• Customer Service Workspace (Preview) in 2020 Wave 2 Release Plan

    For anyone who has experience with Microsoft Omni channel interface, and has enabled the 2020 Wave 2 Release Plan, there is a new app that appeared with the name Customer Service Workspace (Preview). As noted in the release plan, the multisession app allows customer service agent to multitask on several customer cases simultaneously and seamlessly switch among issues without losing context of the in-progress work.

  • Web API in Power Apps Portals - First Review

    With the release of the documentation of the Portals Web API by Microsoft on July 16, I was waiting for a chance to test these features out and see how easy or hard it would be to get this working. There are a few requirements and prerequisites to get this working, which I will describe in this post. Remember that the portals are still in preview, which means that some of the content of this post might change prior to the final release of this API.

  • Sending Emails to all customers using Power Automate

    Recently in the forums, there were a few questions on how to send emails to all of my customers. While there might be different options, and the right solution to this might greatly depend on the frequency that you need to be sending this as well as the number of contacts, I thought I would demonstrate a few different approaches to implement this using Microsoft Power Automate.

  • Power Platform 2020 Release Wave 2 plan

    Today, July 8, 2020, Microsoft released the Power Platform and Microsoft Dynamics 365 2020 Release Wave 2 plan documentation with a list of all the features that will be made available in the Wave 2 timeframe which starts October 2020 until March 2021. Going through all of the features is almost impossible unless you want a few hundred pages of documentation.

    In this post, I am going to review some of my favorite and anticipated features in the Power Platform, especially Power Apps Portals and Model Driven Apps.

  • The Road to modern Virus Scanning

    I have been working in the Government space for a few years now, and most implementations of the Dynamics and Azure tenants and environments are hosted in the Government Cloud. This means that there are a lot of restrictions that we have to deal with, not only from Microsoft but also from the internal IT policies.

  • June 2020 Updates to Solution Experience

    As I was going through one of my solutions in the last few days, I noticed that there are a few changes that were made to the Solution experience, and wanted to share this with everyone. Usually we see a change appear here and there, but it seems like Microsoft is trying hard to simplify the experience and add the missing pieces that are available in classic and not yet available in the Modern experience.

  • Creating Outlook Events from a OneDrive Excel spreadsheet

    Last Friday, while working with one of our clients on an integration issue between Dynamics and the Microsoft Exchange global address book, he asked me if there was a way for them to have automated creation of events (calendar items) in their Microsoft Outlook calendar where the source of the data was an Excel spreadsheet in OneDrive. This is a short post, but might help someone out who needs to implement this.

  • AI Builder Business Card Reader

    I have started working with AI Builder recently and yesterday I finally took a look at the Business Card scanner. I decided to check how this works in the different apps, both Modal Driven as well as Canvas Apps.

  • T-SQL Endpoint for Common Data Service

    Since the announcement by Microsoft at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit last month, and even before, I’ve been eager to take a look at the new SQL Connection for the Common Data Service Endpoint. What this means is that we can not write and execute SQL queries against the entity data.

    In order to get started, the first thing that has to be done is enabling the Endpoint, so that we can create a connection from SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) to our Dynamics/CDS environment. As of now, there are two ways to enable this endpoint.

  • Showing page status of multi-page forms in Power Apps Portals

    Creating navigation in a Power Apps portal application is straight forward, and can easily be done using Web Link Sets, but how about showing to the user where they are in the process and modifying the style of each element once the user has finished entering the data for that page. We have done this a few times and this involves the combination of liquid and JavaScript code on the different pages.