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Assessing Microsoft PowerApps as a Citizen Developer Platform

Published: 30 April 2018

ID: G00350446

Analyst(s): Kyle Davis


PowerApps is a cloud-based service from Microsoft that enables citizen developers in the development of business applications. This assessment will help technical professionals understand when PowerApps is an appropriate tool for citizen developers.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is PowerApps?
  • Development Tools
  • Application Life Cycle Management (ALM)
    • PowerApps Tenant and Environments
    • Canvas App Hosting Options
    • Canvas App Clients
  • Application Logic Within Canvas Apps
    • Important Considerations
  • Integration With SaaS, Data Sources and CDS for Apps
    • Connectors
    • Data Modeling
    • Important Considerations
  • Governance
    • Environment Resources
    • Canvas App Access Control
    • Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
    • App Performance and Usage Monitoring
    • Important Considerations
    • Impacts on IT
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Evaluate the Connections Citizen Developers Will Need to Effectively Develop Apps
  • At First, Leverage the Office 365 and Dynamics 365 Plan by Only Using a Single Environment and Standard Connectors
  • Determine Where All InfoPath Forms Currently Exist and If PowerApps Can Replace Them
  • Ensure That Processes and Policies Are in Place to Address the Impacts on IT From Implementing PowerApps

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