Up until recently, I was the go-to person for all things sales at PowerApps911. During those days, I had the chance to interact with numerous companies and discuss the Power Platform. A common question that I often encountered was, "What can I accomplish with the Power Platform?" To which my initial thought was always, "Well, what can't you do?" Now, I know that might seem a bit exaggerated because, of course, there are certain tasks for which the platform may not be the best fit. But let's focus on the positive side—there are so many problems that this amazing tool can help you tackle. Today, I'm here to share a business challenge that you can solve using the Power Platform, and hopefully, this example will ignite some creativity as you ponder over the hurdles your organization is currently facing.
Let's Dive Right In – Booking A Conference Room (Or Anything Else You Need to Reserve)
In any organization, there are various assets that require a reservation—be it conference rooms, video equipment, vehicles, parking spots, etc. The core of these challenges is essentially the same; we have a limited number of items available, and we need a seamless process for people to check their availability and make reservations. And guess what? Power Apps and Power Automate are here to save the day!
A Real-Life Scenario:
Now, let’s paint a picture. Imagine you’re Sara, a project manager who’s been tasked with organizing a crucial meeting with stakeholders. You need a conference room with specific amenities, and you need it fast. Today, the best option might be to check Outlook, check a document that tells you the amenities for each room, go visit a few rooms to make sure the layout works, and finally book the room. With our Power Apps Reservation App, Sara can quickly view the available rooms, check their features, see their availability, look at pictures of the room, and book the room—all within a few minutes. No more back-and-forth with the team, no more double bookings, and less stress!
Here’s How It Works:
Our sample solution provides multiple paths for a user to reserve a room. The first option allows the user to view the available conference room types, complete with pictures and descriptions of the room features. Once the user selects a room, they can check its availability and book it right away. Simple as that!
In this version of the app, we haven't included filters because there are only a few conference room types. However, if your organization has a variety of rooms, you can easily incorporate a filter to help your users find the perfect room.
The second option enables the user to view a calendar, see what's already booked, and reserve a free room.
Also, don’t forget the handy week view option!
What’s more, the app will send the user a calendar invite once the room is booked.
Hopefully, this overview has sparked some ideas in your mind. And remember, the best part about the Power Platform is its flexibility. If you need it to perform a task that I haven't mentioned here, no worries—you can build it in (or ask us to help you- fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page to get started😊).
Our Power Apps Reservation App is just one example of how the Power Platform can simplify everyday challenges in an organization. There are countless other ways this fantastic tool can be utilized to streamline processes and make your life easier. So, what are you waiting for? Start exploring the Power Platform and discover how it can transform your organization!