Microsoft Power Apps, a “Leader” in the Low-Code Movement – Distribution Partner of Redmond


Report: Microsoft Power Apps, a “Leader” in the Low-Code Movement

Research firm Forrester named Microsoft Power Apps as one of the four leaders in the fast-growing industry low-code / no-code application development market.

The other top three vendors named in Forrester’s “Low-Code Development Platforms for Professional Developers, Q2 2021” report are Mendix, OutSystems, and ServiceNow. Power Apps, the low-code development component of the largest Power platform, ranked third on an index measuring the strength of current offers.

The low-code movement has exploded in recent years due to increased demand for enterprise applications amid a shortage of experienced professional coding talent able to harness the greater power of more advanced tools such as Visual Studio. and VS Code. The global pandemic has contributed to this growth, Forrester said.

“As the COVID crisis has proven, rapid application development and constant iteration of software have become table stakes. Thus, low-code platforms are now a first-class development approach. At the same time, providers in more niche segments are maturing their capabilities across a wider range of use cases and developer profiles, leading to convergence in the digital process automation (DPA) and low cost markets. -code, ”Forrester said.

Power applications enables users to build their own applications typically for specific business functions, while providing professional developers with a fast and easy development path, which is the focus of this report. Professional coders are part of several target groups targeted by the product:

  • Creators / creators of applications: They can create basic canvas, model-based, and portal applications.
  • Application users: They can run apps created by themselves or shared with them by other creators, on mobile devices or browsers.
  • Administrators: They create and manage data loss prevention environments, users, roles, and policies.
  • Developers: They can write code to extend the basic functionality of simple Power Apps.

Last year Microsoft announced Power Apps Improvements including mixed reality, canvas / model support in a new mobile app, UX enhancements and more. These and other measures have received rave reviews from Forrester.

“Ubiquitous in businesses, Microsoft’s Power Apps are rapidly becoming a standardized low-code platform of choice,” the report says. “The software giant’s aligned technology strategy – from Azure to Office, with Power Apps as the low-code lingua franca at the center – is powerful and unique.”

However, the report also mentions weaknesses. “One of the main weaknesses is the portfolio’s approach to adjacent capabilities of Power Platform (such as Power BI) and useful Azure services (such as Azure DevOps), all of which must be licensed separately and can be confusing. . Additionally, Power Apps is only available through a traditional PaaS model – a mismatch for customers who need to deploy their apps on-premises or to another cloud provider. “

“Microsoft is a logical solution for customers who want to launch their professional coders and tech-savvy Office users together into the low-code age,” Forrester said in concluding his Power Apps profile.

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