IT Solutions Blog

Improve tenant and staff visibility with contact data integration.

by Emily Schilling 20 April 2021

As of 2018, there were 1.6 million council provided homes in the UK, and approximately 60% of those homes are owned by housing associations. There is a government-led drive for housing associations to build more homes, both as a way to provide housing for those in need and for those making the step on the ladder towards home ownership. But with private rentals having a better reputation for customer service, housing associations must improve the quality and safety of homes, and handle complaints and issues more effectively.

Topics: PowerApps, Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft Power Platform, housing

Utilise Microsoft Canvas Apps to improve business efficiency

by Ben Curley 9 April 2021

Microsoft Canvas Apps are one of the available apps within the Microsoft Power Apps suite. Microsoft Power Apps has been around for a few years now, but Microsoft are constantly improving and adapting it to meet ever-changing business needs. Microsoft defines Power Apps "as a suite of apps, services, connectors and data platform that provides a rapid application development environment to build custom apps for your business needs".

In short, Power Apps gives users who have little technical knowledge the ability to build apps from scratch with little or no code required.

Topics: PowerApps, Microsoft Power Platform, Canvas Apps

Managing demand during the housing crisis: increasing sales productivity with Dynamics 365

by Emily Schilling 5 March 2021

In December 2020, Homes England reported that between 1st April and 30th September that year, the number of housing starts was the lowest since 2012-2013, at 11,313 homes. Housing completions had also decreased to 11,358 houses - the lowest since 2015-2016. The reduction of both starts and completions is partly due to the coronavirus pandemic, which caused significant complications for housebuilding activity. Affordable housing made up 79% of housing starts in this period, which has decreased by 32% from the previous year – putting the number of affordable homes at its lowest since 2017-2018. Housing associations are under pressure to provide affordable housing for those in need, and the pressure is greater during the current period of economic uncertainty, furlough, and redundancy.  

Topics: Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Micrsoft Dynamics 365, PowerApps, Microsoft Power Platform, Microsoft, Homebuilder, housing associations, virtual agent, enquiry portals, housing

Google App Maker has shut down: it's time to move to Power Platform

by Emily Schilling 27 January 2021

On the 19th January, the Google App Maker product was shut down due to low-usage. App Maker data that is stored within Cloud SQL is safe and remains unchanged, and it will still follow the policies your GCP account established. Depending on whether your apps are active or inactive, there are different actions you need to take.

Topics: PowerApps, Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft Power Platform

Icons into list views: a step-by-step guide

by Alex Booth 25 February 2020

A recent task presented to us by one of our customers requires icons to be added into a list view to demonstrate risk categories. The aim of this was to make the view more user friendly, and for high risk issues to stand out. This blog post will show you how it is done.

Topics: PowerApps, JavaScript, Guide, Icons, List View, How-to, Step by Step, Help

Buying time for IT: Time is of the essence for most IT departments – here’s how to get some of it back.

by Mark Britton 17 April 2019

As tech forges forward at a brake neck speed, with new innovations bursting on to the scene seemly every other day, the pressure on IT departments is rapidly increasing to keep up with digital growth in the work place.

Topics: PowerApps

PowerApps - Creating a Simple App from Existing Dynamics 365 Data

by Adam Round 11 February 2019

Microsoft’s ‘PowerApps’ allows your organisation to innovate faster by creating simple, easy to use business apps with a point-and-click approach to app design. Long gone are the days of manually writing each line of code and spending hours of your precious time debugging, only to discover that one rogue ‘;’ was the cause of all your problems. So, put down your ‘Coding for Dummies’ book and take a look at what Microsoft’s PowerApps has to offer.

Topics: data, IT Architecture, Development, microsoft dynamics 365, PowerApps