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 […]

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 front-end team focused on building the Power Apps Portal for the end-users and a model-driven app for the administrators. The Portal allowed the users to browse through the product catalog, add an item to the cart, place an order, view their past orders, and […]

The data team of the internal AIS Microsoft Power Platform Hackathon used 3 different data movement techniques to solve the hackathon use case: Dataflows, Power Query, and Power Automate. Read on to learn how we did it. There are several ways to import and export data through Microsoft Dataverse, the data backbone of Microsoft Power Platform. What is Dataverse? Dataverse is designed to work with any data and incorporates all the significant data technologies that any organization needs – relational, […]

The identity team of the internal AIS Microsoft Power Platform Hackathon delivered a flexible solution that could handle any of these use cases. Read on to learn how we did it. Power Apps Portals are external-facing web applications that allow external users to interact with Microsoft Dataverse. It often serves more than one set of users, such as customers, employees, and partners. Therefore, it is critical to have a good authentication scheme and identity management for the Power Apps Portal […]

How We Modernized a Legacy App using Power Platform 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 Microsoft Power Platform Hackathon was an opportunity for our enthusiastic team to modernize a legacy e-commerce (E-shop) application using Microsoft Power Platform. The legacy application, the deployment of eShopOnWeb, helped users find […]

Project Background From August 2020 to this February, I worked as a Business Analyst (BA) on a project team to help a major insurance company modernize thousands of InfoPath forms into the Microsoft Power Platform. Our client needed to retain critical business functionality and workflows of these forms before Microsoft ends their extended InfoPath support in July 2026. Our efforts included modernizing the InfoPath forms by using Power Apps canvas apps, Power Automate, and some Power BI. It was a […]

AIS recently 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. As a premier Microsoft partner, Power Platform has quickly become a core part of our holistic enterprise cloud transformation strategy. Our teams have helped enterprises across Financial Services, Insurance, Health and Life Sciences, and the Government leverage Power Platform for enterprise-grade application modernization […]

The landscape for Power BI licensing is complex and evolving. To begin to grasp the structure and detail, let’s break it down. Today I am asking: what are the capabilities of using a free license? Really, It’s Free More than one path exists to obtain a free account. For our exploration in this article, I will use two: Individual Free Account Office 365 (Dev Tenant) Member Free Account Let’s frame this in a story with two fictional characters. Cary Small […]

This blog series is for anyone trying to learn how to use the Power Platform. Readers should know software development fundamentals. This post builds on the first two parts by adding smartphone camera capabilities to the interface. It starts by covering how to add an Image field to the Item form. Next, it illustrates how to implement bar code readers in the app. Last, a demonstration of the capabilities is performed with screen captures from the smartphone. The blog series […]