Power Automate, Power Platform, Power Virtual Agents, UI flows

Exploring Power Virtual Agents

This week was an exciting week from a Power Platform point of view. At Microsoft Ignite the existing Microsoft Flow was rebranded into Power Automate and a new type of flow was introduced. We will still create flows as we have done in the past but in comes a completely new concept called UI flows. UI flows provides Robotic Process Automation (RPA) capabilities to Power Automate. It allows you to automate repetitive tasks in Windows and Web applications and if you want to try it out, just go to the maker portal where you now have the possibility to create UI flows.

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CDS, Data Integration, Flow, Microsoft Flow, Model-Driven Apps, Power Platform, PowerApps

Creating CDS records from an open API – Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day – using Microsoft Flow

For about a week ago I had some fun exploring one of Nasa’s Open APIs, Astronomy Picture of the Day. I made a Canvas App which displayed the picture of today (with a Microsoft Flow in the background). As a separate thing I also created a Microsoft Flow which I scheduled to run each day, it gets me the picture of today and saves it as a record in the Common Data Service. Before I set up the flow I created an entity to hold this information. This blog post will let you in on how I set up the flow which creates CDS records and how to display the records in a Model-Driven App.

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CDS, Data Integration, Dataflows, Power Platform

Power Platform Saturday Sweden – from a speaker’s point of view – Introduction to Dataflows and Data Integration

This is the second blog post of two about the Power Platform Saturday Sweden event which was held on the 5th of October. In the first one you can read about it from an attendee’s point of view. In this blog post I will let you in on the session that me and my colleague Carl Aspernäs held. Actually, I put in some new tips in here as well, which we did not mention during our session. So even if you did attend our session, you might learn something new from this blog post.

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Power Platform Saturday Sweden – from an attendee’s point of view

On the 5th of October the event Power Platform Saturday Sweden was held in Stockholm at Microsoft’s facilities. Looking back to it, I am still amazed by the quality of this event, beeing free of charge and put together by a few energetic souls (sponsors not to be forgotten though). I had the priviledge to be there both as a speaker and of course also as an attendee. Such an amazing day simply must be documented.

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CDS, Data Integration, Dataflows, Model-Driven Apps, Power Platform, PowerApps

Using Power Platform Dataflows to get data from a Web API into the CDS and a Model-Driven App

October is knocking on the door which means exiting times from a Power Platform point of view. The 2019 release wave 2 is coming to us. Let us not be washed over, instead let us surf it and have some fun. There are a lot of new features and improvements to discover.

This blog post will be dedicated to the new (or rather rebranded) feature Dataflows and how you can set up a Dataflow which gets data from a Web API and writes it to the CDS. We will also create a Model-Driven App in which we can work with this data.

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Canvas apps, Power Platform, PowerApps

Canvas Apps from scratch and exploring the camera control

I have started to explore Canvas Apps and my findings from it is about to be documented in three different blog posts. In the first one I gave some suggestions on how to get started with Canvas Apps, written from the angle that you come from the model-driven world. In this second blog post we will take a look at some basics when creating a Canvas App from scratch, such as adding the different parts we need and type in some basic formulas. We will also make use of the camera control, how exciting!

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Canvas apps, Dynamics xRM, Power Platform, PowerApps

How to make it from Model-Driven Apps to Canvas Apps

For someone coming from the Dynamics CRM/xRM world, Model-Driven Apps are easy to grasp. It simply contains the same concepts that we are already familiar with, such as Sitemap, Dashboards, Forms, Views, Charts etc. Canvas Apps on the other hand, might be a bit overwhelming at a first glance. I cannot say I am fully there yet, all comfortable drawing canvases and adding formulas, but at least I have started my journey into this new and exciting world. Now that I have learned a bit about it, I thought I could write down some of my findings.

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