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An App in a Day – your opportunity to become a citizen developer

A few weeks ago, I was taking an Uber ride in Melbourne when the car I was travelling in broke down and coasted to a stop on the side of the road. There I was, standing on the shoulder, while the embarrassed Uber driver frowned at his phone, trying to figure out who to call. I hailed another ride and was quickly on my way, leaving the poor driver examining his steaming engine.

An App in a Day – your opportunity to become a citizen developer

But the whole episode gave me an idea. That night, on the plane trip home, I built on my laptop, the bare bones of an app that would have allowed him to request roadside assistance with just a couple of taps on his smartphone.

With a feed of data from Uber’s system, the app could also have given the dispatcher details such as the car’s exact location, its registration number, make, model and year and by plugging in mapping data, estimate the time it would take for a repair truck to reach the stranded driver.

None of this requires complicated coding or specialist knowledge. It can all be built on Microsoft’s Power Platform, which combines Power BI, PowerApps and a versatile tool called Microsoft Flow, which creates automated workflows between your favourite apps and services to get notifications, collect data and more.

The rise of the citizen developer

Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, predicts an explosion in app development in the coming decades as people harness these types of app-making platforms and tools to remove the hassle of day to day tasks and get work done faster. 

"500 million apps are going to get created in the next five years. Think about that,” Nadella told the Inspire partner conference in July.

“That's more apps than the last 40 years... The challenge of 500 million applications [is that] we're just not going to have professional developers to build these applications. So we need citizen developers. Empowering citizen developers is what the Power Platform has been built for.”

The great thing about PowerApps is that they are simple to build, but draw on the richness of functionality and data in Dynamics 365 and Microsoft 365. They can also connect to popular third-party apps, such as SAP, Adobe, Workday and Salesforce.

What we are likely to see emerge then, is a streamlined partnership between professional software developers and citizen developers who work on microservices that are delivered using PowerApps. That’s the sort of flexibility of design that will spawn hundreds of millions of useful little apps to make our lives more productive.

At Intergen, we’ve built more and more of these apps over the last 12 months and are increasingly helping our customers succeed in applying the technology to their own businesses.

Now we want to show how you too can become a citizen developer.

Our free App in a Day workshops – sign up now!

Our upcoming App in a Day one-day hands-on workshops will cover the breadth of PowerApps, Microsoft Flow and Common Data Service (CDS), which lets you securely store and manage data used by business applications.

These are free events that will be held throughout the country and are aimed at mid-level managers or line-of-business users looking to start or continue their business transformation journey with the development and end user experience at forefront of thinking.

You’ll gain insights, coaching and support from Intergen and Microsoft experts, with the aim of bringing your desired app to life by the end of the day.

We’ll show you that you don’t need to be able to write code to come up with your own cool app. So reserve your seat in our App in a Day workshop now and prepare to join the citizen developer movement!

To registrer, follow the links below: 

Posted by: Phil Hu, Solution Specialist | 23 September 2019

Tags: Microsoft Flow, Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft Power Platform, Microsoft PowerApps, Microsoft Power Automate

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