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Microsoft Power Apps Ranked # 1 in Low-Code Research Report

Microsoft’s Power Apps low-code development offering was one of four market leaders identified in a new report from research firm Forrester.

The report, in the company’s trademark Forrester Wave format, places Microsoft among Mendix, OutSystems and ServiceNow in the “Leaders” section of the wave, ranking third on an index measuring the strength of current offerings. Fourteen vendors have been included in “Low Code Development Platforms for Professional Developers, Q2 2021”.

the low-code / no-code, the rapid application development market has exploded in recent years in the face of growing demand for enterprise applications amid a shortage of experienced professional coding talent capable of harnessing the greater power of more advanced tools such as 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 top-notch 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 is the low-code development component of the larger Power platform, which also includes offers for Business Intelligence and other functionalities.

Low-Code Development Platforms for Professional Developers, Q2 2021
[Click on image for larger view.] Low-Code Development Platforms for Professional Developers, Q2 2021 (source: Forrester / Microsoft).

The product allows 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:

  • App Creators / Builders: Can create basic canvas, template-based, and portal apps.
  • Application users: They can run applications 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.

Power Apps provides options for developing canvas apps (starting with a blank slate to which components are added), model-driven apps, web portals, or Dataverse-based apps (enterprise data repositories) . It also includes services and data connectors.

Last year Microsoft announced improvements to Power Apps including mixed reality, canvas / model support in a new mobile app, UX improvements 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.”

What is Power Fx?
[Click on image for larger view.] What is Power Fx? (source: Rory Neary).

The report also references the open source PowerFx programming language that Microsoft introduced to the platform in March, based on Excel spreadsheet technology.

Power Fx in animated action in VS code
[Click on image for larger, animated GIF view.] Power Fx in animated action in VS code (source: Microsoft).

“The product is comprehensive, with good features across our review and several excellent ones,” the report states. “The integration capabilities are remarkable, and one customer said the product’s ‘growing connector ecosystem’ was helpful in automation projects. Other strengths are the Excel-style Fx development language, AI features designed expressly for citizen developers, and tools for UX and mobile development. ”

However, the report also mentions weaknesses.

“One of the main weaknesses is the portfolio’s approach to the 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 published a blog yesterday (May 11) Publish noting his inclusion as a leader in the report.

Seizing the opportunity to increase PR, the post listed five reasons the project is popular:

  1. Power Apps enables fusion teams, from citizen developers to professional developers, to collaborate seamlessly. From a low-code interface for anyone to quickly build applications, to sophisticated UX controls, the combination of drag-and-drop functionality of Power Apps and rich development tools like Azure DevOps and GitHub enables all developers to be productive and to collaborate effectively.
  2. A powerful integrated data platform with rich connectivity. Power Apps natively includes Microsoft Dataverse, a fully managed data platform built on Microsoft Azure. Dataverse offers the scalability, sophistication, and security needed to run advanced workloads, wrapped in the accessible productivity of low-code tools. Additionally, Power Apps allows customers to connect directly to data using one or more of more than 400 connectors to Microsoft and third-party data sources to create rich data source mashups in a single view for an application. Customers can also create their own connectors to any service with a REST API.
  3. Deep integration into the overall productivity experience. Power Apps is natively integrated into all of Microsoft’s cloud offerings. Microsoft Power Platform is the single extensibility platform for productivity apps and Microsoft Teams (Office 365), business apps (Dynamics 365), and our developer cloud (Azure). With an app studio built into Microsoft Teams and our investment in Dataverse for Teams, anyone can now build, customize, deploy, share, and use apps from within Microsoft Teams.
  4. A reliable, secure and governable platform. Customers are embracing the Microsoft Power Platform to move away from shadow computing and silos to common platforms that are easy to govern and monitor in a unified way. Power Apps delivers enterprise reliability through more than 100 Azure data centers, the edge of Microsoft’s global network, and a 99.9% financial uptime guarantee, plus 90 compliance certifications, more than any other platform low code data. With a unified admin center on Microsoft Power Platform with built-in security roles and permissions, customizable DLP policies, and authentication through Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), IT is armed to tackle shadow IT with a Full visibility into what the business is doing, and centrally manage Power Apps across their organization.
  5. The most comprehensive low-code platform in the world. From low code applications to automation, analytics, chatbots, integrated AI, process exploration and RPA, Microsoft Power Platform provides customers with the most comprehensive set of low code tools. in a connected platform that ensures all customers and their employees, whether they have technical skills or they are software engineers, have the tools they need to solve large-scale problems in their organization.

“Microsoft is a logical solution for customers wanting 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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David Ramel is editor and writer for Converge360.

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