Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-12-04


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Several new goodies in PP COE Starter Kit across the dashboard, audit logs, and sync flows – https://github.com/microsoft/powerapps-tools/tree/master/Administration/CoEStarterKit/Individual%20Components
* Ability to manage portal user permissions from maker experience – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-apps-portals-manage-page-permissions-from-portals-studio/
* Make your Power Apps better – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/considerations-for-optimized-performance-in-power-apps/
* Updates in Return to Workplace solution – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/sample-apps/return-to-workplace/whats-new

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Commerce updates for 10.0.16 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/get-started/whats-new-commerce-10-0-16
* Nice article on Commerce Cloud and Scale Edge Units – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/11/24/boost-supply-chain-resilience-with-cloud-and-edge-scale-units-in-supply-chain-management/
* Business Central Updates – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/smb/dynamics365-business-central/planned-features
* Human Resource Updates – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/human-resources/dynamics365-human-resources/planned-features

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Supply Chain 10.0.16 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/get-started/whats-new-scm-10-0-16
* Finance 10.0.16 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/get-started/whats-new-changed-10-0-16
* Platform Updates 10.0.16 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/get-started/whats-new-platform-updates-10-0-16
* Changes to the Finance Framework to be aware – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/11/30/prepare-for-dimension-table-changes-in-financial-dimension-framework/
* 10.0.15 is now generally available

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.25245 (or greater) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update252
* LinkedIn Sales Nav to 3.0.1.0880
* Dual-write to 1.0.23
* Marketing to 1.35.10067.2180
* Flow Extensions to 1.2.0.0
* AI Builder to 202010.4.2001.1 (If your install fails, the fix is coming next month)
* Return to the Workplace to 1.3.223.1

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-11-20


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

1. Power Platform connectors already for Azure Communication Services SMS and FHIR Base and Clinical endpoints (among many others) – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/24-new-connectors-released-in-october-2020/
2. Keeping you aware of URL updates on Power Apps – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/retiring-web-powerapps-com/
3. Nice updates to Power Automate Desktop capabilities – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-automate-desktop-november-2020-update/
4. Connection References explained – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/using-connection-references-with-power-automate-and-common-data-service
5. Awesome updates to Power Query / Dataflows – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/whats-new-in-power-query-dataflows-november-2020/  and https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-visual-data-prep-public-preview-diagram-view-in-power-platform-dataflows/  and https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/whats-new-in-power-query-and-dataflows-in-power-apps-november-2020/
6. Good tips for healthy auditing in CDS – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/finding-all-audit-enabled-tables-and-columns-for-your-common-data-service-environment
7. Project Oakdale becomes Dataverse for Teams and is now GA – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/reshape-the-future-of-work-with-microsoft-dataverse-for-teams-now-generally-available/
8. Terminology updates in Dataverse (keep an eye out for new terms in
documentation/etc.) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/common-data-service/data-platform-intro#terminology-updates
9. Power Automate for Teams gets enhanced as a Teams App – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/create-flows-easily-with-the-new-power-automate-app-for-teams/
10. Build more pro-code Virtual Agents more easily – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-virtual-agents-integration-with-bot-framework-composer-is-available-in-public-preview/
11. CoE Starter Kit updates. Find them all here – https://github.com/microsoft/powerapps-tools/tree/master/Administration/CoEStarterKit/Individual%20Components
12. Containers in Canvas Apps goes to Preview – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-layout-containers-in-canvas-apps-make-responsive-apps-easier/
13. Official documentation on governing Dataverse for Teams Environments – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/guidance/adoption/teams-environment-strategy and https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/manage-microsoft-dataverse-for-teams-environments/ and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/guidance/coe/teams-governance
14. API Mgmt connectors in Dataverse for Teams Environments – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-api-management-connector-on-the-power-platform/
15. Options to track customer engagement – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/using-the-power-platform-to-track-customer-interactions/
16. UI Flow Analytics – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introduction-to-power-automate-rpa-ui-flows-analytics/
17. Understand what tier your Flow runs in – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-automate/limits-and-config

What’s New in CE:

1. New Rich Text Editor control for CE Apps – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-rich-text-editor-rte-control/
2. Tips and tricks for working with the Timeline control – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/making-the-timeline-maker-more-productive/
3. Healthcare Accelerator updates – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/industry/healthcare/accelerator-deprecation
4. Reminder that you have to update to Unified Interface by Dec 1! – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/model-driven-apps/faqs-transition-unified-interface

