Microsoft Power Apps and Microsoft Power Automate are part of Microsoft’s Power Platform, which allows citizen developers to create powerful business applications without any development. In this course, you will learn how to build Canvas Apps and Flows connected to your data.
Microsoft Power Apps and Power Automate
Who should attend this course?
This course targets developers, architects, power users, content managers, business analysts and many more who want to learn how to quickly and easily:
- Build forms or mobile applications with Microsoft Power Apps (canvas apps) with no- or low-code development
- Build flows in an IFTTT (If This Then That) way using Microsoft Power Automate
No prior knowledge of Power Apps or Power Automate, nor development skills are required.
This training is packed with many practical demos and hands-on exercises. With Canvas Apps we can build interactive (mobile) applications that integrate business data from many different sources. Power Automate allows us to automate business processes – approvals, synchronization, reporting – with a simple graphical editor. Those of you interested in creating Model-Driven Apps are referred to the course Building Model-Driven Apps on the Power Platform.
PART 1 – Power Platform Overview
Introduction to the Power Platform
The Microsoft Power Platform consists of Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI And Power Virtual Agents. These applications are powerful alone, yet together, they can be used to create end-to-end business solutions. In this module we will see how Power Apps and Power Automate fit within this Platform.
- Overview of the Microsoft Power Platform
- Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, Power Virtual Agents & AI Builder
- Connectors and Connections overview
- Microsoft Dataverse and Dynamics 365
- Real world use case of the Power Platform
Power Platform Licensing Guide
The licensing for the Power Platform is not easy to grasp at first. This chapter will provide a nice overview of the licensing system and provide you with all the information you need to calculate any costs.
- Licensing Overview
- What is included with existing licensing models?
- Standard vs Premium connectors
- API Call Limits
PART 2 – Power Apps
Getting started with Power Apps
In the world of the information worker you will handle information that is probably stored across different software suites, like SharePoint, Salesforce, Excel files, Access databases, and so on. Typically, you would like your end-users to be able to browse and/or modify this data in a general user-friendly, and preferably mobile, way. Microsoft Power Apps allows people, without any development skills, to build applications that are mobile friendly on top of their data. Other people can then be allowed to use the built application to browse the data and maybe even modify it.
- What is Power Apps?
- Canvas Apps vs. Model-Driven Apps vs. Power Apps Portals
- Getting started with Canvas Apps using templates
- Generating Canvas Apps from your data
- Power Apps on mobile
- LAB – Creating Basic PowerApps
Building Canvas Apps with Power Apps
In this module, we’ll explore the capabilities when building a canvas app using Power Apps Studio. It also introduces students to PowerFX, an open source formula language that allows app makers to add logic to Power Apps. The participants will get familiar with connecting to data sources, creating pages, adding controls, bindings, behavior, …
- Creating Canvas Apps with Power Apps Studio
- Working with connections
- Adding Screens and Screen Controls
- Working with Galleries
- Introduction to Forms
- Working with PowerFX
- LAB – Customizing a Canvas App
Connecting with popular data sources
In this module you will get an overview on how to connect with popular data sources from a canvas app. We will discuss SharePoint, Dynamics 365, Exchange, Planner, Teams, AzureAD…
- SharePoint list items and documents
- Microsoft Teams Channels and Messages
- Managing tasks in Outlook and Planner
- Sending Emails with Outlook, GMail, …
- Office 365 Users
- Manipulating Excel
- Microsoft Dataverse database and Dynamics 365
- LAB – Working with popular connectors
Forms in Canvas Apps
In Applications, we often want to view data from some kind of table or list, or add new data to it. In Microsoft Power Apps, this is done using Forms. In this module, we will have a detailed look at the different types of forms that we can use in Power Apps.
- Customizing Edit- and Detail Forms
- How do data cards work?
- Data card templates and customization
- Input validation
- Dynamic controls: use formulas to make fields required, hidden, etc.
- LAB – Working with forms
Power Apps data sources and local data
When creating Power Apps, you will always use data. Sometimes you will need to integrate multiple data sources. In this module we will have a detailed look at local data and data sources and how to modify this data using functions. You will also learn how to integrate a second data source into your forms.
- Configuring data sources
- Using variables and collections
- Data source manipulations
- Manually patching data sources
- Handling and preventing errors
- Refreshing data and searching
- Data source delegation
- LAB – Take control of data sources
Configuring and Publishing Power Apps
There are several options to configure Power Apps. Think about the screen size and orientation, or about implementing a responsive design. In this chapter, we will have a look at those options. We will also see the possibilities for sharing and embedding Power Apps.
