Absolute Beginner's Guide to the Power Platform

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ABOUT THE COURSE

This course is designed for you to start your Power Platform journey here, with us. In this course our expert instructors bring you through all of the platform basics to help you gain an understanding of the capabilities. From there you will learn more details about each pillar of the platform, and each of the app types. The Power Platform is a great opportunity for anyone to learn to build apps, and we want to help you get started. **this course is a work in progress but we wanted to open it for enrollment as soon as possible due to demand**

You are an expert in SOMETHING

Bring that expertise to app-building. Power Platform makes that easy.

We focus on two easy to follow scenarios

Our stories will bring you through Happy Tails doggie day care and a common real estate solution.

COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Julie Yack

Julie Yack

Trainer. Author. Mentor. Learner. Problem-solver. Globetrotter. Microsoft MVP.


Derik Bormann

Derik Bormann

Derik is a regular contributor to CRM Tip of Day http://crmtipoftheday.com/. Derik is also a Microsoft MVP


David Yack

David Yack

David is the CTO of Colorado Technology Consultants based in Colorado and is recognized as a Microsoft MVP


George Doubinski

George Doubinski

Microsoft MVP. Architect. Coder. Author. Blogger. Speaker. Trainer. Specialist in all things difficult.


Nick Doelman

Nick Doelman

MVP. Dad. Husband. Canadian. Beer connoisseur. Passionate about Power Platform, Power Apps and Powerlifting.


Course Module Details

Course Intro
  • Welcome
    5 Minutes 
Power Platform Overview

In this first module we will introduce you to the Power Platform and its moving parts. You'll learn about the types of apps and automation available and view a demo of a full stack solution using the Power Platform.

  • Power Platform Overview
    10 Minutes 
  • Full Demo of Platform Solution
    20 Minutes 
  • Components Info Sheets
    30 Minutes 
  • Assignment
    10 Minutes 
Getting Started with the Power Platform

In this module you will begin your journey to becoming a maker in the Power Platform. You will see the different admin centers and learn what types of actions you should be completing in each of them. And then there's a short quiz.

  • Power Platform Admin
    5 Minutes 
  • Admin Center Tour
    5 Minutes 
  • Create an Environment
    5 Minutes 
  • Tour of the Maker Portal
    10 Minutes 
  • Glossary of Terms
    20 Minutes 
  • Test Your Knowledge
    10 Minutes 
Microsoft Dataverse

Microsoft Dataverse is a relational database that you can use as a data source for your Power Apps. It really is much more than just a database, but let’s start there. Dataverse grew from Microsoft’s CRM product, it became casually known as xRM, then CDS (Common Data Service) and now it is named Microsoft Dataverse.

  • Microsoft Dataverse
    5 Minutes 
  • Data model overview
    7 Minutes 
  • Solutions
    5 Minutes 
  • Create a Solution
    5 Minutes 
  • Key Dataverse Data Modeling Componenets
    5 Minutes 
  • Create Tables
    9 Minutes 
  • Create Columns
    11 Minutes 
  • Additional Fields
    5 Minutes 
  • Relationships
    6 Minutes 
  • Dataverse Security
    5 Minutes 
  • Glossary of Terms
    10 Minutes 
  • Assignment
    30 Minutes 
  • Take your skills to the next level
    5 Minutes 
Building Model-driven Apps

Model-driven apps have been part of Microsoft for more than a decade. These apps evolved from Dynamics CRM and are what the Power Platform was first built on. The idea of a model-driven app is that you know you have data, it’s relational data, and you need an effective way to surface that to your users. Model-driven apps come with loads of features and automation out of the box, and they come with a quick and easy way to compose an app from the components you’ve made.

  • Model-driven apps
    3 Minutes 
  • Introduction
    6 Minutes 
  • Examples of Model-driven Apps
    10 Minutes 
  • Our model app
    3 Minutes 
  • Forms
    14 Minutes 
  • Views
    7 Minutes 
  • Business Rules
    5 Minutes 
  • Business Process Flow
    11 Minutes 
  • Compose your app
    8 Minutes 
  • Scavenger Hunt
    30 Minutes 
  • Take your Model-Driven app skills to the next level.
    5 Minutes 
Building Canvas Apps

Canvas apps are Power Apps that allow you to build pixel-perfect apps connected to hundreds of potential data sources.

  • Canvas app overview
    5 Minutes 
  • Planning
    5 Minutes 
  • Canvas app designer
    5 Minutes 
  • Controls
    20 Minutes 
  • Data sources and controls
    7 Minutes 
  • Gallery basics
    7 Minutes 
  • Filter search
    7 Minutes 
  • Related data
    6 Minutes 
  • Forms navigation
    8 Minutes 
  • Saving
    5 Minutes 
  • More canvas info
    20 Minutes 
  • Exercise
    30 Minutes 
  • Take your Canvas skills to the next level
    5 Minutes 
Midpoint Capstone

This is your half-way point! We've got an assignment for you. And a reward.

  • Capstone Assignment
    90 Minutes 
Building Power Apps Portals

Power Apps portals are another way to expose data to users, these users are often external stakeholders.

  • What are Portals?
    5 Minutes 

    What are Portals? Brief intro to Power Apps portals and what and why portals are used in business applications.

  • Provision a Power Apps portal
    3 Minutes 

    Demo on how to provision a Power Apps portal.

  • Create and Edit Web Pages
    5 Minutes 

    How to portal pages are created

  • Demo - Create and Edit Portal Web Pages
    3 Minutes 

    Demo on editing content and creating Power Apps portals pages.

  • Work with Dataverse on Portals
    5 Minutes 

    How to work with Dataverse information on a Power Apps portal.

  • Demo - Work with Dataverse on Portals
    5 Minutes 

    Demo on how to create a List and Form component on a Power Apps portal.

  • Power Apps portals authentication
    5 Minutes 

    How to provide access to a portal.

  • Demo - Provide Access to a Power Apps portal
    4 Minutes 

    Demonstration on adding portal users to a portal and how they relate to Dataverse contacts.

  • Protect Portal Content
    5 Minutes 

    Overview on how portal content is protected.

  • Demo - Protecting Portal Content and Dataverse Rows
    6 Minutes 

    Demo on how portal content and Dataverse data is protected.

  • Power Apps portals Scavenger Hunt
    20 Minutes 

    Power Apps portals Scavenger Hunt

  • Take your Portal skills to the next level
    5 Minutes 
Platform Automation
  • Power Automate Basics
    6 Minutes 
  • Creating Flows
    7 Minutes 
  • Leveraging Cloud Flows
    3 Minutes 
  • Power Automate Desktop
    3 Minutes 
  • Build a Desktop Flow
    6 Minutes 
  • Working with Variables
    3 Minutes 
  • Working with UI Elements
    7 Minutes 
  • Working with Other Apps
    4 Minutes 
  • Putting it all together
    5 Minutes 
Power Virtual Agents
  • PVA Overview
    7 Minutes 
  • Topics
    8 Minutes 
  • Leveraging Power Automate
    6 Minutes 
  • Working with Entities
    6 Minutes 
  • Testing a Bot
    3 Minutes 
  • Fallback Topics
    3 Minutes 
  • Publishing a Bot
    2 Minutes 
Power BI (Planned)