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Microsoft has crafted a thing called AI Builder, a visual tool to inject some degree of artificial intelligence into programs created using the tech giant's low-code application builder PowerApps.
PowerApps is part of a set of cloud services that Microsoft calls the Power Platform. The others in the set are Power BI, which provides business intelligence, and Microsoft Flow, for automating processes. The Power Platform is part of the Business Applications suite, which also includes Dynamics 365 (think software for CRM, marketing, service management, accounting, finance, and operations).
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The new tool was previewed at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit under way this week in Atlanta, USA.
During the keynote, G&J Pepsi, which does bottling and distribution for Pepsi Cola, was wheeled out as an example use of the technology. The company’s reps visit stores and have to count the stock of various lines. The fizzy-pop giant built a mobile application that is able to identify and count stock based on a photo taken in a shop. According to Microsoft, you can create this very kind of application yourself in AI Builder by defining product lines, and uploading some example pictures to train the AI. Next, you can use new controls in PowerApps to add the image analysis capability to a mobile application. You can also integrate it with Microsoft Flow, so that low stock could, for example, trigger an invitation to order more.
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It sounds simplistic but could work if all the items are conveniently on view.
Another new service is PowerApps Portals, which lets you create customer portals with the same drag-and-drop app building model as PowerApps. “With these new capabilities, app makers can create a website from scratch using pre-built templates, and then customize the layout and content using components like forms, views, and dashboards,” said James Phillips, Microsoft veep of business applications.
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