or mobile app.
For example, someone working on an important project with several colleagues across different departments or locations could use custom PowerApps to share notes or documents with everyone involved – no matter where or what device they use.
Real-Life Case Studies
The real benefit of using Microsoft Power Apps is that it gives your employees the power to create their apps without writing code, so they can focus on what they do best – their jobs. This has resulted in time savings, improved employee engagement, and rapid development cycles for many clients.
The following are examples of how companies have benefited from using Microsoft Power Apps. Businesses are always looking for ways to improve productivity and efficiency. They want to boost their bottom line with fewer resources. The answer? Custom app development.
Real-Time Asset Management Solution For A Logistics Company
A logistics company wanted to integrate its multiple ERP systems into one system. We developed a real-time asset management solution using Microsoft PowerApps and Flow, which enabled the company to track assets from purchase until disposal using different business processes. The solution also ensured that all stakeholders were notified about status changes.
PowerApps are quick to build, easy to use, and integrated with other applications. Anyone with basic skills in Microsoft Excel or Access can create them in minutes. The intuitive interface makes it easy to create apps that will meet the specific needs of your business while ensuring they are mobile-ready from day one.
With Microsoft PowerApps, you can build apps that meet your unique needs using a visual designer, which allows non-technical users to create their apps without any programming skills required!
Support and Maintenance
Custom apps can be challenging to keep up with because they are often created as a one-time project, but they must be continually updated over time because they often require more features or fixes based on user feedback.
When investing in custom enterprise app development, you want to ensure the project is completed on time and within budget. The best way to ensure this is by partnering with an experienced enterprise app development company that provides post-development support and maintenance services.
Post-Development Support And Maintenance Services
Post-development support and maintenance services are crucial for keeping your apps up to date. You must hire a willing developer, as this cannot always be done quickly or easily.
Importance Of Keeping Custom Apps Up To Date
This is especially true for business users who rely on their mobile devices to get work done. According to a survey by Microsoft, 80% of business users expect their IT departments to provide them with updated versions of the applications they need at least once every 90 days.
For example, if you have an older version of Outlook installed on your device but upgrade your operating system or Office 365 account, there's a chance that it won't work correctly anymore.
Imagine how fast things would get done if your employees could use custom-made apps to help them get their job done. That's precisely what we at TrnDigital apply. Through our valued position as a Microsoft Gold Partner, we strive to meet and exceed your objectives using the latest Microsoft technologies.
We are committed to empowering our clients with the best technology solutions to help them achieve their business goals.
Our team of consultants comprises industry experts committed to delivering high-quality software solutions that cater to your business needs. We work with you every step of the way to ensure that you get the most out of your investment in our industry-grade solutions.