Technology investment is one of the critical business decisions. Enterprises consider numerous factors before deciding the technology budget to invest in modern technology. Some trending technologies are AI and Automation, and enterprises are considering accelerating their business operations. One of the power-packed suites of AI and automation tools is Microsoft Power Platform. It enables the organizations to avail the edge over the competitors in the market and helps save money and effort. However, before integrating this powerful technology suite into our process, we must understand how much it costs. Not only the cost, but you should consider the ROI of that investment.
Before considering the pricing, let me walk you through a few details about the Power Apps. Power Apps has two categories – Canvas and Model-driven Power apps. Model-driven Power App is an app developed around the business use cases giving you several views and forms to visualize your data stored in CDS (Common Data Service). On the other hand, Canvas PowerApps is an app designed with a similar interface to PowerPoint, which uses Microsoft Excel formulas to connect data sources and perform actions. The benefits of PowerApps multiply manifold if we can leverage other components like Power Automate together.
Why Do You Need Power Automate and Power Apps?
According to Gartner and other pioneer analytics companies, AI is emerging as one of the most disruptive tools in the digital transformation process. Companies considering investing in these technologies must consider the significance of the benefits they will get from them. According to Forrester’s report, Power App and Power Automate tools can help you get an average of 362% ROI. The chargers would not seem so high, considering the revenue they can yield.
Moreover, Forrester report highlights that using PowerApps reduced the development costs by 70% and improved operational efficiency by 15%. The benefits of leveraging PowerApps and Power Automate holistically include:
- Lower costs
- Improved engagement
- Improved operational efficiency
- Intelligent integrations
- In-depth analytics
Power Apps Pricing
If you are using Office 365, you would have a free version of Canvas PowerApps, which enables you to connect your data to standard data connections. To create data tables, business process flows, and form structure, you need to have Model driven Power App subscriptions. Here you need to pay some licensing fees to avail of premium features.
One of the most common plans for the agile business is Pay-as-you-go which starts at $10 per month, per app, per active user. Moreover, the “per app” plan can be charged at $5 for one app or per portal user.
Get detailed pricing information on licensing here.
Enterprises can avail of several “add-ons” to increase the premium features and login capacity. To increase the app’s login capacity, you need to pay $200 per month. Another add-on is there to accommodate all your apps with AI by just paying $500 per month.
However, Power Automate pricing does not work similarly and gives you less flexibility than Power Apps. When it comes to Power Automate, you only have three pricing options to choose one as per your requirements and budget:
• License by user: $15 per month per user
• License by a user with attended RPA: $40 per user per month
• License by flow: $500 for five flows per month
The best part is that PowerApps is user-friendly, so you do not have to spend a dime on training. There are features added to help you limit the time required to train users.
Is it worth the cost?
Whenever you decide to invest in digital technology, it would be one of the most challenging tasks, particularly in today’s economic landscape. However, if you deeply analyze PowerApps and Power Automate, you will understand the ROI these technologies can offer. Every business is different, so you need to check your requirements and budget before applying for licensing. The Microsoft PowerApps build on the Low-code application concept enable you accelerate your development process with the best ROI.
- 74% reduction in development costs
- 4.3% revenue increase attributed to faster development efforts
- Better decision making
- Improved employee satisfaction
- Around 180% RoI in three years
(Source: Microsoft )
Undoubtedly, Microsoft promotes PowerApps as an easy-to-go solution for citizen developers; however, if you want to create a business app focused on your users, you need to connect with some specialists like the Saxon AI team. Developing simple Power Apps with citizen developers is easy to test the waters, but complex apps require professionals. Our Power Apps Consulting Services help you in building new apps from scratch, enhance apps, or integrate with Microsoft solutions. We offer a complete customized PowerApps consulting service.