A Framework to Meet Your Needs PowerApps comes with a wide variety of controls out of the box. However, these controls may not be on-brand or have the desired look and feel, functionality, or style for your app. The PowerApps Component Framework command-line interface tools let you create a custom PowerApps control specific to your individual needs. PCF works this magic by integrating JavaScript libraries into the PowerApps control. As a primarily JavaScript frontend developer, my normal workflow is project […]

In this post let’s see how Microsoft Teams’ capability to embed tools and applications on Teams channels can be leveraged to enhance collaboration and visibility within a team. We will create a Power App to record Objectives and Key Results (OKR) of employees and teams. We then create a Power BI report to better visualize the data and metrics. The Power App and the Report will be added as tabs to the Teams channel so that users can collaborate with […]

As we are still adjusting to remote work, it has allowed me to uncover some extra time to record a Power Platform Administration Foundation Pluralsight course to complement the “dev side” course released in 2018, Low-Code Development with Power Apps. This course is designed for developers–both citizen and professional–interested in a low-code approach for building mobile applications. In this course, I used aspects of Azure PowerShell/CLI in demonstrating Power Platform management as I see a commonality between PowerApps and Azure […]

Executive Summary This blog post is for Power Apps developers as well as end-users that are looking for a wildcard-like solution for Lookup controls in Microsoft Power App and Dynamics. It begins by describing the problem that a client had with finding records where only part of the name was known. Next, it covers the workarounds that were offered to the client as well as the client’s response. Next, the solution is explained in detail, including the necessary code and […]

Power Platform is Microsoft’s newest pillar in its cloud platform stack, steadily growing in popularity as more and more organizations realize the capability of the tool. Put into the hands of experienced developers, the Platform can expedite the development of highly complex organizational applications. Provided to citizen developers, the Platform connects them to organizational data and allows them to automate personal and team workloads. At an organizational level, IT has insight into who is doing what where and for whom […]

While personnel management is a sub-category of Human Resources (HR) that only focuses on administration, the tasks and responsibilities can outstretch the duties of an HR manager. Personnel managers hold an important role by focusing on hiring and developing employees to become more valuable to the company.   A few of these areas of interest include:  Job analyses Strategic personnel planning Performance appraisals Benefit coordination Recruitment Screening New employee orientation Training Wages Dispute resolution Other record-keeping duties Power Apps and […]

I’m working on a project with a straightforward requirement that’s typically solved with out-of-the-box Power Apps platform features. The customer needs to capture employment application data as part of their online hiring process. In addition to entering standard employment data, applicants enter a typical month’s worth of budgeted expenses to paint a clear financial picture which serves as one factor in their suitability for employment. The Requirements The solution consists of an Application entity and a related Expense entity to […]

Driving value, lowering costs, and building your organization’s future with Microsoft’s next great business technology Lately, I’ve been helping folks understand the Microsoft Power Platform (MPP) by sharing two simple diagrams. The first one is below and is my stab (others have made theirs) at contextualizing the platform’s various components in relation to one another. The Common Data Service (CDS) is the real magic, I tell people. No matter which app you are using, the data lives there in that […]

If you didn’t catch the first two parts of this series, you can do that here and here.  In this part, we’ll get a little more technical and use Microsoft Flow to do some pretty cool things.  Remember when we talked about the size and quality of the images we take with our Power App and store as the entity image? When saved as the Entity Image for a CDS/D365 item, the image loses quality and is no longer good for an advertisement photo.  This is done automatically […]

If you didn’t catch the first part of this series, you can read that here.  In this part, things should get a little more interesting as we set up a Power App and our SharePoint site. Objectives Create SharePoint Online Team Site. Create a Power App for team members to collect data with. Embed this Power App into a SharePoint page so we can do more work in a single environment. Creating Our SharePoint Team Site Using our existing SharePoint […]