Centralized data; a Touch of Power

Dataverse - common data model - Power platform

Single point of truth with Dataverse

Having 1 central source of data for the entire organization is a great goal for many companies. Often however, applications have their own database and connections and data can be exported or imported from and to several data locations.

From a security point of view, having data in multiple places is not the way to go. After all, security checks and control measures must be implemented for multiple systems in every location. Needing to consult multiple systems to find out what ultimately leads to the current truth is not desirable. You would rather have the power to deliver your services based on centralized data sources. 

A Touch of Power

We love a Touch of Power. The power of software to be able to use all relevant information quickly, safely on any device with simple and efficient procedures.
The first step is to designate the central database. In this way we create 1 point of truth (single point of truth, SPOT). Often this SPOT is facilitated by a CRM system. After all, a customer relationship system is often a key application for  organizations. Therefore this makes perfect sense in a time when many processes and actions are pinpointed around customer data. Also, customers generate lots of data; purchases, website visits, questions, complaints, quotes, usage data and more so. By using a generic data model (Common Data Model) we ensure a universal storage of generic data such as accounts, contacts, orders and invoices.  By storing this data in 1 centralized system we create a Dataverse. By having applications linked to this Dataverse, we ensure a unified method in data handling.
Out of the box options

It is possible to use out of the box Cloud solutions that are already based on the Dataverse. Like for instance Microsoft Dynamics 365 with modules for Sales, Marketing, Projects, Finance and Field Services. When these applications need to be supplemented with company-specific functionality and/or business processes, this can be done by using productivity tools like PowerBI, PowerAutomate, PowerApps and Power Virtual Agents.

These tools also allow non-developers to create applications. These applications all use the central database, the Dataverse, and are therefore subject to the applicable security controls. Policies and authorizations are in place to  determine not only who is allowed to access the data, but also – even more important – what data operations are allowed. This prevents from an enormous growth in apps that store copy’s of company data.

Universal PowerApps

Examples of Power Apps that were created by the Universal team are for instance a PowerApp that reads a product barcode in a plant during the assembly process. The PowerApp then displays the accurate assembly instructions, directly from Teams or SharePoint. The PowerApps improves productivity and prevents errors in the assembly process.

Or, another example, a PowerApp that is used on construction sites, where contractors need to carry out inspections on site. They can take and store pictures, accompanied by the signature of the responsible person, in the centralized Dataverse AND make it directly accessible to team members to process and start automated processes (flows) for follow up tasks.

Low code – quickly generated PowerApps that enable our customers to be more productive and in control of their data and business processes. Do you want to have this Touch of Power as well? Reach out, you’ll be amazed.


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