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Microsoft Centre of Excellence (CoE) 

William Cornwill - Kiandra custom software developer
William Cornwill
August 23, 2022
William Cornwill
August 23, 2022
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Many organisations struggle to understand how the Microsoft Power Platform can help solve problems or make them more efficient. To put it quite simply: Power Platform enables non-IT people to build their own IT solutions, opening the door to citizen development.

This adoption of the Power Platform has given rise to citizen developers supported by professional developers – to continue to nurture this, the Power Platform Centre of Excellence (CoE) provides the tools to drive best practices and set guidelines to improve consistency, compliance, and governance throughout an organisation.

What is a Microsoft Power Platform CoE?

This CoE is a collection of tools to help your organisation adopt a Microsoft Power Platform strategy to spur rapid application development, and support makers, and align to organisation-wide goals rather than department-only goals. A CoE is designed to drive innovation and improvement and serves as a central function to break down any silos, whilst at the same time providing standards, consistency, and governance to the organisation.

Why is it helpful? 

A key principle is to clarify why you’re setting up a CoE, what you aim to accomplish and the key business outcomes you hope to achieve. Then get started and learn and evolve along the way. For many, the CoE is a first step in fostering greater creativity and innovation across the organisation by empowering business units to digitise and automate their business processes, while maintaining the necessary level of central oversight and governance. 

How do I start? 

The Microsoft Centre of Excellence (CoE) Starter Kit is a collection of components and tools that are designed to help you get started with developing a strategy for adopting and supporting the Microsoft Power Platform. These can help with the following:  

  • Use as a management tool for gaining insights into your Microsoft Power Platform environment and adoption. 
  • Establish audit and compliance processes for providing Governance and control over your Power Platform environment. 
  • Support and nurture your citizen developer community.

Microsoft provides a set of templates that allows you to set up your own Centre of Excellence for the Power Platform. All Microsoft clients have access to the starter kit. Contact us today and we can help you start your own development.  

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