Power Platform 2021 highlight & success stories

Microsoft’s Power Platform plan of release for Power Platform 2021 Wave 1 is here. With it come all the new updates for Power BI, Power Apps, Power Apps portals, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, AI Builder, governance, and administration, ISV experiences, and data integration. The Microsoft 2021 release process of updates will go from April 2021 to September 2021.

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Highlights of Microsoft power platform 2021 release wave 1 plan

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So, what is the Microsoft power platform?

Microsoft Power Platform provides governance and management, and ISV experience features through Power Apps, Power Automate, and Microsoft Dataverse. These capabilities are intended to assist managers, ISVs, and IT professionals in building, deploying, securing, managing, governing, and monitoring the platform and its components across the enterprise.

Microsoft’s Power Platform allows users and companies to evaluate, act, and automate data to transform their businesses digitally. 

Today, Microsoft Power Platform consists of four products:

Power BI:

 

Power BI continues to invest in three main areas that foster a data culture: fantastic data interactions, new business BI, and team collaboration integrations. Power BI Embedded is a new version of the product that helps customers boost their ROI, scale quickly, and achieve up to 16X faster performance. Customers would now have insight into workspace usage, allowing for more consistent utilization analysis and cost control. Power BI Premium continues to add features that help companies deliver insights at scale and meet the most challenging business requirements.

This release introduces new flexible licensing models that enable businesses to choose between per-user and per-capacity licensing. Power BI Pro provides AI-enhanced insights to make it simple for everyone to find information. The new fast build experiences make it easier than ever to create Power BI content.

Power Apps:

 

Power Apps blend the power of rich shapes, views, and dashboards modeled over data in Microsoft Dataverse with the versatility of a blank canvas that can link to any data source. Duplicate detection has been added to the Unified Interface experience and improved usability for business process flow on mobile, improved global relevance search, and in-app alerts for model-driven applications in this version.

  1. AI Builder will debut new AI features in preview, as well as enhancements to form processing. New capabilities include new area availability and signature detection in form processing, which detects whether a signature exists at a particular position in a document.

Power Apps portals improve Power BI integration by supporting Microsoft Azure Analysis Services live connections and the Customer Data Power BI feature, which sends additional context for users to personalize reports and dashboards.

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Power Automate:

 

Improvements to the cloud’s flow include an operation trigger for when an operation is performed in the Microsoft Dataverse. This function makes it easier to work with the common events model and integrates it with Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. By providing a runtime within the target Citrix world, desktop flows boost our support for UI automation on Citrix environments. Process advisor, a Power Automate capability that reveals insights into how people function and provides rich visualizations where users can find routine, time-consuming processes that are ideally suited for automation, is new for this release. With Power Automate Desktop, users would be able to record routine, manual processes.

Power Virtual Agents:

 

Power Virtual Agents enhance the authoring experience with list variables, subject recommendations from bot sessions, adaptive cards, and other features. Power Automate integration with improved error handling and new topic trigger management are also included to boost the bot’s triggering capabilities.

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Data integration:

 

With built-in access to the Microsoft Power Platform, other platforms and data from hundreds of business systems, the updated Data Integration allows for rich and intelligent experiences. This release wave includes a slew of new features, including enrichment via Azure Maps integration, gateway diagnostics, improved error management, visual data prep for Power Query Desktop, and security enhancements.

Some of the companies are already benefiting from these new capabilities. Let us walk you through some of the top examples:

  1. Rockwell Automation, a global leader in industrial automation, is leveraging Power BI and many of our AI technologies to extract valuable insights from data and act on those insights in common environments like Teams and Microsoft Excel.
  2. The Coca-Cola Company has recently begun using Power Platform as part of its digital transformation activities, creating impressive business solutions with Microsoft Power Apps, Microsoft Power Virtual Agents, and Microsoft Power Automate, including the latest Power Automate Desktop and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) capability.

Bottom Line

 

With the updates in the 2021 Power Platform Wave 1, you will face many new features that may cause challenges. For this purpose, you need experts to implement the Microsoft Power Platform within your company. You have turned to the right place as DFSM is prepared to help you personalize the integration of new features as per your business needs.

Introducing: Microsoft Cloud for Retail

Microsoft will incorporate B2B e-commerce features to the company’s main retail market program; Dynamics 365 Commerce. The company has released a range of features, including enterprise and product apps, Cloud Services and Microsoft Ads, Microsoft Cloud for Retail.

Microsoft has also revealed their participation in the virtual NRF 2021 BIG Show, an online edition of the long-standing main exhibition for retail tech providers.

Who is Microsoft Cloud Retail for?

 

Microsoft Cloud for Retail Australia will be an industry-specific cloud that permits retailers to connect multiple Microsoft products and services. Another industry cloud, Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, was also launched by Microsoft at the end of 2020 for health care organisations.

The offer now includes Microsoft, Power Platform, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Advertising in private preview.

While no specific details of the offer were disclosed; it is clear that the programs are designed to help retailers ‘connect experiences’ throughout the shopping trip, combine different data sources, and ‘turn’ data into actionable insights.’

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Dynamics 365 Commerce and B2B e-commerce

According to the experts and analysts, the B2B capabilities “[build] on our consumer capabilities [bring] together B2B and B2C commerce,” They said that some examples include:

  • Tools to strengthen account partnerships and tools for partner management
  • Self-service Purchasing
  • Shared Rating and assessment  
  • Cross Channel Asset Management
  • Product guidelines and usability perspectives powered by AI and ML
  • Efficient capabilities for the management and marketing of distributed orders
  • Promotions based on account
  • Dynamics 365, which Microsoft first disclosed in September 2019, focused on the email business capability of B2C.
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How is Microsoft Cloud helping retailers?

 

Company data, such as stocks and stores, are one of the most precious assets of a business. This data will open up easily accessible revenue sources, and market differentiation when understood and implemented strategically. 

DICK’s Sporting Goods recently partnered with Microsoft PromoteIQ to make brands visible more effectively and customize DICK’s website to share with their shoppers. About 30 per cent year over year, in the first full month live, DICK’s surpassed their former ad provider sales.

Not to forget that with smartly developed B2C capabilities, retailers can provide both customers and business partners with seamless and intuitive shopping experiences on one single platform.

With the intelligent and optimized capabilities, Microsoft Cloud for Retail aims to connect customer journeys during end-to-end shopping sprees. Through bringing together disparate data sources across the retail supply chain, they can improve key business processes and translate data into actionable knowledge by bringing together the true value of data.

This retail cloud aims to unlock Microsoft Azure‘s power, Microsoft Power Platform, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Advertising. All of them are integrated by a shared data model and designed on a security and compliance framework.

Bottom Line

 

Lockdown has rattled many businesses. To ensure that you don’t experience any similar set back in the future, you need to be careful with the shared data, accessibilities, and smooth supply chain operations. If you are finding a way to improve your data sharing and other abilities through Microsoft Dynamics 365, DFSM has the best solution to get started and integrate the right ones with Microsoft Cloud.



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