CDS, Dataverse, Dynamics 365, Dynamics xRM, Microsoft Dataverse, Microsoft Dataverse for Teams, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Platform, Power Virtual Agents, PowerApps

What is Dataverse for Teams, when to use it and when not to?

A few weeks has passed since Microsoft Ignite and me and Amanda last spoke about our two worlds colliding. To refresh your mind; Amanda is working with productivity, collaboration and Microsoft 365 and you can find her blog here. Our previous common article had the title “The best from both worlds – Office Apps & Services and BizApps combined”. Our different worlds are colliding for sure and today we will look at examples of how the boundaries have been blurred.

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Microsoft Teams, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Platform, Power Virtual Agents, Project Oakdale

Highlights from Microsoft Ignite 2020

Last week me and my community friend MVP Amanda Sterner gave some PRE Ignite 2020 tips. The week is now coming to an end and it is time for me to write a POST Ignite article in which I will summarize how I experienced this week. Since I am particularly interested in all things Power Platform, most of the Ignite sessions that caught my attention had some kind of Power Platform part in it. However, no surprises there, just as expected Microsoft Teams was a huge part of Microsoft Ignite, also in the Power Platform related sessions. By now you probably have heard of Microsoft Teams ❤ Power Platform.  

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CDS, Microsoft Teams, Power Apps, Power Platform, Power Virtual Agents, Project Oakdale

The best from both worlds – Office Apps & Services and BizApps combined

One of the things I really like with community is how you come in contact with people who are equally passionate about technology, helping others and learning together as yourself. I have teamed up with Office Apps & Services MVP Amanda Sterner (her blog and Twitter) who specialized in Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 and collaboration and we have had a pre Ingite chat. Exciting times sure are ahead of us, with Project Oakdale around the corner and Microsoft Ignite just a few days away. This is the first article we do together and the plan is that more articles are to come!

The Microsoft ecosystem of products is a never ending, constantly evolving story and powerful changes are coming to us whether we want it or not (but of course we want it!). The good thing is that when you collaborate with great people who are willing to share their expertise, we can help each other to keep up with the latest technology and learn together how new technology best is utilized in what situations.

Next week it is time for Microsoft Ignite and as usual cool demos of upcoming new features and exciting announcements can be expected. With the world being a bit different this year and the acronym WFH (work from home) has been seen almost everywhere, a lot of effort has been put into making Microsoft Teams the obvious collaboration platform. When you have a collaboration platform in place and you want to increase productivity, then you can start to look at Power Apps. There are several sessions during Ignite with Microsoft Teams content as well as Power Apps content. The exciting part? Well, that is when we combine these two.

Superpowers are great but even better combined. I had a chat with my community friend Office Apps & Services MVP Amanda Sterner about our different areas of expertise and our respectively expectations prior to Ignite this year. Since our worlds are merging more and more why not combine our respectively superpowers and let us start with some advice for sessions not to be missed at Ignite next week!

SuperPowers are better together!

Background to Project Oakdale and Microsoft Teams ❤ Power Apps

This summer Microsoft announced that the Power Apps Studio and Power Virtual Agents (PVA) Portal will be available from within Microsoft Teams and we will get the possibility to store relational data with what has been given the temporarily name Project Oakdale (Common Data Service/CDS “lite”). Not only will we be able to create Power Apps and PVA bots directly from within Microsoft Teams (and these will then live and run within Microsoft Teams), Microsoft has indicated that all of this will be available at no additional cost, how amazing is that!

If you are from the BizApps part of the world, then you are familiar with CDS. Project Oakdale is the “CDS lite” that you will get for free with Microsoft 365. If you are from the Microsoft 365 part of the world, well, then you will be happy to get a relational data storage alternative with which you can create tables and have as a back-end to your Power Apps in Microsoft Teams. There will be sessions during Ignite where Microsoft Teams and Power Apps are combined, as well as Microsoft Teams and PVA and we can expect Project Oakdale to be a bit more demystified.

Sessions not to miss at Ignite next week!

