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Invista

As a group that looks to continually innovate and improve Invista approached Sapere to help it create a bespoke PowerApp and SharePoint Online application. The application would allow its engineers across the world to record and share knowledge on possible innovation, improvements and costs savings on the plants it commissions.

Problem

Invista had started to develop a Microsoft PowerApp internally to allow its plant engineers to record improvement opportunities or damage while on site. While the app principle was relatively simple and the premise of Powerapps is that they are easy to build without the need to be a developer.

While these two things are true, introducing any form of complexity makes the application development difficult. The platform itself is restrictive making straightforward transactions difficult. As an example the form builder limits the number of lookup fields to 12, which sounds like a lot but when there are at least 4 of these for restricted fields you can’t remove its limiting.

Solution

Sapere built a bespoke SharePoint Online application to hold all the data generated by the linked PowerApp mobile application. The forms had to be created bespoke to handle multiple iterations and variations on the same form with different fields and logic. This couldn’t be created the way Invista wanted it to work without coding knowledge due to the limitations of the framework.

The mobile app was created bespoke using PowerApps to allow it to be downloaded and used by anyone with access regardless of mobile device.

Business Benefits

The following business benefits have been realised by Invista since the app solution went live.

  • Increased efficiencies as there is now only one area to manage data – previously managed by emails.
  • Unique views so users only see their data – no need to sift though records that have no interest.
  • Improved workflow – data, pictures and videos can be recorded on site.
  • One deployment – there is no limitation on mobile platform anyone can use the app regardless of handset.
  • Improved report-ability – accurate report data can be produced in real-time allowing for better decision making.
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