What Are Model-Driven PowerApps, And How Do They Work?

In our previous blog posts, we have talked about PowerApps and how they help businesses ease many operations. They support two types of approach one is model-driven, and the other is the Canvas.

Both approaches have their benefits and serve specific purposes. For example, Canvas driven helps you control each app element; imagine working with a blank canvas where you start everything from scratch. On the other hand, the model-driven app allows you to have pre-built elements and have more data-focused approach.

The one obstacle that companies usually face is to decide which type of app development will be the best approach for their business needs. To get an answer getting in touch with PowerApps consultants in NYC and Microsoft PowerApps developers is the most excellent way to get started.

Let us now discuss in detail model-driven apps and what purpose do they serve:

What Are Model-Driven Apps?

The component-focused approach is the main crux of app development with Model-driven app design. It includes the primary element of PowerApps: it is a no-code solution where you can build an app with varying levels of complexities. An option to consider when you want the app to have rich business logic running in the backend.

When you use model-driven apps, much of the layout is pre-defined and primarily designated by the components you add to the app.

Suppose most of your data is within a Dataverse database. Then, using a Model-Driven app will hasten the development process of the application considerably by mitigating the need to spend significant energy on the user interface.

Model-driven app design provides the following benefits:

  • Rich component-focused no-code design environments
  • Allows you to create responsive apps where the UI will be the same for both desktop and mobile
  • Powerful design capability
  • You can distribute your app as a solution.


Common examples of model-driven applications:

  • Customer Relationship Management Systems (CRM)
  • Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)
  • Inventory Management System
  • Employee Onboarding System

The main operating factor of these apps is the database; hence model-driven approach can be a faster way to accommodate everything.

What Are Different Model-Driven Methodologies?

  • Modeling Business Data
  • Defining Business Processes
  • Authoring Custom Pages (preview)
  • Composing The App

Modeling Business Data:

For this step, you must determine the appropriate data your app will need and how they will relate to other data. The model-driven design employs a metadata-driven structure that allows designers to customize the application without writing code. Metadata means “data about data,” which defines the data structure stored in the system.

Defining Business Processes:

The next essential step is to define the critical and consistent business processes. The processes that you specify can be simple or complex and can change over time. Defining consistent business processes ensures that your users focus on their work and not on remembering to perform a set of manual steps.

Authoring Custom Pages (preview)

Model-driven apps now can use canvas apps natively with the introductions of the custom page. This type of page is actually authored in the canvas app designer using low-code Power Fx functions, flexible layout, and Power Apps connectors.

Composing The Model-Driven App

Once you have laid the foundation of your app that involves modeling data and defining processes, the next and final step is to build your app by selecting and configuring the components you need using the app designer.

You can hire a Microsoft PowerApps developer to help you build an app for your business.

If you haven’t used Power Apps before and want to learn how to convert your business plans into a fully working solution using Power Apps, start with the Planning a Power Apps project.

Questions To Ask If You Want To Implement A Model-Driven App For Your Business:

  1. What is the source of your data? Is it already in the system, or do you need to set up new sources from scratch?
    As we have already mentioned, that model-driven app employs a metadata architecture, so if the focus of your app is data, then the model-driven app is the way to go.
  2. What is the purpose of the app? Is it for performing operations such as tracking and reporting inventory?
    Model-driven apps help you determine and specify complex business logic, so the model-driven app is the best option in all cases.

When Not To Use Model-Driven Apps:

  1. As model-driven apps offer limited customization options in terms of design, you may not be able to do much if you have specific design needs.
  2. Model-Driven apps need a connection to the Dataverse database to operate, so if you want your app to be used offline, you need to consider other options.

When it comes to developing solutions, then Microsoft comes in handy for a limitless number of reasons. From creating simple solutions to highly complex ones, Microsoft does it all. PowerApps is another robust offering by Microsoft that provides an environment for rapid app development. The Microsoft PowerApps developers can understand your business requirements and help you develop a model that aligns with your needs.

 

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