Office 365 Business Applications

Drive value and insight out of Office 365 through low-code apps, business process automation and business intelligence with Microsoft Power Platform.

Office 365 Business Apps

Bring your business processes to life with Microsoft Power Platform and CompanyNet.

The processes behind your business are what keeps everything running smoothly – but they can also hold you back. Backed by our cross-sector expertise and experience, CompanyNet’s expert team will help you take advantage of the latest technology to streamline the way your organisation works.

We create reliable solutions that let you take a more systematic approach to optimising your business processes, and leave you with a solution that is flexible and will adapt to your changing needs for years to come.

Office 365 Business Applications
Office 365 Business Applications

Decades of expertise at your disposal

We’ve been building business applications on Microsoft platforms for more than twenty years. We have the experience of literally hundreds of engagements with customers across the UK. We will bring all that expertise to bear in choosing the right mix of technologies and approaches for your business application project.

CompanyNet has a strong reputation for helping enterprises drive real business value from their Office 365 licenses. Through our work we have developed expertise in creating business applications in Office 365 using SharePoint Online, Azure and the .NET framework. Now, we are focusing on building solutions using the latest technology – Microsoft Power Platform.

Power Platform Apps from CompanyNet

No-code apps with PowerApps

Build low-code business apps that run on any device, and integrate artificial intelligence

Workflows in Power Automate

Shape Office 365 to take the pain out of your processes using powerful workflows

Business insight from Power BI

Build intuitive dashboards and reports to deliver actionable, real-time insight

Power Virtual Agents

Create friendly bots that enable deceptively simple interactions with your business data

Low-code apps with Power Platform

Power Platform is the new gold standard for creating software solutions that interact with different parts of your business data and different elements of Office 365. It is Microsoft’s approach to building ‘low-code’ and ‘no-code’ business applications, making them rapid to develop and easy to maintain and update.

Deeply integrated with Office 365, Power Platform lets you tap into the architecture that underpins technologies like Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online and Microsoft Forms to build useful custom apps that streamline your business processes.

CompanyNet has deep experience of designing, building, configuring and maintaining Power Platform applications. We’re also experts at migrating existing apps to the Microsoft cloud from legacy platforms like Lotus Notes.

Our team will help you harness the power behind Power Platform to drive serious value from Office 365.

Migrate Lotus Notes to Office 365

Legacy Lotus/IBM Notes estates present a particular challenge for organisations who are committed to a Microsoft cloud strategy.

CompanyNet has real-world experience of migrating and modernising critical business data and processes from Notes into the new world of Power Platform, with minimal impact on business-as-usual.

We have established relationships with the two dominant Notes migration technology vendors. Together, we will ensure your Notes migration is efficient, well-coordinated and ultimately successful.

Business Apps examples

Examples of recent Power Platform solutions we’ve created for customers include:

An app to aid Governance

A solution to help staff at a national water authority maintain an ISO standard naming structure for information about their sites

An app to manage complex bookings

A solution to manage the complex catering booking requirements of a major British sporting events institution

An app to enable mobility

A sales enquiry system for a leading manufacturing business, accessible from any internet-connected device

Office 365 Product Development Systems

Our team has successfully combined some of the Office 365 platform’s most advanced features to create powerful, highly-flexible and – most significantly – affordable business process management (BPM) systems for a number of customers.

BPM systems typically take existing business processes and model, optimise and automate them. They involve multiple users at the appropriate stage of the process, and give managers an overview of progress – allowing any snags to be spotted early on.

CompanyNet deployed an Office 365-based BPM solution for the UK’s leading bottled water company. This took the form of a product development (PD) system in the Microsoft cloud. The solution tracks new and altered products through a complex development and approval process.

Where the previous PD system was based on spreadsheets, ad hoc communications and monthly update meetings, the new system allows complete transparency and real-time tracking of every product. Power BI dashboards visualise the process live, ensuring its efficiency and that the demands of internal teams and retail customers are being met.

Moving the process away from emails and multiple spreadsheets to one unified system created a raft of benefits for the company. Decisions taken around product development now follow consistent templates and are better-informed, better-documented and backed up by an evidence trail.

The system gives the business a complete picture of the PD process as it happens, helping them identify potential efficiencies and trouble spots early on. This new level of oversight means the way products are developed has become far more transparent, and the time-to-market for new products can be reduced significantly.

Office 365 Business Process Management

Product development is only one example of a BPM solution we can build on Office 365. Virtually any business process can be modelled by an Office 365-based BPM system from CompanyNet. Potential applications include organisations with a complex regulatory approval process, matter management for in-house legal teams, asset management in the financial sector, and streamlining and automating HR and training processes.

Because they use the rock-solid platform of Office 365, our BPM solutions are stable and highly performant, and can be deployed on an existing Microsoft 365 tenant.

The advantages for process-driven businesses are obvious. Many of those who could benefit from a BPM system were unable to justify the investment in the past, on grounds of cost and complexity. CompanyNet’s approach changes that. It eliminates the need for additional software licensing beyond Office 365 itself: using standard Office 365 licenses – which many companies will already hold – and inexpensive Microsoft Azure cloud storage means the cost of entry to a BPM solution is significantly reduced.

The affordable initial price, low ongoing costs and high configurability of the system means tailored, relevant and proportionate BPM systems are now available to companies that may previously have walked away when faced with the required spend. By taking advantage of the power of Office 365, our BPM solution democratises this valuable technology, opening the benefits of true business process management to businesses of every size.

Get in touch

Get in touch with our friendly team now:

The CompanyNet Team

The CompanyNet team has more than 20 years’ experience of creating Microsoft digital workplaces that really work.

We’re a tight-knit team that delivers results for customers including Scottish Water, Mencap, the Student Loans Company, Walt Disney, Tesco Bank, the Scottish Housing Regulator and many more.

We’re always keen to discuss whether we can help you get more out of Office 365.

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