I have the immediate requirements to generate two mobile form data capture apps (offline and online capture), publish to a central repository and report off this data using PowerBI and a website. Initially only 2 apps and 10 users but would scale out to 100 apps and 500 users
So I have been looking at using PowerApps but as its quite new I am yet to see a best practice on architecting an end - end solution.
Utilising powerapps on the front end is a no brainer but what to connect to. Connecting directly to the CDS looks to be the no-code solution but then can a server side website connect to the same data and run powerBI over this?
Suppose I could connect to a customAPI which uses a SQL Server behind the scenes. That way I have the flexibility but it would prevent power users creating their own apps (Might be a good thing)
I have a developer background so code is not an issue but as powerapps is changing at a rapid rate I need to ensure logging, security versioning of apps and stability are taken into account.
I have actually already followed the article you linked regarding the custom connector. What the author fails to go into is what are some of the reasons you would choose a custom connector over the CDS.