When to Use .NET vs Power Platforms in Application Development
While technology — and how we engage with it — has changed over time, our mission has not. From the very beginning, Weidenhammer has focused on assisting organizations with cost-effective implementations of their IT systems. In today’s mobile-driven world where time is money and access is king, applications that can drive your business forward are key to success.
So how do you decide what type of applications you need? Or whether to use low code or no-code applications? That’s where our team of experts come in. We have years of experience developing scalable and maintainable solutions for enterprise clients.
The first thing we do is evaluate what your needs are. We’ll go through a checklist of questions to help us determine whether a fully-customized application built from scratch is necessary on .NET or if it makes more practical and fiscal sense to work off a platform where you can modify an application to meet your desired outcomes, such as Microsoft Power Platform.
Wondering what .NET and Microsoft Power Platform are? Here’s a quick overview:
NET is a free, open-source developer platform, created by Microsoft, for building many different types of applications. With applications built on .NET, you can expect more customization, higher degrees of security considerations, and limitless integration possibilities with other systems and services. Businesses can enter the app market with a high-quality, customized solution that is geared toward its specific users.
Microsoft Power Platform
Microsoft Power Platform is a set of basic applications that often require little or no custom coding. It has security, management, and compliance features built in, by virtue of being built on Azure, which means that as Azure’s capabilities grow, so will the features afforded to Microsoft Power Platform. It also takes advantage of Microsoft’s cloud services, business applications, and other data sources, making it more nimble. All of that means an application can be built and rolled out quickly and securely.
There are pros and cons to both application stacks. For example, while it may cost more and require more technical know-how as technology and security evolves, a customized application may mean less work for your stakeholders and key constituents in the long run. Alternatively, if a platform has the primary functions you need and you don’t want to invest much in the way of time, money, or training IT staff to manage and maintain an application, low-code / no-code in Power Platform might be the more sensible solution.
When we talk about low-code and no-code applications, what it comes down to is what does your business need? What are you looking for in your long-term goals? Our team of developers and architects are well-versed in both .NET / Azure stacks and Microsoft Power Platform and can help you determine what the best application solution is for you and your team or customers. Lean on our expertise as Microsoft Gold Partners to make the best decision for your business. Contact us to get started today.