By: Charles Lamanna, Corporate Vice President of Low-Code Application Platform.
Recent announcements at the Power Platform Conference create new opportunities for users to learn low-code, new ways to display apps in more environments, and more.
People are looking to develop new skills, advance their careers and get involved in user communities during this period of economic uncertainty. more than 80 percent of users and potential users of low-code or no-code platforms say they would be more willing to work for a company that invests in their technical improvement, according to the Microsoft Low Code Trends Report 2022.
I am excited that today, the first day of the Inaugural Power Platform Conference Sponsored by Microsoft, support opportunities to improve skills through low code. This Microsoft community-led event is a celebration of the passion and ingenuity of the Microsoft Power Platform community and will help attendees develop new skills with low-code technologies. The conference will also showcase people who have successfully leveraged the Microsoft Power Platform to transform their careers. The Power Platform Conference features Microsoft low-code thought leaders, community experts, partners, and customers from around the world who have come together to share their experience and gratitude with the Microsoft Power Platform community.
I want to thank the Microsoft Power Platform Community for making this event possible. All previous events, user groups, hackathons, and boot camps have built up to this point. By centralizing best practices, technical skills, and growth opportunities, it has created a powerful support network to uplift everyone in the community. Your stories and contributions continually inspire us to further empower people who seek to learn. low code.
As we continue to strive to make the platform more collaborative, intuitive, and productive for all creators and users, I’m excited to share some of the new programs and feature announcements, including:
- Power Up Training Program: a training initiative created to help people from non-technical backgrounds advance their careers with technology and low-code skills.
- Cards in Microsoft Power Apps: a new lightweight way to design and deliver microapps right inside Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Outlook, and more, with a customizable user interface (UI).
- Co-authoring in Power Apps– A feature that allows creators and developers to design and develop the same app at the same time, much like co-authoring in Microsoft 365.
- Enhanced SAP Integrations: New and improved ways to connect your SAP data to your Microsoft Power Platform solutions.
- Integrated virtual agent that matches creators with creators in Power Apps: a chatbot (powered by Power Virtual Agents) designed to maximize and expand an organization’s network of creators.
Introducing the Power Up Skills Program
According to him Microsoft Low Code Trends Report 2022the 80% of users You agree that using the Microsoft Power Platform increased your marketability to potential employers. We’re excited to empower more people to grow their careers through the Microsoft Power Platform.
As a result, we announced the new Power Up skills program to help citizen developers develop key skills in low code to advance their careers. Whether you want a more enriching experience in your current job or want to change careers and become a low-code citizen developer, this program is for you. can read Dozens of career change success stories on the Power Apps blog.
This program offers a three-month guided curriculum with self-paced learning, hands-on labs, application development challenges, instructor-led sessions, and the ability to connect with and learn from a strong and supportive Microsoft Power Platform community. . Certifications, coupons, and badges recognized by the Microsoft Power Platform community will enable these credentialed and trusted participants to seek citizen developer jobs.
We’d also like to invite Microsoft Power Platform experts to make a bigger impact by volunteering their time and expertise by conducting Q&A sessions, webinars, and helping with assessments.
For more information on how to apply for the program, start your upskilling journey, or volunteer your experience, visit the Power Up program page for more information.
New features coming to Microsoft Power Platform
Cards for Power Apps
Low code makes it easier for app users, especially when using Teams. In a hybrid world, getting work done in one app, collaborating with colleagues in another, and constantly switching between them is a cost that adds time.
That’s why we’re introducing Cards in Power Apps: a new lightweight way to build and deliver micro-apps to share, collect and connect data, and make critical business decisions, all without leaving Teams or Outlook.
Cards are based on Adaptive Cards, a popular framework for platform-independent UI fragments that has been used by developers to serve hundreds of millions of users. Power Apps now gives low-code developers the ability to create cards in the familiar drag-and-drop Power Apps designer, complete with Microsoft Power Fx integration.
The new card designer was built from the ground up to target today’s rich interactive platforms with focused, time-saving experiences for your business, including surveys, data collection, and surveys, as well as more advanced business use cases.
Cards will be available in Power Apps soon in preview; they can learn more on the Power Apps blog.
Co-authoring in Power Apps
To improve collaboration while building apps, we’re excited to announce co-authoring in Power Apps. The co-authoring is based on commentsby allowing developers of all origins to edit applications simultaneously in real time, through using the experience similar to Microsoft 365.
Co-authoring allows multiple creators, whether professional developers or citizens, to make changes to the app at the same time and see those changes in real time. As a result, teams can innovate together and build stronger connections between professional developers and business domain experts, a critical ingredient in maximizing low-code development.
Co-authoring will be available in preview next month. You can get more information in the Power Apps Blog.
Improved SAP integration
Seamless collaboration is key to maximizing low-code technologies, as is leveraging pre-built solutions to quickly solve challenges across organizations. Integrations between SAP and Microsoft Power Platform have proven critical to the community, especially for core productivity scenarios. Therefore, I am pleased to share that, thanks to the acquisition of Clear SoftwareMicrosoft Power Platform now includes more than 150 Microsoft Power Automate cloud flows and more than 25 Microsoft Power Apps specifically designed to accelerate SAP business processes.
These apps and flows are designed to be up and running in a couple of hours and support a variety of scenarios, such as orders to collect or purchases to pay.
There is more information available on the Power Automate blog.
Introducing a virtual agent built into Power Apps
As creators progress through their development journey, discovering the right support resources is critical. That’s where the integrated virtual agent comes in.
The virtual agent (powered by Power Virtual Agents) showcases relevant external resources to help you with your app development process and promotes further knowledge building in the internal community of creators.
The virtual agent built into Power Apps is now available, you can learn more on the Power Apps blog.
Virtual agent matching creators in Power Apps
As Power Apps enables more of its workforce to contribute to app development, the need for learning, development, and mentoring also grows. The built-in virtual agent enables creator matching so creators can better collaborate, build apps efficiently, and leverage their Power Apps community.
Creator Matchmaking intelligently connects new creators with other experienced creators, advisors, and internal community members who have the right skills and can help directly when needed most. Creator Match will be available soon in preview within the built-in virtual agent.
Thank you to the Microsoft community members, customers, partners, and employees who attended the first ever Power Platform Conference. We hope you have a fantastic experience and look forward to seeing you at Microsoft Ignite (from October 12 to 14).
For those who wish to follow the Power Platform Conference remotely, search for #MPPC22 on Twitter and LinkedIn or follow the conference on Twitter at PowerPlatformConf.
And finally, for those interested, join the Microsoft Power Platform community.