The need to automate workflows and integrate data across applications is essential for organizations’ high productivity. Microsoft PowerApps allows businesses to seamlessly build apps and eliminate manual tasks with automation. PowerApps pre-built templates enable build custom apps, importing data into apps from various data sources, and sharing the app across the organization.

How PowerApps transform day-to-day operations?

Sales Appointment Management – enhances workforce collaboration, and access to sales information, and analyzes customer requirements for future engagements.

Product Orders Management – efficient management of product orders, approvals, and rejections.

Leave Management – streamlines day-to-day management of PTO (Paid Time Off) and attendance.

What does PowerApps offer?

Easy to use tool for Business Users to create and connect apps to both cloud and corporate APIs that can be easily shared amongst others within the organization.

Easily build Web and Mobile Apps for your business that integrates Single Sign-On (SSO) to corporate data and services

Complete security access management using any existing corporate API with Azure Active Directory integration.

Rapid creation of Apps using CRUD APIs for many popular, third-party services in the cloud, as well as on-premises services

Full capabilities of Azure App Service – Can host as many Web, Mobile, Logic, and API Apps as your business needs within the fully managed App Service Environment.

PowerApps use cases

1. Event management app that helps end-to-end management of marketing events.

2. Product information repository to help share access to stakeholders.

3. Field service management is a dynamic app that is featured to address specific organizational needs according to service or product.

4. Global contact management and internal communications platform for effective communications.

5. Tracking financial needs through express management, invoice processing, payments tracking, and financial reports.

6. Optimising operational efficiency with customer/employee self-service portals, partner portals, and supply-chain management apps.

Benefits

1. Automates mundane business processes & manages technology debts.

2. High integration of data across 200+ data sources.

3. Boosts productivity, and efficiency, and enables greater flexibility.

4. Ensures security & allows administering data policies, user control options, and permissions.

5. Do more with the budget, time, and resource constraints.

How we can help!

​Inovar-Tech works with clients across industries like Manufacturing, Insurance, Healthcare, Telecom, Retail, Education, and State Governments. ​​

We develop solutions for businesses to address their problems with Data Migration, Process optimization, Automation, Analytics, PowerApps, SharePoint portals, etc. ​

Talk to us to know more about our use cases and the solutions we provide!​

Microsoft adds yet another powerful feature to the low-code/no-code PowerApps. An AI-powered Express Design that can convert any uploaded PDF, PPT, Figma files, hand-written sketches, or screenshots into a working app. ​Industry-leading AI is built into Express Design that allows seamlessly scanning inputs to produce working apps that can connect to various data sources.​

How Express Design works?

1. Upload any files like PDF, take a pic of a hand-written note, a UI screenshot from another app, etc.​

2. Power Apps’ inbuilt AI engine trained to recognize common application elements will automatically detect the upload and start generating a working app along with data schema in MS Dataverse​

3. Edit this AI-generated app to suit your needs and add more elements ​

4. Next, integrate with databases like SAP, HubSpot, Salesforce, SQL, etc.​

5. Customize the app further with your desired colors, user interface, etc.​

Industry-wide use cases

​1. Legacy data in various electronic formats which are lying in outdated libraries across many organizations​

2. Conference room brain-storm sessions to startup ideas​

3. Business function-specific requirements that need to be automated​

4. Integration with Figma which enables using the same design with PowerApps Figma UI Kit​

5. Interactive educational apps that can be used across a university​

Benefits of Express Design in PowerApps

​Being true low-code tool PowerApps’ addition of Express Design takes the low-code methodology a step further by enhancing the ease of creating business apps.​

​This flexibility and ease of creation give organizations the ability to democratize app creation for a specific need by a specific function/department without having to entirely depend on IT. ​

​It also drives organizations to create individual and organizational governance policies along with encouraging innovation by design where ideas are converted, preserved, and shared across the organization fueling growth. ​

How we can help!

​Inovar-Tech works with clients across industries like Manufacturing, Insurance, Healthcare, Telecom, Retail, Education, and State Governments. ​​

We develop solutions for businesses to address their problems with Data Migration, Process optimization, Automation, Analytics, PowerApps, SharePoint portals, etc. ​

Talk to us to know more about our use cases and the solutions we provide!​

In recent times, there has been a great evolution in the field of software testing. New technologies have brought in the latest updates in the software development lifecycle.

Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) of all sizes have been adapting to the continuous changes and demands of the customers. There is always competition in delivering a superior product to stay relevant to the market.

Software testing is an important phase of the development lifecycle. End-to-end testing is the key driver that helps organizations build customer loyalty, and brand visibility, and boost profits.

Top challenges faced by ISVs in software testing

Adoption of a continuous software testing process in line with the competitive demands helps deliver high-quality applications and products.

Benefits of software testing

Major trends in software testing, a few are discussed below:

User Acceptance Testing (UAT) – UAT is an important test that is performed in the final phase, to test whether the software is functioning as per the requirements.

Regression Testing – this is an effective test that must be implemented especially when there is a continuous change in the customer requirements that are dictated to ISVs.

Automation Testing –test automation helps speed up the testing process and ensures faster time to market.

Performance Testing –high-performing digital mobile and web apps, that experience varying loads, are bound to deliver a great customer experience.

Selenium Testing – this is the common test automation tool used for faster releases that author functional tests without the necessity for the tester to have the knowledge of the test scripting language. This tool majorly helps in optimizing the testing costs, generating quicker ROI.

Would you like to know more about our experience in software testing? Contact us and we will get back to you quickly.

Over the past few decades, there is a remarkable change in our lifestyle, like our mode of transportation, our means of communication, our trading, etc. Similarly, digital tools and platforms that have become an integral part of human life too, have seen a rapid transformation. Thanks to the revolution in digital solutions through user-friendly interfaces. User Experience (UX) Design is a key factor that determines such an application’s efficiency and usability.  

Why is UX Important in Digital Industry: 

Building a digital presence is very important for any organization. Organizations mainly depend on appealing content, attractive interfaces, and competitive market strategy in promoting their products that are often backed with great user experience design. The benefits of UX design for organizations with the help of key improvement areas are: 

UX Metrics and Key Performance Index (KPI)

UX metrics help determine how the users are interacting with the product, user engagement, satisfaction levels, site traffic, and loyalty. Due to their subjective nature, these metrics are not easily measurable and can be tracked through a campaign. 

An organization’s success can be enhanced by taking the necessary steps to improve the key performance index or KPIs. Some of these include task efficiency, error frequency, task completion rates, learnability, average order per value, and revenue per user.  

Saves Development Cost 

Continuous engagement and frequent customer feedback right from the requirements gathering phase, through the product development life cycle are essential for a project’s success. Statistics prove that fixing issues late in the development cycle of a product is nearly 10 times the cost of fixing them early in the requirements gathering phase. Developers spend 40-50% of their time doing avoidable rework and it can be reduced by 33-50% with early user inputs, according to studies cited by IEEE. 

Product Success 

The key to a product’s success is measured by the ease of understanding the product, usability, and how well it addresses the problems for which it is designed. A prototype with early feedback from the end-user helps make the design of the product accurate. Unfortunately, at times, project leads progress impulsively toward building products without early analysis. Close to 80% of marketing teams say the aim of a customer experience strategy is to improve retention through a good user experience.  

Training and Support Costs  

Every organization needs to have a support system to continue the best customer engagement service. Operational costs are low if we have a high-quality UX design. This in turn saves time for the customer who can spend that quality time more on engaging with the product and getting even more addicted to it. Customer support teams can focus on other important challenges than on these trivial issues.  

How is UX Implemented in Products: 

Creating better products by implementing the best UX Design practices should be the approach of any designer. The organizations should focus on a collaborative and data-driven approach that is Discovery, Design, and Development.  

Discovery 

The product requirements and business challenges are initially communicated by the organization’s leadership team to set the product direction and explore through research. Review the requirement documents by collecting information through conducting interviews of the users to know their habits, historical data, and goals.  The identified opportunities to provide a solution to the problems are documented through this analysis.  

Design  

All the problems identified, and the path set in the initial discovery phase is first brainstormed through drawing workflow charts, making prototypes, reviewing, and modifying them. Once the low-fidelity prototypes are built they are sent for an expert’s review, and the design results of the program are shared. These low-fidelity prototypes that are approved are then used as a model to design the high-fidelity models that are further reviewed and modified. 

The prototypes that are designed are tested by the targeted users to find out usability issues and the interactive results scheme is recorded. The received results of the program according to the user demands enable designers to build a visual interface that includes the style, layout, and key interface design text. The visual interface is reviewed by the designer and the program is determined.  

