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Major Online Weather and New Provider Gets Document Management Under Control with the Help of the Microsoft Power Platform
As one of the largest providers of up-to-date weather information in the world, this company offers forecasts and other weather data via the Internet, TV, radio, and print media to over 1.5 billion people each and every day. They also distribute content via more than 180,000 third-party websites and serve major global businesses.
Given their sheer size and scope, it’s no surprise that the company has to manage an enormous number of contracts and various other legal documents. Up until recently, their legal and sales teams were stuck using a complicated process for contract negotiation and management that both delayed their sales cycle and created a considerable amount of unnecessary extra work.
As any salesperson can tell you, shortening the sales cycle is essential for staying competitive and maximizing growth potential. The company wanted to shorten their sales cycle, and AKA Enterprise Solutions stepped in to help.
The Microsoft Power Platform: A Clear Solution
This company has been working with AKA Enterprise Solutions for many years. AKA has focused on providing them with the technology solutions they need as they’ve continued to grow. When they approached us regarding a better solution for contract management, we were eager to assist them.
With the help of the Microsoft Power Platform, AKA designed and developed a Power App that integrates seamlessly with the company’s existing systems, including Dynamics 365 CRM, Teams, and SharePoint. This desktop- and mobile-friendly app allows the sales team to manage contracts and communicate directly with customers, all while automatically tracking and saving important data. With the company’s attorneys using Teams to discuss contract terms, the entire process is now running smoothly — and their sales team is closing deals faster than ever.
How the Microsoft Power Platform Works
For companies like this one, the Power Platform offers dynamic solutions to complex challenges.
The Power Platform consists of three separate tools: Power Automate (formerly Microsoft Flow), Power BI, and Power Apps. These tools were designed by Microsoft to give companies the ability to build custom apps and manage data in an efficient, cost-effective manner. They can work independently of each other, but when combined together, these tools are capable of producing custom solutions at a fraction of the cost and time typically associated with custom software.
How is this possible? The Power Platform is built on the Common Data Service for Apps (CDS), a secure Azure Cloud database. The CDS provides a unified data schema, allowing apps built on the Power Platform to integrate with other Microsoft applications (such as Dynamics 365 CRM, Office 365, and more) as well as third party applications and software platforms.
Best of all, there’s no need to alter existing systems. Apps designed and built with the Power Platform can be nested around other applications, minimizing downtime and ensuring a seamless system integration.
Let AKA Address Your Business’s Challenges with the Power Platform
Is your organization in need of the kind of dynamic solutions offered by the Power Platform? If you’re experiencing inefficiency issues or struggling with manual processes and workarounds, AKA can help.
We’ve used the Power Platform to assist more than 50 leading media companies — and we can do the same for your organization. Contact the media experts at AKA to discuss a proof of concept with the Microsoft Power Platform that can tackle your organization’s challenges.
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Article by: Bryn Forrest | 212-502-3900
As Director, Government, Not for Profit, Media Industries, and Existing Customer Marketing for AKA, Bryn has more than 26 years of experience in marketing management, 17 of those with AKA. Under her leadership, AKA has been recognized by Microsoft for excellence in marketing.