I recently worked with a group including Vishwas Lele and Jesse FitzGibbon to design and execute an accelerated learning series on Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with Microsoft Power Automate, kindly dubbed the “AIS RPA Crash Course.” We set out to engage a team of roughly 20 AIS employees with a diverse set of skills and experience levels with the goal of providing them with the practical experience to contribute to enterprise-level automation projects with AIS customers. It proved to be […]

Can The Power Automate Process Advisor Be Used as a Time Study Tool? Microsoft has given us many tools over the years with multiple applications. The Process Advisor, now available in commercial, GCC, GCC High, and DoD environments, is simple enough to understand and use but has many potential applications. What is the Process Advisor? The Process Advisor is a tool included within Power Automate. It is used to record mouse clicks and keyboard keystrokes during a process. After recording […]

I recently enjoyed being involved in an internal Power Platform modernization hackathon. I want to share my experience to provide valuable insights and/or ideas to help others decide if they will participate in or host a hackathon themselves. What is a Hackathon? A hackathon is typically a single sprint event where a group of motivated technical folks collaborates intensely to implement and demonstrate the solution to a problem use case chosen by each team. It is a rapid development effort […]

Microsoft’s RPA (Robotic Process Automation) solution will transform organizations, helping teams realize cost savings and increased productivity. And the beauty of Microsoft’s RPA capabilities is that they build atop an organization’s existing Azure infrastructure, tapping into native Microsoft cloud services – like Azure Active Directory, On-Demand Compute, Native Network Security Tools, and RBAC Access Control – rather than building these capabilities from scratch on another solution. While automation has been around for decades, the Microsoft one cloud platform provides seamless, […]

Hello, Power Platform Devs! In this blog post, I’d like to highlight my learning experience with the AIS HUB Team that you can take advantage of to get started with Power Platform fundamentals. What is the HUB Team? The AIS Cloud Acceleration Hub (HUB) is a dedicated team of AIS consultants organized to help our project teams deliver successful cloud solutions. The HUB team consolidates knowledge and experience to provide rapid research and guidance services for AIS delivery teams at […]

In this article, I will show you: How to restrict users from accessing certain features in a canvas app, while other users can still see and use features. How to use SharePoint action in Power Automate to authenticate a user. Why Restrict Access? In any App, there’s always more than one type of user. For example, there will be customers, staff, administrators, and so on in an event management application. An administrator will have access to everything; meanwhile, staff will […]

Assumptions Visual Studio Code is installed Dynamics 365 (Try for free) or Power App Model Driven App is available Overview One of the challenges I had when learning Dynamics 365 / Power Platform development was how to add custom functionality to the User Interface. The .NET developer in me was frustrated when I wanted to add a button to the page that triggered some server-side code. Eventually, I learned a pattern of adding HTML / JavaScript resources to the page […]

My last post explored How to Build A Teams apps using SharePoint Framework. To continue exploring Teams app development, I will build an app using Power Platform to compare in this post. Many walk-throughs exist; I used this one. My steps appear below, along with my thoughts, to compare the two approaches. First steps: Install Power Apps in your Teams instance. Open MS Teams (either the desktop or the web version) and then click the ellipsis at the bottom of […]

In May, AIS held an internal hackathon for Microsoft Power Platform to expose our team to the platform, concepts, approaches through hands-on experience and to demonstrate the role Power Platform plays in modernizing legacy applications in the cloud. The integration team focused on leveraging existing Power Platform connectors to add new functionality to the system. For example, the system sends the order confirmation email to the user using the Office Outlook connector in the Power Automate Flow. Similarly, it sends […]

In May, AIS held an internal hackathon for Microsoft Power Platform to expose our team to the platform, concepts, approaches through hands-on experience and to demonstrate the role Power Platform plays in modernizing legacy applications in the cloud. The DevOps team automated the portal deployment process using Power DevOps Tools and deployed the solution across three environments (dev, test, prod). Since Microsoft Power Platform does not support source control and versioning, the team used Azure DevOps as the solution repository and version control. Introduction When building […]