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2022 release wave 1 plans for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform now available

Today, we published the 2022 release wave 1plans for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform, a compilation of new capabilities that are planned to be released between April 2022 and September 2022. This first release wave of the year...

Optimize your Processes and Gain Deep Insights with Process Mining 

Process mining captures the daily business processes inside your organization through powerful visualizations and provides you with the insights you need to understand, monitor, and improve upon your existing processes. Now with the preview of process mining in process advisor, leveraging Power BI...

Bring the future of finance into focus at Finance Reimagined 2022

Data is everywhere chief financial officers (CFOs) look these days. Senior finance leaders have more data in front of them than ever beforewith insights to drive financial growth, disrupt sales, and transform customer experiences often hiding in plain sight....

Power Apps portals: Announcing General Availability (GA) of Power Virtual Agents integration using “Chatbot” component

We are excited to announce the General Availability (GA) of Power Virtual Agents integration using “Chatbot” component that was introduced in May 2021 release as a preview feature. This feature provides the following capabilities: Add bot from Dataverse environment Add bot to all pages Add bot to specific pages Chatbot theming Chatbot component support portal theming by default. Chatbot component automatically updates styling to match with the portal theme configured using portals Studio. Support for expended and collapsed state Default state of chatbot will be collapsed, however it can be customized using advance configuration. Your feedback will help us continue to build on and improve the capabilities of this feature. We want to hear from you! For details, see the documentation. Thank you,Neeraj Nandwana

The evolution of retail store into an experience center

With more and more customers looking to digital channels for product information, feedback, and insights, the role of the store is changing from a place that simply houses and transacts products to another integral step in building and differentiating...

Best practices and workbooks to accelerate your Microsoft Power Platform adoption

Do you want to accelerate your Microsoft Power Platform adoption to solve business problems and increase productivity across your organization? Are you a technology change manager looking for best practices for planning and delivering a Power Platform adoption project? Or are you a Power Platform champion who sees the value of Power Platform in your team and needs resources to help bring structure to your company’s adoption approach? Today is your day! We have just launched new content and workbooks designed to help you create and implement the business and technology strategies necessary for your organization to succeed with Microsoft Power Platform: https://adoption.microsoft.com/powerplatform Advancing adoption and cultivating a low code culture is about more than implementing technology features. Technology can assist an organization in making the greatest impact, but successful low code culture involves considerations across people, processes, and technology. This new practical information will help you successfully achieve your desired business outcomes with your adoption effort: Power Platform on adoption.microsoft.com The Power Platform content on adoption.microsoft.com is your one place to find a collection of content relevant to your adoption journey. It helps you get started, engage your org, train your org, find your champions, and govern your environments. Adoption planning workbook We’ve compiled an easy-to-follow how-to guide that walks you and your team, step-by-step, through the best way to adopt Power Platform in your organization. The insights we share come from our most successful customers, who have maximized the power of their investments. This workbook provides you with proven guidance to help you create and implement the business and technology strategies necessary for your organization to succeed with Microsoft Power Platform. Hackathon planning workbook Use this guide when you want to learn more about how to plan and run a hackathon event. This workbook provides you with checklists of what to consider, along with survey forms and email templates to use. What’s next? Power Platform adoption efforts typically align to the following three areas: Strategy & Vision, Nurture & Educate, and Admin & Governance. The new content focuses primarily on providing guidance and best practices for the Strategy & Vision and Nurture & Educate buckets. This gives you a great starting point on your Power Platform adoption journey – and once you’re ready for the next steps, we’ll have you covered with more workbooks that are currently being developed: Champion program workbook to help you develop an internal Champions community Training strategy workbook to guide you in developing an upskilling journey for your makers Governance guardrails workbook to help your Power Platform admins follow best practices as they set out to secure, manage, and monitor your Power Platform adoption

Dynamics 365 helps build the retail supply chain of the future

Earlier in 2021, we had discussed how retailers can create an intelligent supply chain to successfully navigate through the disruptions and quickly adapt to changing customer behavior. As our retail customers embarked on the journey to create a resilient...

Deployment pipelines- Azure DevOps extension, multiple pipelines working together, Dataflows GA

Happy new year everyone! Since 2022 has started, we have released new deployment pipelines features, that enable plenty of new ways to work with deployment pipelines and leverage its advantages for a more productive release process. Power BI automation tools extension...

