Microsoft Power App is a rapid low-code application development platform. It empowers businesses in their Digital Transformation by allowing them to create innovative applications, workflows, and dashboards for meeting their organizational goals & unique business needs. By providing businesses with a simple interface, Microsoft Power Apps eases them into the process of developing custom apps. It also delivers advanced functionalities like AI, Mixed Reality, IoT, Chatbots, Interactive Apps, etc. for the development of highly sophisticated apps.
With Microsoft Power Apps, businesses can create three types of apps: Canvas App, Model-driven App, and Portals.
In this blog, let us dive deeper into the world of Microsoft Power App Portal & look at how it helps organizations in transforming their business processes.
WHAT IS THE MICROSOFT POWER APP PORTAL?
Microsoft Power App Portal is an integral part of Microsoft Power App. It allows businesses to build low-code responsive websites. It also enables external users like Customers, Partners, Vendors to interact with the data stored in the Common Data Service.
CORE FEATURES OF MICROSOFT POWER APP PORTAL
With Microsoft Power App Portal, businesses can create web pages, images, static text, etc. in the portal web application. They can do so by using tools such as Power App Portal Studio.
Access To Dataverse Data
Businesses can access the data stored in Microsoft Dataverse. They can use custom web templates or table lists for showing the list of Dataverse Records on a portal page. Moreover, they can also use Table Forms for creating as well as editing records individually.
The content and navigation options available in the Microsoft Power App Portal can be viewed in up to 43 different languages. It also allows the portal visitors to switch to a different language without losing their current page or navigation.
It provides businesses with a dedicated CSS and a Bootstrap Toolkit. As a result, they can apply their unique corporate branding and styling to the customized portal.
Authentication & Security
Microsoft Power App Portal allows businesses to verify their portal users. This can be done either by using a built-in authentication or through external authentication providers. Once verified, businesses can assign the portal users a web role associated with table permissions or webpage access control rules. This provides them with controlling access to Dataverse records and specific webpages.
Businesses can configure global search for facilitating search across specified Dataverse records. It helps the portal users in locating specific data on a portal results page quickly. The configuration is protected by table permissions so that the users do not discover protected information inadvertently.
In Microsoft Power App Portal, businesses can allow the authenticated portal users to manage their profile information. This can be done on a dedicated portal table form. Users can also update their corresponding Dynamics 365 or Dataverse contact record. This helps businesses in ensuring that the contact information of their portal users is up to date.
It offers businesses various tools for creating content, configuring the appearance of a portal application, or adding Dataverse data, etc.
TEMPLATES AVAILABLE FOR CREATING PORTALS
Customer self-service portal
It allows businesses to provide their customers access to self-service knowledge & support resources and enable them to view the progress of their cases & provide feedback.
It enables businesses to provide their partners and vendors with real-time access to every stage of the shared activities such as invoices, billing, Purchase order, quotation, etc.
Employee self-service portal
It provides businesses with the ability to create an efficient and well-informed workforce by streamlining common tasks. They can also empower every employee with a definitive source of knowledge.
It allows businesses to “leverage peer-to-peer interactions between customers and experts ” for organically growing the repository of available knowledge from knowledge base articles, forums, and blogs, etc. It can also be used for providing feedback through comments and ratings.
Customer Portal (Preview)
It enables “businesses to allow external users for creating and viewing orders to the associated Dynamics 365 for the Supply Chain Management environment”.
BENEFITS OF USING POWER APP PORTAL
Effectively Engage with External Customers & Partners
Microsoft Power App Portal enables businesses to offer both internal as well as external users secure access to their data. It can be done either anonymously or through the medium of commercial authentication providers like Microsoft, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, or enterprise providers like Azure Active Directory B2C and Okta using a variety of industry-standard protocols like SAML2, OpenID Connect, and WS-Fed.
Thanks to the flexibility of the Power app portals, businesses can customize data for each of their users and set authentication requirements. “They can also allow the users to submit their information privately with straightforward admin controls”.
Build Responsive Websites Easily
With Microsoft Power App Portal, businesses can use a powerful no-code portal designer with an intuitive interface and step-by-step guidance for creating and managing websites. By offering customizable portal templates and responsive themes, it helps businesses in providing their customers with “branded, personalized, and self-service experience”.
Seamless Integration with Microsoft Services
Microsoft Power App portal offers businesses a seamless integration with Microsoft services like Power BI embed, Microsoft Flow, Microsoft SharePoint, Azure Blob Storage, Azure Active Directory B2C, and Azure Application Insights. This not only enhances the customized portal with rich content but also provides a personalized experience to their customers.
Bring all the Data Together
With Microsoft Power App Portal, businesses can provide their customers with a holistic experience by bringing data from the apps such as Power BI and Power Automate together with Microsoft Dataverse. This enables the users to interact with the data anytime & anywhere. At the same time, by offering dashboards, model-driven forms, views, lists, charts, etc. it provides more value to each user interaction.
To put simply, Microsoft Power App Portals provides businesses with the power of data and allows their customer, partners, and employees to access it in a secure and easy way.
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