Microsoft has announced the release of 2019 Wave 2. With this application, Microsoft is introducing new innovation, significant functionality to the Power Platform (Power BI, PowerApps and Flow) that will bring a positive transformation to your company and business. The main objective of improving the AI capabilities of the platform is to enable companies around the world to tap into data across their entire business and surface deeper insights to make smarter decisions. With Wave 2, Microsoft enables users and organizations to analyze, act, and automate on the data to digitally transform their businesses.
With Wave 2 improvements in PowerApps, Microsoft enables app makers to build higher-quality apps easily. Major improvements in PowerApps will support more advanced enterprise and administrator requirements while focusing on end-user productivity in PowerApps and Dynamics 365 apps. Custom Apps will help in connecting business data as Common Data Service from various online or on-premise data sources like SharePoint, Excel, Office 365, Dynamics 365, SQL Server, and so on, enabling organizations to get useful insights in order to cater to the changing business needs.
Core features that are expected with Wave 2 Release
PowerApps Portal: – PowerApps Portals Web sites can be created using prebuilt customizable templates. This feature was previously available as an add-on to Dynamics 365. These web portals surface data stored in Common Data Service to employees or users outside their organizations. With this capability, users/ employees can sign-in to get access to sites using various identity providers, such as “personal accounts, LinkedIn and [the accounts of] other Azure Active Directory organizations.
Microsoft Flow: – As a popular process automation and workflow product, Microsoft Flow helps in automating everything from simple notifications to highly tailored multi-step approval processes spanning organizational boundaries. With Wave 2 release, Microsoft is infusing new AI Builder capabilities that enable makers to create flows that parse content from a PDF form or classify the objects in an image. Microsoft is, further, working on business process capabilities that enable organizations to work with business processes offline. Much richer tooling for admins, such as our PowerShell cmdlets and new Power Platform Admin center will also add up to Microsoft Flow.
AI Builder: – Creating AI is a costly affair and further requires specialized set of skills. With this Power Platform capability, teams can easily automate processes and predict outcomes by leveraging Microsoft AI. You can now build AI without knowing programming or data science. Using AI is made even easier with integration directly into PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.
Business Intelligence: – With Business Intelligence, organizations can easily derive insights from the transactional and observational data. Wave 2 release will create a data culture across the organization where employees can make decisions based on facts, not opinions. The new updates will include navigation, streamlined viewing, and user collaboration—focusing on simpler ways to explore, find, and share insights.
Common Data Model (Data Integration): – Common Data Model (CDM) offers modular and extensible business entities (account, lead, opportunity, and so on) and also observational data concepts (such as Link clicks and Email opens) to unify data in a well-known schema across data silos, applications, and deployments. Organizations can load data into Common Data Service and Azure Data Lake Storage from any data source, and to provide structure and meaning to that data through the Common Data Model. Microsoft will extend the reach of the Common Data Model through SDKs and object models to support developers and partners, enabling organizations to take advantage of AI and machine learning to grow.