4 Easy Ways to Get Started With PowerApps

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PowerApp applications are a blank canvas that can be used to accommodate almost any business use case. Featuring deep integration into the rest of the Office 365 suite and the Power Platform, PowerApps are a great tool in the intelligent enterprise’s arsenal. Whether the PowerApp is a canvas app or a model driven application, here are four easy ways to get started using PowerApps.

Form

Connecting a PowerApp to a SharePoint list or Excel Form is the easiest way to create a Form inside a PowerApp. Just build out your list inside of SharePoint with the columns you need to store the responses, and hook up the list to an “Edit Form” control in PowerApps. Add a button control with SubmitForm(*FormName*) in the OnSelect property, and you are most of the way to creating a form.

Item Tracker

There are many tools in the O365 suite that allow you to track items. SharePoint, Excel and Planner are all good options, but PowerApps provides a 100% customizable experience that gives you more insight. Just add a gallery to display items and a “Display Form” control to show further details once those items are clicked on. This helps drive a deeper view into each individual item as well as the process as a whole.

On-boarding

Processes like on-boarding that can be variable by individual while still having a common foundation are perfect for PowerApps. Variability can be based on the new users job title, role, or location and require different steps in your on-boarding workflow. Adding a management screen is an easy way to get a complete glimpse into the on-boarding process. This allows you to get a ensure that each employee is moving through in a timely manner.

Contact List

Outlook has contact management built into it, but it doesn’t break contacts down or display them the way I’d like. I tend to scribble notes on my contacts and having the notes presented to me with the client isn’t native. Thankfully, we can use the Outlook connector to bring contacts into a PowerApp and display them as we see fit. The Outlook connector also supports editing and deleting the contact inside the PowerApp.

More Information

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