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KPMG rolls out Power Platform-fueled assessment tools for workplace re-entry

Microsoft's Power Platform, its set of low-code/no-code tools plus Power BI business-intelligence offering, is at the heart of a new KPMG framework for workplace re-entry.

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Now that more companies are moving toward having their workers come back to the office -- at least to some degree -- tech companies are looking for ways to participate in the process. KPMG is using Microsoft's Power Platform low-code/no-code tools to create a new risk-based framework meant to help companies implement a workplace-re-entry program during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The framework integrates Power Apps, Power BI and Power Automate with apps and services that customers can use to create a data-driven return-to-work strategy, KPMG officials announced on June 25.

KPMG's "Restarting America program" digital toolkit consists of six major components: A mobile app meant to be used by employees, fans, crews, and others who need to handle wellness tasks like daily check-ins, status reports, travel or stay-at-home requests, etc. This app was built with Power Apps which also can be integrated into Microsoft Teams

  • A decision-support dashboard for decision-makers and facility managers to obtain insights on employees, facilities, protocols, etc., which KPMG built using Microsoft Power BI, and which optionally integrates with Power Automate for workflow-management
  • A risk-scoring engine that provides quantified scores for community and individual threat revels and risks. This is exposed as application programming interfaces and uses Microsoft's Azure Functions serverless technology
  • Workflow and case management for automation of various tasks using Power Automate
  • Data and App integration, which integrates HR, testing provider, badge reader, wi-fi-gateways, and other back-end systems. This uses Power Automate and Microsoft Logic Apps technologies under the covers
  • Contact and proximity tracing built around ten techniques and using Power Automate and/or external workflow tools

KPMG officials said they've built accelerators, or user-customizable blueprints, for each of the six components. The framework pieces plus accelerators are custom-built, so pricing varies depending on integration and other the type of specialized workflows users need built.