5 Practical Use Cases of Copilot in Microsoft Power Platform Bringing in AI in Low-Code development
Microsoft Copilot, Microsoft Power Platform / June, 14 2024

5 Practical Use Cases of Copilot in Microsoft Power Platform: Bringing in AI in Low-Code development  

Are you constantly seeking creative solutions to enhance productivity and streamline enterprise workflows? Well, Copilot stands as a powerful ally for you. With Copilot in Power Platform, you can leverage artificial intelligence in the versatile low-code Power Platform and get your digital transformation off the ground. It is the perfect wingman that helps you deploy impactful solutions rapidly and seamlessly. In this blog, we will delve into the top 5 use cases of Copilot in the Microsoft Power Platform and understand how Copilot is changing the way businesses operate. 

Copilot can automate routine tasks in Power Automate, build an app, a bot, or a workflow, get insights, and more. The best part is that you need to describe it in natural language, and Copilot will do it for you. The combination of Microsoft Power Platform and Copilot capabilities can enable your business to operate more efficiently. 

Microsoft Power Platform and Copilot- A meaningful synergy

Microsoft Power Platform is a disruptive platform with low-code capabilities that empowers professional and citizen developers alike. It actively reduces the complexity of software development and results in rapid and cost-effective solutions. 

With Microsoft Copilot in the Power Platform modules—Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, and Power Virtual Agents—we empower them with natural language processing (NLP) capabilities. Further, the more we use the apps, the more they adapt to new knowledge and learning. Let us explore how Copilot further accelerates the processes.

Copilot in Power Apps

Developers can build a complete application, replete with user interface, data tables, and backend logic with just some natural language prompts. You can craft multi-screen apps, interface updates, button additions, and further customizations by simply describing your intent. 

Copilot also provides context-aware recommendations that expedite coding tasks. It understands the developer’s intent and project requirements and generates code segments, allowing developers to build the foundation for their apps swiftly and accurately. 

Moreover, Copilot anticipates the functions and formulas that developers need and suggests smart formulas. This game-changing feature allows developers to craft complex apps without extensive research.

Copilot in Power Automate

The synergy of Copilot and Power Platform doesn’t halt at coding. It goes to Power Automate and BI as well. The integration helps in end-to-end development and innovation. Copilot in Power Automate boosts efficiency by automating laborious and time-consuming tasks. With natural language prompts, you can generate Power Automate flows and thus accelerate your business processes. Copilot also adapts and refines processes within the Power Automate studio. Power Automate, empowered with Copilot, can understand your intent and quickly build a flow tailored to your business needs. You don’t need to wonder or guess where to start with. New copilot capabilities (now in preview) for process mining can further refine and optimize the workflows. 

Video: https://powerautomate.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/automate-smarter-than-ever-before-with-ai-builder-and-copilot-in-power-automate/

Copilot in Power BI

Integrating Copilot in Power BI brings in the agency of LLMs, magnifying AI’s potential to drive productivity and greater value from data. Copilot in Power BI can automate report creation, provide conversational language interfaces, and provide real-time data analysis. Powered with Copilot, you can save time and uncover more insights. 

You just need to describe what you need—reports, narrative summaries, calculations, or just pop a question about your data. Copilot will pull the data, analyze it, and give you the information the way you want to visualize it. Getting tailored reports with custom designs, generating DAX (Data Analysis Expressions) language calculations, and narrative summaries in specific tones, scopes, and styles is simple with Copilot.

Copilot in Power Virtual Agents

Copilot in Power Virtual Agents can expedite the development of conversational agents. It promotes topic creation and provides suggestions for queries, triggers phrases, entities, variables, and related logic models. 

Copilot in Power Pages

You can rapidly build high-impact websites with Copilot-boosted Power Pages. Using natural language and intelligent suggestions, you can craft well-designed websites in minutes. Copilot in Power Pages can enable you to perform the following:

  • Craft HTML layouts and themes with text and stock images.
  • Have content ready and tailor it accordingly.
  • Build detailed forms with fields fine-tuned to your needs.
  • Add contextual chatbots that answer the visitors with generative answers.

Use Cases of Copilot in Power Platform 

Let us whizz through the most practical use cases of leveraging the Power Platform empowered with Copilot.

Invoice processing

Invoice processing is a common process in most enterprises. It involves several tedious steps, starting with manual data entry. From there, the invoices travel through an approval workflow involving multiple Excel spreadsheets. The process is error-prone, and tracking it becomes redundant very quickly. However, invoice processing is crucial and requires full accuracy. 

With Copilot in Power Automate, you can easily build a workflow and get a quick preview of it. Setting up a basic workflow using natural language prompts is simple and quick. Once Copilot generates the preview flow, you can tweak the necessary modifications. For example, you can test the scope of invoice attachments flow, set up approval steps, and update the Excel files automatically.

Analyzing documents

The native AI tool, AI Builder in Power Platform, already has form processing capabilities. You can harness it to extract information from documents. Now, you can extend its functionality by combining Copilot with AI Builder. You can pull approval justifications for invoice processing and further streamline the process. 

Moreover, you can automate – filling in this information in an email and sending it via Outlook to get the necessary approval. The AI workflow can then streamline the approval workflows with data entry into Excel spreadsheets.

Evolved chat experiences

With Power Virtual Agents, you can quickly develop chatbots that can handle customer requests and queries. Complemented with Copilot in Power Virtual Agents, you can build intelligent chatbots that generate contextual and relevant answers according to the data sources they access. The Copilot-empowered chatbots are even capable of handling conversations that deviate in various directions and still give contextual, meaningful responses. Further enhancements can allow content moderation controls, selecting an appropriate response tone, and uploading relevant documents in the chat.

Having automated workflows

Setting up automated workflows in Power Platform with Copilot capabilities is seamless and quick. For instance, users can upload Excel files into the Power App Studio, and Copilot can process the data and then transfer it to a Dataverse environment. Similarly, users can set up a centralized and scalable space to manage the invoice data. The Copilot can review the information and determine the correct headers and data types. Thus, you create a fully functional app that users can harness for browsing, searching, and creating new records.

Create professional websites seamlessly

Copilot can generate the CSS and HTML required for your web page with natural language prompts. Moreover, you can harness Copilot’s generative capabilities to craft content and forms for the website. You can also have contextual images, templates, layouts, and themes for the website. Thus, having Copilot in Power Platform streamlines your ability to create professional business websites, making the process simpler, easier, and quicker.

Streamline business processes with Copilot.

Having Copilot in Power Platform is truly a remarkable feature for developing applications, automating workflows, and more. Apart from the tangible use cases mentioned above, the feature, coupled with the popular low-code platform’s capabilities, has real-world use cases in several industries. Some compelling industry-specific use cases are in finance, healthcare, manufacturing, retail space, education, and beyond. It is not merely about simplifying tasks; the use cases redefine how we collaborate with technology and drive meaningful innovation. 

Looking for a technology partner?

Having a trusted Microsoft partner to handhold you, from strategy to implementation, will make the transformation seamless without hiccups. Saxon AI, a renowned Microsoft Gold Partner with a two-decades-long strategic partnership with Microsoft, brings rich expertise. As Copilot reshapes how developers perform within the Power Platform ecosystem, we take it a notch higher with extensive customization and extensibility options, tailoring it for your specific workflows. With our Power Platform consultation, we assist you from strategy to implementation, meet you where you are, and expedite your success.

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