I had a conversation with colleagues today about the value propersition of the PowerPlatform from an app developer perspective.

You get a boat load of features and functionalities out of the box that you would otherwise have to build and manage your self.

On top of that you also get a myriad of ways to integrate with other systems applications. And DevOps tools to support your agile develoment methodology. And a global and helpful community.
 

If you have something that should be added to the list please reply to the linkedin post https://www.linkedin.com/posts/jensschroder_development-platform-as-a-service-build-activity


Built in features

  • Authentication and access control down to field level - Azure AD, Security Roles
  • Full Web API and .NET assembly support, custom entities included
  • Automation via powerful workflow engine
  • Data model designer
  • Management UI, both mobile and browser built together with data model
  • Support for custom UI controls
  • Automatic backup
  • Scalability
  • High availability
  • Disaster recovery
  • Low code app development supported via PowerApps Canvas Apps


 

Optional functional Add-ons

  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Marketing 
  • Field Service


 

Optional AI Add-ons

  • Customer Insights - CDP, Customer Data Platform for holistic view of customers across applications
  • Virtual Agent for chat bot integration via visual designer
  • AI Builder for low-code AI model implementations


 

Integration

  • Excel and word integrations for import export and document generation based on templates
  • Office 365 integration for productivity
  • Microsoft Teams integration for collaboration
  • Integrations to clouds and on-premise
  • 260+ connectors to various systems and services
  • Portals with support for custom web portal frontends
  • Power BI integration
  • Build in integration for Azure Service Bus


 

Azure Integration

  • Azure Logic Apps for process automation via standard connectors
  • Azure Function via .NET assemblies
  • Azure API Management gateway for monetizing data
  • Azure SQL Server sync via Data Export Service
  • Azure IoT Central for integration with SaaS IoT solutions
  • Azure IoT Hub for platform level IoT solutions


 

Tools

  • Capacity, Performance and Usage Monitor
  • DevOps support via standard tasks for Azure DevOps
  • PowerShell modules for management tasks
  • AppSource for monetizing your app and access to more than 2000 apps


 

Compliance

  • Audit Reports – SOC 1, SOC 2, ISO/EIC 27001, ISO/EIC 27018 and Security Assesment reports.
  • GDPR – Discover, Manage, Protect and Report on data
  • Privacy – You own the data you store and process with the PowerPlatform. We use your data only to provide the services you want.
  • Security – Security Development Life Cycle, Data Center Security, DDoS Defence System and Data Segregation
  • Encryption – Data encrypted at Rest and in Transit. Bring your own key via Azure KeyVault
 

Community

  • Huge community of business pros, consultants and developers
  • A multitude of online and physical world events all over the world
  • Local user groups all over the world


 

Partner eco-system

  • World Wide Partner Network
  • Local support for customizations and development