Delivering the low-code apps to the employees across the organizations using PowerApps, therefore, has shown incredible growth in the last few years. Being, Dynamics Service Provider, our customers have continuously asked us: what about the people outside our organization? Sharing the app with the outside world has been the #1 priority for them. Microsoft introduced the PowerApps Portals, which promotes the ability to build low-code responsive websites that allow external users to interact with the data stored in the Common Data Service, or even browse content anonymously.
Below are the capabilities of PowerApps Portals:
Minimal code solution for creating multi-language, responsive websites for users external, as well as internal employees
Allow external service providers like Microsoft Account, Linkedin, Facebook, Azure AD B2C, etc. or even allow anonymous access
Use WYSIWYG designer to create website content and enrich with CDS/Dynamics data using familiar constructs like forms, views, charts, dashboards
Pro dev extensibility and templating capabilities to design complex business processes
Use pre-built templates like Customer Self Service, Partner Management, Event Management, Community Self Service, or Create your portal
Quick and easy setup experience
Configure a new App type called “Portal” from PowerApps home
Use a prebuilt Dynamics application template like customer self-service, partner management, event management, etc. or create your portal
Easy to use portal Designer experience
Simplified Portal Designer to customize the content of your website
Create and manage pages in few clicks that increases your productivity multifold
Select predefined layouts or create your templates (web templates)
Expose your CDS/Dynamics data in few clicks!
Create/Update new form/view in just one click
Advanced form/view capabilities like geolocation, custom actions, workflow, etc.
Extend to multiple audiences using PowerApps Portals
Create Portals for users outside of your organization as well as internal employees
Allow a variety of login providers like Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, Azure AD B2C, etc
Let Self Service Registration for end-users or extend it to select users
Support Anonymous access for select content
Create a user-friendly, responsive, and multi-language website
Design Pixel-perfect websites using your CSS
Use bootstrap themes to build a responsive site
Supports language variations like English, French, etc.
Profile Management and Security Model
All Portal users are modeled as contacts in the CDS database
Self Service Profile Management right within the portal
Allow users to link identities from multiple identity providers
Integrate with other Microsoft Services
Unite PowerBI embed Components like reports, dashboards, and titles
Integrate SharePoint, Azure Blob Storage as document storage
CRM Charts embed in the portal
Ability to access CDS data and enable personalization using a liquid templating language
Use CDS server-side constructs like code plugins, workflows in addition to Microsoft flow to extend business logic
Display Bing map on the portal
Ability to display Image Gallery of event celebration in your organization
Display the working hours of your organization
PowerApps Portals += Dynamics 365 portals
Previously, Dynamics 365 Portals were offered as an add-on to customer engagement apps. However, now available as a standalone in PowerApps. Moreover, PowerApps Portals is the platform on which Dynamics 365 portals works.
Extends Portals beyond Dynamics 365 Applications and allows you to create a portal on CDS
Provide a simplified low code/ no-code designer experience to create portals
All the capabilities of Dynamics 365 portals will be available and will work as it is
In conclusion, portals are more attractive for small and medium-sized companies. The creation of a portal has become simpler and more intuitive, and at the same time, the pricing model has become more cost-effective with less usage. If you wish to learn more about creating low-code apps you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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