A joint Microsoft and SeeLogic initiative kicked off at the UK’s first ‘App in a Day’ workshop at Microsoft’s UK HQ last week. Over 40 delegates, that included senior IT personnel from MOD, Cabinet Office, HMRC, NHS Trusts, Williams F1 and Autoglass were selected to attend the event. After a simple briefing, they were all tasked with using PowerApps to create a powerful app in under 6 hours.The event was moderated and facilitated by various SeeLogic members. Lenny Khan, the head of Customer Success and Partnership kickstarted the event with the overall overview of the event. Emma Waas, Sales & Marketing Director gave an overview of Business Application Platform before the Managing Director, Eddie Harford took sessions on PowerApps, Common Data Service and Microsoft Flow.
Adrian Cristea, Value Manager at Three UK, won the award for most innovative app idea. The app can be used by hospitals and emergency services – enabling incident details to be entered on tablets and used when reaching the hospital. The app also uses GPS to track how fast ambulances will get to the hospital too. SeeLogic is providing consultancy and training for PowerApps users so they can build web and mobile – canvas or role-based apps in hours – rather than months. Although users don’t require any programming skills, for more complex app builds, Seelogic also provide user interface design. Crucially, apps are safe to build and present no ‘shadow IT’ risk to an organisation’s existing infrastructure – due to in-built, enterprise-ready security and governance.Eddie Harford, managing director at SeeLogic said, “Being a free Office 365 tool, it’s surprising that both IT industry partners and end-users still possess no understanding of PowerApps and what it can actually achieve. However, all the ‘App in a Day’ delegates unanimously agreed that the potential of PowerApps is staggering and the types of applications and their potential uses are almost limitless too.”