What IS Microsoft PowerApps?

Lately, I’ve heard from a lot of people:  “I’ve heard about Microsoft PowerApps, but what is it?  What does it do?  What doesn’t it do?  Do I already have it? If so, is it tough to use?”  PowerApps was just released live in January, and while people are starting to hear the name more, I…

Governance Models for the Power Platform

So, your organization has made a decision to leverage the Power Platform, but the first question you need to ask is: “How will it be managed by the organization?” Microsoft has touted the platform as a way for business users to create low-code option for their organization, but this simplistic marketing pitch shouldn’t be the…

Microsoft Power Virtual Agents – (Or, how to talk to a Machine)

One of the Big Pillars of the Power Platform is Microsoft Power Virtual Agents (or PVA’s). What is a Power Virtual Agent? Its a Chatbot! Microsoft has been delving into the Chatbot space for awhile now, especially in Teams, however, chatbots in teams have historically been developed with the Bot Framework. The Bot Framework is…

Creating a Unified Dynamics Search Experience in Canvas Apps

Recently, I had a client who was interested in building a PowerApp Canvas App for Mobile Devices that would take some of the more routine aspects of their Dynamics sales process, and provide their sales people with an easier way to do some of the tasks associated with capturing customer information. This particular client’s users…

How to Print a Form in PowerApps (redux)

Back in 2018, I wrote a blog post on how to print a form in PowerApps, which essentially involved creating an HTML report and then dumping that out to an email to be printed. While it wasn’t very pretty, it got the job done since there was no native printing support in Power Apps. Well…

Hands on with SharePoint Syntex

As of October 1st, Microsoft has released SharePoint Syntex to Microsoft 365. Now, what exactly IS SharePoint Syntex? SharePoint Syntex comes from the Project Cortex initiative from Microsoft, and it is essentially a Machine Learning service that can pull information from your documents and add it as Metadata in a SharePoint Library. As someone who…

Integration with Microsoft Teams

As Microsoft continues to make a big push with their Teams functionality, an area that can sometimes get lost in the shuffle is it’s ability to Integrate with other services Outside of the functionality in Teams, and Office 365 in general.  As the functionality in Teams continues to grow, it has become apparent that Microsoft…

Live from Microsoft Build 2019!

Currently, I’m sitting at the Microsoft Build Conference in Seattle, enjoying the Conference Life, and gaining clarity on what Microsoft’s goals for their products look to be in the future.  If you’re not aware, Build is the Microsoft Conference that really focuses on Development with Microsoft products, so this conference can really help highlight Microsoft…