How to trigger Power Automate flows from Model-Driven Power App Business Process Flows (and get a response!)

I was working on a project the other day and the requirement was for a user of a Model-driven Power App to go through a series of steps to approve an application with a number of data points. I am not the biggest fan of Business Process Flows, (BPFs) but I felt that it did… Continue reading How to trigger Power Automate flows from Model-Driven Power App Business Process Flows (and get a response!)

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)

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

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.

Mass Edit Currency Fields in Model-Driven Power Apps (including Dynamics 365)

It wasn’t really my intention to start blogging about currency fields and functionality in Power Apps. If you have been following along, last week I posted about how currency fields work in CDS. If you read my posts primarily for content around Power Apps Portals, then I suggest you check out CRM Tip of the… Continue reading Mass Edit Currency Fields in Model-Driven Power Apps (including Dynamics 365)

Guide to Currencies in the Common Data Service

A few years back I wrote a blog post on how currencies worked in Dynamics CRM. This was before the Power Platform and the concept of model-driven Power Apps, but essentially, Dynamics CRM was a model-driven Power App. The question came up recently on a Power Apps forum (Facebook, I think) and I realized there… Continue reading Guide to Currencies in the Common Data Service

Trigger Power Automate flows from Power Apps Portals

Currently the only way to update records from a Power Apps Portals is to create or update data via an Entity Form, Web Form or a companion app. The companion app incurs a certain level of technical debt in terms of development of the app and management of where its hosted, such as an Azure… Continue reading Trigger Power Automate flows from Power Apps Portals