Bridging the omnichannel gap in retail with Dynamics 365

Omnichannel has been around for more than a decade now, so it might be surprising to realize that there are still gaps in a strategy that has become table stakes for most retailers. The gap that does exist presents...

Introducing the ALM Accelerator for Power Platform

Historically, getting started with Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) for the Microsoft Power Platform came with a learning curve and lots of time investment setting up ALM. Based on our own learnings setting up ALM for the Center of Excellence (CoE) Starter kit, we’re excited to introduce you to the public preview of the ALM Accelerator for Power Platform – a new reference implementation that is now also part of the Center of Excellence (CoE) Starter Kit. What is the ALM Accelerator? The ALM Accelerator for Power Platform includes a canvas app that sits on top of Azure DevOps Pipelines and Git source control. The app provides a simplified interface for makers to regularly export the components in their Power Platform Solutions to source control and create deployment requests to have their work reviewed before deploying to target environments. The ALM Accelerator for Power Platform is a complement to the ALM guidance available under the Overview of application lifecycle management with Microsoft Power Platform. It was originally developed to facilitate ALM for the CoE Starter Kit team. We are now sharing what we’ve built for our own use and open sourcing it to help you understand how you can apply ALM patterns & practices with the Power Platform. You can use the ALM Accelerator as-is, customize it to meet your requirements, or as a reference implementation to see how we’ve addressed ALM scenarios. To learn more, you can watch an overview video of the ALM Accelerator for Power Platform below. We also have documentation to Set up ALM Accelerator for Power Platform components, Use ALM Accelerator for Power Platform components and videos of ALM Accelerator for Power Platform Walkthroughs (Preview). Who should try out this component? The ALM Accelerator provides a solution for setting up an enhanced ALM experience for both code first and low code developers. Within this single accelerator, we have provided both a simplified experience, for those who want to get started with ALM, as well as more advanced experiences for people who want more control over the ALM process. We expect the ALM Accelerator to be used by the Power Platform maker who is comfortable with using Power Platform solution management. For advanced makers with experience using Git, Azure DevOps, and basic ALM concepts (e.g., source control, pushes, pull requests, branching, merging, and CI/CD), we offer capabilities to allow them to work the way they want. To use the advanced maker capabilities, there is an expectation that you have foundational knowledge about those capabilities. What is different from ALM Accelerator for Makers? Originally, we announced ALM Accelerator for Makers, which makers can use to apply source control strategies by using GitHub and move solutions from development to test and production environments. It abstracted away some of the complexities of ALM, to help make it more approachable to low code developers new to ALM. Since then, we have been working on improvements to bring experiences from that accelerator into a unified accelerator. We have also heard from customers who use Azure DevOps that they want a simplified experience as well. Whether you are planning to set up ALM for basic or advanced scenarios, the new ALM Accelerator for Power Platform aims to help you with your ALM strategy. For now, the unified experience supports only Azure DevOps using pipelines using Microsoft Power Platform Build Tools for Azure DevOps. However, we have plans to add support for GitHub workflows using GitHub Actions for Microsoft Power Platform in the future. As part of this unification process, we will no longer be providing new enhancements to ALM Accelerator for Makers. If you have any issues or bugs with the older accelerator, please post them on GitHub; we’ll continue to address them. Getting started You can get started by going to ALM Accelerator for Power Platform “ALM Accelerator for Power Platform” section in Microsoft Docs. You can learn more about our backlog of issues and enhancements in on GitHub . We have also turned on GitHub Discussions and would encourage you to ask questions there. We would love your feedback! Prior to this announcement, we’ve been building the ALM Accelerator out in the open on GitHub since March 2021. We’ve had several customers participate in our previous preview releases to help gather feedback. The feedback helped us evolve the accelerator to be more generic and flexible beyond how we were initially using it. We’re eager to get more feedback. We’d like to invite you to try out our public preview, help us make it even more flexible, and evolve it to meet your needs! If you have any new ideas, feel free to post them in GitHub ! Disclaimer Some of the underlying features and components used to build the ALM such as Canvas source code tool integrated with Power Platform CLI are in preview, and the kit itself represents sample implementations of these preview features. Our customers and community can use and customize these features to implement ALM capabilities in their organizations. However, note that this kit is also under preview until the dependent features are also generally available.
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