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Enhance Your App Performance with Appian to Power Apps Migration 

Low-code Application Platforms (LCAPs) have transformed organizations build and develop applications. Appian is one of the most widely used platforms for low-code, no-code development of business applications, especially the ones that are focused on automation. However, Appian has certain restrictions which limit the potential of your website. In such cases business app migration is a smart approach. If you are looking to upgrade to a more ‘powerful’ LCAP platform, then Appian to Power App migration would be ideal for you. 

Know About Microsoft Power Apps 

Microsoft Power Apps is a low-code, no-code application development platform. It is a part of the Power Platform suite, which also includes Power BI, Power Automate, AI Builder, Dataverse and the like. At Evolvous, we offer customized app development services, leveraging the capabilities of Power BI. 

Explore Our Services: To discover how our Power Apps solutions can help you enhance the operational efficiency of the process, click here. 

The Process of Appian to Power Apps Migration 

Appian to Power Apps migration is easy, especially if you have an experienced consultant by your side. Contact Evolvous to expedite the process and maintain optimum efficiency. 

Here is the step-by-step process that needs to be followed for Appian to Power Apps migration.

STAGE 1: Assessment and Planning 

Proper assessment and planning are critical for the success of the migration. Here are the steps that you need to execute to ensure efficiency at the planning stage: 

  1. Carefully evaluate your existing Appian application to identify features, functions, and data structures. Document all the information. 
  2. With the help of our team, you will be assessing the complexity and scope of the migration. 
  3. At this stage, you also need to define the goals, timelines, and the requirements for the migration. 

STAGE 2: Data Extraction and Mapping 

Just like your Appian deployment, your Power Apps will need to run on data. So, it is important that you extract and map the data correctly, so that they can be loaded on the Power Apps application. 

  1. Extract the data from your Appian database and systems. 
  2. Next, you would need to map the data fields and structures from Appian to the corresponding Power Apps fields. You might need to transform some of the data fields to correctly match the Power Apps fields. 

STAGE 3: Creating a Blueprint for the Application 

At this stage, you will be beginning the work on the Power Apps application. In most cases, you will want the app to be like the Appian one. However, if you do want some changes, this is a suitable time to decide on them. 

  1. Create a design blueprint or design for the Power Apps solution. Make sure that you correctly map the existing Appian processes, forms, and UI elements to the Power Apps application. 
  2. If you want to add any additional features, then you would need to plan them out.  

Pro Tip: Microsoft Power Apps has several pre-built templates which might be like your requirements. Building an app based on an existing template will save you valuable time and make the process faster. So, do check the template library before you design a blueprint.  

STAGE 4: Replicating the Application in Power Apps 

At the next stage in Appian to Power Apps migration, you would need to recreate the Appian app in Power Apps. Power Apps Studio comes with an intuitive graphical interface which makes it easy, quick and efficient to design app. Please note that although Power Apps is an LCA platform, recreating certain aspects of your Appian app in Power Apps might require additional coding. 

  1. Use Power Apps studio to recreate the application’s UI, forms and business logic. 
  2. You can also integrate Power Apps with Power Automate to automate processes and workflows. 
  3. Integrate the app with all the required data sources, with the help of the connectors for external systems. 

STAGE 5: Testing and Quality Assurance 

Your app is now ready for deployment. But before you do deploy the app, there are a few stages that you need to go through. One of the first things that you need to do is to test the app thoroughly, identify any potential usability issues or bugs and fix them before deployment. 

  1. Conduct comprehensive testing in phases, focusing on various aspects of the business application. 
  2. Perform User Acceptance Testing (UAT) with stakeholders to validate that the migrated application meets the requirements. 

STAGE 6: Data Migration 

Your application will need data to run successfully. This is why it is important that you migrate the data from your Appian application to Power Apps before you deploy the app.  

At Evolvous, we use custom scripts to migrate the data during Appian to Power Apps migration. This allows for closer monitoring of the data and maintain consistency and integrity. However, in some cases, we might also use third party applications. 

STAGE 7: User Training and Adoption 

Finally, before you deploy the application, you will need to train all potential users of the application. This will include providing them with the necessary documentation and support as needed.  

It is also important that you address the concerns of the users and demonstrate the benefits of migration. This will encourage quicker adoption of the new application and all the changes. 

STAGE 8: Deployment 

When all the above steps are successfully completed, you can deploy the app. Here are the steps that you need to follow: 

  1. Deploy the app in the production environment 
  2. To ensure a seamless deployment, monitor to detect any issues and resolve them. 

After you have successfully deployed the application, you will need to provide ongoing support and resolve any issues that might arise. You should also try to gather feedback from users and stakeholders to identify areas for further optimization. 

Why Do You Need the Help of a Professional Power Apps Consultant? 

Appian to Power Apps migration throws up challenges sometimes. Therefore, it is recommended that you get the support from a professional Power Apps consultant. Here are some of the usual challenges that you can come across and how we help you deal with it. 

  • Dealing with the Differences in Data Models and Structures

Appian and Power Apps differ in their data models and structures. To solve the issue, we will analyze the existing data in Appian platform, develop a mapping strategy and leverage a range of tools which will help us restructure data, handle different data types, and ensure data integrity. 

  • Simplifying Complex Process and Logic Variations 

Sometimes, it is tough to find the right equivalent of Appian processes and logic in the Power Apps platforms. This might result in inconsistencies. To solve this problem, we document the logic and processes, breaking them down into simpler steps and replicating them using custom methods. 

  • Consistency in UI/UX Design 

Appian and Power Apps have different UI/UX design paradigms. We redesign forms and interfaces in Power Apps, ensuring the design of the new Power Apps application is like the Appian application, and aligns with the user expectations. 

Evolvous is a Microsoft certified Power Apps consultant in Canada, helping organizations manage Appian to Power Apps migration. Explore our services and discover how we can facilitate migration and improve app performance. 


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