Below is a description of what we need. My question is if Power Apps is a good fit for this?
I can do basic scripting, but I'm not a coder. Is this going to be more of a headache to maintain than buying a turnkey application?
Product ID, Product Serial#, Sales Engineer Name, Client Name, Location, Type of Use (Demo / Eval), Start Date, End Date, Note
To my knowledge, PowerApps is a platform to enable light, mobile, and simple applications.
Based on the experience my co-worker and I have, your scenario can be a good use case considering the ease of the UI/UX developement on PowerApps. You can setup multiple pages to allow users to interact with required data and business flows even though your scenario is more like within an office settting not in a mobile setting.
For your considerations:
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There are two design styles (optimized for phone or tablet). Both styles can be viewed from a computer. You may pick the tablet one to start with.
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It's relatively easy to filter records by the login user. But the more logic/filters you put in may also slow down the app.
How are you going to setup different user permissions (regular and admin) - is it setup from your Office 365 accounts?
May I start from asking where your data is stored? It seems to me that you are trying to have your app access/interact with data from some kind of inventory systems but not just an Excel file online. If your data is sitting in an on-prem environment, you may need to consider some network setup using a data gateway. In our attempts, connecting to an on-prem data source may take a bit longer when you are working through your PowerApps app. If we use a SharePoint Online list or some online service, like some Dynamics 365, it's faster - maybe it's because they are all running on Azure services.
Hope it helps.
First question for you is what are the options for the database/datasource? Can you use a SharePoint list? I think everything you mentioned above is possible currently using PowerApps.
The one thing I am not sure of is regarding the permissions, I know that the person object is not fully supported from SharePoint, so it may be difficult to access a user's permissions if you plan on getting the permissions from the person object. A workaround for this would be to set the email as a column in your datasource so that you can validate that email in your PowerApp. You can see more about this workaround here: https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/PowerApps-Forum/Disable-or-Enable-create-item-button-in-power-ap...
Other than that, you should be able to build a PowerApp to accomplish what you need.
If you have any other specific questions, feel free to ask!
Hi Jimmy, thanks for the input.
Based on your response, it looks like PowerApps might be able to do what I’m looking for.
Re: data source, it will be some sort of SharePoint source. Right now, I’m looking at an excel file on SharePoint/OneDrive.
Estimate a thousand product ID/Serial # combinations, at an average of 10 scheduling transaction /yr / productid = 10K transaction records per year.
I think excel can work as a back end data source for that volume, but haven’t tested it yet.
I’m not very familiar with SharePoint lists vs excel file, so I can’t comment on that.
Your comment about the speed is my immediate concern. I’ve downloaded the “Resource Scheduling” template app for a proof of concept.
It is not blindingly fast…
And if I add another linking layer between ProductID and ProductID-SerialNumber, it might be even slower.
Based on the PowerApps template for "Resource Scheduler", the data source is currently an excel file on SharePoing / OneDrive.
In my previous response post I mentioned that I'm not conversant in SharePoint lists vs Excel files as data sources.
Are there any advantages to a SharePoint list over an excel file?
I think you should be fine using an Excel file, I just wasn't sure which direction you were going initially. In that case you could manage the permissions to add/edit/delete items in the Excel file from OneDrive so you should not have the permissions issues I mentioned above as those are related to the Person object in SharePoint lists.
Good luck building the app!
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