Microsoft Business Applications Summit 2021

Microsoft Business Applications Summit 2021 Announcements

John PhillipsProduct Updates

We take a look at the key Dynamics 365 and Power Platform talking points from Microsoft’s annual business applications event, held on May 4th.

The Microsoft Business Applications Summit brings Microsoft customers and partners together to learn how Dynamics 365 and Power Platform can create solutions to drive business improvements. Understandably, this year’s event was held virtually, with speakers from all over the world. Here are the highlights from the range of announcements made:

Modern App Designer

Although it is already possible to use canvas apps within a Dynamics 365 model-driven app when embedded into a form, the Modern App Designer takes several leaps forward and leverages PowerFX to fully integrate a canvas app within Dynamics 365.

Converged App

This huge change will allow for bespoke views and user experiences to be developed, greatly streamlining business processes. In addition to the canvas app style functionality, new methods of creating Views and Forms will also be introduced, reducing the time it takes to create these for custom entities.

This new functionality will be available later this month. By April 2022, there will be only one app development experience – rather than choosing to create a model-driven or a canvas app, everything will be seamlessly developed as one app.

Power BI Goals

Available now in Public Preview for Power BI Premium, Goals is a data-driven, collaborative, and adaptable way to measure key business metrics and goals built directly on top of Power BI. Goals enables teams to easily create and manage business metrics and aggregate them in a unified view. From there, goal progress can be monitored, updates shared with teammates, and deep-dives made into underlying data if required. To find out more about how to work with Power BI Goals, click here.

Organisation-Wide Applications

It is now possible to build a Power App within Teams and share it across all of the other teams inside of your Azure Active Directory tenant. App users are not required to be members of the team where the app was built, nor do they need access to edit or change your Dataverse for Teams schema or app itself. To share the app, simply use the ‘Share With Colleagues’ feature.

Five new Power Apps for Teams templates

In addition to the existing Power Apps templates:

Power Apps Templates

five further templates will be released in the coming months:

  • Profile+ (April) – allows Azure Active Directory data to be displayed within Teams
  • Boards and Discussion (May) – two apps geared to improving team member collaboration
  • two additional app templates in June

Multi-Table lookups

Currently in preview and due for general availability in September, multi-table lookups allow for a column/field to be a lookup to more than one entity. This functionality is already in place for specific out-of-the-box fields such as Customer columns, but this new functionality allows for new, custom lookups to be created.

Dataverse Auditing enhancements

As auditing data consumes valuable storage space, the ability to set retention periods has been introduced, allowing administrators to set a retention period for audit data. Expired data will automatically be removed from the system based on this retention period.

Summary

We look forward to seeing how these new features and changes take Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform even further in streamlining business processes and boosting productivity levels. As more details emerge on features such as the Modern App Designer, we will cover them in due course. If you are an existing Strategy 365 client and wish to discuss any of the above, please get in touch with one of our experts today.

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