Should I replace my InfoPath forms with PowerApps?

With Microsoft releasing PowerApps to General Availability on Nov. 1st, many Office 365 subscribers can now get a much better feel for how PowerApps function, as well as how PowerApps will integrate with the Office 365 ecosystem.  With that being said, PowerApps has been touted as a “Successor” to InfoPath, but is it the right…

Office 365 PowerApps Deep(ish) Dive – Part 5

In Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of this series, we created a PowerApp that will allow you to retrieve and submit data from SharePoint for Menus, and view Menu Items  In this post we will create a View for users to see the locations of our restaurants on a map. In this example, we will…

Office 365 PowerApps Deep(ish) Dive – Part 4

In Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this series, we created a PowerApp that will allow you to retrieve and submit data from SharePoint for Menus.  In this post we will create a View for users to see details on all of the available menu items. So, the first step will be to add a…

Office 365 PowerApps Deep(ish) Dive – Part 3

In our PowerApp, we can now Add new menus, so now let’s add the ability for the user to be able to View them as well! So, the first step will be to add a new screen as we did in Part 2 of this series.  This new screen will be named ‘View’.  Change the…

Office 365 PowerApps Deep(ish) Dive – Part 2

So, we have created our Datasource, Created our PowerApp, Created a ‘Home’ Screen, and added a “Create a New Menu’ button.  Our Next step will be to create a screen where we can Create our new menu, and wire up the button on the ‘Home’ screen to navigate to it. Create a New Menu Screen…

Office 365 PowerApps Deep(ish) Dive – Part 1

Even though PowerApps is still in Preview, it continues to Evolve at quite a rapid pace.  A recent addition to the product is the ability to create PowerApps through the browser interface.  While each version brings better functionality, I thought this would be a great time to do a bit of a deeper dive into…

SharePoint Modern Lists – A quick tour

Microsoft is now releasing the new Modern Lists out to SharePoint Online, and I thought I would give a quick tutorial of some of the newest features.  So I have created a new Custom List in SharePoint Online: As you can see, a new Custom List is very bare bones.  As you may be accustomed…

The Incredible Shrinking SharePoint

Working for a consulting firm, I’m often asked my opinion on the direction of SharePoint.  Sometimes it’s about a specific functionality (i.e. Forms and Workflow), and other times, it’s about SharePoint as a whole, and even what my opinion is on Portals in the enterprise. You seem a bit shorter than I remember… With the advent…

The Microsoft On-Premise Enterprise Data Gateway is (finally) here!

Last month, Microsoft finally released the Enterprise version of it’s On-Premise Data Gateway.  The name of the product really says it all:  The Data gateway is a server that sits in your On-Premise Datacenter (or closet), and allows communication with certain Office 365 Products, and certain data sources on-prem.  If your organization has started to…

Is it time to extend your SharePoint Workflows?

One thing a lot of clients ask me:  “When should I start looking at a 3rd party product for my SharePoint Workflows?” This can be a tricky question sometimes, as the answer always comes back to: “It depends on what you want to do and what your requirements are.” But I figured I would at…