I’ve heard many aspiring Power Apps makers wishing they would have a place where to practice using the premium features of the platform that haven’t yet been made available in their corporate tenant. After all, if you only have the Office 365 / Microsoft 365 subscription then you’re missing out on the majority of what Power Platform low-code tools have to offer. Still today, not everyone knows that a Microsoft 365 subscription does not include Power Platform licenses (check out my linked article for details, it remains valid after 2+ years).
There has previously been a way for basically anyone to sign up for a Power Apps developer plan and get their own playground environment within the same corporate tenant where their actual business credentials and data are. The barrier used to be that you had to be aware such an option exists, there was nothing inside the product to guide you towards it.
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5 More points for Power Platform governance
- Define governance policies: Establish clear guidelines and rules around data access, usage, and security. This includes defining roles and responsibilities for users, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, and outlining procedures for handling data breaches.
- Create a center of excellence (CoE): A CoE is a dedicated team responsible for implementing and enforcing governance policies, overseeing platform usage, and providing training and support to users. This team should be comprised of individuals with expertise in areas such as data governance, security, and compliance.
- Implement monitoring and auditing: Regularly monitor platform usage to identify any potential security or compliance risks. This includes tracking user activity, data access, and system performance. Auditing can also be used to verify compliance with established policies.
- Establish data protection protocols: Define procedures for protecting data, such as data backups, disaster recovery plans, and data retention policies. This ensures that data is secure and available when needed.
- Provide ongoing training and support: Ensure that all users receive training on how to use the Power Platform in a way that complies with governance policies. This can include providing resources such as online training courses, user guides, and access to support teams.