Microapps and Power Platform

Microapps, also known as micro front-ends, are small, single-purpose applications that work together to form a larger, more complex application. They are designed to be lightweight and focused on a specific task, which makes them easy to develop, test, and maintain.

Where does the Power Platform fit in?

Microapps were typically developed using web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and they can be integrated into a larger application by using iframes, web components, or other techniques. This allows multiple teams to work independently on different parts of the application, and it makes it easy to reuse microapps across different projects.

With the exponential growth in low-code/no-code platforms, should we still continue to do things the old way?

One of the main benefits of using microapps is that they can be developed, deployed, and scaled independently. This allows different teams to work on different parts of the application without having to worry about the impact of their changes on the rest of the system. It also means that if one microapp goes down, it won’t take the entire application down with it. This makes the overall system more resilient and easier to maintain. Sounds like a good fit for Power Platform, right?

Microapps also make it easier to test and deploy new features. Since each microapp is focused on a specific task, it’s easier to test and deploy changes to one microapp without having to test and deploy the entire application. This allows teams to move faster and be more agile.

Another benefit of classic microapps was that they can be hosted on different servers and cloud providers. This allows teams to take advantage of the best hosting options for each microapp and makes it easy to scale each microapp independently. This can also help to reduce costs, as it allows teams to choose the most cost-effective hosting option for each microapp. With Power Platform, a lot of the performance and scalability issues are overcome, and now you can have everything in a single Tenant, making it so much easier for data sharing. You can still use multiple low-code platforms, but the orchestration of data integration could become too overwhelming, complex and costly.

Microapps can also be used to build applications that can be used across multiple platforms. This can be useful for businesses that want to offer their customers the same experience on different platforms such as web, mobile, and desktop. By building microapps that can be used across multiple platforms, businesses can reduce the amount of work required to build and maintain different versions of the same application. Power Platform already supports this out of the box, with responsive apps that resent a unified user experience across devices and screen sizes.

In general, Microapp architectures can provide many advantages for organizations and enterprises, like reducing the complexity and dependencies between different teams working in a project, promoting reusability, providing flexibility and scalability, and also promoting a cloud-native and decoupled approach. However, it is important to consider that they also require a good orchestration and management strategy, where all of the microapps should have a clear communication, discovery and life-cycle management, in order to have a coherent and well-integrated final application.

Microapps have become more and more popular as organizations move towards microservices and cloud-native architectures. Since microapps are small and focused, they can be deployed and scaled independently, which makes it easy to build a highly available and performant application.

Best of all, the Microsoft licensing model allows an organization to start at a small scale, with basic features already included in your standard Microsoft 365 subscription, and scale up from there as needed.

Reach out to ONEConsult.net Ltd. to see how we can translate these concepts and help your organization level the playing field with your larger competitors.


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