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PowerApps with Flow - A one stop-shop for social media communication

Introduction

 

This blog walks you through how you can use the two attached templates to build your own mobile PowerApp as a central place to post comments to Facebook, Slack, Twitter and Yammer. The three attachments include a MSAPP file for the PowerApp, zipped file for Flow and STP file for SharePoint. The 'SocialMedia.ZIP' file contains the MSAPP and STP files. Hence you will have to unzip that file. Leave the 'Socialmedia_20171213182703.zip' as it is and import it in Flow. The steps described in this article must be followed in the precise order to get the final app as desired.

 

Overview

 

This video demonstrates what the PowerApp and the Flow can do.

  

Step 1 - Connections  

THESE CONNECTIONS SHOULD BE MADE IN THE SAME ENVIRONMENT YOU PLAN TO BUILD THE APP!!

 

Confirm you have already made the following 5 connections:

 

  1. SharePoint
  2. Facebook
  3. Slack
  4. Twitter
  5. Yammer

 

To check or add your app, in either PowerApps or Flow, go to Connections.

 

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Connections you will need:

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Step 2 - SharePoint List

 

Download a copy of the SocialMedia.zip file,  save it on your local machine and unzip it. Use theSocialMedia.STP file. You can either use the STP attachment or build it from scratch. Below is a screenshot for all the column names and types if you plan to build it from scratch. The list name is 'Scratch'

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This video walks you through how you can import the STP file to your SharePoint Site Collection and create your list.

 

Step 3 - PowerApps

 

THE APP SHOULD BE MADE IN THE SAME ENVIRONMENT YOU HAVE THE CONNECTIONS!!

 

From the SocialMedia.zip file that you downloaded and unzipped, use the Social.MSAPP file and save it on your local machine. This video walks you through how you can use the MSAPP file, connect it to the SharePoint data connection and test and validate

 

Step 4 - Flow

 

THE FLOW SHOULD BE MADE IN THE SAME ENVIRONMENT YOU HAVE THE CONNECTIONS!!

 

Download a copy of the 'Socialmedia_20171213182703.zip' file AND save it to your local machine. This video walks you through how you can use the Zipped file, connect it to SharePoint, Facebook, Twitter, Slack and Yammer data connections and test and validate.

 

Step 5 - DLP

 

Data Loss Prevention or DLP does play a major role in the functionality of this app. If your Flow has a message stating 'Your flow was created, but is currently suspended since it uses a combination of services that conflict with the company data loss prevention policies' as shown below then go to your Admin Center.

 

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Select Data Loss Prevention policies and see if you have any existing policies that prevent connectors from the "Business data only" and "No business data allowed" data groups.

 

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For more information you can refer to the Data loss prevention (DLP) policies document

 

Conclusion

 

As mentioned in the video, it's best that you first use the existing SharePoint STP file to create your list, this way you have the correct column names. Once you have the app fully functional, you can add your own modifications or new features to it and hopefully share it with the community!

Meet Our Blog Authors
  • Working daily with Microsoft Cloud to deliver the needs of my company, my customers and various Microsoft communities and forums. | Office 365 | Flow | PowerShell | PowerApps | SharePoint |
  • Co-founder of https://plumsail.com, Office 365 and SharePoint expert. Passionate about design and development of easy to use, convenient and flexible products.
  • Microsoft Business Apps MVP. Owner of ThriveFast, an Office 365 consulting company.
  • 7x Microsoft Business Solutions MVP (CRM)
  • Solution Architect with Slalom, and organizer of the Boston Office 365 User Group, and long term SharePoint/Office 365 veteren. Find more at http://www.davidlozzi.com. Follow @DavidLozzi
  • I'm keen in MS technologies, SharePoint, Office 365 and development for them
  • Daniel is a Business Productivity Consultant & Microsoft Business Solutions MVP who is very enthusiastic about all things Office 365, Microsoft Flow, PowerApps, Azure & SharePoint (Online). Since the preview, Daniel has been working with Microsoft Flow and later on with Microsoft PowerApps. That led to him being awarded an MVP Award for Business Solutions. He loves to blog, present and evangelize about improving productivity in the modern workspace with these amazing tools!
  • Michelle is an Office 365 solution architect in Twin Cities, MN. She has been delivering business collaboration solutions for years with her focus on SharePoint and Office 365. Michelle is a recent board member of the Minnesota Office 365 User Group and has been a member of the SharePoint community since 2009. She is a frequent speaker at MNSPUG and SharePoint Saturday and co-chaired the Legal SharePoint User Group for 4 years. Her most frequent projects have involved rolling out a large deployment of Office 365, SharePoint Online intranet, build of a "CHAMPS" Office 365 user adoption program and most recently, SharePoint On-Premise to Online Migration. Michelle is very excited about cloud technology as it is shifting her IT Pro focus to collaboration strategy and technical adoption.
  • I'm a Microsoft Office Servers and Services MVP with a special interest in SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Flow, Microsoft Teams and PowerApps. I work at Triad Group Plc ( https://triad.co.uk)
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