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From InfoPath to PowerApps and Flow
Published: June 25, 2019
News of support for InfoPath ending on the 13th of July 2021 and extended support on the 14th of July, 2026, caught InfoPath users by surprise. InfoPath allowed those with limited IT skills to create electronic forms and workflows, giving them access to previously unimagined possibilities.
Many organizations have come to rely on InfoPath, but with Microsoft’s growing shift towards the cloud, technology such as InfoPath, built for on-premises eventually becomes obsolete.
This is not to say that there are no options available for InfoPath users. However, the best option for you would be to consider migrating to the Power Platform. Most of us have heard of this and chances are, it may even be available in the organization, but by making a determined shift to the Power Platform, you can quickly build and deploy the right business solutions without writing code.
The Power Platform consists of three amazing tools from Microsoft – Power BI, PowerApps and Flow which enable you to Analyze, Act and Automate your business process. These make it far more achievable to quickly build relevant action paths and integrated workflows.
Power BI, in particular, makes data modeling a breeze. It enables you to convert your data into insight into action. You can connect to hundreds of sources, prep data with ease, and create beautiful reports, all in minutes.
However, if you want to build apps, PowerApps is your best bet. PowerApps enables building data-driven apps that are device agnostic and can access a multitude of data sources, both cloud, and on-premises. What took months a couple of years ago, can now be accomplished in hours. If your organization has Office 365 then you have PowerApps (and Microsoft Flow) too.
While you would normally work with data from a single source in InfoPath, PowerApps is designed to allow you to work with multiple data sources and service connections in one app. Currently, more than 200 connectors support a combination of on-premises and cloud data, including Microsoft Office 365 and Azure services such as Microsoft Flow and Dynamics 365.
If you want to add Microsoft Flow to your PowerApps solutions, there are dozens of pre-built templates to choose from. Why would you want to add Flow to PowerApps? Because the Microsoft Flow platform enables automation of business processes through simple configurations. Things such as notifications, data collection, execution of stored procedures from apps, Twitter posts and Active Directory functions can be accomplished without writing code.
As mentioned earlier, the Power Platform – PowerApps and Flow in particular – provide many features that are available in InfoPath and enable enterprise users to create, collaborate, communicate and manage mobile apps without having developer skills. Also, Flow and PowerApps can be easily integrated with any other services of the Office365 ecosystem.
You can also connect to a multitude of third-party services such as Dropbox, Google, Salesforce, Slack, and many other popular targets. At Microexcel, we evaluate your SharePoint environment, provide you with insight on how you can integrate or migrate to SharePoint technology and help you minimize risk, cost, time and complexity. If you need assistance on how to migrate from InfoPath to the Power Platform, please contact us at [email protected]