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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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-07-17


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* WinAutomation action has made it to the UI flows UI – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-winautomation-connector-in-ui-flows-is-now-available/
* UI Flow configuration for Retry and Timeout – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-automate-ui-flows-june-2020-update/
* Higher Education COVID Impact Tracker Solution – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/tracking-financial-impact-for-higher-education-a-power-platform-template/
* Try out writing formulas with dynamic schema in Power Apps – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/authoring-formulas-with-dynamic-schema-in-power-apps/
* Helpful updates to canvas Power Apps Monitor debugging tool – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/use-monitor-to-debug-your-published-app/
* PVA gets bot-level variables that can cross topics and allows you to set them from outside the BOT – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/reusing-variables-across-topics-and-setting-variable-values-from-external-sources/
* In CDS, you can now change existing text fields to be autonumber ones – https://www.inogic.com/blog/2020/06/option-to-change-data-type-to-autonumber-for-existing-text-fields-now-available-with-the-new-maker-experience-for-power-platform/
* Monitoring and doing detailed analytics on Power Automate – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-power-automate—run-time-part-3-implementing-a-monitoring-strategy
* Do more with Excel now in Power Automate – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-support-for-office-scripts-in-the-excel-online-business-connector/
* UI Flow configuration for Loops and Arrays – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-support-for-loops-and-array-inputs-in-ui-flows/
* Letting more users do more UI Flows on single servers – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/run-multiple-concurrent-ui-flows-on-a-single-windows-server-device-high-density/
* Updated release of all components of Power Platform CoE Starter Kit – https://github.com/microsoft/powerapps-tools/tree/master/Administration/CoEStarterKit/Individual%20Components
* Ten New Connectors Released in June – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/ten-new-connectors-released-in-june-2020/
* Important differences between similar Canvas App expressions – https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/News-Announcements/What-s-The-Difference-Between-These-Power-Apps-Functions/ba-p/615235
* Common Data Service will now let you do Column Comparison through FetchXML, the SDK, and OData – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-column-comparison-through-fetchxml-sdk-and-odata/
* UI Flows now support Citrix remote apps – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/automate-citrix-remote-apps-and-remote-desktops-with-the-july-2020-update-to-ui-flows-in-power-automate/
* Monitor for telemetry and analysis of app performance adds support for model-driven apps – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/monitor-now-supports-model-driven-apps/
* New addition to CoE Starter Kit – Theming Tools and Shared Component Library – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/guidance/coe/theming-components
* Release wave 2 plans – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform-release-plan/2020wave2/

What’s New in CE:

* Dynamics 365 Project Operations preview is now available – consider joining the preview! – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/dynamics-365-project-operations-preview-is-now-available
* Release wave 2 plans – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* If you are a retailer, this is big news to pay attention to – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/microsoft-acquires-orions-systems-to-expand-dynamics-365-capabilities
* What’s New in Human Resources – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-06-23 and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-07-08
* Managing VAT tax changes in BC – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/06/24/how-to-manage-vat-rate-changes-in-dynamics-365-business-central/
* Really good retail perspectives blogs – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/06/22/retail-perspectives-pt-1-chart-a-course-to-restart-and-grow/
* https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/06/25/retail-perspectives-pt-2-rethink-customer-experiences/
* https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/06/30/retail-perspectives-pt-3-reduce-supply-chain-disruptions/
* https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/07/02/retail-perspectives-pt-4-protect-your-business-against-fraud/
* https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2020/07/16/retail-perspectives-pt-5-transition-to-agile-commerce-solutions/

What’s New in F&SCM:

* What’s new in LCS – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/lifecycle-services/whats-new-lcs
* F&SC 10.1.12 update delayed until July 22nd