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.24647 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update246
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.24943 (or greater) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update249
* AI Builder to 202010.2.505.3 then 202010.3.1305.2
* Finance and Operations Virtual Entity to 2.3.1.7, then 2.3.1.9, then 2.4.1.1
* Service Scheduling to 9.0.20103.1007
* Power Platform Connection References to 1.2.3.0
* Flow Extensions to 1.1.7.0
* Customer Voice to 2.0.0.9
* Field Service to 8.8.31.60
* Project Service to 3.10.43.76
* Enterprise Sales to 9.0.2010.3000
* Omnichannel to 1.5.11.1047
* Project Core to 1.0.4.71

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-11-06


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Power Apps Portals new identity provider is now GA – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-apps-portals-simplified-identity-provider-configuration-generally-available/
* Good stuff for Custom APIs in Power Platform – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-custom-api-preview/
* Model-Driven App Offline goes GA – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/mobile-offline-for-power-apps/
* Model Driven App Search. Better. – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-the-new-search-experience-in-model-driven-power-apps/
* Form processing also takes a huge step forward – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/ai-builder-form-processing-models-can-now-train-using-documents-that-have-different-layouts/

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Virtual Entities for Human Resources – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-admin-integration-common-data-service-virtual-entities
* Custom Links in Manager Self Service – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-employee-manager-self-service-custom-links
* Cross Company Leave in HR – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-employee-self-service-calendar
* Leave Improvements in HR – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-leave-and-absence-manage-employee-leave
* Nice Commerce Tech Talk – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/techtalks/posts/dynamics-365-commerce-overview-november-2-2020
* Manufacturers going D2C – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/11/05/how-consumer-goods-organizations-are-adapting-by-going-d2c/

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Lease Approval Workflows in F&SC – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/asset-leasing/use-create-lease-wrkflw
* Use Electronic Reporting to generate Bar Codes – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/analytics/er-barcode-data-sources

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.24055 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update240
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.24345 (or greater) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update243
* Field Service to 8.8.30.113
* Project Service to 3.10.42.43
* Remote Assist to 1.0.0.228
* Omnichannel overall solution update (lots of piece parts, so not giving versions)
* Dual-write to 1.0.22
* Flow extensions to 1.1.7.0
* Guides to 500.1.1.1
* Gamification to 2020.9.25.0
* Channel Integration Framework v1 to 9.1.0.420
* AI Builder to 2.9.3.3 then 2.9.4.3
* Sales to 9.0.2010.1003
* Sales Insights to 9.0.2009.1023
* Marketing to 1.35.10067.1044

Featured Content:

* Embed a Power BI Report in your Canvas App

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-10-23


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Good stuff in AI Builder going GA – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-ai-builder-capabilities-now-generally-available/
* Control Data Sources through Data Gateways in PPAC – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/data-source-management-on-power-platform-admin-center/
* Relevance Search API for auto-complete and more – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-relevance-search-api/
* Instructions for automating with the SAP GUI in Power Automate – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/rpa-playbook-for-sap-gui-automation-with-power-automate-api-flows-ui-flows-and-power-automate-desktop/
* Start using Fluent UI controls in Power Apps – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/modern-fluent-ui-controls-in-power-apps-preview/
* Power Automate Desktop gets nice list of improvements – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-automate-desktop-october-2020-update/

What’s New in CE:

* Build profiles for your multi-session app users – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/build-targeted-user-experiences-efficiently-by-using-app-profiles-in-multisession-apps

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Curbside Pickup in Commerce 10.0.15 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/get-started/whats-new-commerce-10-0-15
* Business Central Launch Event – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/10/20/innovating-to-help-small-to-medium-size-business-embrace-digitalization/
* Human Resources Go-Live Checklist – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-admin-go-live-prepare

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Platform Updates for 10.0.15 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/get-started/whats-new-platform-updates-10-0-15
* More vendor invoice automation in Finance 10.0.15 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/get-started/whats-new-changed-10-0-15
* Mixed Reality and ECM in 10.0.15 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/get-started/whats-new-scm-10-0-15
* RSAT 2.0 – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/10/12/build-automated-tests-quickly-with-regression-suite-automation-tool-rsat-version-2-0/