- Configuring Power Apps
- Saving, sharing and publishing Apps
- Sharing and permissions
- Use your Power App from SharePoint pages
- Embed your Power App as a Teams app
- App analytics
- LAB – Publishing and Sharing a Power App
Customizing SharePoint Forms
SharePoint will often be a data source used in Power Apps. Just like InfoPath was used to customize SharePoint forms on SharePoint Server, we can use Power Apps for this purpose in SharePoint Online. This chapter will show you how to customize the SharePoint list or library forms.
- Customizing a SharePoint form
- SharePoint Integration Control
- Differentiate your form based on the mode: view, edit, new
- Adding dynamic behavior
- Wide screen SharePoint forms
- LAB – Customizing a SharePoint List Form
PART 3 – Power Automate
Getting started with Power Automate
Power Automate allows you to create automatic processes, called flows. A process can start automatically when something happens – for instance ‘a new mail arrives’ – but also at the click of a button or on a schedule. We can use the context information from that trigger to perform one or more actions, connecting to any data source we would like – Outlook, SharePoint, Twitter, Dynamics 365, …). All this can be done without having to write a single line of code.
- What is Power Automate?
- Flow types
- Flow building blocks
- Using Connections in Flows
- Trigger types
- Basic Actions
- The Power Automate Mobile App
- LAB – Creating a Flow from a Template
Building Basic Flows
In this module, the participants will learn how to build and customize basic flows, either starting from a template or from scratch. We will see how to use Teams, SharePoint, Exchange and other types of connectors in a Flow.
- Building flows from Templates or from Blank
- Start a flow when something happens with Automatic triggers
- Start a flow with the push of a button or for a selected item with Manual triggers
- Run a flow on a schedule with a Scheduled trigger
- Flow action connection basics
- Adding a simple condition
- Monitoring Flows and fixing errors
- LAB – Building Custom Flows
Power Automate Connectors and Actions
This chapter will provide you with an overview of interesting connectors and utilities you can use with Power Automate.
- Connection credentials and configuration
- Default actions overview: SharePoint, Teams, Dynamics 365, Exchange, Planner, …
- Manipulating Office documents: Word, Excel
- Using HTTP connectors to call APIs
- Custom Connectors explained
- Data Operations: Compose, CSV, JSON
- Variables:string, number, array
- LAB – Power Automate Utilities
Power Automate Patterns
With basic Flow knowledge and coding available to us, we can take our Flows to the next level. This chapter will show you some practical scenario’s and advanced patterns when designing your Flow.
- Actions, Conditions, Parallelism and Loops
- Advanced trigger configuration
- Flow error handling: configure run after
- Limits and Configuration of Flows
- Handling complex scenario’s by using parent-child Flows
- LAB – Power Automate Advanced Configuration
Workflow Definition Language
You can build great flows through the UI of Microsoft Power Automate. This UI is built on top of the Workflow Definition Language. In this module, we will see the basics of this language, and explore some possibilities to enrich flows with it.
- Introduction to WorkFlow Definition Language
- Expressions, Operators and Functions
- Using Expressions in Flows
- LAB – Writing Formulas in Power Automate
Sharing Flows and Flow Permissions
In this module you will see best practices for sharing and permissions for Flows that have been created in your company. You will learn about the impact that sharing has and the different sharing permissions that are available.
- Sharing a Flow
- Co-Ownership and Team Flows
- Flow permissions
- Connections and credentials
- Run only users and connections
- LAB – Sharing and Managing a Flow
Modern Approvals with Power Automate
This module will show you how to approve content with Power Automate. You will also learn how to use the approval outcome to then publish, move or alter the approved item as you see fit. Approvals can be used to publish SharePoint documents, to allow Teams messages to be posted or to finally get an approval for that well-deserved holiday.
- Approval with Power Automate
- Approval types
- Approving and Rejecting
- Processing the approval outcome
- LAB – Modern Approval Processes
Power Automate for Mobile
Power Automate for Mobile is a mobile app available for iOS and Android. From there, you can view flows, track activity, manage flows and even create them.
- Introduction to Power Automate for Mobile
- Tracking Activity
- Starting a Flow
- Flow Management
- LAB – Power Automate on Mobile
PART 4 – Power Platform Integration and Management
Combining Power Platform tools
Power Apps and Power Automate can be seen as individual products, but they can also be integrated in one another. This module will illustrate how you can use Flows to augment your Power Apps and vice versa. We will also explore other integration possibilities with the Power Platform.
- Start a Flow from Power Apps
- Open a Power App with a push notification from Power Automate
- Trigger Flows from Power BI
- Embed a Power BI report into your Power App
- Embed a Power App in Power BI and integrate with your data
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