Over the past thirty years, Microsoft SharePoint has played a crucial role in enabling virtual team collaboration and transforming modern workspaces. Its development platform has allowed for the creation of various line-of-business applications using low-code/no-code development paradigms. However, there has been a recent shift towards using the Microsoft Power Platform as a preferred low-code/no-code development platform, which has become a market leader.
While some organizations still use SharePoint, others have focused on the Microsoft Power Platform due to its extensive capabilities and user-friendly interface for developing no-code solutions beyond SharePoint. We’ll compare SharePoint and Power Platform and talk about SharePoint’s future as a development platform.
SharePoint vs Power platform
Microsoft SharePoint and Power Platform are powerful Microsoft productivity tools for different organizational purposes. Here’s a comparison between SharePoint and Power Platform:
Microsoft SharePoint is for collaboration, document management, and intranet development. Power Platform (Power Apps, Automate, BI, Virtual Agents and Power Page) allows easy app creation, workflow automation, data visualization, and chatbot building. SharePoint and Power Platform can be used together for complete solutions.
Utilizing SharePoint with Power Platform
SharePoint and Power Platform can be integrated to build custom apps, automate workflows, and gain insights from data.
Power Apps with SharePoint Integration:
Integrating SharePoint with Power Apps allows custom app creation and improved user experiences within the SharePoint environment.
Power Automate with SharePoint Integration:
Power Automate lets you automate processes with SharePoint and other services. Trigger flows based on events like document creation or list item modification. Use it for document approval, notifications, and data synchronization.
Power BI with SharePoint Integration:
Power BI creates interactive reports and dashboards using your SharePoint data, providing valuable insights for informed decision-making. Visualize your data clearly and compellingly.
Power Virtual Agents with SharePoint Integration:
Create AI chatbots with Power Virtual Agents that integrate with SharePoint to easily access information and tasks like document search and FAQs.
Power Page with SharePoint Integration:
Power Pages allows users to upload and display documents from SharePoint on a website’s form, enabling viewing, downloading, adding, and deleting documents.
Custom connectors on Power Platform enable personalized integration for SharePoint beyond pre-existing options.
The Power Platform has tools like Power Query and Dataflows to connect and modify data from different sources into a consistent model. This data can be used in Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power BI.
Benefits of using SharePoint with Power Platform
- Developing on the Power platform makes creating and integrating business applications with SharePoint easier.
- It also enables the implementation of an IT strategy that utilizes the best elements of SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and the Power Platform.
- This fosters a culture of Citizen developers who can collaborate to build apps supported in SharePoint, while users can access these apps seamlessly within SharePoint.
Teaming up with Veelead to integrate SharePoint with the Power Platform can streamline procedures and unlock the full data. This boosts productivity, enhances decision-making, and gives a competitive edge. Evaluate individual requirements and goals to determine the optimal approach and support level for integration.