Applied Information Sciences (AIS) has been recognized as the Microsoft Partner of the Year (2020) for Power Apps and Power Automate! This is an exciting award for our company and one which we are honored to receive. AIS has a long history helping customers in large, global, and often regulated industries work through their cloud transformation. We know that this success is due in large part to the Power Platform community and the hard work of our business applications leaders like our Director of Cloud Applications Strategy Andrew Welch, and our Power Platform Solution Architects like Emily Cartner, Jeff Myers, Patrick O’Gorman, and Kevin Dowker as well as the countless other business applications specialists and leaders at AIS (including Yash Agarwal, Ritika Agarwal, Nick Gill, Andrea Pinillos, and Jamie Willis-Rose to name a few).
At AIS, we believe in investing in our people. We send our business applications experts to industry events and support their participation in community-driven efforts. From winning global hackathons to providing Power Apps training courses to the growing community, our team lives out the AIS values of Continued Learning, Sharing, & Technical Excellence and Citizenship & Community every day through their dedication and contributions.
Early in 2019, AIS invested heavily in publishing and sharing the first edition Power Platform Adoption Framework. Since its initial publication, the framework has been globally accepted and vastly improved upon through ownership by the Power Platform community via GitHub at www.PowerPlatform.af. Today, AIS’ business applications specialists work alongside experts from Microsoft, business applications MVPs, and other Microsoft partners around the globe contributing to the ever-evolving set of best practices in the Power Platform Adoption Framework. We are incredibly proud to support the members of the Power Platform Community worldwide and thank them for their continued collaboration in expanding the framework and its capabilities.
One of the most important tenets of the Power Platform Adoption Framework, and consequently AIS’ implementation strategies for Power Platform, is the notion of “platform-focus”. The real value of the Power Platform is realized when business users are able to bring the “whiteboard to life” on their own, without large IT investments. The benefits of citizen development are immense, but they can introduce risks if not managed appropriately. This is one of the first concerns our IT owners typically come to us with. As a result, we place early emphasis on governance and focus on good platform stewardship.
AIS has many offerings to help organizations quickly adopt Power Platform. Our Power Platform Center of Excellence (CoE) is a turnkey offering that complements our customer’s in-house IT staff. It combines our expertise and our lessons learned with deployable tooling, patterns, and models for rapidly building solutions. We used this model first with Azure, then with Modern Workplace, and now with Power Platform for each of the verticals and customers we serve.
Recently, AIS launched our industry-focused Power Platform offerings for Financial Services. The Financial Services Power Platform offerings support initial adoption and governance as well as best practices associated with scaling and development. These offerings aren’t just ideas, they represent ‘real-world’ lessons learned that we have taken from implementations for the world’s leading finance and insurance companies.
In addition to the private sector, AIS has succeeded in bringing Power Platform to the government and global humanitarian organizations. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, AIS built a Power Platform-based digital clearinghouse designed to streamline the procurement of medical supplies (ex. Personal Protective Equipment, digital medical devices). The digital clearinghouse allows medical equipment manufacturers to offer medical supplies for nations across the globe to quickly procure. Whether in India, Europe, or the United States, our AIS business applications group is the finest in the world and we will continue our investment in the technology and our people.
AIS is a proud Microsoft partner and stands alongside the products, technology investments, and values of the organization. The team is humbled by another successful year of working together and excited for the many prosperous years ahead. We thank Microsoft for this honor.