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.18647 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update186
* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.18950 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update189
* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.19251 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update192
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.19562 (or greater) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update195
* Sales App to 9.0.2005.3007
* AI Builder to 2.5.3.7 then 2.5.4.2 then 2.6.1.4 then to 2.6.2.5
* Forms Pro name change to Dynamics 365 Customer Voice and update to 2.0.0.3
* SLA to 9.0.20053.1005
* Core Service Scheduling to 9.0.20053.1012 then 9.0.20061.1005 then 9.0.20063.1001
* Sales Insights to 9.0.2006.1005 then 9.0.2006.3006
* CDS Management to 1.0.2.0
* Field Service to 8.8.24.17
* Project Service to 3.10.32.40 then 3.10.32.50
* Flow Approvals to 2.0.1.0
* LinkedIn Sales Navigator to 3.0.1.0490
* Customer Insights Card Builder to 0.7.12, then to 0.7.13
* Omnichannel for Customer Service to 1.5.5.2659
* Knowledge Management Anchor to 9.0.1.1173
* Dynamics Marketing to 1.35.10063.1039
* Dynamics 365 Guides to 400.0.2.66
* Application Common to 9.0.2006.3008
* Core Sales to 9.0.2006.3013
* Core Service to 9.0.20063.1013
* Lead Management to 9.0.2006.3001
* Product Management to 9.0.2006.3002
* Sales Embedded to 9.0.2006.3002
* Channel Integration Framework to 9.1.0.412

How do I operationalize things:

* Tip to find the App ID in Power Automate when building URLs to Model-Driven Apps – https://saralagerquist.com/2020/06/16/get-app-id-with-list-records-in-power-automate
* Tip to set Owner and Customer fields when using Azure Data Factory with CDS – https://crmchap.co.uk/working-with-common-data-service-owner-customer-fields-in-azure-data-factory-v2
* Adding a PowerBI Dashboard for all users of Model-Driven App – https://mattwittemann.com/2020/06/26/using-dynamics-365-sales-and-wondering-where-to-start-with-power-bi/
* Use “Select” action in a Flow to manipulate JSON easily – https://debajmecrm.com/2020/07/05/add-remove-modify-json-elements-of-a-json-array-in-power-automate-microsoft-flow/
* Updated way to update solutions through PPAC (watch episode video to learn)

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-06-19


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Legacy Dynamics 365 Connector is about to stop working. Great explanation of
the differences in CDS connectors – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/power-automate-dynamics-365-connector-deprecation-and-the-path-forward
* Power Automate Triggers, Actions, and Workflow – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-power-automate—run-time-part-1-triggers-workflows-and-actions
* Power Automate best practices for error handling – https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crminthefield/posts/monitoring-the-power-platform-power-automate—run-time-part-2-tracked-properties-and-error-handling
* AI Builder gets its own connector instead of relying just on CDS (current environment) one – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-ai-builder-dedicated-actions-in-power-automate/
* Office Groups Mail connector introduced – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/use-our-new-office-365-groups-mail-connector/
* Other connector updates – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/six-new-connectors-released-in-may-2020/
* Customer Insights connector is updating it’s authentication method – if you’re using it in apps or flows, make sure you go re-authenticate soon to prevent interruption in operation

What’s New in CE:

* Timeline to H2 2020 Business Applications release plans – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/2020-release-wave-2-timeline-for-dynamics-365-and-power-platform

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* What’s New in Human Resources – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-06-11
* Database logging in Human Resources – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-admin-database-logging

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Project Onboarding wizard in LCS – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/lifecycle-services/project-onboarding
* Inventory availability with ATP in Dual Write – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/data-entities/dual-write/inventory-availability
* Setting Up the Customer Portal in F&SC – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/sales-marketing/customer-portal-overview
* Connect your own help in Commerce or F&SC – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/06/18/get-the-updated-toolkit-for-easier-deployment-of-solution-specific-help-content/ and https://community.dynamics.com/365/supply-chain-management/b/dynamics-365-supply-chain-management-blog/posts/get-the-updated-toolkit-for-easier-deployment-of-solution-specific-help-content

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.18046 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update180
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.18350 (or greater) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update183
* Anchor for Dataflows to 1.0.0.6
* Card for Customer Insights to 0.7.11
* Field Service to 8.8.22.58, then 8.8.23.85
* Project Service to 3.10.31.37
* LinkedIn Sales Nav to 3.0.1.450
* Power Apps Checker to 1.2.0.24
* Service Level Agreement to 9.0.20051.5001
* Regional Emergency Response to 2.3.3.3
* AI Solution Anchor to 2.5.2.5
* Sales Insights to 9.0.2005.3006
* Omnichannel app (unique update experience in admin portal under Applications)

How do I operationalize things:

* Sending emails with unresolved recipients from CDS using Power Automate – http://linnzawwin.blogspot.com/2020/06/send-email-to-unresolved-recipients-in.html

Featured Content:

