Introduction

Power Platform is a system that can help users drive business by enabling them to do three key actions: gain insights from data with Power BI, drive intelligent business processes via apps they build with PowerApps, and automate those processes with Power Automate. These solutions all work together using data stored in Common Data Service and collected by Data Connectors to help everyone, from the CEO to the front-line workers, drive the business with data.

Power Platform apps and components

Here's a brief description of Power Platform components:

Products

Power BI icon Power BI (Business Intelligence) is a business analytics service that delivers data visualizations and reports to enable fast, informed decisions. Power BI scales across an organization, and it has built-in governance and security.
Power Apps icon PowerApps is an application that provides a rapid development environment for building custom apps for business needs. It has services, connectors, and a data platform. PowerApps can run on laptops, tablets, or phones.
Power Automate icon Power Automate (formerly known as Microsoft Flow) lets users create automated workflows between applications and services. It helps automate repetitive business processes such as file synchronizations, data collections, and decision approvals.

Features

Icon of AI Builder AI Builder is a turnkey solution that lets users and developers add AI capabilities to PowerApps and Power Automate workflows. With AI Builder they can easily add intelligence, recognition, and prediction to help improve business performance.
Icon of Portal Portals let PowerApps makers create external-facing websites that allow users to create and view data using capabilities previously offered only as add-ons to apps in Dynamics 365. These capabilities include a revamped end-to-end experience to quickly create and customize a website.
Icon of CDS Common Data Service lets users securely store and manage data from a wide range of sources, and then use that data in multiple business applications. Common Data Service is the common currency that enables the components of Power Platform to work together. It’s the foundation that enables the consolidation, sharing, and manipulation of data.
Icon of Connector Data Connectors enable you to connect to apps, data, and devices in the cloud. They provide direct connections between external apps, Dynamics 365 apps, and Common Data Service. Examples of popular connectors include Salesforce, Office 365, Twitter, Dropbox, Google services, and more.

The vision for Power Platform started with the recognition that data is increasingly flowing from everything, and the belief that organizations that harness their data will outperform those that don’t. After organizations have identified the data that drives their business, they need a layer on top of that data that lets all workers, regardless of technical ability, leverage the data in a straightforward way.

Power Platform supports and extends Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Azure, and third-party services and applications. Power Platform is designed to help you:

  • Analyze by creating dynamic visualizations from data hosted on internal and external sources.
  • Act by building custom apps.
  • Automate by handling repetitive processes with workflows.

Power Platform offers analysis through data visualizations, actionable data-driven applications, and low-code automation. With customizable business logic, Power Platform allows users to tailor Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure to help improve business processes, systems, and workflows.

Now that you’ve been introduced to Power Platform components, let’s take look at how Power Platform helps customers.