Thank you for everyone who participated in our ‘Better Together’-themed T-shirt design contest. We were amazed by the amount and quality of submissions. Our Design team is certainly not going to have an easy time choosing the winner for the contest from all the impressive images that were submitted. We had a total of90 community entries: 52 for Power BI, 28 for Power Apps, 9 for Power Automate & Power Virtual Agents, and 1 for Dynamics.
Here are the top 3 submissions, by Kudos, from all 3 communities:
You can check out all submissions by going to the following links:
The new year is bringing some great news for the community. One of the things that we're working on and can't wait to share with you are new ranks and rank icons. Stay tuned for more details. As always, we'll let you know right here, in the News & Announcements section of the community.
We’re excited to share the latest innovations coming to all the Microsoft business applications—from Dynamics 365 to Power BI to Power Automate to Power Apps—and can’t wait to see how they’ll help you better engage customers, make faster decisions, and solve your everyday business challenges.
Join us for the Microsoft Business Applications Virtual Launch Event on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 8:00 AM Pacific Time. You’ll hear directly from James Phillips, President of the Business Applications Group, as he guides you through all the new features, capabilities, and apps—and what they mean for you and your business.
Here’s just a taste of what you can expect at this free, virtual event:
Key announcements from the hundreds of new features and capabilities
In-depth, practical demonstrations
Advice and insights from Microsoft leaders
Answers to your common questions
Whether you’re a business professional, developer, or implementer, you won’t want to miss this virtual event to discover your next step in driving business transformation. Hope you can join us!
As we announced last week, we are starting an exciting new contest this March! Starting today,March 2nd, 2020, we are asking all of you to come up with a "Better Together" T-shirt design that encompasses all 5 products in the family, Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, and Microsoft Dynamics, using the individual product colors. Your design should support the Power Platform motto of "Powerful alone. Better together."
Keep your eyes open for our upcoming T-shirt design contest! Going with the Power Platform motto of "Powerful alone. Better together,"we are inviting you to a create T-shirt designs that encompass all 5 products in the family, Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, and Microsoft Dynamics, using the product colors.
We will post when we have more details to share. We suggest that you use the wait time to brainstorm some cool design ideas.
Congratulations to our Power Apps - Super Users 2020 Season 1
If you have spent any time in the Power Apps Community, you have probably noticed regular contributors through community blog posts, activity in the Power Apps contribute useful solutions. Their advice is invaluable and it shows because they are in the Top Kudoed Authors Leaderboard in the Microsoft Power Apps Community. See some familiar names? Their Community contributions and Power Apps expertise continue to make the Power Apps Community a valuable place.
New Super Users: Returning Super Users: Dual Super Users:
PowerAddict ThatAPIGuy iAmManCat yashag2255
tchin-nin RandyHayes LRVinNC Pstork1
Mike8 mdevaney Shanescows RezaDorrani
leyburn19 timl wyotim efialttes
DavesTechTips Jeff_Thorpe rebeccas darogael
seadude Drrickyp PaulD1
Meet our Super Users:
Timothy, works for a small company in the energy sector, creating digital solutions using the Power Platform, Office 365, and Azure SQL as well as handling their general IT needs. In his down time, He enjoys playing guitar, watching good (or really bad!) sci-fi, Xbox, and hanging out with his wife and son.
Hardit is an Electrical Engineer with a MBA in Finance. He has over 10 years’ experience as an analyst/manager/consultant in IT, financial services and hospitality industry. With a deep interest in tasks involving analytical thinking, Power Apps is the world he had been dreaming of since a very long time! When he got introduced into the world of Power Apps, it took him just a few weeks to get addicted and dive deep into it! He is now obsessed with everything related to Power Apps and is always on the lookout to spread the knowledge and invite more and more people into this world!
Reza is a Microsoft Business Applications MVP & Principal Consultant at Catapult Systems. He focuses on the Power Platform Practice and has over 12+ years of experience in IT including workin with medium to large companies. He is a Microsoft Power Apps & Microsoft Power Automate community Super user which makes him a Dual Super user. He was awarded the Microsoft Flow All Star award by the Power Automate Community. He is also the founder and leader of the Houston Powe Apps & Power Automate User Group.
