Microsoft’s Power Platform consisting of Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate and Virtual Agents, is an intuitive set of tools that enable individuals with no experience of coding and programming to build apps and flows. The Power Platform is so easy to use, that anyone can start to generate reports, build apps, automate processes and even build chatbots.
As a business, it’s important you understand the capabilities of those building with the Power Platform, while regulating the power they have. There’s sensitive information out there, and to build a foundation for success, we suggest you implement a governance structure. This will ensure no boundaries are crossed and all tools are used in compliance with your organisations values. We explain some best practices when formulating a Power Platform governance strategy.
Getting started with Power Platform governance
When starting their governance journey, organisations will typically adopt the Power Platform similar to the model shown below.
- A citizen developer (a user creating new business applications for consumption by others), starts building with no support.
- These users become champions and begin to support each other and new users to create applications.
- IT are asked questions regarding the applications and offer basic support.
- The Centre of Excellence (CoE) model is eventually adopted.
While this approach works, it can create problems which later require governance. A better approach would be to start with the governance model.
If adopted at the beginning of the process, the Power Platform CoE model can be a powerful way for an organisation to align around business goals rather than individual department metrics.
What is a Power Platform Centre of Excellence (CoE)?
A Microsoft Power Platform Centre of Excellence (CoE), is a team, or governance program that is responsible for nurturing the growth of the platform in their organisation, while applying the right administrative boundaries and governance.
When designing a Power Platform Centre of Excellence, it’s important to capture the governance principles that are important to your organisation and create a reference framework to base all decisions on.
The Power Platform Centre of Excellence should be responsible for managing a range of things including:
- Application audit process
- Managing application ownership
- Provide best practice and training
- Manage the connectors and data available to users
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