What is the Microsoft Dataverse?

Today Microsoft announced the Microsoft Dataverse and Microsoft Dataverse for Teams. Check out the announcement here: https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/reshape-the-future-of-work-with-microsoft-dataverse-for-teams-now-generally-available/ Goodbye Common Data Service, Hello Dataverse. What is Microsoft Dataverse? Simply put, it’s the new name for the Common Data Service. The term “Dataverse” is part of a series of nomenclature changes as Microsoft pushes the Power Platform… Continue reading What is the Microsoft Dataverse?

Hello Tables, Columns and Choices. Goodbye Entities, Fields and Options. Getting ready for new names in the Power Platform

If you are like me, chances are you have been using the new Power Apps maker portal to create new model-driven Power Apps or to modify Dynamics 365 apps. By default, I like to go to https://make.preview.powerapps.com instead of https://make.powerapps.com as I can see new and upcoming preview features and try them out. If something… Continue reading Hello Tables, Columns and Choices. Goodbye Entities, Fields and Options. Getting ready for new names in the Power Platform

How to setup a Common Data Service Application User (and why)

When you build custom solutions where you need to create, read, update or delete data in the Common Data Service (including Dynamics 365 apps), you don’t necessarily want that application to use specific user credentials to do its work. This used to be a common way for external applications and integrations to authenticate to the… Continue reading How to setup a Common Data Service Application User (and why)

Displaying a Customizable Map on a Power Apps portals Web Page

A popular out-of-the-box feature of Power Apps portals that came from the original Adxstudio product is the ability to display a map on a web page based off of data from an entity list. In order to render the map, you need to configure an entity list to display the map and point data as… Continue reading Displaying a Customizable Map on a Power Apps portals Web Page

Get Geo Co-ordinates from Address values in Common Data Service Records

This is a reference post for another blog post I am working on. I figured it would be a good as standalone post as well. Power Automate has opened up a whole new world of connectors and APIs that would traditionally have been reserved for professional developers. A great use case for Power Automate calling… Continue reading Get Geo Co-ordinates from Address values in Common Data Service Records

How to Implement a Common Data Service Many-to-Many Field on Canvas Power Apps

This community is absolutely amazing. Huge thanks to MVP Hardit Bhatia, aka The Power Addict. It would have taken me a lot longer to come up with this solution on my own, but Hardit dove in and quickly figured out the solution and also patiently walked me through it. Hopefully this solution helps you out… Continue reading How to Implement a Common Data Service Many-to-Many Field on Canvas Power Apps

Test Driving the Power Apps Portals Web API

One of the features missing from Power Apps portals (Dynamics 365 Online Portals) since it became an exclusively cloud service is the ability to write a function to create, update, read or delete (CRUD) data in the Common Data Service. You can create and update data on a portal using Entity forms and Web forms,… Continue reading Test Driving the Power Apps Portals Web API

You likely don’t need Dynamics CRM. You need a Power App.

Summary You don’t necessarily need to buy Dynamics 365 (Dynamics CRM) licenses to get the CRM functionality you need. Power Apps and the Common Data Service have the components to build a simple CRM app that looks and operates *exactly* like Dynamics CRM (without the features that you don’t need) Dynamics 365 is a Power… Continue reading You likely don’t need Dynamics CRM. You need a Power App.

Low-code method to surface data from the Common Data Service (Dynamics 365) on a public webpage. NOT using a Portal.

In order to be successful with a career in technology, you must constantly be learning. This may involve reading, taking classes or watching videos. Not only about the Power Platform or Dynamics 365 but learning about other technology stacks and methods, and thinking about how to apply them to your projects. One week ago I… Continue reading Low-code method to surface data from the Common Data Service (Dynamics 365) on a public webpage. NOT using a Portal.

Simple ALM for Power Apps/Dynamics 365 Projects Revisited – Power Apps Build Tools edition

A few months back I wrote a post on how to implement simple PowerShell scripts to export, unpack and import solutions for Dynamics 365 and Power App projects. That post can be found here and is still relevant; Simple ALM for Dynamics 365/CDS Projects Summary All PowerApps/Dynamics 365/CDS projects, big or small should be using… Continue reading Simple ALM for Power Apps/Dynamics 365 Projects Revisited – Power Apps Build Tools edition