The designers then enter the code cutting process where they cut pages, generate HTML codes, optimize the visual interface, and then review the UI standards. Feedback is collected from the users, bugs are fixed, and the whole process is optimized. All the prototypes that are tested and addressed for usability issues are now pushed into the final phase of development. 

Development 

Release tracking by collecting the user data and detecting each feedback channel that helps data screening out of the test report from the user and then publish it.  All the final prototypes that are pushed into the final stage are now developed with confidence.  

How can UX Design help any organization: 

UX design clearly improves revenues, customer retention, customer satisfaction, and customer loyalty. UX designers introduce positive, quantifiable, and qualitative changes to products and services. 89% of customers prefer to drop the product if it doesn’t have a good customer experience. So, organizations should consider heavy investment in providing the best user experience. 70% of new projects fail for not meeting user acceptance testing. Thorough research can help an organization provide various solutions and keep itself ahead in the marketplace.  

While most of these benefits can be measured and tracked through metrics for future enhancements, there are other tangible benefits like giving opportunities for developers to innovate new designs or solutions. It also provides a deeper understanding of users and their needs. An organization’s success to retain customers through new innovations and great customer experience helps in establishing the brand value which in turn helps add to the ROI (return on investment). Inovar’s user interface methodologies help in bringing ideas to reality by embracing new technologies and building creative user interface designs. Reach out to us to talk more. 

Serverless Computing

Serverless computing is a cloud computing architecture model in which the cloud service provider allocates hardware resources on a need basis. The cloud service providers own the physical server installation setup, management, and maintenance. The service provider allocates server resources only during execution and is free during idle time or when the application is not in use. The end-users or the customers pay for what they use to these service providers. The end-users using these server services need not worry about the backend infrastructure capacity or maintenance.

Serverless Computing offerings

There are several reasons to adopt Serverless computing over the conventional cloud-based or server-centric data centers or cloud computing. Serverless computing architecture is flexible and economical. It offers greater scalability and a short turn-around time to release. Organizations save cost and time in planning infrastructure space, purchasing hardware, installation, and maintenance of servers.

Advantages of Serverless Computing

No server management

Since the vendor manages the physical server’s planning, installation, organizations, or developers need not worry about the physical server’s maintenance or DevOps. The labor and logistic costs are saved, and the organizations can re-invest them in opportunities that are productive or areas that give returns.

Scalability

Serverless computing can scale automatically as per demand or usage increases. If a function needs to be run in multiple instances, the service provider’s servers will start, run, and end them as they are needed, using the concept of containers.

Pay-as-you-go

Code only runs when backend functions are needed by the serverless application, and the code automatically scales up as needed. There are server services that can track finer, and smaller details or timings of the server used and provide better and more accurate expenses. This results in heavy savings compared to the conventional server system where organizations must bear operational expenses of servers irrespective of their usage.

Performance for continuously running code

If an application is using code regularly, then the performance will be the same on a serverless environment compared to a traditional server environment, irrespective of the number of instances being run in parallel. If the code is continuously running it might need a short cycle to start called the “warm start”.

Reduced latency

Since the code and application are hosted on an origin server, the code can be run from anywhere and very close to the origin server, thus decreasing the latency.

Faster deployment and easy updates

In a serverless environment, since the code is maintained in the cloud, developers can quickly and easily update their code to develop and release newer versions of the application. Developers can choose to upload the code either one function at a time or all at once because the application is typically a collection of functions provisioned by the service provider.

This helps in applying and releasing the patches or updates with bug fixes or new features quite fast.

Disadvantages of serverless computing

Security concerns

“Multitenancy” – means sharing the same infrastructure with multiple and independent end-users like sharing HW resources in serverless computing. So, in a serverless environment, during the sharing of resources across different end-users, if the multi-tenant servers are not configured properly, it can result in potential security breaches and data theft or misuse. But if configured and maintained correctly, through proper vetting it can reap benefits.

Costly for long-running processes

If the applications are designed to run for long durations, then sometimes the cost using serverless compute, may overwhelm compared to using traditional server services. So, the benefits of serverless computing would be trimmed to applications meant to run for short durations.

Challenges in testing and debugging

It is challenging to simulate a serverless environment to experience how the code will execute once deployed. And with no access to the backend processes or the application is broken into smaller functions, sometimes developers may find it hard to test or debug the issues.

