PowerApps Templates - Accelerate Innovation with these great FREE templates

PowerApps is one of the new tools in the Microsoft 365 toolbox which allows users to interact easily with data and enable businesses to build and deploy apps without a developer. It’s a platform which can pull together data from a range of sources (such as SharePoint, SQL Server, Salesforce, Oracle, Dynamics, Common Data Service or Twitter) and display it in a user-friendly, code-free interface. And to help get you up and running, Microsoft has released a collection of Powerapp templates to meet some common business needs.

What are the PowerApps templates?

The templates are a collection of apps provided by Microsoft which can by turned on and used by your company quickly and easily. The collection of templates is ever-expanding, but once they connect to your data, they are ready to roll out. The templates available at the time of writing are:
  • Asset Checkout (canvas app)
  • Asset Checkout (model driven app)
  • Book A Room
  • Budget Tracker
  • Company Pulse
  • Contacts
  • Cost Estimator
  • Customer lookup with Customer Insights
  • Customer Success
  • Employee Engagement Survey
  • Estimator Pro
  • Fundraiser
  • Help Desk
  • Innovation Challenge
  • Interview Tool
  • Inventory Management
  • Leave Request
  • Meeting Capture
  • My Expenses
  • Onboarding Tasks
  • Org Browser
  • Out of Office
  • PDF Reader
  • Product Showcase
  • Property Management
  • QuickTask
  • Service Desk
  • Shout Outs
  • Site Inspection
  • To Do List
Most of these templates also have guides from Microsoft to walk through the set up and configuration of each element of the app. There are also a collection of templates Microsoft has released which require further configuration or a premium license, which can be found here.

Useful Templates

As you can see, the list of available templates is quite expansive and covers a variety of industries and business needs. There are a few which meet some common business requests and can be launched quickly and easily.

Org Browser

The app utilises the Office 365 Users connection and will be dependant on your Azure Active Directory information being up to date. However, once it’s connected and ready to roll it can be used on mobile devices, embedded in SharePoint pages or deployed and used within Teams making it an easy way for you to deploy a company phonebook.

Shoutouts

Shoutouts are a great way for employees to congratulate or thank colleagues for help on a project, celebrate the launch of a product or reaching a goal. Shoutouts can also be used for other celebrations such as marriage, the birth of a child or years of service with the company.
The app provides some categories for shout out types which can be updated to match your company values. Each category has a description and a badge associated with it that can be altered to match your own processes. The app will also send the recipient a congratulatory email with the shoutout details.

Return to the Workplace

If you have a PowerApps premium plan, there is the Return to Work solution. This is a packaged solution from Microsoft to ease your employees back into the office, utilising PowerApps, PowerBI and PowerAutomate. The solution includes four key components:
  • Location Readiness dashboard helps determine the readiness of the facilities and efficiently manage their safe reopening. Facility managers and task force leaders can use the Location Readiness dashboard to quickly make informed decisions by using critical factors like COVID-19 infection rates and the availability of supplies.
  • Facility Safety Management gives facility managers the tools they need to manage the reopening and readiness of the facilities. This helps organizations ensure that they can provide a safe working environment for employees to return to the workplace.
  • Workplace Care Management gives health and safety leaders the tools they need to actively manage COVID-19 cases, identify hot spots for safety improvement, and import data from external systems to support case management and manual contact tracing. The Workplace Care Management dashboard enables monitoring of all the data from the Workplace Care Management app.
  • Employee Return to the Workplace offers your workforce the self-service tool that they need to feel confident about returning and remain productive while onsite. They can use Employee Return to the Workplace app to check in remotely and self-screen before entering a building.

For more details, check out the Return to the Workplace sample app

The app allows employees to check into an office location and provides oversight for management of the density levels in offices as well as help keep the business running in a COVID safe way.

How do I get started?

There are some great templates out there ready to use in your company, but you may not be familiar with PowerApps or looking for something of an introduction to the platform. The Microsoft Learning centre has a variety of training courses with exercises that you can participate in and work through which will work through each aspect of the Power Platform and the types of apps or Flows available to you. You can also download one of the two PowerApps training apps which are in the PowerApps templates:

 

  • PowerApps Training will teach you the basics of building your own PowerApp and orientate you with the PowerApps studio as you work through the exercises (there are over 20, each taking a few minutes to complete). This app will teach you how to make other PowerApps with a hands-on approach.
  • PowerApps Training for Office will teach you how to work with Microsoft Office 365 in PowerApps. It contains key building blocks and learning resources for creating custom apps with the power of Office 365 and Microsoft Graph.
 

Microsoft is constantly rolling out new solutions or templates using the PowerPlatform, so spend a little time, check them out and see which ones you can utilise in your company!