The Latest on PowerApps

JohnEssentially, PowerApps is a Microsoft-based service that allows technical and nontechnical users to build, manage, and share web and mobile apps. Its intuitive design and wide selection of templates allows people without coding experience to build apps that empower and drive business. PowerApps also integrates with Microsoft and Office 365 services.

In this Collab365 Live Show, hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot chatted with Darshan Desai and Ashlee & Paul Culmsee to learn about what’s new with Microsoft PowerApps.

Here were some of the key takeaways:

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Does My Business Really Need A Mobile App?

JohnIf you’re looking for the short answer, here it is: yes.

Even your big business, the one you created before the internet even existed and already has a loyal customer base, needs a mobile application.

Mobile internet traffic grew 63% in 2016, surpassing desktop internet usage for the first time ever, and this trend is only expected to continue in the coming years.

Giving your customers the option to utilize your products/services on-the-go and to access functionality with only a few taps of their finger is essential to growing and maintaining your business. We live in age where speed and convenience are two key drivers in our decisions, and mobile apps meet both of these requirements.

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Webinar Recap: “The 2017 State of Application Development Survey”

JohnI recently attended a webinar sponsored by OutSystems, a low-code application development company, called “App Development Disrupted: Answers and Results from The 2017 State of Application Development Survey.” The webinar outlined the findings of this research, which surveyed over 3,000 IT professionals from around the world. You can download the full report here.

The 45-minute discussion was broken up into three segments that correlated with what elements of development survey respondents found most important: speed, scale/scope, and skills.

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Hot Skills for 2017

IJohnn Computerworld’s annual Forecast survey, researchers found that anywhere from 500,000 to 2 million IT jobs go unfilled each year. IT firms need these positions filled, but struggle to find people with the necessary qualifications and/or proper cultural fit. Employers will really have to buckle down and find solid candidates to fill these needs in 2017. The survey also outlines the most important tech skills hiring managers will hire for in the coming year.

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