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.23474 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update234
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.23753 (or greater) H2 Wavehttps://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update237
* F&SCM Virtual Entity Provider to 2.1.1.24
* Adobe Sign to 9.2.17.0
* HCM Talent to 6.217.19
* AI Builder to 2.9.2.1
* Sales Insights to 9.0.2009.1023
* LinkedIn Sales Navigator to 3.0.1.0850
* Marketing App to 1.35.10066.2008
* Enterprise Sales to 9.0.2009.3001
* Service Scheduling to 9.0.20093.1006
* Power Platform CoE Starter Kit updates are released (much more efficient Flows) (hint – you do still have to put in your audit log custom connector creds post import) – https://github.com/microsoft/powerapps-tools/tree/master/Administration/CoEStarterKit/Individual%20Components

Featured Content:

* Oakdale is here! How to access it and its more advanced functionality

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-10-09


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Administration mode for maintenance is now available even in Production environments – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/set-administration-mode-on-production-environments-to-avoid-impacting-users-during-changes
* Time zone calculation in CDS is changing – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/deprecation-of-time-zone-entities-in-common-data-service/
* DLP Admin from PPAC is now GA – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-data-loss-prevention-capabilities-now-generally-available-ga/
* Track Flow Actions – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introduction-action-usage-analytics-in-power-automate/
* Use a canvas app as a popup in a model-driven app – http://develop1.net/public/post/2020/09/30/new-smart-button-custom-dialogs-in-model-driven-apps-using-canvas-apps
* Using metadata in your canvas app – https://d365demystified.com/2020/10/03/get-dynamics-365-field-metadata-in-a-canvas-app-using-datasourceinfo-function-common-data-service/
* Pretty fun exploration of a few PCF controls – https://www.ameyholden.com/articles/pcf-grids-sub-grids-in-model-driven-apps
* More new connectors, now over 400! – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/nine-new-connectors-released-in-september-2020-now-400-connectors/

What’s New in CE:

* Engagement Insights and more now in Customer Insights – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/announcing-new-innovations-for-the-microsoft-customer-data-platform
* Marketing gets more muscle – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/3-new-ways-to-build-customer-relationships-using-dynamics-365-marketing

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* GA Features for BC in October – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/smb/dynamics365-business-central/planned-features
* Really Good Human Resources Blogger – https://community.dynamics.com/365/talent/b/tomstalentblog?pifragment-92875=1
* Better Commerce Shopping Experience – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/updates-to-enhance-omnichannel-shopping-with-dynamics-365-commerce

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Dual Write in Project Operations – https://daytodaydynamics365.com/dynamics-365-project-operations-configuring-dual-write-alerts/
* Nice read on troubleshooting Sales Orders in F&SC – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/sales-marketing/troubleshooting-sales
* Engineering Change Management and MES updates for F&SC – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/10/02/overcome-disruptions-in-your-supply-chain/
* Electronic Invoicing in F&SC – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/localizations/e-invoicing-service-overview and https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/electronic-invoicing-add-on-preview-expands-capabilities-for-dynamics-365-business-applications
* Support Date Extended for tax updates in US Payroll – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/10/02/support-date-extended-for-tax-updates-in-us-payroll-feature-in-dynamics-365-finance/
* F&SC Tech talks – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/techtalks

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.22857 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update228
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.23170 (or greater) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update231
* Sales Insights to 9.0.2008.1014, then 9.0.2009.1020
* AI Builder to 2.8.5.3
* Enterprise Sales to 9.0.2009.1000
* F&O Virtual Entities to 2.1.1.22
* Guides to 500.0.1.1
* Customer Insights Customer Cards to 0.7.17

How do I operationalize things:

* New feature in Power Platform Admin center to find and recover deleted
environments without the need for PowerShell
* TDS endpoint for CDS has been temporarily disabled. We’ll let you know when it comes back online – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/developer/common-data-service/cds-sql-query

