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Power Apps Solutions

Good morning Makers,

 

Have you been working on a Power Apps Solution that you would like to share with your peers...Please do! Tell us about the scenario and business need, then talk about the great solution you and your team developed to increase productivity.  We would be interested in learning about the roadblocks you faced, what learning resources you used, and what tips and tricks you would like to share.

 

Let's help make each other better and start the conversation.

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Anonymous
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Jay- Our CIO office posted below on their site. When you reach out they have two people that have little knowledge on Power Apps. We have created a Power Platform group to give useful resources to people interested in learning more. We need help with Adoption at the CIO level. 

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Why should Power Apps be avoided?


1. More difficult to support, additional training and documentation will be required to support the application
2. Easier to break with minor changes to the underlying data source
3. Permissions are managed outside of SharePoint making it more difficult for site owners and technical support representatives
4. Longer turnaround for development than SharePoint form
5. Application dependency on multiple technologies which requires more technical knowledge to maintain and troubleshoot

When to use Power Apps?


Power Apps should only be used when SharePoint OOB options will not meet the requirements and technical support is available for the build and maintenance of the solution. Since using Power Apps will increase the cost and build time of the application consider the business benefit of the requirement and whether the additional cost will outweigh the benefit of the feature or functionality to the process owners.

Reach out to the XXXX to review the requirements for advice on how to move forward. Even if power apps is determined the best option this review could save time and money to avoid pitfalls that have already cost many lost hours of development.

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Anonymous
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Great work Ivan. I love using April Dunham YouTube Channel and Reza Dorani's YouTube Channel. They have great solutions and ideas.

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Anonymous
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Jay- Our CIO office posted below on their site. When you reach out they have two people that have little knowledge on Power Apps. We have created a Power Platform group to give useful resources to people interested in learning more. We need help with Adoption at the CIO level. 

Best Practice

Why should Power Apps be avoided?


1. More difficult to support, additional training and documentation will be required to support the application
2. Easier to break with minor changes to the underlying data source
3. Permissions are managed outside of SharePoint making it more difficult for site owners and technical support representatives
4. Longer turnaround for development than SharePoint form
5. Application dependency on multiple technologies which requires more technical knowledge to maintain and troubleshoot

When to use Power Apps?


Power Apps should only be used when SharePoint OOB options will not meet the requirements and technical support is available for the build and maintenance of the solution. Since using Power Apps will increase the cost and build time of the application consider the business benefit of the requirement and whether the additional cost will outweigh the benefit of the feature or functionality to the process owners.

Reach out to the XXXX to review the requirements for advice on how to move forward. Even if power apps is determined the best option this review could save time and money to avoid pitfalls that have already cost many lost hours of development.

ivan_apps
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I created a PowerApp solution to digitize the approval routing and creation of the DoD Form DD2875 + supporting docs for new accounts/onboarding.  

Business need was to centrally track, monitor and route form creation and approval so the process didn't revert back to PDFs being sent back and forth through email. 

Our organization can now track and monitor time to completion, time in stage, and improve processes based on metrics recorded in the app.  I plan to build PowerBI dashboards now to easily display high level metrics for the overall process.

It is a canvas app so that Premium licensing is avoided! The app is currently in production but I hope to package a generic version soon with the supporting SharePoint list backend definitions so it can be easily shared & customized.  The design is similar to Model-Driven apps, even including clickable Business Process Flow stages. Attaching screenshots for reference and I hope to get it out on GitHub sometime soon.

 

Learning resources: Reza Dorani's YouTube Channel & Shane Young's YouTube Channel . These were instrumental in creating this app.

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Anonymous
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Great work Ivan. I love using April Dunham YouTube Channel and Reza Dorani's YouTube Channel. They have great solutions and ideas.

Would you share the msapp file?

Anonymous
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@ivan_apps  This looks great! It's very exciting to see others building solutions in the platform for gov customers! Great job and keep going! 

Outstanding! I'd love to get a copy of your template!

How did you get the E-sig to populate on the PDF. I'd love to see this app template as well.

ivan_apps
Memorable Member
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I finally was able to put some time aside to do this - below is the link to the App to create DD2875s!

I'm sure there are things I missed in the install steps so please give me some feedback and I'll fix the install doc.

 

ivan-apps/PowerApps: sample power apps (github.com)

 

In the interest to help everyone out with the same questions you may have, please use the comments or post an issue on the GitHub page. Thanks!

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NChan
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Hi, Can you please share a unmanaged version of this solution. I want to look at your canvas app to see what it does.

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