Business Value of Microsoft Power Platform
Business Value of Microsoft Power Platform

This course takes you through Power Platform, giving you an understanding of what Microsoft Power Platform is and what kind of value it can provide you and your organization. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain each application, what it does, and when to use them
  • Understand how Power Platform communications with other Microsoft products 
  • Understand administrative tasks and determine from which admin center they can be accessed
  • Define data loss prevention policies and understand security options within Power Platform 

Intended Audience

  • Users looking to learn about the core components of Power Platform and additional insight into how their data connects within it


  • No prior knowledge of Microsoft Power Platform is required

Microsoft Power Platform is a collection of four tools used to make powerful solutions for your organization. These tools are: Power Apps which can be used to create custom applications for your business needs; Power Automate which can be used to automate repetitive business processes within your organization; Power BI which is used to analyze data, and create visualizations for data within reports and dashboards, and Power Virtual Agent which can be used to create a chatbot without needing to know coding. Each of these tools offers a range of features that you can use to meet your organization's unique needs. Before we get into each of these tools, however, it's important that you understand how they interact with your data. These apps can use data from a combination of different locations such as on-prem databases, cloud data, Excel documents as well as something called the Microsoft dataverse. The Microsoft dataverse is a cloud-based data storage solution completely managed by Microsoft.

It is designed to be the central database for your business data, and provides additional functionality for that data with security, scalability and integration options. By using the dataverse, you are allowed the full range of functionality within the Power Platform, as certain aspects require use of the dataverse with tools such as the AI builder or portal apps. Other tools like Dynamics 365 also use the dataverse, and allow you to utilize your existing D365 data within Power Platform tools such as Power Apps and Power Automate. Now that we understand the building blocks of the Power Platform, let's take a look into each of them individually to give a better understanding of when, and how you can implement each of these tools.


About the Author
Learning Paths

Lee has spent most of his professional career learning as much as he could about PC hardware and software while working as a PC technician with Microsoft. Once covid hit, he moved into a customer training role with the goal to get as many people prepared for remote work as possible using Microsoft 365. Being both Microsoft 365 certified and a self-proclaimed Microsoft Teams expert, Lee continues to expand his knowledge by working through the wide range of Microsoft certifications.