The Microsoft Power Platform is a low-code development platform empowering users to solve challenging business problems with ease. By driving adoption of the Power Platform, you can deliver an excellent user experience and increased business value inside your company, but where to start?
Driving adoption and cultivating a low code culture is about more than implementing technology features. Technology can assist an organisation in making the greatest impact, but a healthy low code culture involves a lot of considerations across the spectrum of people, processes, and technology. In this blog we give you some points to consider when getting ready to roll out the Power Platform in your organisation.
Define your goals
Before tackling the technical aspect of the project it’s important to take time and define your project scope and wider goals. This will not only ensure your team is aligned but also ensure that everyone involved is clear about the same end results.
Depending on your business objectives here are some potential goals you may want to aim for
- Improve process efficiencies by enabling employees to use the tools available to them
- Empower every employee to leverage Microsoft Power Platform to drive digital transformation
- Reduce cost spent on maintaining legacy and third-party solutions
Assess technical and organisational readiness
When it comes to introducing new technology to your business it is important to examine organisational readiness from the start. Some key factors that will tell you how ready your team members are for the adoption of Power Platform include:
- Clear vision for the organisation to adopt
- Clear vision for the individual to adopt
- Level of overall change
- Executive sponsorship/buy in
There are many ways to do this, but Microsoft recommend using the technical readiness checklist (below) and organisational readiness tools to assess the willingness and preparedness of your users and your organisation to move to Power Platform.
Your technical readiness and organisational factors checklist
Technical readiness is key to ensuring your organisation is ready for launch. Microsoft offer a helpful checklist to identify items that need to be completed before go-live.
This includes everything from review security and compliance capabilities with security teams to Assign Power Platform Admin role.
- Review security and compliance capabilities with security teams
- Review platform capabilities and decide on a strategy of what tools to launch
- Review platform license and capacity capabilities
- Assign Power Platform Admin role
- Allow-list required IP addresses and URLs (Power Apps, Power Automate)
- Implement Data Loss Prevention and tenant-isolation policies
- Review Power Platform analytics capabilities
- Establish an environment strategy
- Prepare the help desk
Understand your why
When planning for adoption, users need to understand why the change is occurring for the organisation and how Power Platform will help individual employees achieve more. This includes ensuring they understand why the change is happening and what’s in it for them.
It’s important to ask how will the Power Platform benefit your organisation and how it will benefit your employees. Change is disruptive and for many employees the default position will be resistance but ensuring the vision is properly communicated via the why this can help encourage support.
Identify areas of alignment
To ensure that leaders demonstrate support, there must be alignment on key adoption goals, timelines, and objectives. This should also include everything from your overall strategy to identifying pain points.
Who needs to be informed and what they need to know
When it comes to the roll out you need to ensure that the relevant people are informed on what is happening next. This includes:
- Business areas and teams that will adopt the Power Platform
- Audiences who will drive the change forward
- Support organisations
Resistance is expected but being proactive in identifying and managing resistance can help adoption. Getting employees engaged early in the process, involved in the decision making process and identifying opportunities for new Power Platform solutions will help.
To find out more about the Power Platform and how it can benefit your organisation, contact our team of experts who can help.