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New in Spring 2024: Map Routing and Visualization for Power Pages Portals

Maplytics June 2024 Release

“Morning Jo, what is the Tea this morning?”, Josh asked as he rushed into the office. “Well, Maplytics is now available in Power Pages Portals”, Jo exclaimed. “It lets you add maps and routing directly to your portals!”, he added.

Yes, Mapheads! Maplytics can now integrate with Power Pages. Let us have a look at it and a lot more upgrades from the Maplytics June 2024 Release!

PCF Control in Portal/ Power Pages

Microsoft Power Pages (formerly Power Apps Portal) is a cloud-based (SaaS) platform that allows you to build secure external-facing websites with minimal coding required (low-code).  Imagine a simplified way to create professional websites without needing extensive programming knowledge.

Some key points about Power Pages are-

Customization: While low-code, Power Pages offers a good degree of customization through drag-and-drop functionality and pre-built components. You can design webpages, style them with themes, and incorporate interactive elements.

Features: Power Pages go beyond basic websites. It allows you to embed forms, and data visualizations (like charts and graphs), and even integrate with Power Apps to create custom applications within your website.

Collaboration: Multiple users can work on a Power Pages project simultaneously, facilitating teamwork and efficient website development.

Target Users: Power Pages caters to a broad audience. Business users with limited coding experience can leverage its low-code approach. Developers can also use it to build more complex functionalities.

Scalability: Power Pages scales to meet your needs. Whether you’re building a simple landing page or a complex multi-page website, Power Pages can handle it.

Important Benefits of Power Pages

Faster Development: Low-code development allows for quicker website creation compared to traditional coding methods.

Reduced Costs: The low-code approach can potentially reduce development costs by minimizing the need for extensive programming expertise.

Flexibility: Power Pages offers a balance between ease of use and customization, catering to a range of needs.

Integration with Microsoft Ecosystem: Seamless integration with other Microsoft services, like Dynamics 365 and Power BI, allows you to leverage existing data and functionalities within your website.

Integration of Maplytics with Power Pages

Maplytics seamlessly integrates with Power Pages, allowing users to visualize Dynamics 365 records directly on a map embedded within the website. This empowers authorized users and even guests on the website to interact with the map and leverage its data visualization capabilities

Consider you have a website Woody Barn which is a Furniture Store Locator available for all. Suppose our Ron has recently shifted to a new city. He is confused about shopping locally and needs to buy a few furniture pieces. With technology at his fingertips, Ron has a quick solution. He checks out your Website of a local furniture store chain, plots his current location, and finds out the store branches near his location.

Ron thus, seamlessly picks up the nearest branch and hops on his journey to buy the required furniture. Technology makes life easy without Ron being an existing client of the furniture brand or requiring a member sign-in.

Considering this Website of Woody Barn, which Ron referred to for his furniture purchase. Selecting the current location option, Ron’s GPS location will be set, and the outlets of the Company within the proximity of ‘x’ miles can be plotted on the map. A corresponding list of the plotted outlets will also be listed on the left.

Map Routing and Visualization for Power Pages Portals

Clicking the ‘Get Direction’ option, opens the navigation directions from the Current Location of the user to the Record Location. Clicking on individual records in the list opens a Tooltip Card to display more details of that record. Records can also be filtered out using the ‘Search by Keywords’ option. More on the functionality and the required configuration steps can be explored in Maplytics docs

Here are the other upgrades from the June 2024 Release

Mass Frequency Update

The availability of a client and the required frequency of the appointment can now be updated in a go using ‘Mass Frequency Update’.

Map Routing and Visualization for Power Pages Portals

Map Routing and Visualization for Power Pages Portals

Characteristic Based Scheduling

Apart from planning the schedules based on the client availability and frequency of visits, the Auto Scheduling feature enables a user to schedule based on Resource Characteristics as well.

Suppose Percy is a field rep who works for an Air Conditioning Brand. He excels in diagnosing complex electrical and mechanical faults for HVAC systems. If a work order is generated for a persistent fan control problem, the Manager would want Percy, who is specialized in the diagnostic skill to be assigned to this work order rather than any other nearby field rep. The skills of all the reps are updated as ‘Characteristics’ within CRM and the same can be leveraged for efficient scheduling.

Incidents and characteristics can be added to a work order within Dynamics 365 Field Service.

To schedule work orders based on characteristics, users can go to Maplytics Settings >> Maplytics Configurations >> Auto Scheduling Tab and enable the ‘Enable Characteristic Based Scheduling’ checkbox.

Map Routing and Visualization for Power Pages Portals

Once enabled, the characteristics of the resources will also be considered while scheduling appointments. A field rep could have multiple characteristics and the work orders requiring one of those skills could be assigned to them. So, if Percy is skilled with diagnosis as well as Performance Evaluation, he could be assigned to those work orders as well.

Plot By Template

This option helps the user to plot the predefined search criteria in Detail Map. The user can save the search criteria as a template and use the ‘By Template’ search option to quickly plot the data with that search criteria. This helps the user to save a considerable amount of time.

With the June 2024 Release, the User can plot the required criteria on the map and use the button ‘Save template’ to save the search criteria along with the pushpins and their colors as a template. The same pushpins and color details will be plotted on the map when the saved template is opened again!

Plotting for 1:N, N:1 relationships for Multi-Address Plotting

In addition to the regular multi-address plotting process, the user can now select the 1:N or N:1 relationship in Link To and accordingly, the data will be plotted.

Suppose a user selects the Customer Address (1:N) relationship within the Entity Map then, by selecting it in the Multiple Addresses window all the customer address pushpins for that plotted records can be visualized.

25000 records displayed in Plot Entity Record

The records of the entity dataset on which the PCF control has been added get plotted on the map by default. With the new release, up to 25,000 records will be plotted as clusters on the map with an information bar. Users can view the next batch of 25,000 records by clicking the ‘Load More’ option on the bar.

Map Routing and Visualization for Power Pages Portals

What’s More?

Maplytics is like water that can be moulded into any role. It makes map integration within Dynamics 365 look seamless. Radius Search, Route Mapping, and more have become super easy to use. To get more acquainted and experience it first-hand, one can write to crm@inogic.com To investigate the product further, with a personalized demo within Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM / Dataverse get in touch with the team.

For applied knowledge, do visit our Website or Microsoft AppSource. One can hop on to the detailed BlogsClient TestimonialsSuccess StoriesIndustry Applications, and Video Library for a quick query resolution. You can also leave us a review or write about your experience on AppSource or G2 Website.

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