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-09-25


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Nifty control to start your canvas app with a slideshow as it’s loading – https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/News-Announcements/Slide-Show-for-Power-Apps-Intro-Screen/ba-p/684775
* Dependent Option Set Manager for Model-Driven Apps – https://www.crmanswers.net/2020/09/dependent-option-set-manager.html
* Automate emailing out reports from Power BI through Power Automate – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-automate-actions-for-exporting-power-bi-and-paginated-reports-now-available/
* This will make moving flows using solutions so much more useful –
https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/move-flows-across-environments-without-resetting-connections/
* More details about the new solution import experience with connections and environment variables – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-new-solution-import-experience-with-connections-and-environment-variables/
* Power Platform Adoption and Governance Guidance – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/guidance/adoption/methodology
* UI Flows keep getting better – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-automate-ui-flows-august-2020-update/
* Series of videos showcasing tons of best practices when building and administering Power Platform assets: Power Apps and Automate Architecture series (presented by Power CAT) – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi9EhCY4z99W2QOTgbwhFZEjpqc8YZDVH
* CoE Starter Kit has been updated to take advantage of the new connection reference architecture and includes UI Flows. Download the updates ASAP – https://github.com/microsoft/powerapps-tools/tree/master/Administration/CoEStarterKit/Individual%20Components
* Power Automate Desktop arrives – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/jumpstart-your-business-with-power-automates-new-desktop-rpa-solution/
* Project Oakdale goes to Public Preview – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/now-in-preview-customize-teams-with-built-in-power-platform-capabilities/
and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/teams/create-apps-overview
* API Management Connectors – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-api-management-connector-on-the-power-platform/
* Addressing the App Gap with Power Platform – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/achieve-your-app-development-goals-with-power-platform-and-azure/
* Power Virtual Agents get a boost from the Azure BOT Composer tooling – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-virtual-agents-bot-framework-enabling-everyone-to-build-intelligent-chatbots/ and https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/f9896223-587d-43f6-8ae7-b8d666951875
* Power Virtual Agents within Teams – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-public-preview-of-power-virtual-agents-within-microsoft-teams/
* Even more ALM capabilities for Power Platform DevOps – GitHub actions for the Power Platform now available in preview –
https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/github-actions-for-the-power-platform-now-available-in-preview/
* Project Operations will become generally available Oct 1 – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/optimize-your-project-centric-business-with-dynamics-365-project-operations
* All the goodies announced at Ignite – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/announcing-microsoft-power-platform-and-dynamics-365-updates-at-microsoft-ignite

What’s New in CE:

* The launch of Azure Communication Services also birthed D365 voice as a first-party part of our omnichannel service offering – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/09/23/new-voice-channel-streamlines-omnichannel-customer-experiences/
* Finally!! – Power BI embedded as system dashboard in model-driven apps (preview) – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-embedded-as-system-dashboard-in-model-driven-apps-preview/
* 2H 2020 Wave updates should land in North American instances on the weekend of 10/23/2020

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Connected Store Roadmap – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/artificial-intelligence/dynamics365-connected-store/planned-features
* Business Central resources for ISVs to keep up to date with releases – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/09/24/maintain-appsource-apps-and-per-tenant-extensions-in-business-central-online/
* What’s New in Human Resources – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-09-16

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Setting up read-only copies of F&SCM data in CDS without copying it there (virtual entities) – http://dynamicspost.com/virtual-entity-enable/
* Virtual entities FAQ – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/power-platform/faq
* Dual-Write Orchestration – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/data-entities/dual-write/whats-new-dual-write
* Removing desktop access to Tier 2-5 sandboxes – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/finance-operations-crossapp-capabilities/removing-remote-desktop-access-tier-2-5-standard-acceptance-test-or-sandbox-environments
* IOT Intelligence Core Insights – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/dynamics365-supply-chain-management/iot-intelligence-core-insights
* Documentation for Project Operations – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/project-management/project-resourcing
* Nice Blog on Project Operations – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/09/23/optimize-your-project-centric-business-with-dynamics-365-project-operations/
* Cloud Edge Scale Units – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/09/23/enhance-visibility-and-scale-operations-without-interruptions-for-your-supply-chain/
* One time update for Budget Control users after 10.0.13 – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/09/16/maintain-budget-control-balances-after-update-to-dynamics-365-finance-2020-release-wave-2/
* Nice Tips and Tricks Blog – https://community.dynamics.com/365/financeandoperations/b/axtipsandtricks

