The WEBCON BPS platform is an alternative to Microsoft Power Platform (Power Apps + Power Automate). However, there are many differences between them in the context of building an application, designing diagrams, limitations or introducing changes. The most important of them are described in detail in this article.
How scheduling vacations in Teams can streamline your entire company
ABC of Business Management
In his book, The Myth of Entrepreneurship, Michael Gerber advises that a company should be run based on rules that allow it to function even if a key employee leaves or the owner changes. It’s great advice, but how do you put it into practice?
If you own a business and employ people, you know how many procedures, policies and rules it takes to manage it properly. It applies to everything from procuring supplies for the office, and assigning tasks, to monitoring vacation days.
The bigger the team, the messier it gets. This is when solutions such as CRM software, ERP systems, etc., come to the rescue. Many things require planning and coordination, and many subsystems need to be added.
Yet few people know that Office 365 and agile Teams software are enough. Let us tell you how we structured our company’s vacation scheduling process with an app in just three days!
Case study of creating a vacation planning app
Project at a glance:
Challenge: office organization A to…Teams?
You may not believe it, but managing leaves has been a considerable challenge for our team until recently. It’s a seemingly simple task, but TTMS team is growing fast and new people are coming in all the time.
Until recently, not everyone knew how to submit time-off requests.
Idea: Application for time-off management
Hubert who is responsible for Microsoft Power Apps implementations came up with an idea of how to solve this problem easily and at a low cost.
“Since we all use Microsoft Teams, why not use it to manage the business? Maybe it would be possible to streamline and automate the leaves scheduling process.
The Vacation Days app was created in Power Apps for Teams using Dataverse for Teams. It is connected to the group calendar in the SharePoint,” says Hubert Ferenc, PowerApp Lead at #PowerTeam TTMS.
Thanks to a simple application created in 72 hours, we managed to solve several business management problems:
It is now clear to everyone that to request a vacation day, all they need to do is enter the app, select the dates, fill out a short form and submit it.
The request always finds its way to the right person – the direct supervisor.
The calendar is now filled in properly.
Additionally, we’ve integrated a bot that sends notifications about app events.
Power Apps – improvement in enterprise management
Perhaps your company also needs such an application?
At TTMS, we create user-friendly applications using Microsoft Power Apps.
With Power Apps, prototyping and deployment have become lightning fast. Our application was developed in 3 days! On top of that, the solution offers low development and maintenance costs.
Power Apps advantages
Problem: streamlining management
Solution: Agile Power Apps
I don’t want to spend too much
I don’t want additional software
An application based on Microsoft technology
I do not want a long process
Application developed in 48 hours
Used in production companies
Microsoft Power Apps implemented by TTMS are used to streamline HR processes and company management.
They are also great for larger projects in virtually any industry.
At TTMS, we help our clients simplify their business processes. Here are 3 examples of Microsoft Power Apps implementations:
Application for ordering vaccines against Covid-19
A simple application to centrally manage vaccine orders
Application for parking lot management
Intuitive application for parking space reservation at the office
Application for ordering licenses
An agile application to centrally manage license orders
If your company wants to streamline processes, TTMS will provide you with comprehensive support in implementing the application – from the concept and functionality definition to the implementation and maintenance.
improved document flow
simplified management system
streamlined HR procedures
improved information flow among employees
Agile software for companies – consultations
We are happy to meet with companies that have ideas for improving their processes – both simple and advanced ones.
Request a consultation if:
you need an application as quickly as possible
you want to automate business processes
you expect smart solutions
Order an application that will improve your business processes without straining your budget. Contact us!
TTMS – why us?
We are a Microsoft partner and have many years of experience in Power Apps implementations.
TTMS is part of the TT capital group that operates in the American and Asian markets and 6 European countries.
TT Group has 23 offices on 3 continents and employs around 2000 people. Our team consists of highly qualified and certified specialists.
Write to us and schedule a free call with a consultant.
Power Apps – an alternative in designing mobile applications
Does application development have to be difficult and its implementation time-consuming?
There is a belief persisting in many companies that creating applications (even for internal use) is a tedious, long, and difficult process. But why is that so? There are two reasons (both related to the IT industry):
in the past, designing applications and creating websites did take a long time;
for many software companies, “difficult” processes mean higher profits.
Cost is one thing, but the #lead time of software development is equally important for business because the world is changing #fast. When you run a business, yousimply can’t afford to have your applications taking months to develop.
Do you remember the game called Pacman?
The main character was a creature who devoured the dots on the screen. If Pacman represented the app development process without Power Apps, it would have devoured time, money, and human resources.
Today hardly anyone plays Pacman anymore
We have access to modern technology and cloud solutions, and we can develop applications using Microsoft software.
Microsoft Power Apps project in a nutshell
Parking space reservation application
Customer industry: IT
Collaboration period: 6 months
Time of work on the application: 1 week
Number of people in the project: 2
Year of collaboration: 2021
Tools used in the project: Microsoft Power Apps
The challenge – what did the client approach us with?
In big cities, there is always a huge problem with parking spaces. Some corporations provide parking spaces at their locations as an employee benefit.
Our client had been struggling with the insufficient number of parking spaces in front of the company for a long time.
On top of that, the pandemic crisis started. Due to the Coronavirus, many people who previously used public transportation started arriving to work by car.
Project goal: the client asked us to create a user-friendly application for parking space reservations.
The application was supposed to enable:
checking parking availability,
booking a parking space.
The solution was to be done in the style we’ve mastered to perfection – “ASAP” and ” cost-effectively“, preferably without installing additional programs (the client already had an Office 365 environment). Additionally, the application had to be user-friendly.
The process – application development in 5 steps
How did we cope with this challenge?
Step 1 Meeting with the client
We started with a meeting with the client. We determined the initial requirements, defined what benefits the application is to bring, and how people would use the solution.
Step 2 Work in a project team with developers
We discussed the assumptions of the application with the project team. We made a simple mockup and the concept of the solution.
Step 3 Confirmation of initial assumptions
We presented the client with sample screen views and provided costs estimation. We managed to keep the cost at a level that did not require the Board’s approval, which accelerated the process.
Step 4 Designing the application interface
After just a few days of work, we had the design ready. We presented the design and the functionalities to the client.
Step 5 Release to users – launch
At the next status meeting, we agreed on the remaining details, and after another working hours, the final product was ready. The client could immediately start using the application created in Microsoft Power Apps.
After a few days, we received feedback that the application worked flawlessly. Employees are happy with the solution as they do not waste time on unnecessary problems and, most importantly, the office is now better organized.
What tools did we use? Microsoft Power Automate
In this project, we used Power Apps that are a part of the Power Platform. It is a set of services, including Power BI, Power Automate, and Power Apps.
With Power Apps, you can solve process or business problems in a simple, fast, and inexpensive way.
3xS – the advantages of Power Apps in mobile application development
S for simplicity – based on Microsoft technology
S for streamlined processes – creating an application in just 48 hours
S for savings – save money on app development and maintenance