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Business Central in Dataverse with Virtual Tables

Business Central in Dataverse with Virtual Tables

In my session at Dataverse Summit 2022 I also introduced Business Central’s feature, the virtual tables in Dataverse. Virtual tables complement the possibilities such as Data Sync and Connectors to connect both worlds. In my opinion, virtual tables are the best way of integration. Unlike data synchronization, you do not copy the data from one system to another. Furthermore, virtual tables in Dataverse are similar to physical tables in usage and this is a clear advantage in contrast to connectors….

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Transforming Data from a Blob Storage File

Transforming Data from a Blob Storage File

I recently had a Power Automate Flow challenge where I wanted to access and transform my data. Sounds like a simple task, but it took me a while to figure out the solution… My data was generated by Azure Synapse and stored in an Azure Blob Storage. As you can see, each record is stored as JSON in a single row: Furthermore, all records are stored line by line in the whole file. Well, this shouldn’t be so hard to…

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Power Automate Flows as API

Power Automate Flows as API

Did you ever create an API based on Power Automated Flows as endpoints? You might be wondering, why would you do that? Trust me sometimes there is a reason. Furthermore, with the growing Citizen Developer Community and the amount of Power Platform solutions being created, this will become increasingly important in the future. If you have joined my session Power Automate Flows as API at the Azure Developer Community Day 2022 at Microsoft in Munich, you already know the story….

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Transforming API Responses

Transforming API Responses

Custom connectors are amazing to consume external APIs in Canvas Apps or Power Automate Flows. But what are you doing, when the external API response does not fit for you? To be honest, this week I had the same issue with an own API. I set up my custom connector and everything was fine. The connector worked as expected and my operation provided a response. So far so good… But, on the second look, I found out my response won’t…

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Dataverse Summit 2022

Dataverse Summit 2022

Wondering how to access data in Business Central from Dataverse? There are a many ways to combine these two worlds. Join my session to learn how quickly you can connect and transfer data using either connectors or virtual tables. Join my session “Let’s connect: Dataverse & Business Central” during the Dataverse Summit 2022!

Using Many to Many in Power Automated Flows

Using Many to Many in Power Automated Flows

Ohh – what a challenge before I found a very simple solution for a common problem. I was searching, how I can access my related records from a many-to-many relationship in my Power Automate flow. I was googling and found extremely difficult stuff. Someone have resolved the records by using “FetchXml”, calling APIs, or some Xrm “black magic” with Plugins. No – this is definitely to complicated. Finally I was wondering: Isn’t there a simple way to access my records…

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Professional ALM for Citizen Developers

Professional ALM for Citizen Developers

In one of my last blog posts, I have shown you my ALM process optimized for my Citizen Developers. I have used a solution based on a Power App and some Power Automate Flows to run a fully automated solution export and import in Dataverse. You remember also my simplified process focused on the needs of a Citizen Developer: This slim process is great for Citizen Developers to get started with ALM. But I’m a Pro Developer – I need…

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Business Central & Power Automate Flows

Business Central & Power Automate Flows

One of my personal takeaways from Nordic Days of Knowledge 2022 is definitely the integration of Power Automate in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Since one of the latest releases, I’m now able to run my Power Automate Flows direct with the context of an existing record. Amazing! You might wonder, what is so special? I have such feature already for my Model Driven Apps. Furthermore, there are already Power Automate Flow triggers for the common Business Central events like:…

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Write Less Code – Create reusable Components!

Write Less Code – Create reusable Components!

Component development is not a big deal for me as a Pro-Developer. On the other hand, I recognized during my session at PowerApps Developer Bootcamp our citizen developers need help and examples. For that reason I want to share one example presented in my session. To cut a long story short: Write less code by creating reusable components! The reason is obvious: During development, we generate lots of copy & paste content in our canvas apps. And yes, I also…

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Application Lifecycle Management for PowerApps: Citizen Developers

Application Lifecycle Management for PowerApps: Citizen Developers

It took me a while to realize, my Citizen Developers need a simple approach of an Application Lifecycle Management process. In detail, I can’t talk about Git repositories & branches, Azure DevOps, build and release pipelines. This is to technical and out of scope for my Citizen Developers. In conclusion, a classic Citizen Developer ALM process must be simple. For instance, as a Citizen Developer, I develop my Power Apps and Power Automate Flows. Afterwards, I create my release by…

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