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.22251 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update222
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.22546 (or greater) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update225
* Marketing update to 1.35.10065.1064
* Omnichannel update to 1.5.5.2438, then 1.5.5.3225
* Customer Voice to 2.0.0.8
* Core Service Scheduling to 9.0.20082.1006
* Project Service Core to 1.0.1.1099
* Field Service to 8.8.26.24
* Project Service Automation to 3.10.34.30
* Enterprise Sales to 9.0.2008.2003
* Customer Insights Customer Card Add-in to 0.7.16
* AI Builder to 2.8.3.5
* Contextual Help to 1.0.0.12
* Sales Insights to 9.0.2008.1012
* Enterprise Sales to 9.0.2008.4000
* LinkedIn Sales Nav to 3.0.1.0680

How do I operationalize things:

* DLP tip – prevent Power Platform generated emails from going external – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/block-forwarded-email-from-power-automate
* Join the Oct 1 Launch Event to learn about what’s coming soon – https://events1.social27.com/microsoft-business-applications-launch-event/page/pre-signup?ocid=AID3021844_QSG_458648

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-09-11


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Power Platform ALM and DevOps automation in detail –
https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-azure-devops—orchestrating-deployments-and-automating-release-notes
* How to make code snippets reusable in a canvas Power App –
https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/News-Announcements/Code-re-usability-in-PowerApps-using-User-Defined-functions/ba-p/672998
* Improved SharePoint triggers in Power Automate –
https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/run-a-flow-when-a-sharepoint-column-is-modified/
* New Guides solution coming Oct 1 that will be required to be able to update the Guides apps that will get updates at the end of Oct.
* PVA gets lots of compliance creds –
https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-virtual-agents-is-hipaa-soc-iso-and-csa-compliant/
* Novel approach to handling delegation challenges in Canvas Apps –
https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/News-Announcements/With-Statement-to-include-non-Delegable-filters/ba-p/660997
* User security diagnostics tool available in preview in PPAC
* 16 new connectors in August –
https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/sixteen-new-connectors-released-in-august-2020/
* Tips and tricks for Flows your business relies on –
https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/best-practices-for-production-flows/

What’s New in CE:

* Automatic Contact Detection in emails for Sales –
https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/automatically-capture-contacts-from-email-in-dynamics-365-sales
* Use IoT data from any IoT provider in Connected Field Service –
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/09/04/use-custom-iot-providers-in-connected-field-service/

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* What’s New in Commerce 10.0.14 –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/get-started/whats-new-commerce-10-0-14
* What’s New in Human Resources –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-09-03
* Nice Video on Business Central Wave 2 Features –
https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications/product-updates/#overview-guides-and-videos
* What’s New in BC –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/smb/dynamics365-business-central/planned-features

What’s New in F&SCM:

* What’s new in 10.0.14 in Finance –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/get-started/whats-new-changed-10-0-14
* What’s new in 10.0.14 Supply Chain –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/get-started/whats-new-scm-10-0-14
* Platform Updates in 10.0.14 –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/get-started/whats-new-platform-updates-10-0-14

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.21653 –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update216
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.21941 (or greater) –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update219

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-08-28


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* CDS now allows Virtual Entities directly connecting to SQL. Here’s a nice example starter kit solution – https://mikefactorial.com/2020/08/15/direct-query-sql-virtual-entities/
* Good scoop on several new preview features for Model Driven Apps – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/try-out-the-power-apps-october-release-wave-2-updates-today/
* Improvements to Microsoft CDS Cascading Merge Transactions – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/improvements-to-cascading-merge-transactions/
* More on Power Virtual Agent sharing and co-authoring – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/share-and-collaborate-on-your-bot-with-subject-matter-experts/
* Good ideas on how to use the new Teams “For a Selected Message” trigger – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/trigger-flows-from-any-message-in-microsoft-teams/
* Make direct CDS Web API calls easily from a Power Apps Portal –
https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-apps-portals-web-api-support-public-preview/
* UI Flow additional enhancements – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-delay-command-line-arguments-and-copy-paste-features-for-ui-flows/

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* What New in Human Resources (time and absence in Teams is both a Teams App for viewing/editing and a BOT for interacting) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-08-20
* IOT in Business Central – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/08/24/leveraging-iot-data-in-dynamics-365-business-central/
* Time to switch your browser to Edge – https://community.dynamics.com/business/b/financials/posts/it-s-time-to-switch-your-dynamics-365-business-central-browser-to-microsoft-edge

