Power Apps – Recapping highlights of 2019!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! 2019 was an incredible year for Power Platform with exceptional feature releases and improvements. In early 2019, Forester recognized Microsoft PowerApps as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Development Platforms For AD&D Professionals, Q1 2019, and rated strongest on strategy! Later, it made it to the Gartner leader quadrant in Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms Magic Quadrant as well. It was a great year overall and I would like to recap on some of the 2019 additions to Power Apps in this blog post.

 

Canvas and Model-driven Apps:

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AI Builder in Action – Binary Classification

AI Builder is a new Power Platform capability which was recently announced (in Preview right now) and you can read all about it here.

Let’s start with understanding a few basics:

Currently, there are 4 types of AI models you could use. In this blog, I’m going to explain Binary Classification with an example.

What is Binary Classification?
It is an AI model that predicts binary outcome (Yes/no) by learning about your data. With your historical data, the AI builder can learn how some factors influence the outcome and predict it for you and overtime, the AI builder will continue to learn and improve its prediction. Read about Binary Classification here:

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Extending Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations with PowerApps Blog Series

Want to learn how to extend Dynamic 365 for Finance and Operations with PowerApps, but don’t know where to start? This blog series is just for that!

When implementing Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, we tend to think that any small gap can only be filled with customizations or some complex integrations. Sometimes the solutions are simple and using PowerApps with Finance and Operations is one of them

I’m glad to introduce this blog series (in official PowerApps blog site) to showcase different scenarios where PowerApps can be used with Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations to increase productivity and drive digital transformation.

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Are you ready for the Dynamics 365 For Finance and Operations One Version (Continuous updates)

Microsoft recently announced a change in the way Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations will be updated. Starting April 2019, each Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations customer will be running on the same product version (including Platform, Application and Financial Reporting). This approach will lower upgrade costs and will provide you access to the latest capabilities, performance improvements and the best support experience.

For customers, it is important to know that the support for older versions (7.0 to 7.2/July 2017) will end in April 2019. If you/your customer is running on these old versions, it is very important to upgrade the application as soon as possible. Version 7.3 support will be extended through April 2020 only for customers who have unfulfilled extensibility requests with Microsoft. So, If you cannot upgrade to the latest release due to unfulfilled extensibility requests, you are still required to upgrade to application release 7.3 and the latest platform update.

Watch Microsoft Managed Continuous Updates TechTalk for more details.

 

Important action items for customers running older version of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations application:
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Launch function in PowerApps

This blog explains few of the capabilities of Launch function in PowerApps.

I would like to directly jump into an example as it is quite simple and self-explanatory. Here is a PowerApp which is connected to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations customers entity through the connector. The App is reading customer data and showing some important information on Customer Details page. For an end user (maybe a salesperson), along with the required or some important customer details, you can also provide him/her with easy ways to connect with the customer right from within the App. Give ability to users on a PowerApp to Visit customer’s website, Call primary phone number, Email Primary contact or Get directions on the map to go meet them directly, all using one function – Launch!

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Integrating Dynamics 365 ERP and CRM – Using Microsoft Flow and Common Data Service

This blog was written a while back! If you’re trying to integrate Dynamics 365 ERP and CRM, please refer the following document:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/supply-chain/sales-marketing/prospect-to-cash


Dynamics 365 unifies CRM and ERP capabilities into applications that work seamlessly together across different areas of a business. Two main components of Dynamics 365 are CRM and ERP applications.

For customers who use both CRM and ERP applications (for example, Dynamics 365 for Sales and Dynamics 365 for operations), it is important that these applications integrate and work together and one option for customers/partners is to use Microsoft Flow and Common data service (CDS)

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Creating Companies in Dynamics 365 for Financials

When we sign up for Dynamics 365 for Financials, we get access to a demonstration company (called Cronus). The demonstration company contains sample data like sample orders, invoices, ledger entries etc., which lets us explore the application, view charts and reports with sample data.

We will be able to create additional companies with demonstration data or we can create companies to work with our own data. Assisted setup in Dynamics 365 for Financials guides us with creating these companies easily. I would like to list the options available to create new companies through assisted setup.

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Using multimedia in Microsoft PowerApps

Microsoft PowerApps provides an option to add multimedia in the mobile applications. In this blog, I would like to briefly describe how we can use the available media controls in our Apps.

Media options

Image: This control is used to display an image from local file or a data source. This control mainly uses Image property where the source of the image is specified.

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Get low inventory alerts using Dynamics 365 & Microsoft Flow

If you’re new to Microsoft Flow, Learn more about it at: https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/

In this blog, I would like to show how we can make use of Microsoft Flow to notify the user(s) of low inventory of items in Dynamics 365 for Financials. This blog also demonstrates how to use Do-until loop in Microsoft Flow.

Pre-requisites:

  • An account on flow.microsoft.com
  • Access to Dynamics 365 for Financials and publish Item List page as an OData web service (Ex: Items as the Service name)
  • Connection to Dynamics 365 for Financials established in Microsoft Flow

Scenario: For the purpose of this blog, we’ll consider 10 as the threshold quantity. In Dynamics 365, when an existing item’s quantity on hand goes below 10, we’ll send an email notification to the user.

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