Highlights from Microsoft Ignite 2020
Sep27

Highlights from Microsoft Ignite 2020

Last week me and my community friend MVP Amanda Sterner gave some PRE Ignite 2020 tips. The week is now coming to an end and it is time for me to write a POST Ignite article in which I will summarize how I experienced this week. Since I am particularly interested in all things Power Platform, most of the Ignite sessions that caught my attention had some kind of Power Platform part in it…. Continue Reading carinamclaesson’s...

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The best from both worlds – Office Apps & Services and BizApps combined
Sep18

The best from both worlds – Office Apps & Services and BizApps combined

One of the things I really like with community is how you come in contact with people who are equally passionate about technology, helping others and learning together as yourself. I have teamed up with Office Apps & Services MVP Amanda Sterner (her blog and Twitter) who specialized in Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 and collaboration and we have had a pre Ingite chat. Exciting times sure are… Continue Reading...

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2020 Release Wave 2 – Let’s look at CDM and data integration highlights
Jul09

2020 Release Wave 2 – Let’s look at CDM and data integration highlights

In my previous article I shared some general information about Release Waves. How it all works, when they come, how can we prepare etc. I also highlighted some Power Apps features that come with 2020 Release Wave 2. The purpose of this article is to highlight a chapter of the Power Platform Release Plan that contains some Power Platform built-in features for data integration – the chapter with… Continue Reading...

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2020 Release Wave 2 – Learn to surf like a Pro and let’s look at Power Apps highlights!
Jul08

2020 Release Wave 2 – Learn to surf like a Pro and let’s look at Power Apps highlights!

Today the Release Plans for 2020 Release Wave 2 were released, one for Power Platform and one for Dynamics 365 and the accelerators. It is time to prepare for a new wave, features will be rolled out starting from October 2020 and continue to be rolled out until March 2021. If you have not already learned how to surf like a Pro, I will let you know how to do that. What I mean with a Pro here… Continue Reading...

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Publishing apps on AppSource – Getting started with the BizApps ISV Connect Program – Part 2
Jul05

Publishing apps on AppSource – Getting started with the BizApps ISV Connect Program – Part 2

This is article number two in a series of two articles about the Microsoft Business Applications ISV Connect program and the Microsoft AppSource publishing process. The previous article described the terminology and gave an introduction to the new ISV program as well as an overview to what needs to be done if you have had your apps on AppSource before but did not enroll with the new program…. Continue Reading...

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Publishing apps on AppSource – Getting started with the BizApps ISV Connect Program – Part 1
Jun27

Publishing apps on AppSource – Getting started with the BizApps ISV Connect Program – Part 1

Last year I wrote about the process of publishing apps on AppSource. It was a series of three blog posts and the first one can be found here. After that Microsoft changed the ISV program and all existing ISV partners got the chance to enroll with the new program. This article and a following will be dedicated to the ISV Connect program and the publishing process as it is today. The purpose is… Continue Reading...

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Exploring the ModelDrivenFormIntegration control in embedded Canvas Apps
May30

Exploring the ModelDrivenFormIntegration control in embedded Canvas Apps

I have written about the use cases for embedded Canvas Apps before as well as given different examples of how to create an embedded Canvas App. Take a look here for an example of how to implement one of the use cases. In my presentation Deep Space in Power Platform I also have a detailed description about how to create an embedded Canvas App. There is one part of the app that requires some… Continue Reading...

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ALM for Power Platform Dataflows – The story begins
May10

ALM for Power Platform Dataflows – The story begins

Today I was surprised and very happy when I found that we are now able to create a Power Platform Dataflow FROM WITHIN A SOLUTION! This is a game changer and a major improvement for Dataflows! From zero ALM to being able to manage Dataflows in solutions. I just had to give it a try. So many questions popped up into my mind. Are we now able to export Dataflows from one environment and import to… Continue Reading...

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Microsoft has got you covered #vitecherupp
Apr22

Microsoft has got you covered #vitecherupp

I usually write blog posts which are meant to be useful no matter where you live. This blog post however is mostly meant to help out in Sweden and it is released together with 10 video recordings about how to get started with Power Apps. The video recordings are in Swedish as well. The background for this blog post and the videos is an initiative in Sweden called #vitecherupp. Microsoft… Continue Reading carinamclaesson’s...

