Your business may already be leveraging the benefits of Microsoft Teams. You may also already be achieving some advantages from Microsoft’s Power Platform. However, these benefits and advantages can be enhanced further thanks to seamless integration between the two solutions.
What Is Power Platform?
Power Platform is a Microsoft offering that brings together a number of different applications, placing these solutions within easy reach of businesses. The platform includes the following:
- Power BI (Business Intelligence) to help organizations visualize and understand data related to their business and their projects.
- Power Apps, a rapid low code development environment, is designed to assist businesses as they craft and grow their own applications.
- Power Automate, a low code workflow solution enables businesses of all sizes to automate their work processes.
- Power Virtual Agents, gives businesses the capability to craft artificially intelligent chatbots to support personnel and customers.
All these solutions combine to deliver an effective toolkit to organizations. With this toolkit, businesses can craft apps that align with business strategies and performance targets.
Microsoft Teams and Power Platform Integrations
Organizations can get more from Power Platform, thanks to integrations with other Microsoft tools. Microsoft’s Power Platform and Teams integrations provide further capability and scope to organizations in search of more streamlined, and more effective, operations.
- Connecting Insights from Power BI to the Teams Workspace
Staff members can integrate their Power BI solution with the Teams platform, viewing data from Power BI in a centralized location. All personnel see and work with the same up to date and visualizations achieving effective collaboration as a result. Most of the Power BI app’s functionality will be accessible via Teams, minimizing the need to access user interfaces in different solutions.
- Sharing Newly Created Apps in Teams
With the Power Apps studio, it’s easy to create and launch the business-specific applications that staff members need to achieve streamlined processes and procedures. Integration with Teams takes this a step further, providing a collaborative space where newly created applications can be shared among staff members in real-time. Developers will also be able to draw on data from the tools within the Teams platform – such as calendars and scheduling tools – to create applications.
- Automating Workflows in the Teams Platform
Users will be able to leverage the capabilities of Power Automate as they craft tailored workflows within the Teams platform. The integration is designed to make this easy, utilizing many powerful connectors to diverse data sources and services within the platform to eliminate much of the development and coding associated with workflow automation.
- Building Chatbots with Existing Templates
Power Virtual Agents already gives businesses the capability to create chatbots of their own, but the Teams integration makes this more efficient, more effective, and considerably easier. When Virtual Agents is integrated with Teams, users gain access to pre-built templates upon which to build their chatbots. From here, they can still customize and tailor the chatbots they make, but many of the initial steps are prepared automatically. The chatbot can also integrate with datasets accessible via Power Automate – such as Human Resources data or required fields for specific types of reporting – making it easier to craft chatbots with specialized aims in mind.
The Benefits of Teams and Power Platform Integration
Integration between Power Platform and Teams takes many forms, and each of the apps within the Power Platform suite is enhanced by this. But what specific advantages does this bring to your business?
- Seamless and Secure Data Transfer
Thanks to complete integration, data can be shared easily between the Power Platform applications and the Teams solution. Connections are achieved securely, with no need for manual data transfer. This helps to shore up data protection and accomplish full regulatory compliance without compromising on performance.
- Minimal Coding Requirements
While developers and coders will always be useful to businesses, Teams and Power Platform integration is intended to reduce the need for professional coding experience. Users without a background in development will still be able to build basic apps and automated workflows thanks to simplified processes.
- More Straightforward Operations
It’s tempting for businesses to deploy lots of different kinds of apps, ensuring that all requirements are anticipated. Unfortunately, this can lead to excessive complexity, as users need to access numerous different software solutions throughout their work day. Utilizing the integration between Power Platform and Teams reduces some of this complexity, increasing productivity and ease of use for all staff.
- More Opportunities for Collaboration
Teams is designed as a collaborative platform. By integrating Power Platform and Teams, your business is able to better reap the rewards of collaboration, introducing a collaborative aspect to the Power Platform app suite.
Managed Integration Between Power Platform and Teams
Here at Softlanding, we are the experts when it comes to Microsoft Enterprise solutions. We offer professional and managed IT services that help our clients get the very best from these solutions. Reach out to our team today to discuss how this can benefit your business.