Aaron Rendell

Aaron Rendell

Microsoft MVP, Microsoft 365 | SharePoint | Power Platform | Teams | Compliance

Salisbury, United Kingdom

I am an experienced, commercially aware, Microsoft 365 Solution Architect / Technology Leader with a strong and demonstrable background within the Collaboration, Productivity and Low-Code / Pro-Code Development platforms of Microsoft 365 and Azure.

With over 15 years of experience working with Microsoft technology, I have worked with many organisations - from SMEs through to Enterprise, working to digitally transform their businesses with the successful implementation and adoption of Microsoft 365 and Azure products. This includes managing the lifecycle of the project from visioning exercises, discovery, solution design through to implementation and user adoption and change management strategies.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology

Enabling the Power Platform: Creating a harmony between the Admin and Maker personas

We hear it all the time; the IT department like to lock things down and the Makers want the freedom to use it all – but how can both live in harmony together?

Each and every organisations’ IT department will have an opinion of what should and shouldn’t be in place before the Power Platform can be deployed. This level of governance differs across organisations and typically depends upon the nature of the organisations business.

On the flip side, the Makers want to create Apps and Flows that make their day-to-day life easier – and ultimately don’t want any blockers or delays.

Understanding the perspectives and business objectives of those on both sides of the fence is fundamental to finding a solution between ‘Governance’ and ‘Enablement’, ensuring there is a balance between Admins feeling and being in control vs Makers having what they need to create what they need to solve business needs.

This session focuses on the perspectives of both the Admin and Maker personas, providing recommendations on solutions and processes to consider, enabling a harmonious co-existence:

- Implementing governance, security, and environment strategies.
- Managing Maker new App and Flow requests; supporting Apps and Flows being created in the correct environment, with appropriate DLP policies applied.
- Communication, guidance, and best practices to ensure consistency and quality for all Apps and Flows.
- Defining training programmes and on-going support.

Considering the needs of the "Maker" persona when implementing a Centre of Excellence

We've all heard about the ‘Microsoft Centre of Excellence Starter Kit’ and the need for the "Admin" persona to define and support the implementation of an organisations Power Platform "Governance" strategy - but how do you communicate and support your Makers to adhere to these successfully?

A well-defined Centre of Excellence governance model will include (as a minimum) an Environment Management strategy, Data Loss Prevention policies and Data Storage considerations.

The question is – ‘How’ does a Maker know anything about these policies and ‘How’ do they successfully create Apps and Flows without getting into trouble!

This session covers the theoretical considerations of a Maker, including:

- ‘What’ can Makers do 'out of the box' without any governance?
- How do your makers know what they can and cannot build?
- How do your makers know where they should be storing the data?
- How do you manage what environment Apps and Flows should be created in?
- How does a Maker know what DLP policies are applied to each environment?
- How do you control Apps and Flows with premium licencing requirements?
- How do you control and support the creation of Personal Productivity Apps and Flows vs. Business Critical, organisational Apps and Flows?

Designing your Power Platform Environment Strategy

The concept of ‘Environments’ within the Microsoft Power Platform is often overlooked; however, it should be one of the first items to consider when deploying Apps, Flows, Virtual Agents and Portals in your organisation- as this is where all those components are stored!

Developing an environment strategy means configuring environments and other layers of data security in a way that supports successful adoption of the Power Platform in your organisation, while securing and organising resources, and ensuring Application Lifecycle Management best practices are maintained.

This session discusses the importance of Environments within the Power Platform and discusses recommended ways to implement and benefit from proactively managing them.

- Why is the Default environment special?
- Designing Environments for:
- Personal Productivity
- Departmental Apps and Flows
- Dev/Test/Production for business-critical Apps and Flows
- Application Lifecycle Management best practices
- Managing the Provisioning of Environments.
- Implementing Data Loss Prevention.
- Recommendations / Best Practices.

Aaron Rendell

Microsoft MVP, Microsoft 365 | SharePoint | Power Platform | Teams | Compliance

Salisbury, United Kingdom