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Combining information from multiple data sources with Power Platform Dataflows
Mar19

Combining information from multiple data sources with Power Platform Dataflows

Power Platform Dataflows can be used to load data either into the Common Data Service or into an Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2 resource, both for utilizing the data in your Dynamics 365 apps or your custom Power Apps and for analytical scenarios. I have written about Dataflows earlier, even before the feature was called Dataflows. Last year Data Integration in Maker Portal was rebranded into… Continue Reading...

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Scottish Summit 2020 – Deep Space in Power Platform
Mar12

Scottish Summit 2020 – Deep Space in Power Platform

It has now been almost two weeks since the sound of bagpipes and the sight of kilts. I can still feel the excitement and passion which filled the air at the University of Strathclyde on that Saturday, when we were all united because of the passion for what we do. As usual it gave me so much inspiration and positive energy just to meet with like-minded enthusiasts, all with different… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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Scottish Summit 2020 – Kilts, bagpipes and a new little ⭐
Mar07

Scottish Summit 2020 – Kilts, bagpipes and a new little ⭐

It was last year in October at Power Platform Saturday Sweden that I first heard of the Scottish Summit. Several people said to me that the Scottish Summit is going to be THE event of the year 2020. I heard that it was going to be huge and that it had this amazing list of speakers. Coming home and still having all that positive energy that came from the Swedish event, I knew that the Scottish… Continue Reading...

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Virtual Entities – How to put the pieces together
Feb27

Virtual Entities – How to put the pieces together

This is the last blog post in a series of four about Virtual Entities. We have reached the moment where we will put all the pieces together in order to get a working example of Virtual Entities. In my previous blog posts I have given an introduction to Virtual Entities and showed how to create and register a Custom Data Provider which can be used to display SpaceX Rocket Launches in a… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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Virtual Entities – Registering a Custom Data Provider
Feb12

Virtual Entities – Registering a Custom Data Provider

This is the third blog post in a series of four about Virtual Entities. In my previous blog post I went through an example of how to develop a Custom Data Provider. In this one we will look at the steps needed in order to register the Custom Data Provider. In the last blog post I will put the pieces together, set up a Virtual Entity and use the Custom Data Provider that was created in the… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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Virtual Entities – How to create a Custom Data Provider
Jan30

Virtual Entities – How to create a Custom Data Provider

This is the second blog post in a series of four blog posts about Virtual Entites. In this one I will let you in on how to create a Custom Data Provider. As mentioned in my previous blog post, Virtual Entities provide a possibility to display and work with data (display in views, make advanced finds, show the records etc.) without having the data stored in the Common Data Service. I… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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Virtual Entities – A forgotten feature which is still alive
Jan19

Virtual Entities – A forgotten feature which is still alive

Virtual Entities have been on my radar since it was released back in July 2017. I have not used it in any customer project yet though and you do not hear so much about it nowadays (as indicated in the title of this blog post). However, last year in October there was a session at eXtreme 365 where Matt Barbour said “Virtual Entities are not dead”. My friend Jonas was there to witness it… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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Looking back at 2019 – it was all about Community
Dec30

Looking back at 2019 – it was all about Community

The year is coming to an end and a new year with new possibilities is ahead of us. There will be new Release Waves to embrace and new Release Plans to dig into. There will be new challenges, i.e. new possibilities to grow as a professional and as a person. But before we jump into the next year with excitement for where it will take us, let us do a recap of this past year. In this blog… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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Using embedded Canvas Apps to display external data in Model-Driven Apps
Dec21

Using embedded Canvas Apps to display external data in Model-Driven Apps

This is the second blog post in a series of two about embedded Canvas Apps. My previous blog post was all about the concept of embedded Canvas Apps. If you want to know the difference between Canvas Apps and Model-Driven Apps (both together being the building blocks of Power Apps) and find out when you can combine those and utilize an embedded Canvas App on a form in a Model-Driven App, go… Continue Reading...

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Getting started with embedded Canvas Apps
Dec08

Getting started with embedded Canvas Apps

Canvas Apps is one of the two building blocks of Power Apps, the second being Model-Driven Apps. I have written about both these concepts before and I have also mentioned that you can combine the two by embedding a Canvas App on a form in a Model-Driven App. This is the first blog post in a series of two. In this first blog post I will give examples of use cases for embedded Canvas Apps and in… Continue Reading...

