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Bryant is a Senior Collaboration Consultant at Interlink. He specializes in SharePoint and has been working with the software for 15+ years. Bryant is an avid runner and enjoys giving back to the community through local youth sports organizations. 

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Microsoft Power Platform Use Cases | Empowering Innovation for All Industries

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Microsoft Power Platform is built to analyze data, build solutions, automate processes, and create virtual agents, all of which can save your organization both time and money. As your organization continues to digitally transform your business processes, one of the keys to success is giving users – both outside and inside of IT – the power to transform data into insights and ideas into actions. Power Platform extends the power to create customized business solutions in an easy-to-use platform. Now the people in your organization closest to the process can create apps, workflows, reports, data visualizations, and chatbots – all with low code and no development expertise required. By removing the complexity, Power Platform democratizes IT and drives accountability and ownership across all business units.

To truly understand the impact, let’s explore how this power is applied across different business scenarios in the automotive, healthcare, and professional services industries.

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Power BI Licensing Options – What fits your needs best?

Power BI Licensing Options – What fits your needs best?

Every organization is overloaded with data and challenged to turn that data into the best decisions possible. Power BI is an interactive business intelligence tool that allows any user to build powerful reports and dashboards to provide valuable insights into their data.
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Using these insights everyone can then make more informed business decisions. Having the best data can mean seeing market trends before they emerge, spotting issues with manufacturing faster, or selling more of their own solution by building in Power BI into their own product offerings.

Microsoft has a number of different options for Power BI and how it is deployed and licensed. 

Power BI Desktop

Power BI Desktop is a complete data analysis tool that allows for advanced report creation. This software is installed directly on your local desktop, where there is more functionality available than inside of the Power BI Service. Power BI Desktop allows you to connect to many data sources, transform that data, as well as create calculated columns and measures for the data that you pull in. Once you have your report created, you can publish it to the Power BI Service, where licensing dictates who it can be shared with.

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Microsoft Dataverse for Teams

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Microsoft Dataverse delivers a built-in low code data platform for Microsoft Teams...

and provides relational data storage, rich data types, enterprise-grade governance, and one-click solution deployment.
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What is Microsoft Dataverse?

Dataverse (formerly named the Common Data Service, Project Oakdale, or Dataflex) is a lightweight database built into the Power Platform that is easy to use and maintain. Dataverse lets organizations securely store and manage data that is used by specific business applications. Stored in the Cloud, your organization receives a basic set of tables covering many typical scenarios, but you can also create custom tables specific to your organization or industry and populate them with data by using Power Query (commonly used across Excel and Power BI). App makers in your organization can then use Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents to build applications that use this data – bringing rich metadata to drive business processes while ensuring data quality. Reduce the stress of data management and let Dataverse determine your storage needs for relational data. This integration with the Power Platform also improves insights with the built-in AI. Enhance your data analysis and process data more quickly through turnkey integration with Power BI.

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Power Apps Promotional Offer - Limited Time

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Microsoft recently introduced a new Power Apps promotional offer until June 30, 2021.

Read on to learn how your organization can take advantage of this great offer!
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Power Apps

Power Apps is one part of Microsoft’s Power Platform. Power Apps enables organizations to quickly build low-code apps that connect to their organization’s key data sources to solve tough challenges and streamline processes. Your organization can jumpstart building and launching apps through a simple platform with prebuilt templates as well.

Use Power Apps to solve business problems specific to your work environment, whether it's tracking, simplifying, calculating, ordering, or working with end-users in a specialized industry – Power Apps is for you. Connect your data sources and see how easy it is to build applications that bring immediate value through quick development and iterations. Build the right app for the specialized job your organization needs to get done.  

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Microsoft Power Platform: Return to the Workplace with Confidence

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Microsoft’s Power Platform provides a templated solution for organizations across industries as they are returning to the workplace.

This solution brings automation, analytics, visualization, and ease of use through the Power Platform.
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Microsoft’s Return to the Workplace Solution

Returning to the workplace and how/when it will be done is a decision that should be made with careful thought and preparation. Navigating government restrictions, preparing site readiness, setting health safety standards, and using technology to communicate with staff, monitor and adjust procedures, and implement hybrid strategies are crucial.

Microsoft’s Return to the Workplace solution provides a turnkey solution allowing for business continuity, the safe reopening of workplaces, and supporting your employees’ and customers’ health. Give your organization the confidence to meet in person with a pre-built solution designed to protect teams and streamline the entire reopening of the workplace process.

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