Object detection can be used to expedite or automate business processes in multiple industries. In the retail industry, it can be used to expedite the inventory management, allowing retail leaders to focus on on-site customer relationship building. In the manufacturing industry, technicians can use it to speed up the repair process to quickly pull out the manual of a piece of machinery for which the UPC/serial number isn't standing out.
Sandy Rivas, Senior Community Manager at Microsoft, was in New York City last week to receive a Silver Stevie® Award for Women in Business in the Best New Product of the Year category.
The award was given in recognition of an innovation that Sandy and her team implemented across Microsoft’s Business Applications Communities, called Intelligent Content Syndication™ (ICS). Developed by iTalent Digital, ICS is a powerful tool for ensuring that Power Platform Community members can easily access relevant content from across Microsoft’s product ecosystem of web properties, without having to leave the community.
This supports Microsoft Corporate Vice President, James Phillips’ “Better Together” vision for the Power Platform and Dynamics 365 products by surfacing information where the user chooses to be, no matter where it originated. ICS also allows community members to interact bi-directionally in real time with users and subject matter experts in other communities, without either party having to leave their “home” platform.
You may have noticed content from the Microsoft Business Applications Summit last June posted inside the various Power Platform communities:
This content was all hosted on the MBAS website, but thanks to ICS, it was “syndicated” or published to all of the communities represented at the Summit within hours of the event. The innovative bi-directional nature of ICS has allowed users across the different communities to engage with each other around the same pieces of content.
For example, if someone commented on an MBAS video or thread in the Power BI Community, users from the Power Automate, Power Apps or Dynamics communities could all see that comment and add their replies to the same thread, without leaving their home property. This has truly taken engagement around content to new heights!
We were pleased to see the value that members derived from this new functionality, as measured in the level of engagement around the content. Within the first 30 days, the syndicated content drove 30% of all the traffic across the target properties, with some communities seeing as much as an 80% increase in page views. We also saw an average 43% increase in visits. Significantly, the boost was sustained, with ongoing user activity lifted by 10% across all properties.
What’s more, over 70% of the viewed content referenced Microsoft products to which the user was not currently subscribed, which means that community members were able to access information that helped them better understand how Microsoft’s ecosystem of products work together and complement each other. It has also enabled super-users in the different communities to gain exposure to users of other communities and assist them with their questions, all without having to leave their “home” property.
ICS is a recent example of our commitment to delivering a valuable and satisfying experience around our products for the benefit of our customers. Being recognized with a Stevie® Award has been a great confirmation for us, but even more gratifying has been the positive response from all of you and seeing the value you have derived from it.
Within our organisation we have a number of Power Apps developers who have learned their trade by working on voluntary projects that solve different business and social challenges. It's always great to learn by applying yourself to a specific goal, and it's even better to be able to give something back in the process.
The advantage with Power Apps is that you can produce solutions so quickly that it's worthwhile even if it only solves a niche problem.
In this post I'm going to describe one of those niche solutions, the problem it solves, and the decisions that went into designing it. Design is important to us both technically and visually – we want our user experience to be great, and as a result our solutions often don't look like PowerApps.
Power Virtual Agents, provide exceptional support to customers and employees with AI-driven virtual agents. Easily create and maintain bots with a no-code interface. This blog post is a very introductory walk through on how to get started creating your own bot.
This month, we would like to highlight a leader who has demonstrated just that by showing his eagerness to get a group engaged and expanding the existing Brisbane PowerApps User Group to include Microsoft Flow.
With AI Builder's prebuilt models you don't need to gather data, train and publish your own models. All you need is to know what they are and how to use them. In this article you'll get an overview of the components available in PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.
There's no need to setup Azure Cognitive Services, just take advantage of the locode Power Platform and instantly recognize text language, detect sentiment of a message, get key phrases out of a document and much more.