Tim is an early adopter of PowerApps and one of the first Super Users on this forum. By profession,he is a software developer. He is probably best known for writing the first book on PowerApps - 'Beginning PowerApps'. Just ask, he loves these forums. They've given him a chance to meet some amazing people. I'm inspired by the knowledge and dedication of those who devote so much time to helping others. He is proud to be part of this group and it makes him happy to be able to share his expertise, encourage adoption of PowerApps, and to answer whatever questions that he can. If you're new to this, he encourages you to take part in this great community.
"Sancho is an Office365 and Microsoft Power Platform evangelist who specializes in creating integrated and low-cost solutions. Recognized as a Super User on the Microsoft Power Apps Community forums since July 2019, and a #PowerAppsChamp since November 2019. https://aka.ms/MeetSancho Sancho enjoys helping others and can become very animated if asked to elaborate on a topic that he knows/loves. His passion for computers and technology stems from his father, who sadly passed away when he was a young age. As an autistic person, the modern workplace environment can sometimes be a struggle. PowerApps has changed his life, not only professionally but also personally. It has given him a chance to be part of a larger community where his input is valued and respected. When not empowering others through technology, Sancho enjoys creating fine-art drawings, playing the piano, programming and gaming."
Michalis has completed his master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2016. In 2017, he started his career as a software developer at Metamicro Automatisering B.V in the Netherlands where he enjoys building applications using Powerapps, Flow and SQL. Michalis is always keen to contribute to his teams and values lifelong learning. He would like to thank the Powerapps community for all the help that he received, especially during the early stages. Apart from programming in his personal time, Michalis enjoys playing a variety of sports including basketball and tennis.
Vivek Bavishi is a Microsoft Business Applications MVP who has been working on the Power Platform sinceit’s inception.
He is one of the proponents of the #PowerAddicts community and loves sharing his experiences with others. He is also a PowerApps Champion who has enabled his organization to be more productive and efficient by using the Power Platform.
Shane is a lover of all things Power Apps which he talks about on his Power Apps YouTube channel. There you will find countless videos where Shane and his trusty sidekick Chewy teach you how to do awesome stuff with Power Apps. When they aren’t being YouTube stars, you can find them building apps and taking naps at PowerApps911.
Rebecca designs apps for non-technical users in a small manufacturing firm means I spend a lot of time interfacing with users, examining their existing processes, then designing and modifying PowerApps and Flow solutions to facilitate improved management of work processes. Being recognized as one of the PowerChamps means she interacts with so many people in the community, sharing tips and ideas, and collectively creating really new and innovative content.
Lori is a Tools & Technology Architect at Teradata by day, where she, builds Power Platform solutions for the Consulting organization. By night, she shares her knowledge and experience with the Power Platform through her website and YouTube channel, Doggone Good Consulting, focusing on helping new users find the information they need to be successful with Power Apps and the entire Power Platform.
Théophile is a Microsoft 365 architect,he guides organizations on their way in Microsoft 365 governance and configuration. One of his missions is to empower businesses with the Power Platform and he really believes there is no better tool to help end-users to act for their own digital transformation.
“Dawid is an IT executive with over 20 years’ experience in areas ranging from infrastructure to business processes development and solution implementation. He has worked with many organizations of all sizes to ensure that their IT strategies compliment their organisation's vision, and that the full potential of their IT investments are being realized.
Since founding Ukuvuma Solutions in 2004, he has been involved with 100s of projects from large-scale collaborative system deployments, to innovative mobile solutions.
As the Modern Workplace Director at Ukuvuma Solutions, he is involved with high end projects to share his passion for innovation, integration and strategy combined with his in-depth knowledge of the Microsoft Power Platform.”
Yash is a Software Developer at AIS, Microsoft Business Applications MVP and is located in India.
