Ever did a Microsoft Power Platform Project? Then these questions will certainly seem familiar to you. If it is your first project or not, these questions will pop up often and as it goes with recurring questions, you have some guidelines to redirect responses. Let’s dig into some frequently asked questions.
How much will the project cost me?
One of the most complicated topics is the Microsoft licensing. When you have users licensed for Office365, you can make free use of the Power Platform capabilities with some restrictions: e.g. only standard connectors. You can build really nice things already with standard connectors. At time of writing this blog, Dataflex got introduced which further enables the capabilities of the included functionalities with the most basic license.
Other options are purchasing dedicated licenses per app or per user. These licenses can get quite expensive if you don’t think well in advance. Make sure, if other Dynamics 365 products are in use, you have seeded capabilities from these licenses.
How much time will it take?
Nobody can predict the velocity beforehand, but there are some rough estimates available. Typically the first project will be the most difficult to get through. Processes need to get into the hands of the Makers and business needs to get familiar with the capabilities of the Power Platform. Once you have this done for one process, it makes it an easier task to identify pitfalls like third party integrations where no connector is available for.
Which Data Source should I pick?
This goes a hand in hand with the licensing question actually. If you are lucky you can afford licenses or already have some licenses where DataFlex Pro is included, this is a no-brainer instead of SharePoint Lists for relational data. However, if it’s for storing documents, SharePoint is the way to go. Others will prefer SQL server based on the knowledge or already in place infrastructure. Summarizing: take into account as much parameters as possible and make a fit-gap analysis, it all depends on the situation and current technology offerings.
What concerning privacy and security?
Privacy and security are safeguarded by the Microsoft Azure stack. Power Platform is build on top the Azure foundations, so security is very granular and in lots of ways possible to control. Depending on which data source(s) you are building your solution, you can finetune security directly at the source too. This can lead to potentially difficult scenario’s where one user is supposed to see information, whereas the source tells him he’s not eligible!
Dreaming of your own Power Project? Get in touch with me and I’ll guide you through these and a lot more questions with the appropriate responses!