Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2019-04-12


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Flow now connects to Azure Key Vault, can utilize Data Gateway Clusters, and gets nice improvements in Flow Checker – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-flow-is-integrated-in-azure-iot-central-and-more/
* Dataflows go GA with some nice improvements (PBI Desktop update now reflects that also) – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-power-bi-dataflows-general-availability/
and https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-april-2019-feature-summary/
* Dataflows get Auto ML capabilities for citizen developers to leverage AI for greater insights from their data – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/creating-machine-learning-models-in-power-bi/
* Canvas PowerApps got some nice delegation enhancements for lookups, Today/Now, and AddColumns when using Common Data Service connector – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/delegation-enhancements-for-lookups-today-now-and-addcolumn
* Nice tweak to canvas PowerApps creator experience to increase your design space by closing the tree view – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/increase-your-canvas-space-by-closing-the-tree-view/
* CE now allows embedded canvas apps to interact with the host form bidirectionally – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/embedded-canvas-apps-can-now-navigate-refresh-and-save-the-host-form/
* Canvas PowerApps makers who love their semicolons rejoice! – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/the-smallest-feature

What’s New in CE:

* Open Data Initiative expands from 3 to 15 core contributors – https://news.microsoft.com/2019/03/27/adobe-microsoft-and-sap-announce-new-open-data-initiative-details/
* Enable Unified Interface Only for CE as default experience – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/customer-engagement/admin/enable-unified-interface-only
* Mobile offline for CE is back! (in Public Preview for now) – https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/crm/2019/04/01/stay-productive-always-with-mobile-offline-for-dynamics-365-for-customer-engagement-apps-public-preview/
* CE gets Profile Cards in Unified Interface (have to wait for platform version 9.1.0.4203 (expected early May) and enable them in System Settings) – https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/crm/2019/04/03/introducing-profile-cards-in-dynamics-365/ and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/customer-engagement/admin/enable-profile-card
* Customer Insights is now GA – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2019/04/03/microsoft-dynamics-365-customer-insights-is-now-generally-available/
* CE Nonprofit Accelerator Update – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2019/04/04/dynamics-365-nonprofit-accelerator-a-community-solution-to-drive-social-impact/
* CE User timeout settings will be defaulted to nothing after this weekend –  https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2019/04/10/release-notes-for-user-session-timeout-management/
* Nice evolution in AI for Customer Service – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2019/04/11/announcing-new-capabilities-in-dynamics-365-customer-service-insights/
* Solution Packager update (v9.0.3.1) to allow Canvas PowerApps and Flows and PCF components to be part of solutions it handles – https://www.nuget.org/packages/Microsoft.CrmSdk.CoreTools/
* CE Product Visualize is now available in the IOS App Store
* CE Remote Assist Mobile is now available in the Android Play Store

What’s New in Talent/Retail/BC:

* For Talent – Attract, new feature to “Apply with LinkedIn” – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/no-audience/2019/04/01/dynamics-365-for-talent-now-supports-apply-with-linkedin/
* Preview Features of Retail 10.0.2 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/April19/dynamics365-retail/planned-features
* Initialize Retail Scale Unit – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/dev-itpro/deployment/initialize-retail-channels
* What’s New in Talent – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/talent/whats-new-talent-april-2-2019
* Talent Tips Tuesday from Tom Elliott – https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=%23TalentTipsTuesday

What’s New in F&O:

* Preview Features 10.0.2 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/fin-and-ops/get-started/whats-new-changed-10-0-2
* Acceptance Testing – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/dev-itpro/perf-test/acceptance-test-library
* Preview Features of Update 26 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/fin-and-ops/get-started/whats-new-platform-update-26
* Project Sales Orders for T&M Projects – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/financials/project-management/project-sales-orders
* Push B2B Users to Azure Active Directory – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/dev-itpro/sysadmin/implement-b2b
* Removed or Deprecated Features 10.0.1 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/dev-itpro/migration-upgrade/deprecated-features
* Personalize the User Experience – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/fin-and-ops/get-started/personalize-user-experience
* F&O Project Mobile App – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/financials/project-management/project-mobile-application-overview
* CustomerSource and PartnerSource are down until April 17th. Alternate links are provided on the splash page of the sites.

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core CDS for Apps solution update to 9.1.0.3452 – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4493081/service-update-34-for-microsoft-dynamics-365-9-1-0
* Core CDS for Apps solution update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.3653 – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4493767/service-update-36-for-microsoft-dynamics-365-9-1
* Project Service UCI Solution update to 3.6.0.67 – https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/crm/2019/03/29/release-notes-for-project-service-automation-update-release-6/
* Channel Integration Framework solution update (fixes issue with multiple business units) to 9.0.1.121 – you have to update this one manually from AppSource, it doesn’t show up in Admin Center for some reason
* Project Service Automation solution update to 3.6.0.68 – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/no-audience/2019/03/29/release-notes-for-project-service-automation-update-release-6/
* Field Service solution update to 8.6.0.183, then again to 8.6.0.274
* CE Portals version 9.1.4.29 GA Release (early adopter release of the same was covered in last episode) – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4496222/portal-capabilities-for-microsoft-dynamics-365-version-9-1-4-29-releas
* Adobe Sign solution update to 8.0.0.3
* Dynamics for Talent solution update to 6.177.0
* LinkedIn Sales Navigator solution update to 2.3.0.9
* PowerApps Checker solution update to 1.0.0.97, then 1.0.0.99
* Sales insights add-on (AI for Sales) solution update to 9.0.1.7051

Featured Content:

* Good quick read highlighting the value of a common data model for standardization when ingesting heterogeneous data into a data lake – https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/value-data-estate-steven-guggenheimer/
* Great explanation of the evolution of CDS – https://survivingcrm.com/2019/04/the-real-common-data-service-emerges/
* Great explanation of the power of CDS as a development platform – https://aka.ms/why-cds

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