* Charles Drayton conversation in celebration of Juneteenth 2020

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-06-05


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Canvas App updated formulas for Notify and Exit with sign out – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/formulas-notify-timeout-and-exit-sign-out/
* Power Apps Portal management moves under PPAC – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/managing-power-apps-portal-from-power-platform-admin-center/
* Embedding Power BI items into PA Portals just got way easier – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-apps-portals-simplified-power-bi-integration-using-power-bi-component/
* Browser Spell Checking in updated text editors in Model-Driven Power Apps –
https://andz88.wordpress.com/2020/05/26/spelling-checker-in-the-new-editors-of-unified-interface/
* UI Flows get support for Remote Desktop sessions and storing credentials securely for logins to remote systems – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/automate-microsoft-remote-desktop-with-the-may-2020-update-to-ui-flows-in-power-automate/
* New governance control setting for admins in PPAC to manage add-on capacity – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/capacity-add-on
* Canvas Power Apps Attachments control can now support files up to 50MB in size (I’ll show you where to configure this)

What’s New in CE:

* Deprecation announced for the Sales BOT in Teams – as of July 31, 2020, it will stop working – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/important-changes-coming
* Voice of the Customer (replaced by Forms Pro) will stop working on July 1, 2020 – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2019/07/01/voice-of-the-customer-deprecation/

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Commerce Update 36 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/get-started/whats-new-commerce-10-0-12
* Business Central Updates – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave1/dynamics365-business-central/planned-features
* Human Resources Updates – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-05-28

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Platform Update 36 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/fin-ops-core/dev-itpro/get-started/whats-new-platform-update-10-0-12
* F&SC Financials Update 36 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/finance/get-started/whats-new-changed-10-0-12
* F&SC – Supply Chain Update 36 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/get-started/whats-new-schm-10-0-12
* Purchasing Optimization with Planning and Trade Agreements – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/master-planning/planning-optimization/purchase-trade-agreement

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS Platform update to 9.1.0.17461 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update174
* Core CDS Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.17751 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update177
* Sales App to 9.0.2004.3511 then 9.0.2005.1012
* Sales Insights to 9.0.2005.1009
* Field Service to 8.8.22.57
* Project Service to 3.10.30.41
* Marketing to 1.35.10061.1037
* Core Service Scheduling to 9.0.20043.1028, then to 9.0.20051.1019
* Service Level Agreement to 9.0.20043.2092
* Guides to 400.0.1.48
* CRM Hub to 9.0.2004.1012
* LinkedIn Sales Navigator to 3.0.1.410
* Anchor Solution for Dataflow to 1.0.0.5
* AI Solution Anchor to 2.4.4.7
* Channel Integration Framework to 9.2.1.612
* Dynamics 365 Portals to 9.2.2005.0 (most versions)
* Omnichannel overall solution has an update
* Power Apps Checker to 1.2.0.22
* Regional Emergency Response Solution to 2.3.3.2

How do I operationalize things:

* Model-Driven App Sharing Nuances – if the “My Apps” subgroup is missing from your legacy Settings area, I’ll show you how to get it back dropping in this relative URL: /tools/AppModuleContainer/applandingtilepage.aspx (you can also get it back by dropping this at the end of your core URL in the browser: /main.aspx?forceUCI=1&pagetype=apps)
* Connecting Power BI to CDM Folders Tips (make sure your URL has “dfs” instead of “blob” in the middle of it)
* Connecting Power BI to new read-only endpoint of live CDS data
* Configure Attachments control size limit

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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-05-22


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

What’s New in CE:

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

What’s New in F&SCM:

What’s New in Solution Updates:

How do I operationalize things:

  • Model-Driven App Sharing Nuances – if the “My Apps” subgroup is missing from your legacy Settings area, I’ll show you how to get it back dropping in this relative URL:  /tools/AppModuleContainer/applandingtilepage.aspx (you can also get it back by dropping this at the end of your core URL in the browser:  /main.aspx?forceUCI=1&pagetype=apps
  • Connecting Power BI to CDM Folders Tips (make sure your URL has “dfs” instead of “blob” in the middle of it)
  • Enabling SQL and Power BI direct connectivity that should light up over this Memorial Day weekend in North America with CDS build 171 (a release earlier than predicted) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/common-data-service/view-entity-data-power-bi
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