Simple Power Platform licensing mistakes to avoid
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Mar 26, 2023 7:00 PM

Simple Power Platform licensing mistakes to avoid

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Power Platform licensing may still look like a beast sometimes, though it’s, probably, a tamed one now.

Power Platform licensing may still look like a beast sometimes, though it’s, probably, a tamed one now. Still, you would not want to tease a beast, and it’s a bit of the same with the licensing. There are a few simple mistakes to avoid, and there are probably more (but I’ll add them to this post if / when I run into them 🙄)

Here is my list.

Assuming we can use any available feature

Technically, that assumption is correct. Practically, it may be costly since some of the required licenses are not cheap. Examples:

Power pages will cost you, at the lower volumes, $75 per 500 unauthenticated users and $200 per 100 authenticated ones per month. So about $300 per month is your entry point, and it only grows from there. Don’t use it for the personal blogs.

Power virtual agents start at $256 per 2000 sessions. Unlike with the power pages, the same user may consume multiple sessions at any period of time, and they will all be counted. So, perhaps, it’s not 2000 users, it’s probably less. May still be manageable, but keep that in mind.

If you end up using restricted tables in your solution, you’ll have to go “level up” from your regular Power Apps licenses:

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This is Checklist for PowerApps Licensing

  1. Not Understanding the Power Platform Licensing Model: The Power Platform is a suite of products that includes Dynamics 365, Power BI, Power Apps, and Power Automate. Each product has its own licensing model and must be understood before purchasing a license.
  1. Making Assumptions About User Licensing: Different users may require different types of licenses, depending on their level of access and usage of the platform. Be sure to understand the different types of user licenses available, and purchase the appropriate licenses for each user.
  1. Not Knowing What Features Are Included in Each License: Some features and capabilities may be included in certain licenses, while others may require additional licenses. Be sure to understand which features are included in each license, and purchase the appropriate licenses.
  1. Not Purchasing Enough Licenses: If you purchase too few licenses, users may not be able to access all the features of the platform, or may not be able to use the platform at all.
  1. Overbuying Licenses: On the other hand, buying too many licenses can be a waste of money. Be sure to purchase the appropriate number of licenses for your specific needs.
  1. Not Taking Advantage of Volume Discounts: Companies that purchase multiple licenses may be eligible for volume discounts, which can save them money. Be sure to take advantage of any available discounts.

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