6 Ways to Support your Organisation’s Power Apps Adoption

Power Apps is Microsoft’s platform for creating no-code business apps which simplify common processes. There is a real buzz around this platform and many people are excited to get their hands-on the tool and start building. And, in light of recent research, it isn’t hard to see why.

122, 850 worker hours saved from streamlined and automated business processes (Forrester, 2019) 

70% reduced application development cost and effort (Forrester, 2019) 

700% growth in Power Apps production apps in 2019 alone (Microsoft, 2019) 

Amidst the excitement, it’s important to carefully manage the usage of the technology throughout your organisation, ensuring the platform is used to create apps that are secure, useful and widely adopted.

Here are some ways you can maximise your chances of Power Apps success:

  • Brush up on the possibilities of the Platform

    Attend one of our free full-day PowerAppathon events to learn about Power Apps and the wider Power Platform, take part in a hands-on lab and gain advice from our expert consultants in a 1-2-1 breakout session. Check out our events page here to see when the next event is being held.

  • Evangelise

    Sharing success stories and assigning champions creates a buzz throughout your organisation that will help with a successful roll-out.

    Show and tell sessions are a way of sharing what your organisation is creating and how your users can benefit from each Power App.

  • Run a Hackathon

    Hackathons are a great way to get a diverse team looking at internal business processes and how they can be automated and digitalised. They also allow for fast prototyping of solutions, as prototype apps can be created in as little as a day.

    Pythagoras have delivered successful hackathons that have sparked new ideas and prototype Power Apps for many organisations.

  • Promote internally

    Promoting the benefits of the platform internally will accelerate adoption. Some internal promotion ideas include:

    • Creating posters or newsletters highlighting benefits and any updates.
    • Recognising individuals’ excellent utilisation of the platform.
    • Holding drop-in sessions to collate feedback and answer any questions.
  • Develop a citizen development community

    If you plan on using citizen development, building internal communities using Yammer or Teams creates a centralised place for discussions and knowledge sharing. This can be used to store all available resources to help your citizen developers follow best practice recommendations and brand guidelines.

  • Train users at every level

    End-user training should be provided to help users get familiar with the new platform and how to use their new apps.

    Train-the-trainer sessions are a good way to upskill internal teams, equipping those involved with information needed to train others. This can work particularly well if you plan to create internal ‘Champions’ who will act as the conduit between your end-users and those creating and updating your Power Apps.

    Admin training can teach your IT leaders and citizen developers about the governance, security and best practice for creating and rolling out Power Apps.

User adoption is crucial to any new technology implementation, it can take time to achieve, and requires careful execution and planning. It’s important to understand your users and use methods that suit them. The more successful the user-adoption, the more you will get out of the platform.

Pythagoras is committed to supporting our customers to make the most out of their investment and utilise the capabilities of Power Apps. If you require some assistance, from Power Apps building, to training or advice, please get in contact with us at info@pythagoras.co.uk or give us a call on 01628 519 000, we would love to help.

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