Looking to visit my old stomping grounds of Queensland Australia after the Sydney Power Platform World Tour and visit the local Brisbane user group around November 26th (this date still being decided):
This beginner level workshop to get hands on experience with PowerApps, AI Builder, Portals, Business Process Flows and the Common Data Service. This instructor led experience includes step-by-step instructions for someone new to these technologies to build a conference/event solution.
The Microsoft business applications virtual launch event is almost here! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to get a first-hand look at the new innovations we’re rolling out for PowerApps. Register today for this free event, and then tune in to the live stream on October 10, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Pacific Time.
User Group Spotlight – this week we would like to showcase one of our local user groups that continuously brings their members together to share knowledge and bring awareness around the PowerApps and Flow platforms – the Minneapolis PowerApps and Flow User Group led by Alexis Bruno.
We are making changes to the PowerApps Community based on feedback from all of you. Our community is getting a little bit of a structure update to make it easier to navigate and quickly ask & find what you are trying to get help with. We're rearranging our categories and forums in our community to be cleaner, more interactive, and useful for our members.
I have been struggling with bringing a large dataset from an outside database into CDS while maintaining the relationships between the tables. It has even been stated that it is impossible to do it. https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Common-Data-Service-for-Apps/Creating-Parent-Child-Relationship-... In this article, I will show a step by step method for accomplishing this with illustrations of the steps. It might be cumbersome but it is possible just using Excel with the built in Power Query, PowerApps Common Data Service. Kudos goes to @SKH19 for the original idea.
In this article I will show you how to create a re-usable calculator control component in PowerApps. We will use buttons and text label controls to create a responsive calculator as a custom component with low code no code.
FYI, experimental release of thePowerApps component framework for Canvas apps is now available. WithPowerApps component framework, developers can now develop their own code components and use them inside canvas apps in addition to model apps.
This is a great opportunity forprofessional developers to extendanindustry-leading Enterprise Low-Code Application Platform by creatingreusable code componentswhich all Makers can use. Possibilities are endless when themodern web technologiesand the3rdparty librariescan be utilized inside our powerful low-code, high productivity application platforms that empower every developer to achieve more.
In an emergency situation, we all worry about the safety of our friends and colleagues. With this app, you can just push a Flow button to inform everyone in your team that you are safe and shows your location from the app. Your data will be saved in SharePoint list
Here's the PowerApp I built for my org. I'm a citizen developer, and so I work outside of IT and don't have IT resources. BUT, I'm passionate about my job and my workplace. I'm terrible with names and faces, and with so many people working outside of the building, I had an idea of how PowerApps could solve my issue.
I call it, "Who's on the BrainStorm Bus," BrainStorm being the company that I work for. Here's how it works:
You begin with a leaderboard and see who else has been learning their coworkers names. The gamification was huge in the adoption of the app. Two metrics: Overall score (correct guesses) and current streak (current number of correct guesses in a row).
The play button launches you into a multiple choice guess of one of your coworkers. Score and streak is listed at the bottom. All the names are pulled from Azure and are real employees.
If you guess incorrectly, your streak resets. It won't advance unless you guess right.
Once you guess right, you streak and score increase, and the names and faces are shuffled to present a new coworker.
What happens if your coworker has no image in Delve? A message appears with a button to anonymously message them in Teams to a) add a photo in Delve (instructions included), b) join in the fun and play the BrainStorm bus! We had 75% of users without a picture in Delve add it in the first week.
Once you've reached 100 points, it gets harder. The game will randomly switch between a fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice. Your knowledge gets tested pretty quickly!
And that's it! I was able to create it with the help of IT, and I added it as a result in Microsoft Search in Bing, which really helped in findability.
This simple app leverages the new “preview AI Builder” capabilities recently introduced to the Power Platform. I’ve built an Object Detection model (inspired by “Hot Dog, Not Hot Dog” from the HBO Silicon Valley show) to detect dog(s) on a lawn. I then built a PowerApp to use the ObjectDetector control to analyze an image. If a positive hit is detected, a Flow is invoked that uses a Custom Connector (created using a Postman Collection) against the Rachio API, to turn on my front lawn sprinklers.