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How to make use of the response information from an HTTP request the Power Automate way
Dec01

How to make use of the response information from an HTTP request the Power Automate way

In my previous blog post I explained how to use Power Automate (previously known as Microsoft Flow) and set up an automated flow which triggers when an Account is created or a certain field is updated and then makes an HTTP request using OAuth 2.0 as authentication method and includes some data from the Account in the request. I also mentioned that you might want to do something with the… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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Using Power Automate to trigger on Create or Update in the CDS and make HTTP requests with OAuth 2.0 authentication
Nov24

Using Power Automate to trigger on Create or Update in the CDS and make HTTP requests with OAuth 2.0 authentication

In my previous blog post I mentioned that Microsoft Flow has been rebranded to Power Automate. We still create flows though and this week I created a flow. Then I thought to myself, why not share it, perhaps someone might benefit from it and the next thing I knew this blog post was written and ready to be published. In this blog post I will let you in on how to make HTTP requests with a flow,… Continue Reading...

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Exploring Power Virtual Agents

This week was an exciting week from a Power Platform point of view. At Microsoft Ignite the existing Microsoft Flow was rebranded into Power Automate and a new type of flow was introduced. We will still create flows as we have done in the past but in comes a completely new concept called UI flows. UI flows provides Robotic Process Automation (RPA) capabilities to Power Automate. It allows you… Continue Reading...

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Creating CDS records from an open API – Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day – using Microsoft Flow
Oct30

Creating CDS records from an open API – Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day – using Microsoft Flow

For about a week ago I had some fun exploring one of Nasa’s Open APIs, Astronomy Picture of the Day. I made a Canvas App which displayed the picture of today (with a Microsoft Flow in the background). As a separate thing I also created a Microsoft Flow which I scheduled to run each day, it gets me the picture of today and saves it as a record in the Common Data Service. Before I set up the… Continue Reading...

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Power Platform Saturday Sweden – from a speaker’s point of view – Introduction to Dataflows and Data Integration
Oct16

Power Platform Saturday Sweden – from a speaker’s point of view – Introduction to Dataflows and Data Integration

This is the second blog post of two about the Power Platform Saturday Sweden event which was held on the 5th of October. In the first one you can read about it from an attendee’s point of view. In this blog post I will let you in on the session that me and my colleague Carl Aspernäs held. Actually, I put in some new tips in here as well, which we did not mention during our session. So even… Continue Reading...

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Power Platform Saturday Sweden – from an attendee’s point of view
Oct08

Power Platform Saturday Sweden – from an attendee’s point of view

On the 5th of October the event Power Platform Saturday Sweden was held in Stockholm at Microsoft’s facilities. Looking back to it, I am still amazed by the quality of this event, beeing free of charge and put together by a few energetic souls (sponsors not to be forgotten though). I had the priviledge to be there both as a speaker and of course also as an attendee. Such an amazing day simply… Continue Reading...

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Using Power Platform Dataflows to get data from a Web API into the CDS and a Model-Driven App
Sep21

Using Power Platform Dataflows to get data from a Web API into the CDS and a Model-Driven App

October is knocking on the door which means exiting times from a Power Platform point of view. The 2019 release wave 2 is coming to us. Let us not be washed over, instead let us surf it and have some fun. There are a lot of new features and improvements to discover. This blog post will be dedicated to the new (or rather rebranded) feature Dataflows and how you can set up a Dataflow which… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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Setting up a Custom Connector from an OpenAPI file and utilizing it in PowerApps and Flow
Sep06

Setting up a Custom Connector from an OpenAPI file and utilizing it in PowerApps and Flow

This is the third and last blog post in a series of three. These blog posts are all dedicated to describing my findings from exploring Canvas Apps. In the first one I summarized what might be good to know if you are totally new to Canvas Apps. In the second I gave an example of creating a Canvas App from scratch including using the camera control. In this third one we will look at setting up a… Continue Reading...

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Canvas App from scratch and exploring the camera control
Aug30

Canvas App from scratch and exploring the camera control

I have started to explore Canvas Apps and my findings from it is about to be documented in three different blog posts. In the first one I gave some suggestions on how to get started with Canvas Apps, written from the angle that you come from the model-driven world. In this second blog post we will take a look at some basics when creating a Canvas App from scratch, such as adding the different… Continue Reading...

