AI, Copilots and governance: Avanade at the Power Platform conference

  • Posted on October 13, 2023
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Avanade at power platform conference

The Power Platform Conference in Las Vegas was a great opportunity for Avanade to connect with clients, partners, and Microsoft experts and learn about the latest innovations and best practices in the Microsoft Power Platform ecosystem. As a platinum sponsor of the event, we were delighted to showcase our thought leadership, solutions, and success stories in the Power Platform space.

Unsurprisingly, many of the highlights of the conference focused on AI and Copilots, Microsoft’s AI assistants, which took the headlines with a range of announcements designed to make organizations more agile and innovative at speed and scale.

With the deeper integration of Copilot into Power Apps, makers can now build faster than ever, using natural language to get answers to app building questions. It’s even possible to embed Copilot in a canvas Power App for end users to create custom AI assistants for end users. 

Copilot in Power Automate makes it even simpler for users to create flows, and Process Mining gets extended with Power BI insights to help organizations identify and prioritize processes, understand efficiencies, and spot bottlenecks.

The everlasting topic of governance reared its head too, and Copilot even has a role to play here, with the ability to automatically create deployment notes and app descriptions as just one example.

How we’re helping clients supercharge value from the Power Platform
At Avanade, we’re laser-focused on how clients can maximize value from the Power Platform through a holistic and strategic approach. At the conference, we shared our insights and best practices on how to align the Power Platform with business objectives, assess current maturity and readiness, define a clear roadmap and governance model, and measure and optimize outcomes. We also showcased some of the tools and frameworks we use to help our clients accelerate their Power Platform journey.

Turning governance into opportunity
To manage app sprawl and ensure value enablement, governance is critical. One of the ways to overcome governance and security challenges is by establishing a Center of Excellence to provide organization wide guidance, support and oversight. To take this a step further, we help clients to go beyond governance with a Center of Enablement which powers enterprise wide adoption by fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration that helps to create a “maker movement”.

We had many conversations around governance and shared our recommendations and best practices, showcased our Center of Excellence expansion pack, and had hundreds of people watch how employees can submit ideas, add and find apps in our demo video.

Hyper automation for maximum efficiency
Hyper automation is our approach to creating business efficiency, and we talked to conference attendees about the different types of automation scenarios and use cases that the Power Platform can enable. We shared our tips and tricks on how to design, develop, and deploy effective and efficient Power Automation solutions and showcased some of the success stories we have delivered for our clients across various industries and domains. With Process Mining and Copilot, we’re already helping clients identify their priority workflow candidates for automation and upskilling makers to build the flows that will have the biggest business impact.

Uncovering business value from Power Platform Copilots
GenAI and Copilots were the hot topics at the conference, and not just in the keynotes. We’ve been helping clients understand the AI use cases for their organizations and again, had hundreds of people watch a demo showing our Generative AI digital assistant write email responses and automatically update ERP and CRM platforms. We’ve already helped clients to leverage Copilots and Generative AI to fill their digital gaps and had numerous conversations with conference attendees around the real world use cases where Power Platform and GenAI can solve complex business problems and improve business and employee efficiency. The Generative AI era promises business agility and speed like never before. With no coding or data science skills required, the Power Platform is leading the way in democratizing the opportunity, as Copilots provide real-time guidance and assistance to makers and users, using natural language conversational AI.

As the 2023 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award winner for low code application development, Avanade is committed to delivering innovative and impactful solutions for our clients. We have the depth and breadth of services and expertise to help you unleash the full potential of the Power Platform and take advantage of the AI opportunity.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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