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What is Microsoft PowerApps?

It is a suite of apps, services, connectors and data platform that provides a rapid application development environment to build custom apps for your business needs. Using Power Apps, you can quickly build custom business apps that connect to your business data stored either in the underlying data platform (Common Data Service) or in various online and on-premises data sources (SharePoint, Excel, Office 365, Dynamics 365, SQL Server, and so on).
Microsoft PowerApps is a tool in the Low Code Platforms category of a tech stack.

Who uses Microsoft PowerApps?

15 companies reportedly use Microsoft PowerApps in their tech stacks, including Objectivity Software Development, iOLAP, and SharePoint @ SOPE.

131 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Microsoft PowerApps.

Microsoft PowerApps Integrations

Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Power Automate are some of the popular tools that integrate with Microsoft PowerApps. Here's a list of all 6 tools that integrate with Microsoft PowerApps.
Decisions about Microsoft PowerApps

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Microsoft PowerApps in their tech stack.

My company wants to make some relatively small, self-contained web apps to go through specific engineering analysis workflows.

Each app would involve:

(a) User inputs numbers and tabular data either in a table or from a csv import

(b) App makes plots of this data

(c) App performs calculations based on user input and outputs results as either plots or numbers or tabular data

It seems like there must be zillions of applications where people want these things, so I want a 'low code' approach that already handles a bunch of details so we don't have to. Experience in the past with Angular has involved, in my experience, a lot of low-level coding to 'reinvent the wheel', creating capabilities (like menus to control plotting options like font size) that I'd expect to be very common.

Specific wants:

(a) Plotting capabilities with prebuilt convenient plotting controls

(b) Ability to 'save' and 'load' (as in, you do the analysis and get results and want to save so that you can reopen this save environment with the data and analysis, as if you'd never closed it)

(c) For specific components, ability to swap out the built-in components with a customized plot/widget.

For example, with (c), we might have a situation where we do want to make a custom plot or tool, and would like to be able to drop that into the general application

Question is - does something exist that does what I am describing? What would you recommend? On our list to check out: Microsoft PowerApps , Dash , UI Bakery, Retool , Tibco Spotfire , Outsystems, Zoho, Creatio, or any other suggestions.

Other considerations:

(a) How easy are these apps to maintain (i.e., do they frequently make non back compatible, breaking updates, like they do with Angular)

(b) Need excellent security so I can deploy web apps for large companies

(c) General ease of use (would like to be efficient with developer time).

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Microsoft PowerApps's Features

  • Provide professional developers the tools to seamlessly extend app capabilities with Azure Functions and custom connectors to proprietary or on-premises systems
  • Give everyone the power to build the apps they need with advanced functionality previously only available to professional developers—including pre-built AI components
  • Empower your team to start building and launching apps right away using pre-built templates, drag-and-drop simplicity, and quick deployment—then roll out continuous improvements as needed

Microsoft PowerApps Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Microsoft PowerApps?
Google App Maker
App Maker lets you develop powerful apps with relative ease. Create a model to manage your data, build a UI in the visual editor, use Apps Script to write some scripts, and you're on your way.
Flow is an online collaboration platform that makes it easy for people to create, organize, discuss, and accomplish tasks with anyone, anytime, anywhere. By merging a sleek, intuitive interface with powerful functionality, we're out to revolutionize the way the world's productive teams get things done.
Microsoft Access
It is an easy-to-use tool for creating business applications, from templates or from scratch. With its rich and intuitive design tools, it can help you create appealing and highly functional applications in a minimal amount of time.
OutSystems is a low-code platform to visually develop your application, integrate with existing systems and add your own code when needed.
Power BI
It aims to provide interactive visualizations and business intelligence capabilities with an interface simple enough for end users to create their own reports and dashboards.
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Microsoft PowerApps's Followers
162 developers follow Microsoft PowerApps to keep up with related blogs and decisions.