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How to make it from Model-Driven apps to Canvas apps
Aug23

How to make it from Model-Driven apps to Canvas apps

For someone coming from the Dynamics CRM/xRM world, Model-Driven apps are easy to grasp. It simply contains the same concepts that we are already familiar with, such as Sitemap, Dashboard, Forms, Views, Charts etc. Canvas apps on the other hand, might be a bit overwhelming at a first glance. I cannot say I am fully there yet, all comfortable drawing canvases and adding formulas, but at least I… Continue Reading...

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ValueRule in Classic UI vs. Unified Interface
Jun05

ValueRule in Classic UI vs. Unified Interface

Now I will let you in on a finding I did the other day. It is all about a very tiny detail but still, it might be good to be aware of this fact. As usual when you find something suspect in Dynamics 365 CE you cannot really be sure if the behaviour is classified as a bug or by design. I registered a Microsoft case this time just to find out. Microsoft was able to reproduce the behaviour… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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Cascade from parent to child the flow way
May29

Cascade from parent to child the flow way

When working with Dynamics 365 CE and designing solutions, it happens from time to time that you want to cascade information from a parent record to child records. One example could be to have the address on the contact updated when the address on the parent account is changed. Please do have in mind that you can you use quick view forms for displaying information from the parent record on… Continue Reading...

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Findings from publishing on AppSource
May19

Findings from publishing on AppSource

This is the third and last blog post in a series of three regarding the certification process that your product needs to go through before it becomes available on AppSource. In the first blog post I went through the overall process. In the second I described in detail how to create an AppSource package. In this third one I will tell you about the process from my perspective and summarize my… Continue Reading...

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How to create an AppSource package
May12

How to create an AppSource package

This is the second blog post of three regarding how publish an app on AppSource. In my previous blog post I went through the overall process. In this one I will let you in on the details regarding creating the AppSource package and verifying parts of it by using the Package Deployer tool. The last blog post will summarize my findings from publishing on AppSource. An AppSource Badge… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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How to publish an app on AppSource
May05

How to publish an app on AppSource

AppSource is like an app store for your Microsoft products and there is a certification process which your product has to go through before it can be available in there. Last year I worked with getting a product through the certification process and this year on the 15th of March it was finally approved and published. Now that I am familiar with the process, I thought I could share my… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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When customizing the App for Outlook – be aware of this
Apr24

When customizing the App for Outlook – be aware of this

I ran into something the other day and by writing about this perhaps it saves time for someone who might run into the same thing. I recently learned that now we are able to customize the App for Outlook. There are some default values in the app that must be there in order for the app to function properly though. In this blog post I will highlight those default values and let you know what to do… Continue Reading...

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Findings from exploring Data Integration in Power Platform
Apr23

Findings from exploring Data Integration in Power Platform

This is the third and last blog post in a series of three. In the first blog post I explained that you can access Data Integration from different user interfaces and overall how to get started and set up data integration projects from within the Power Apps Web Portal. In the second blog post I gave an example of how to set up a data integration project. In this blog post I will summarize my… Continue Reading...

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Getting started with Data Integration in Power Platform
Apr21

Getting started with Data Integration in Power Platform

This is the second blog post in a series of three. In my previous blog post I described how you can access the data integration feature from different user interfaces. Either from one of the admin centers Power Apps Admin Center or Power Platform Admin Center. You can also go to the Power Apps Web Portal. In this blog post I will describe how to set up a data integration project from the Power… Continue Reading...

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Exploring Data Integration in Power Platform
Apr19

Exploring Data Integration in Power Platform

For some months ago I started to explore the data integration feature in Power Platform. It was one of my brilliant colleagues, Marica Söderstam, who came up with an idea that got me to deep dive into this feature. Thanks Marica! Data Integration is an integration service which has been available since July 2017 and it can be used for integrating data from multiple sources into the Common… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s...

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New blog
Apr18

New blog

I have decided to start a new blog with the purpose of writing down findings from my work days, which are all spent with Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform. My intention is to write down all the tips, tricks and useful hacks I come across as well as to write about new features that I have tested, simply to share my experience. I work as a Solution Architect and I am based in… Continue Reading carinaclaesson’s Article on...

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SCOTtish summit 2021

On February the 27th Scottish Summit 2021 will come to you as a virtual event. With over 250 sessions from all Microsoft technologies. You need to register for your FREE ticket and download the Scottish Summit App to see all the great sessions.