Turbocharging Teams - Kevin Kieller and Dino Caputo

Turbocharging Teams - Episode 12: Power Apps and Teams

6 Nov 2020

By Kevin Kieller and Dino Caputo

Turbocharging Teams focuses on tips and tricks to help you get the most out of using Microsoft Teams. In this episode, we continue their discussion of the Power Platform and provide specific examples of how Power Apps can be used as a “superpower” to get more from Teams for you and your organization. For inspiration, we review several example applications from Microsoft and from the Power Apps Community Gallery.



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Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of turbocharging

teams. My name is Dino Caputo and I'm joined once again by my

colleague Kevin Kieller.

And today we're going to continue our discussion of the

power platform, more specifically, power apps.

In our last episode, we talked about power apps and what they can do

for you, specifically in the context of Microsoft.

Teams and we introduced.

We talked about some of the key

announcements at night, so. Just a quick recap.

The power plot power apps is really part of the

power. The Microsoft Power platform which encompases.

Power apps as well as three other areas, so there's power

BI, which is the the analytics application power apps which we

got into last week.

Power automate, which is the workflow automation and this was

formerly known as flow and then. Lastly the power virtual agent.

So think chat bots.

And then you know, really, tying it into teams, you know

Microsoft Teams is a platform, doing 75 million daily active

users, 5 billion meeting minutes generated in a single day. So

obviously a lot of usage within teams. So the notion here is

that power apps are driving business transformation. As you

can see some statistics there.

You know Microsoft reporting 188% return on investment for

exit are using power apps. 74% reduction and application

development costs and an average of 3.2 hours per week saved in

terms of employee productivity.

So I'll start things off in terms of you know, we dove into

an application example last week of how you can actually go and

build a power app into teams without having to get into any

coding or open up any third party applications. So I wanted

to show some more examples of ways you can integrate power

apps into teams and so built into teams. There's templates,

there's employee ideas.

Inspection applications or issue reporting templates. So if you

have any of these requirements you can come in and simply just

pick one of the three, and I suspect that there's going to be

more and more of these templates added. Right now, there's three

when you get into the powerapps

right within teams. And then if you don't fit into the one of

the requirements that you have, you can go to

thepowerapps.microsoft.com and there's a huge templates Gallery

there, and I've.

Put a couple snippets of different examples here.

The Budget Tracker site inspection, a service desk application,

customer success, case management. Maybe you have asset

checkout, so lots of different templates in the Powerapps

template Gallery to check out.

Which is kind of nice.

I've taken the inspection app and deployed it into one of our

teams and just wanted to show you a couple of screens on what

it might look like and you can see the fit of this. This is

really meant to be run on a phone or tablet and you can see

I've launched an inspection app and presented with a couple of


 I'm going to perform an inspection and in this case.

Going to, it's a it's like a food restaurant type storefront

environment and you know the application has some prebuilt

things you're going to look at the ambient location, the

backstage front desk, frozen food area. So really what it's

meant to do is, you know you would give it to your frontline

worker. They would walk the storefront and just use it as a

checklist. There's some pictures embedded in the inspection list.

Are the shelves filled with food? Yes. No, not applicable if

they're not, you can quickly launch. You can take some

pictures and embed them into the into the inspection. I can write

some notes. I can even assign a task, say Kevin, go clean up

your mouse and I'll I'll three.. So really kind of neat. And then

when the person is done, they just simply say.

You know, complete inspection.

And submit it and then all these all this is captured.

So again leveraging all the different technologies,

there's flow flow involved, task lists, chat involved

you can take embedding pictures. All of them get

returned back into team. So it's really really quite

nice and just easily built off a template.

And with that I'll pass it over to Kevin in terms of

talking about some other examples.