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PowerApps and COVID-19: Microsoft’s Crisis Communication template to help customers coordinate information

With news of the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) globally, Microsoft this week have announced a solution that is available to customers of Office 365 and PowerApps to help coordinate their own information sharing and team collaboration.

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The solution combines capabilities of Power Apps, Power Automate, Teams, and SharePoint. It can be used on the web, mobile or in Teams.

Key features include:

  • Employees can report their work status (e.g., working from home) and make requests. This helps managers coordinate across their teams and helps central response teams track status across an organisation.
  • Admins can use the app to push news, updates, and content specific to their organisation, and can provide emergency contacts specific to different locations.
  • The app includes the ability to add RSS feeds of up-to-date information from reputable sources such as WHO, CDC, or a local authority.

Use the Power Apps template for Crisis Communications to share information and report work status

As part of this effort, Microsoft are also giving all Power Apps users temporary access to a premium feature, Power Apps Push Notifications, so you wont need any premium licenses to use Power Apps to push information to users. They have also reclassified Push Notifications as a standard connector for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

The solution also comes with PowerBI reports that will allow you to track the current presence status across locations of employees who have updated their status within the PowerApp.

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If you’d like any more information on PowerApps and how you can roll out this solution, or any other solutions to employees in your organisation, then get in touch with us.

Source: Crisis Communication: a Power Platform template


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