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Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2021-01-15


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* Power Automate Desktop Dec Update – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-automate-desktop-ga-release-update/
* The Dec connector adds – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/11-new-connectors-released-in-december-2020/
* Best practices for process automation – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/learn-how-to-automate-your-business-process/
* Updates to CoE Starter Kit and added tool icons library to allow for complete setup of Innovation Backlog as documented at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/guidance/coe/setup-innovationbacklog  & https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/use-the-innovation-backlog-to-manage-app-and-flow-ideas/
* Model-driven app controls getting better – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-model-driven-apps-controls-deprecation-of-old-controls/
* Model-driven forms inside of forms – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/editing-related-records-on-a-main-form-in-a-model-driven-app/ & https://jukkaniiranen.com/2021/01/relational-data-on-model-driven-forms-part-2-form-component-control/
* Simpler image handling in model-driven apps – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/simple-image-control-for-model-driven-apps/
* Expanded sharing of Dataverse for Teams Apps – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/you-can-now-share-dataverse-for-teams-apps-beyond-a-team/
* Monitor goes GA – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-general-availability-ga-of-monitor-in-power-apps/
* Making tweaks to prebuilt connectors – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/import-a-connector-from-github-as-a-custom-connector/
* Turn on updated experience for Duplicate Detection in Model-Driven Apps –https://youtu.be/lHdngDinpbI
* PVA gets SSO in Teams – https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-virtual-agents-support-for-teams-channel-single-sign-on-is-available-in-public-preview/
* Model-driven apps get push notifications – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/now-available-model-driven-app-push-notifications/
* Approvals app now available in Microsoft Teams – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/approvals-app-now-available-on-microsoft-teams/
* Work with the real source code of Canvas Apps – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/source-code-files-for-canvas-apps/

What’s New in CE:

* New Sales mobile app (preview) and how to enable it – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/365teamblog/posts/enable-the-dynamics-365-sales-preview-mobile-app-in-advanced-settings

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Microsoft at NRF – Microsoft at NRF: the changing landscape of retail – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2021/01/11/microsoft-at-nrf-the-changing-landscape-of-retail/
* Commerce B2B public preview – https://aka.ms/b2bpreview
* Best practices for Commerce Dev work – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/commerce/e-commerce-extensibility/best-practices-dev
* Tips for creating intelligent fraud workflows –  https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2021/01/05/3-tips-for-creating-intelligent-fraud-management-workflows/
* New Human Resource Features in December – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/human-resources/hr-whats-new-2020-12-02

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Heat Map your WMS – https://axscm.wordpress.com/tag/heatmap/
* Smooth WMS Operation – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/12/14/robust-warehouse-execution-with-dynamics-365-supply-chain-management/
* Purchase Requisitions management in Planning Optimization – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/supply-chain/master-planning/planning-optimization/purchase-requisitions
* Inventory Visibility Across Your Supply Chain – Increase visibility into inventory across your supply chain – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/12/17/increase-visibility-into-inventory-across-your-supply-chain/
* Tech talk on extending F&SCM with AI – https://community.dynamics.com/365/b/techtalks/posts/using-the-power-platform-to-extend-finance-and-operations-apps—part-9-ai-builder-december-18-2020

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core Dataverse Platform update to 9.1.0.26146 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update261
* Core Dataverse Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0.26438 (or greater) –
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update264
* Service scheduling to 9.0.20113.1005
* Field Service to 8.8.32.59, then 8.8.32.61
* Project Service to 3.10.44.59
* Omnichannel to 1.5.11.1245
* Marketing to 1.35.10068.1097
* AI Builder to 202011.2.1001.3
* Flow Extensions to 1.1.7.0
* Sales Enterprise to 9.0.2011.3000
* HCM Talent to 6.217.21
* Dual-write core to 1.0.24

Featured Content:


* 2021 First Wave release plans will be made available on Jan 27, 2021 at
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/release-plans/
* Power Apps Community call coming up next Wed, Jan 20 at 10am CST – https://aka.ms/powerappscall-join

Dynamics Fortnight Fridays Episode for 2020-12-18


Show Notes

What’s New in Power Platform:

* More connectors added – https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/eight-new-connectors-released-in-november-2020/
* Power Platform ALM Starter Kit – https://github.com/Power-Platform-DevOps/Power-Platform-ALM-Starter-Kit
* Join a webinar on Power Platform ALM on Jan 14 – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/connect-with-the-microsoft-power-platform-alm-team-at-the-kansas-city-user-group-january-14/
* Process mining preview (and PA Desktop GA) – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/powerplatform/2020/12/09/automating-automation-with-rpa-and-process-mining-available-for-power-automate/ and https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/take-a-tour-of-process-advisor-and-new-rpa-enhancements/
* Set up PA Portals B2C more easily – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-apps-portals-configure-azure-ad-b2c-provider-for-portals-in-a-new-way-preview/
* GitHub Actions Webinar immediately following the show – https://info.microsoft.com/ww-landing-develop-test-and-deliver-applications-with-github-actions-for-power-platform.html?lcid=en-us&ocid=mkto_eml_EM781267A1LA1&ocid=eml_pg221052_gdc_comm_ba
* Power BI Direct Query of Dataverse goes GA – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-dataverse-support-for-power-bi-direct-query-reaches-general-availability
* Power Ops – https://github.com/microsoft/powerapps-tools/tree/master/Administration/CoEStarterKit/PowerOps
* Innovation Backlog – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/guidance/coe/use-innovationbacklog
* Power Apps Portals consumption reporting – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-apps-portals-capacity-consumption-reporting-is-now-available/
* Embedding Power BI Dashboards in Model Driven Apps goes GA – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/general-availability-of-power-bi-reports-as-system-dashboards-in-model-driven-apps/
* Dataflows connector in Power Automate – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-dataflows-power-automate-connector-public-preview/
* GitHub connector overview – https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/github-connector-features-for-power-platform/

What’s New in CE:

* Field service mobile app – old Xamarin-based app will stop working on June 30, 2022 so starting testing and migrating to new Unified Interface-based one – https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/it/2020/05/01/next-generation-field-service-mobile-app-available/

What’s New in HR/Retail/BC:

* Human Resource updates – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/human-resources/dynamics365-human-resources/planned-features
* Connected Store updates – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/commerce/dynamics365-connected-store/planned-features
* Nice video on how to connect BC to the Common Data Service (Dataverse) – https://community.dynamics.com/business/b/dynamics-365-business-central-video-blog/posts/how-to-connect-common-data-service-with-dynamics-365-business-central
* Business Central extension telemetry – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/smb/dynamics365-business-central/extension-lifecycle-telemetry-application-insights-isvs

What’s New in F&SCM:

* Cross Platform Updates for December – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/finance-operations/finance-operations-crossapp-capabilities/planned-features
* Finance Updates for December – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/finance-operations/dynamics365-finance/planned-features
* Supply Chain Updates for December – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2020wave2/finance-operations/dynamics365-supply-chain-management/planned-features
* Good training material for Project Operations – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/get-started-project-operations/ and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/browse/?expanded=dynamics-365&products=dynamics-project-operations

What’s New in Solution Updates:

* Core Dataverse Platform update to 9.1.0000.25552 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update255
* Core Dataverse Platform update expected this weekend to 9.1.0000.25849 (or greater) – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/dynamics/released-versions/weekly-releases/update258
* LinkedIn Sales Nav to 3.0.1.0900
* AI Builder to 202010.5.2701.1 then 202010.5.3001.1
* Enterprise Sales to 9.0.2011.1000
* Sales Insights to 9.0.2011.1007
* Flow Extensions to 1.2.3.1 then 1.2.3.2
* F&O Virtual Entity to 2.5.0.5 then 2.5.1.1
* Remote Assist to 1.0.0.252
* Guides to 500.2.1.2
* HCM Talent to 6.2.0
* Customer Voice to 2.0.0.10
* Marketing to 1.35.10068.1056
* App Profile Manager to 10.1.0.33
* Non-profit Accelerator to 3.0.3.2
* Power Automate Process Mining to 1.0.1.1
* Adobe Sign to 9.3.7.0

How do I operationalize things:

* Note: No show in 2 weeks (Jan 1), we’ll have our next show in a month on
1-15-21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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