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Flights Vs. Feature Management – What’s the difference? – http://kashperuk.blogspot.com/2020/07/flights-vs-feature-management-practical.html
* Resolve F&SC PO Distribution Errors – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/08/12/resolve-po-distribution-errors-in-dynamics-365-supply-chain-management/
* Dynamics D365 Wave 2 2020 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.21053 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update210
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.21347 (or greater) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update213
* Project Service to 3.10.33.48
* Sales Insights to 9.0.2007.1017
* Field Service to 8.8.25.30
* CCI Bots to 1.1.2.40
* Forms Pro / Customer Voice to 2.0.0.6
* Marketing to 1.35.10064.2003
* AI Builder to 2.7.2.5, then 2.7.3.1
* Service Scheduling to 9.0.20074.1004
* Marketing to 1.35.10064.2003
* CoE Starter Kit updates to Core, Audit/Governance Components, and Theming
* Power Apps Checker to 1.2.0.34
* Return to the Workplace to 1.0.85.4
* Knowledge Management to 9.0.1.1218
* Guides to 400.0.4.31

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-08-14


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* UI Flows now support using variables – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-variable-support-in-ui-flows/
* Tip when using multi-purpose triggers in Power Automate – https://www.inogic.com/blog/2020/07/identify-the-trigger-message-when-using-common-data-service-current-connector-in-power-automate-flows/
* Move PVA BOTs using solution framework DevOps – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/export-and-import-of-power-virtual-agents-bots-using-solutions/
* MFA Support, Service Principal Support, and GA of Power Platform Build Tools – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-general-availability-of-microsoft-power-platform-build-tools/
* Seven more connectors last month – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/seven-new-connectors-released-in-july-2020/
* Changing the authoring version of maker studio for canvas Power Apps – https://powermaverick.dev/2020/08/03/authoring-version-in-canvas-apps/
* Monitoring Model-Driven Apps deep dive (2 parts) – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-model-driven-apps—monitor-tool-part-1-messages-and-scenarios and https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-model-driven-apps—the-monitor-tool-part-2-session-consumption-and-analytics
* Short-lived name change for Dataflex. It’s temporarily “Project Oakdale” until a new name gets christened again.

What’s New in CE:

* Wave 2 features are there to opt in – quick review of Customer Service Workspace multi-session app – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/customer-service/csw-overview
* Update to Server Side Sync with CDS along with error prevention guidance – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/email-messages-sent-from-dynamics-365-through-server-side-synchronization-will-now-save-to-exchange-sent-items-folder
* New Power BI App for Sales Analytics by an ISV on Dynamics CE data – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-august-2020-feature-summary/
* Company News control is deprecated and will stop working Sept 10. If you use it, replace it with this new PCF News Control – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/model-driven-apps/stay-current-with-news-control

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Update 10.1.13 Commerce Update ready for testing – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/get-started/whats-new-commerce-10-0-13
* Map Module for Commerce – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/map-module and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/bingmaps/#pivot=main&panel=BingMapsAPI
* Media Gallery Module for Commerce – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/media-gallery-module
* A few Human Resources Updates – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-08-06
* New features for August preview in Business Central – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/smb/dynamics365-business-central/planned-features

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Finance Update 10.1.13 preview – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/get-started/whats-new-changed-10-0-13
* Update 10.1.13 Supply Chain is available – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/get-started/whats-new-scm-10-0-13
* 10.1.13 Platform Updates – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/get-started/whats-new-platform-updates-10-0-13
* Function Change in Wave 2 code may cause issues with your environments – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/08/03/verify-hash-function-changes-after-update-to-dynamics-365-finance-2020-release-wave-2/

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.20460 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update204
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.20748 (or greater) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update207
* AI Builder to 2.6.5.8 then 2.7.1.2
* Sales Insights to 9.0.2007.1013 then 9.0.2007.1014
* Customer Insights Card Add-in to 0.7.14
* Marketing to 1.35.10064.1061
* Power Apps Checker to 1.2.0.32
* Guides to 400.0.3.36
* Healthcare Accelerator (EMR Solution) to 2.2.3.3
* Application Common to 9.0.2007.2007
* Core Sales/Enterprise Sales to 9.0.2007.2006
* Lead Mgmt to 9.0.2007.2000
* Product Mgmt to 9.0.2007.2002
* Sales Integration and Add-ons to 9.0.2007.2000
* Sales Embedded to 9.0.2007.2001 then 9.0.2007.2003
* Knowledge Mgmt to 9.0.1.3206
* Core Service to 9.0.20072.1081
* Service Scheduling to 9.0.20072.1001

How do I operationalize things:

* If you’re still using legacy web client for CE, switch to Unified Interface ASAP! Also, be aware that the waffle behavior will change at the end of this month to just send you to Office.com instead of showing you all your apps.

