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5 Behaviors Organizations Should Adopt in 2021

Here we are! 2021!  We got off to a bumpy start, but I believe there is reason to be hopeful for a fantastic year!  As we move into 2021 and look at the technology landscape of Microsoft 365, we have a lot of companies who have suddenly been thrust into the cloud.   Some just did the bare minimum to get by while others opened up a whole new world  to their user and the dust is still settling.

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Cascading Drop-downs in PowerApps

I probably don’t have to tell you this, but just in case, PowerApps are versatile no code or low code solutions you can create to simplify processes for your end users. One of the most common PowerApps is a personalized form for data entry or selection. PowerApps has a lot of built in controls that are a breeze to just click and add, but if you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty you can really tailor your app and make it easy for users to put in data with integrity. One of my favorite ways to do this is with a cascading drop-down, or basically two drop-downs that have related fields. Whatever you select in drop-down 1 impacts the choices available in drop-down 2. For example, if you’re building an order form, you might have a drop-down for category, then a second drop-down for product. Let’s look at how you might put that together. 

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An Office 365 Users Guide to Power Apps & Power Automate (Flow) Licensing

Licensing for Microsoft products and services is often confusing, befuddling, or downright incomprehensible. The licensing for Power Apps and Power Automate is no exception, mostly due to two major sets of changes in 2019 and several minor changes during the life of the products. The goal of this article is to clear up as much of the confusion as possible by documenting Power Apps and Power Automate licensing.

This blog post was last updated on July 2, 2021.

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Why it is Time to Give PowerApps a Second Chance

I admit, the first time I took a look at PowerApps I was quick to dismiss it. The anointed InfoPath replacement tool had a less intuitive interface than InfoPath, you couldn’t really do anything to style the forms, and the formula language was just something I wasn’t prepared to deal with.

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Creating a QnA Chat Bot using LUIS, SharePoint, PowerApps And Flow

In my previous blog post we created a Chat Bot using Azure Static Web Sites, LUIS, SharePoint, Logic Apps, and Microsoft Teams. I had a blast digging into all the technologies and making them work together.

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Microsoft PowerApps: The Return of the Power User

The Microsoft product range has always had a special brand of user that has acted as the glue that holds the whole system together. The Power User.

You can hire a Database Administrator, a JavaScript programmer, a bookkeeper, or a mechanic. There are professional certifications, degrees, or patterns of employment that will tell you who is or isn’t qualified. Power Users, you find, like diamonds on the ground. They may be secretaries, clerks, department heads, or sometimes even executives. A Power User is someone who wants to find tools they can use to make their work more efficient.

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