Performance degrades for irregular runs

There may be cases where the serverless code may not be constantly running in which case, to boot up and start the code, might take considerable time, and impact the performance. This is called a “cold start”.

Single vendor dependency

Cloud service provider selection should be depending on the more open and generic APIs that the features and workflows offer, giving us an option for easy switching to other vendors if need be. Sticking to one serverless cloud service provider can often be risky for unforeseen circumstances. 

When do you need a serverless architecture?

Serverless architecture is most preferred for developers if:

1. They want to reduce their go-to-market time.

2. Build lightweight and flexible applications.

3. Apps need to be scalable or updated frequently and quickly.

4. Apps have inconsistent usage, peak periods, or traffic.

5. App functions need to be closer to the end-user to reduce latency.

When should you avoid using a serverless architecture?

Large applications running for longer durations or having consistent and predictable workloads may better be benefitted from a traditional server compared to a serverless architecture both in terms of cost and architecture.

Inovar implements Serverless Cloud Computing

Achieving business goals with a collaborative approach and tailoring the use of apt cloud computing technology infrastructure is very important.

We provided many of our customers with better infrastructure, ensured effortless and uninterrupted operations. We delivered all the features that would help find information for the SMEs and enable them with the right guidance. For many of our clients, we have digitalized the entire process with end-to-end workflow applications. Inovar helped a few clients to deploy a hybrid cloud solution for data security and access control and boosted processes with serverless engines.

We ensured that the client’s services are met and addressed to the business needs with improved user experience and substantial cost savings. If you are looking for services with the best-in-class infrastructure and leaders who ensure strategy lives for ages, reach out to us.

SharePoint is a collaboration platform, where we can build tools that can be used for the organization. We can store content in this environment. SharePoint environment helps in hosting office documentation, web content, work processes, and searching. All these are integrated, available, and accessible through any browser.

Collaborating, connecting, and organizing content on the intranet is what SharePoint Hub sites are. With the help of these Hub Sites, site associations can be changed easily so that the structure of the internet can reflect the structure of the organization. Hub’s roll-up content like news, events, etc., from across the Hub, push down a level of consistency in theming, navigations, permissions, and they can help enforce business processes across the Hub.

How are Hub Sites Centralized?

A Hub Site is a central site in SharePoint that helps navigate and manage all the sites connected to it easily. This Hub Site can be either a Team Site or a Communication Site that is created or registered as a Hub Site. It serves as the umbrella connecting everything to it.

Hub Sites can be used in different businesses like:

Small Businesses – Hub Sites are used to organize and link to different department sites.

Large Businesses – Hub Sites are in multiples that are linked to the main intranet page connecting different departments.

Project Management – Single department Hub Site is created where individual sites are tied to the main Hub.

Features of Hub Sites

Common Navigation – The navigation bar is shared across all the sites in the Hub Site.

News Roll-up – The news from all the connected sites can be collected and rolled up to the News Web Part.

Search – The search bar allows to search among all the sites connected to the Hub Site.

Common Theme – The same theme is shared across all the sites that are connected to the Hub Site.

Content roll-up – The highlighted content Web Part can display content from all the connected sites.

Benefits of a Centralized Hub

1.Having SharePoint Online as a centralized hub helps to access any information in seconds thereby improving productivity.

2.Fetching any information through the portal is enabled with a cognitive search engine that navigates swiftly accessing the documents.

3.Centralized data helps any new hires to understand the organization better as they are accessible to all the articles and documents.

4.Having a Centralized Hub enables user engagement with all the available data and helps users get connected, making them happy, and be more productive.

5.Centralized Hub creates a digital experience for the end-users by integrating all the emails, the status of the IT tickets, leave updates, business news, etc., in one place.

6.The Centralized Hub helps activities, information, and dashboards accessible to users connected from any location. This brings unity in teams and helps them stay connected with all the updates regardless of their location.

7.It helps in improving company branding automatically by tying one organization’s site to another Hub Site.

8.This globally recognized solution enables the best employee experience improving productivity by staying updated and connected irrespective of their location.

Inovar helps develop your Centralized Hub

Inovar delivers featured digital solutions made possible with the best consulting evangelists who identify and integrate all the software initiatives using emerging technologies. By identifying your business needs and addressing all the present-day challenges we at Inovar integrate SharePoint Online into your organization. For more details and a free consultation check out our SharePoint projects here.