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Power Platform WEBCON BPS
Modifying a live application

Cancel/restart your live workflows or let them finish the old way

InstantChange™ – your in-flight workflows adapt immediately

Integration

Making an application out of components is up to you; PowerApps are built separately from Flows which are separate from reports which are separate from Azure functions which are separate from data; links between them are fragile

The entire solution is built as a set of tightly-coupled components that work together automatically

Duration

Flows must complete within 30 days; running over that is considered an exception; workarounds exist, but they delay the inevitable, and they’re fragile

Processes can run for one second or one century, and any length of time in between; they’ll survive migration, upgrades, changes to the model, and not end prematurely

Application lifecycle management

Forms, workflows, and any dependent components must be manually packaged; non-destructive/non-disruptive updates is at best an art, not a science

The entire application – workflow, forms, reports, dashboards, data schema, connections to external data – can be packaged and deployed (and updated) from development to test to production

On-premises & Cloud

Online and multitenant only; a gateway must be used to breach firewalls to access on-premises data

One platform that runs on-premises, cloud IaaS, and SaaS offering

Migration and upgrades

Elements of projects can be exported as templates for building new projects somewhere else, which isn’t exactly migration

Everything migrates, in every direction, with current status and audit trail preserved and intact

Process mapping

Create an abstract high-level diagram in Visio, then separately build the application using different tools — doing the work twice

The process model is the workflow diagram, and (together with the data dictionary) drives the form and report models

Analytics and audit trails

Workflow designer must add extra measurement steps to a flow, and create a place to store those metrics and a way to view them

Built into each workflow step; reporting and analyzing is built into the platform

Records, auditing, case management

Documents can be treated as records, but the process used to review them will be lost when completed. Data is disconnected and connections are ad-hoc

Every workflow instance is a case with status, roles, documents, data, and an audit trail; the case can be treated like a record from cradle to grave

Application data

Must be modeled somewhere else (Lists, DataFlex, SQL) and managed independently of your application; data is not part of your application and changes to data will break it

Data is part of your application and is deployed/updated as your application evolves

Power user options

Power users must use the same tools as professionals; while technically not “code,” a spelling error or misplaced parenthesis will break an application

Designer Desk provides non-professionals with an easy way to create prototypes professionals can extend and deploy to professionals

Power Platform vs. WEBCON BPS​

Modifying a live application

Power Platform:
Cancel/restart your live workflows or let them finish the old way

WEBCON BPS:
InstantChange™ – your in-flight workflows adapt immediately

Integration

Power Platform:
Making an application out of components is up to you; PowerApps are built separately from Flows which are separate from reports which are separate from Azure functions which are separate from data; links between them are fragile

WEBCON BPS:
The entire solution is built as a set of tightly-coupled components that work together automatically

Duration

Power Platform:
Flows must complete within 30 days; running over that is considered an exception; workarounds exist, but they delay the inevitable, and they’re fragile

WEBCON BPS:
Processes can run for one second or one century, and any length of time in between; they’ll survive migration, upgrades, changes to the model, and not end prematurely

Application lifecycle management

Power Platform:
Forms, workflows, and any dependent components must be manually packaged; non-destructive/non-disruptive updates is at best an art, not a science

WEBCON BPS:
The entire application – workflow, forms, reports, dashboards, data schema, connections to external data – can be packaged and deployed (and updated) from development to test to production

On-premises & Cloud

Power Platform:
Online and multitenant only; a gateway must be used to breach firewalls to access on-premises data

WEBCON BPS:
One platform that runs on-premises, cloud IaaS, and SaaS offering

Migration and upgrades

Power Platform:
Elements of projects can be exported as templates for building new projects somewhere else, which isn’t exactly migration

WEBCON BPS:
Everything migrates, in every direction, with current status and audit trail preserved and intact

Process mapping

Powerr Platform:
Create an abstract high-level diagram in Visio, then separately build the application using different tools — doing the work twice

WEBCON BPS:
The process model is the workflow diagram, and (together with the data dictionary) drives the form and report models

Analytics and audit trails

Power Platform:
Workflow designer must add extra measurement steps to a flow, and create a place to store those metrics and a way to view them

WEBCON BPS:
Built into each workflow step; reporting and analyzing is built into the platform

Records, auditing, case management

Power Platform:
Documents can be treated as records, but the process used to review them will be lost when completed. Data is disconnected and connections are ad-hoc

