Overview of the power platform

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The Power Platform is a suite of Microsoft tools and services that empower individuals and organizations to build custom business solutions without extensive coding or development knowledge. It consists of four main components: Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, and Power Pages. Each component offers unique capabilities to help you create, automate, analyze, and interact with data-driven applications. 

Power Apps allows you to create custom applications without extensive coding knowledge. Power Automate helps you automate workflows and tasks across different applications and services. Power BI provides powerful data visualization and analytics capabilities. Power Pages enables you to create professional web pages without coding. 

The Power Platform offers numerous benefits, including rapid application development, process automation, data visualization and insights, collaboration and integration with other Microsoft services, scalability, and flexibility. 

Steps to get started

All staff and students can use their HKU portal UID and password to login the https://office.com and then launch the components of Power Platforms from App launcher.


The Power Platform offers a wide range of benefits for individuals and organizations: 

  1. Rapid Application Development: Power Apps enables you to quickly build custom applications with minimal coding, reducing development time and costs. 
  2. Process Automation: Power Automate allows you to automate repetitive tasks and workflows, improving efficiency and freeing up time for more valuable work. 
  3. Data Visualization and Insights: Power BI helps you transform complex data into visually appealing and interactive reports and dashboards, enabling better decision-making. 
  4. Collaboration and Integration: The Power Platform seamlessly integrates with other Microsoft services, such as Office 365 and Dynamics 365, fostering collaboration and providing a unified experience. 
  5. Scalability and Flexibility: The Power Platform is scalable, allowing you to start small and expand as your needs grow. It also offers flexibility in terms of deployment options, including cloud, on-premises, and hybrid environments. 


The Power Platform is used across industries and departments for a wide range of purposes. Here are some examples of how organizations leverage the Power Platform: 

  1. Streamlining Business Processes: Automating approval workflows, managing customer requests, tracking inventory, and optimizing supply chain processes. 
  2. Custom Application Development: Building apps for project management, employee onboarding, event registration, and customer relationship management.
  3. Data Analysis and Reporting: Creating interactive dashboards and reports to monitor sales performance, financial metrics, marketing campaigns, and operational efficiency. 
  4. Collaboration and Communication: Developing collaborative portals, facilitating knowledge sharing, and improving communication within teams. 


The University of Hong Kong has acquired is the Power Apps per user plan from May 1 2023 to April 30 2026, which has been renamed to Power Apps Premium. This license provides access to advanced features and capabilities within the Power Apps component of the Power Platform. 

During the second and third years of the license contract, there is an increased storage allowance for Dataverse. This enables you to store and manage a larger amount of data within your Power Apps applications. 

Environment Introduction

After signing in the account , on the right side , you can select the environment.

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Foundation User Role Solution 

What is this solution?  

  • This solution serves as a managed and shared resource that can be deployed to any environment that wants User Role data from HCMS or SIS, allowing Business Unit and Team member allocation methods to have a consistent foundation across environments and tenants.  

Why do we need it?  

  • Provides consistency across different environments and provides reliable user role infrastructure that developers can re-use for their App development.  

What does it do?  

  • Uses HCMS, SIS, and 365 User data to create a set of Business units.  
  • Based on records in the Role Configuration and Role Assignment tables, creates Teams and adds Users to their assigned Team  
  • Assigns Users to their corresponding BU  
  • Based on data from HCMS API, update the configuration data on user departure or department change 
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