Paul is the Owner/Principal Architect at Don't Pa..Panic Consulting. He has been working in the information technology industry for over 30 years, and has played key roles in several enterprise SharePoint architectural design review, Intranet deployment, application development, and migration projects. he has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for the last 12 consecutive years and earned his Microsoft Certified SharePoint Masters (MCSM) certification in 2013. His current focus is on Office 365 security, DevOps using DSC, and Microsoft PowerApps/Flow.
Paul is originally from the UK but recently moved to New Zealand, Paul works on Datacom’s Power Platform team and co-hosts the Christchurch Power Apps and Power Automate user group. Paul also has a YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnUwvZBeu4P_desNZthZWiA) where he shares tips and tricks.
Javier Ferreiro, have been using two different usernames at the Power Platform Community: @efialttes and @efialtes
You can find me also by Twitter at @J_Ferreiro_G . He works as a Project Manager for Telefónica, the main telecom Operator in Spain and Latinoamerica, also operating in UK and Germany under O2 brand. In the middle of a research for fast app prototyping I found himself contrinuting to project Siena, and then jumped first into PowerApps and then into Flow (now rebranded as Power Automate). The research project was finally abandoned, however, but thanks to Telefonica migration to an Office 365 based solution, he is dealing a Remote Process Automation based project focusing on internal processes that used to be manual, email based before... with the help of Microsoft PowerPlatform tools. Active contributor both on Power Platform community Forums and more recently in the context of the Power Platform local community in Madrid, he has just launched a blog in Spanish called 'Any one can automate' at https://medium.com/anyone-can-automate
"My name is Matthew Devaney and I believe taking the time to make your own game is one of the best PowerApps learning experiences you can ever have."
There, I said it.
PowerApps is a platform used byserious peoplefor building Serious Business Apps (tm) that save serious time and $$$. So why bother to make a game? Brian Dang who is a well-known game-maker in the PowerApps community put it best:
Exciting News: Brand new badges are coming to you!
After not making any changes to the current badges for quite a while, we decided it was time to revamp our current badges as well as to add new ones. The updated design will ensure that there is more consistency across our Power Platform communities: Power BI, Power Automate and Power Apps.
Besides having a sleeker appearance, the new badge design is more accessibility compliant, so that all community members can enjoy them. The numbers on the badges referring to a count have been made larger, so that it is now much easier to see how many Kudos you have given or received, how often you have replied, what your solution count is, etc.
Not only are we redesigning the existing badges, but we are also slowly, over the next few weeks, rolling out badges for higher activity counts, such as 1,000 Kudos received, and brand-new anniversary badges to reflect for how long you’ve been a member of our community. This means that you can earn even more badges now.
Whenever you unlock a new badge, you receive a notification. As we roll out new badges over the next few weeks, you may even earn badges based on your past community contributions! You will receive a notification for these, as well. Since we are releasing the redesigned and new badges in waves,you may receivemultiple notifications, not just for brand new badges, but also for ones that you earned in the past too!
Our business applications community is growing, so we needed a different venue, resulting in a new date and location for the Microsoft Business Applications Summit May 6–7, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. We hope to see you there!
On February 14th, we will be recognizing the “Super Users for 2020!” The Power Apps Community Super Users make up an exclusive group of community experts who are top contributors with outstanding participation. Super User Status is recognition for community contributions such as finding threads that have no reply and providing helpful answers, marking solutions, writing blog posts, posting data stories, giving kudos contributing content. For 2019, we currently have recognized 22 and additional 6 amazing contributors users to join our Super Users family. Bringing our total to 25 Super Users for 2020.
Was talking to Justin at the San Diego and he decided that walking through a new twist on Power Apps and Power BI integration was a must do and Forms processing would be a close second....If we have time i would love the group to also have a go at building a Power Virtual Agent Bot....
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.
Would you like an easy way to add some depth to your Power Apps? Click "Read more..." for a method using html box-shadows to do just that, as well as a way to animate a button press using the same technique!
Sandy Rivas, Senior Program 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.