We had a chat about the upcoming event Ignite, how to plan the days and what sessions we are most excited about. Our most important tip is to pay attention to the key sessions, since big news tend to be announced during keynote sessions. Whatever you do, do not miss the main key session with Satya Nadella Building digital resilience.

“Microsoft Ignite is definitely the highlight of the year, even though I’m sad I can’t be there IRL to meet my friends from around the globe I think it’s a pure luxury that the event is FREE and people previously limited by anything now has the chance to watch. The sessions I look most forward to are of course focused around productivity and modern work, for example Enabling collaboration, communication, and knowledge sharing with Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Project Cortex, and more and Microsoft Teams Live Q&A with Jeff Teper both with Jeff Teper. Jeff is what us old SharePointies calls the father of SharePoint and I always make sure to watch his sessions! I’m also really looking forward to Jared Spareto and his session on The Future of Work since that’s a topic I find close to my heart”, says Amanda.

Jared Spatero and his session that Amanda is looking forward to is tagged as a key session (it is a key session with a Microsoft 365 focus). There are also other key sessions e.g. one focusing on Power Platform and one on Dynamics 365. As already mentioned, this year Microsoft Teams and Power Apps will become closer friends, which means if you are from either of these two different worlds then the key session focusing on Power Platform Microsoft Power Platform: Fill the app gap and supercharge organizational agility is something for you.

“I’m so much looking forward to Microsoft Ignite this year. I’ll pay attention during the key sessions, main and Power Platform at least and impatiently I’ll be waiting for exciting announcements. I might pick up on Amanda’s advice and listen in on Jared Spatero’s too. Charles Lamanna is leading the engineering team for the Low Code Application Platform (LCAP) in the Business Applications Group. He often presents news in a very cool way and makes great demos. Not only is he one of the speakers for the Power Platform key session, Charles will deliver several other sessions and the one I want to highlight a little extra is where mine and Amanda’s worlds come together, Build Power Apps within Microsoft Teams and get to the next level with Azure APIs and the Power Platform. There are more sessions to be excited about within this same subject. Microsoft Teams and PVA come together Build intelligent bots for your employees using Power Virtual Agents and Teams and this sounds a lot like Project Oakdale stuff to me Build custom apps to drive productivity in the remote work world with Power Apps an Teams. One more that I just can’t miss is Julie Strauss and her session Amplify your pro developer skills with Power Platform”, says Carina.

Another exciting new concept for this digital Ignite is table talks and table topics. Since a lot of us go to conferences to discuss different topics with other engaged people, Microsoft wanted to have something similar – a format where you can discuss both in text and with your voice. Be sure to check out all available topics at the Microsoft Tech Community and promise you don’t miss the table talk I´m/Amanda is one of the hosts for: Running Community Events in an Online World Wednesday 23rd 15.30-16.00 CEST. You can join the conversation now in the Microsoft Tech Community!

We will have a new chat after Ignite and you can expect more combined superpowers as upcoming articles. Enjoy the excitement next week during Ignite!

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Microsoft Ignite 2020
Register for Microsoft Ignite and plan your schedule for the event
Your guide to Microsoft Teams @ Ignite 2020
Your guide to Microsoft Business Applications sessions at Ignite 2020
Power Apps at Microsoft Ignite Virtual Conference
Power Virtual Agents at Microsoft Ignite Virtual Conference

Microsoft Ignite 2019
Recap from Microsoft Ignite 2019 on the Power Apps blog
What’s New in Microsoft Teams | Microsoft Ignite 2019

Project Oakdale
Project Oakdale announcement on the official Microsoft Teams blog
Project Oakdale announcement on the official Power Apps blog
A closer look at data platform capabilities in Project Oakdale

Custom Connectors, Data Integration, Dataflows, Export to Data Lake, Power Platform, Power Platform Dataflows, Release Waves

2020 Release Wave 2 – Let’s look at CDM and data integration highlights!

In my previous article I shared some general information about Release Waves. How it all works, when they come, how can we prepare etc. I also highlighted some Power Apps features that come with 2020 Release Wave 2. The purpose of this article is to highlight a chapter of the Power Platform Release Plan that contains some Power Platform built-in features for data integration – the chapter with the heading Common Data Model and data integration.

