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What is Power Platform?

What is Power Platform?

This course is specifically designed to give you an understanding of what Microsoft Power Platform is and what kind of business value it can provide you and your organization.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain each application, what it does, and when to use which given a situation
  • 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

This course is for anyone who wants to understand the core components within the Power Platform and who wants additional insight into how their data connects within it.


To get the most out of this course you should already have a basic understanding of Power Platform.


Microsoft Power Platform is a collection of 4 tools used to make powerful solutions for your organization.

These tools are:

  • Power Apps - Used to create custom applications for your business needs.
  • Power Automate - Used to automate repetitive business processes within your org.
  • Power BI - Used to analyze data and create visualizations for data within reports and dashboards.
  • Power Virtual Agent - Used to create a chatbot without needing to understand 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, and 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 you a better understanding of when and how you could implement each tool. 

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.