Microsoft Makes Business App Development Easier by Eliminating the Need for Coding

By CIOReview | Monday, December 7, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: For empowering employees and developers to build business apps without the need for coding, Microsoft unveils PowerApps that represents the purpose it serves. The new app will allow users to make proper use of data scattered throughout their organizations in both software-as-a-service and on-premises apps reports Mary Jo Foley for ZDNet.

To use PowerApps, an employee has to be permitted by company’s IT department. Once approved, an employee can access the data readily available on the cloud or hardware storage devices to build apps and can even integrate these data into the app. It can be synced with Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Dropbox, OneDrive and SharePoint, Oracle, and SAP among others while creating an app. Using the new platform, employees can share the apps they have created on the iOS app store, Android Play store and Windows app market. Employees can share PowerApps like documents as easily as typing an email address.

According to Microsoft, several challenges pertaining to app development has inspired the company to come up with a solution to meet them. The three important challenges that the company has identified  include: absence of efficient developers to meet the growing demand for business app scenarios; expansion of business data to on premises systems and beyond the firewall to SaaS clouds have given rise to difficulties in connecting and consuming related data from within an app; and lastly as mobile app distribution  happens through app stores, or through mobile device management which is governed by IT, it creates friction in getting apps onto employee phones.

To test the functionality of the new app, Microsoft is partnering with accompanies such as Toro, Bose, Metro Bank and eBecs. Though information on its pricing and market availability has not been unveiled, Microsoft allows interested companies to try out the new venture through requesting access via PowerApps site.