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Dynamics 365, Model-Driven Apps, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Platform, PowerApps, Release Waves

2020 Release Wave 2 – Learn to surf like a Pro and let’s look at Power Apps highlights!

Today the Release Plans for 2020 Release Wave 2 were released, one for Power Platform and one for Dynamics 365 and the accelerators. It is time to prepare for a new wave, features will be rolled out starting from October 2020 and continue to be rolled out until March 2021. If you have not already learned how to surf like a Pro, I will let you know how to do that. What I mean with a Pro here is that a Pro knows how the waves works and knows how to be prepared when a wave is coming. If you already know everything about the Release Wave process, then you still might find the section about Power Apps highlights interesting to read.

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AppSource, Commercial Marketplace, Dynamics 365, ISV Connect Program, Partner Center, Power Apps, Power Platform, PowerApps

Publishing apps on AppSource – Getting started with the BizApps ISV Connect Program – Part 2

This is article number two in a series of two articles about the Microsoft Business Applications ISV Connect program and the Microsoft AppSource publishing process. The previous article described the terminology and gave an introduction to the new ISV program as well as an overview to what needs to be done if you have had your apps on AppSource before but did not enroll with the new program. This article will cover registering Dynamics 365 & Power Apps offers and highlight the importance of preparations.

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Canvas apps, CDS, Embedded Canvas Apps, Model-Driven Apps, Power Apps, Power Platform, PowerApps

Exploring the ModelDrivenFormIntegration control in embedded Canvas Apps

I have written about the use cases for embedded Canvas Apps before as well as given different examples of how to create an embedded Canvas App. Take a look here for an example of how to implement one of the use cases. In my presentation Deep Space in Power Platform I also have a detailed description about how to create an embedded Canvas App.

There is one part of the app that requires some extra attention though and that is how to make use of the form context, i.e. how to get the information from the record in the Model-Driven App to your embedded Canvas App. In this blog post we will look into the details for just that and I will highlight an issue I ran into when trying to make use of the context.

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Dataflows, Power Platform, Power Platform Dataflows

ALM for Power Platform Dataflows – The story begins

Today I was surprised and very happy when I found that we are now able to create a Power Platform Dataflow FROM WITHIN A SOLUTION! This is a game changer and a major improvement for Dataflows! From zero ALM to being able to manage Dataflows in solutions. I just had to give it a try. So many questions popped up into my mind. Are we now able to export Dataflows from one environment and import to another? Can we now use the alternative Load to New Entity and choose a prefix for the entity and the fields, i.e. the prefix of the Publisher? Has the ALM journey for Dataflows finally began? This blog post contains my findings.

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Data Integration, Dataflows, Power Apps, Power Platform, PowerApps

Combining information from multiple data sources with Power Platform Dataflows

Power Platform Dataflows can be used to load data either into the Common Data Service or into an Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2 resource, both for utilizing the data in your Dynamics 365 apps or your custom Power Apps and for analytical scenarios. I have written about Dataflows earlier, even before the feature was called Dataflows. Last year Data Integration in Maker Portal was rebranded into Dataflows as part of the 2019 Release Wave 2. In this blog post we will look at how to combine information from different sources and write to the same entity in the Common Data Service.

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Canvas apps, CDS, Community, Custom Data Provider, Data Integration, Dataflows, Embedded Canvas Apps, Model-Driven Apps, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Platform, PowerApps, Scottish Summit, Virtual Entities

Scottish Summit 2020 – Deep Space in Power Platform

It has now been almost two weeks since the sound of bagpipes and the sight of kilts. I can still feel the excitement and passion which filled the air at the University of Strathclyde on that Saturday, when we were all united because of the passion for what we do. As usual it gave me so much inspiration and positive energy just to meet with like-minded enthusiasts, all with different experience, viewpoints and great ideas.

In my previous blog post I shared my story – my day – including pieces of what I learned from attending other sessions. In this blog post I will let you in on the session that I held.

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