WEBCON BPS:
Every workflow instance is a case with status, roles, documents, data, and an audit trail; the case can be treated like a record from cradle to grave

Application data

Power Platform:
Must be modeled somewhere else (Lists, DataFlex, SQL) and managed independently of your application; data is not part of your application and changes to data will break it

WEBCON BPS:
Data is part of your application and is deployed/updated as your application evolves

Power user options

Power Platform:
Power users must use the same tools as professionals; while technically not “code,” a spelling error or misplaced parenthesis will break an application

WEBCON BPS:
Designer Desk provides non-professionals with an easy way to create prototypes professionals can extend and deploy to professionals

You won't be flying blind

Release. Review. Revise. Repeat. Evolve.

An application isn’t really a one-time deliverable – it’ll need to be regularly adapted and improved in collaboration with users and stakeholders. That can’t happen unless the cost of change is low, and that applies to both creating changes and gracefully deploying them.

Don’t glue together a bunch of components — write an application.

If what you create is a set of separate deliverables you orchestrate to work together, you — not the software — are the solution. You’ll need to carefully keep those components in sync as your application grows. And the Power Platform all but demands that your applications be made up of many discrete pieces in many places with loosely-couple connections between them; move one thing out of place and the whole effort is at risk. With WEBCON BPS, though, the workflows, the forms, the data schema, the business rules, the reports, and any mapped external data are already interconnected and aware of each other. Change one thing and everything else gracefully adapts. Design it as a set. Deploy it as a set. Update it as a set. Version it as a set.

“Citizen development” is a nice idea – but it’s citizen-assisted development that actually works.

Excel-like formulas fail from a misplaced parenthesis – they’re code. Needing to work with JSON and OData is just one step away from, well, code. The Power Platform is genuinely low-code, but literally so, in the sense of less coding like a developer – but one still has to think like a developer to be successful. The issue is that business users already have jobs. Asking them to be responsible for real applications is a lot to ask. Occasionally, some business users get good at building applications and become developers. More often than not, an early attempt doesn’t survive contact with its first user without bringing in professionals to help finish the job. And those pros often find it easier to just rebuild the whole thing. WEBCON Designer Desk makes it easy for a business user to create an annotated working prototype that’s meant to be a usable starting point that professionals can extend and evolve into production-ready solutions. All the while, those business users stay informed and can provide feedback that be acted on instantly. We call it Citizen-Assisted Development – and it really works.

Change management revolution with InstantChange™

Learn how our unique technology future-proofs your critical applications, makes remarkable time-to-business the norm, and why you’re missing out if you don’t have it!

What you get when you choose WEBCON?

One consistent platform that works everywhere

On-prem? Online hosted? Online private? WEBCON is WEBCON is WEBCON. The same features, the same format, and with a 100% migration path in any direction.

The end of fragile applications

A solution with many moving parts in many different places is hard to deploy & maintain but really easy to break. A WEBCON app is built, deployed, updated, and secured as a set.

No process left behind when you need to make a change

InstantChange™ means application updates take effect everywhere, right away, even on workflows in flight. No disruption, no restarting, no grandfathering.

Processes that run as long as you need

WEBCON BPS apps can run for seconds, months, or years. Migrate, and even modify them, and they keep on running.

Professionals and stakeholders working together

Don’t abdicate, collaborate. Let users show designers what they want the easiest way possible; you can finish what they started, without compromise.

Deployment lifecycle support

Deployment isn’t an afterthought to WEBCON – it’s in our DNA. Every part of every application is designed to gracefully deal with dev-test-production stages.

The end of analysis paralysis

Build and deliver it right away, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Because you can easily – and quickly – improve it. Using real feedback, not imagined requirements.

Auditing and analytics without extra effort

WEBCON processes auto-report on themselves. You don’t have to clutter them with extra steps that feed custom logs. It’s extra insight without extra effort.

There’s more to a case than its documents.

Cases have documents, lists, roles, privileges, audit trails, retention policies, and more – so version, secure, migrate, and archive them as a set. Easily.

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WEBCON is the leading European-based provider of a complete Low-code Application Platform for mass delivering business solutions. Companies choose WEBCON to dramatically reduce time and cost of app development. The platform allows them to automate and manage business processes across the entire organization – using a single, unified platform. Thanks to its unique InstantChange™ technology, WEBCON embraces change like no other platform on the market.

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