Featured Content:

* Customer Service Workspace app overview

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-07-31


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Monitoring Portals with Application Insights – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-power-apps-portal—implementing-application-insights
* Microsoft Dataflex for Teams, a new low-code data platform (think Common Data Service Lite) for Microsoft Teams (should be available in preview in early August) – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-microsoft-dataflex-a-new-low-code-data-platform-for-microsoft-teams/ with more details here – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/a-closer-look-at-data-platform-capabilities-in-dataflex-for-teams/
* Updated Teams Connector that allows selected messages to be the trigger for an automation and now natively create new Teams – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/automate-the-digital-workspace-with-microsoft-power-automate-and-microsoft-teams/
* Putting Power BI in Power Apps Portals got WAY easier – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-apps-portals-simplified-power-bi-integration-using-power-bi-component/
* We now support OAuth credentials in the Data Gateway, so you can pass AAD user creds through to on-premises SQL Servers through the gateway now – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-july-2020-update-is-now-available/
* Return to the Workplace solution – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/sample-apps/return-to-workplace/overview and https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/powerplatform/2020/07/21/return-to-the-workplace-with-confidence-with-the-power-platform/ with an event you can register for coming up August 6 at 11:00am CDT at https://events1.social27.com/microsoft-return-to-the-workplace/page/pre-signup
* New AI model that lets you straightaway grab data from receipts using AI Builder – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/process-receipts-with-ai-builder/
* Today is the last day you will be able to use the Power Apps, Power Automate, or Dynamics 365 Admin Centers. Moving forward, all of that functionality will be served through only the Power Platform Admin Center.

What’s New in CE:

* Forms Pro is now Dynamics 365 Customer Voice – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/democratizing-customer-feedback-with-the-new-dynamics-365-customer-voice

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* New Connected Store Features – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/07/22/introducing-new-functionalities-to-dynamics-365-connected-store/
* Nice Overview of Fraud Protection – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/07/22/protect-revenue-and-reputation-with-dynamics-365-fraud-protection/
* What’s new in Human Resources – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-07-23

What’s New in F&SCM:

* All in One deployable packages – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/dev-tools/aio-deployable-packages
* Good Power Platform documentation – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/power-platform/overview
* Asset Leasing in F&SCM – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/07/28/simplify-and-automate-compliance-with-asset-leasing-in-dynamics-365-finance/ and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/finance-operations/dynamics365-finance/asset-leasing
* Nice read on setting up Dual Write – https://daxture.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-dual-write-implementation-part-1.html
* Second part discussing the prerequisites – https://community.dynamics.com/365/financeandoperations/b/faisalfareedaxlibrary/posts/the-dual-write-implementation—part-2—understand-pre-requisites
* APAC India Updates for 10.1.12 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/localizations/apac-ind-news-letter-10-0-12
* Wave 2 2020 Updates – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/finance-operations/dynamics365-finance/planned-features

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.19865 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update198
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.20158 (or greater) (October Preview Build available in this release) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update201
* Forms Pro to 2.0.0.5
* Customer Care Intelligence BOTs to 1.0.0.75
* AI Builder to 2.6.3.4 then 2.6.4.2
* Marketing to 1.35.10063.2012
* Knowledge Management to 9.0.1.1196
* Healthcare Accelerator to 2.2.3.3
* HCM Talent to 6.2.0
* Marketing to 1.35.10063.2012
* Application Common to 9.0.2006.5018
* Core Sales to 9.0.2006.5014
* Lead Management to 9.0.2006.5011
* Product Management to 9.0.2006.5005
* Sales Integration and Add-ons to 9.0.2006.5000
* Sales Embedded to 9.0.2006.5004
* Core Service Scheduling to 9.0.20065.1001

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