Power App: How to convince your boss

You know that Power Apps can help your organization a lot, but your boss is not convinced yet. How to convince your boss to invest in Power Apps licenses and see a return on the investment.

This is an article on a series I intend to write about Corporate Champions, the people pushing the boundaries in each organization and showing everyone how to use technology and how it can simplify everyone’s lives.

The issue

The main issue is always the same. Spending money, even in companies that don’t have apparent shortages of funding. It isn’t easy to convince your boss to adopt a specific technology, but I’ll try to help you on that front.

Low-code enables anyone to go from idea to product quickly without thinking about infrastructure. Database and applicational servers, deployment, development (even having a team) are a huge expense for every company. Microsoft takes care of all of this, scaling the platform without any additional cost for you.

The idea of spending money on licenses is offset by a lot when you consider all the previous costs.

So “Saving money on people and resources” is your first argument.

Speeding up things

Since Power App is a low-code framework or LCAP (Low-Code Application Platforms) for short and fundamentally is a simpler and faster path for everyone (even technical people) to get an idea out the door quickly, more companies are coming out with their solutions with great adoption, so it’s something that is here to stay (Gartner report on LCAPs).

Speeding time to market (being internal or external) is a huge competitive advantage when you consider that being the first in doing something is sometimes better than being the best when the market is already saturated with solutions.

So “time to market is greatly reduced” is your second argument.

The right teams with the right tools

Having a developer without a computer is unthinkable, but if you look in certain companies, you have people working without the basic tools to do their job. Think about people on the road, for example, who only have email to do all their jobs. Since Power Apps work beautifully on mobile, you can develop quick tools to provide people with the right tools to do their job. And doing their job well is a great way to improve customer satisfaction, employee productivity (and also satisfaction) and make complex corporate processes much simpler.

So “give the people the right tools for the job” is your third argument.

It plays well with your current infrastructure.

The final bonus argument is integration. Complex systems are tough and expensive to maintain. Since Microsoft takes care of the integration for us, we can have powerful tools like Office 365 applications and even integrations with hundreds of other tools using Power Automate. All of this allows you to have a quick link between systems A and B, making things simpler and easy to maintain.

So, “easier and cheaper maintenance of systems” is your fourth argument.

Final thoughts

Convincing to spend money on tools is hard. Hopefully, you’ll have enough simple justifications to convince your boss to invest in the organization. I hope this article will help you overcome the first difficulty. To start.

Have a suggestion of your own or disagree with something I said? Leave a comment or interact on Twitter and be sure to check out other Power Apps-related articles here.

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Manuel Gomes

I'm a Project Manager with experience in large projects and companies. I've worked in the past for companies like Bayer, Sybase (now SAP) and I'm currently working for Pestana Hotel Group.

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