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Standard Bank South Africa creates a Center of Excellence for the Power Platform

Since February 2017, Standard Bank South Africa has grown their adoption of the Power Platform resulting in over 300 solutions being created for a variety of business needs ranging from finance to operations to HR. They have a growing Center of Excellence (CoE) within IT which operates with a principle of empowering business units to build their own solutions. This post describes their approach and learnings from establishing such a CoE that has enabled them to make progress on their vision of “apps built by business, for business”

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JSON for canvas apps

Introducing the JSON function for generating JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) within a canvas app. Use it to share data with systems and APIs that require JSON. You can also this function to encode and export images in base64 for the first time. And we also added two small features: #rrggbbaa notation and Color.Transparent.

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Improved data source selection and Common Data Service views

We are excited to announce that we have added a new experience rolling out this week for selecting data sources in canvas apps and to allow using the Common Data Services views as a filter on entities.  Configuring a gallery or data table control is much easier with a prompt guiding the data source or connector to use.

With this new experience is an improved data access to Common Data Service and will soon include all of the recent connection improvements.  To streamline use of Common Data Service, the data source selection includes a list of suggested entities.  The ability to use entity views as a filter allows more advanced queries to be used without delegation limits.

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Last chance! Register for Microsoft Business Applications Summit today.

Make your plan and embrace what’s next for your business. Don’t miss Microsoft Business Applications Summit, coming to Atlanta, Georgia, June 10 – 11, 2019. We’re gearing up for an amazing 2+ days filled fresh approaches, the latest technologies, and new ways to power digital transformation at every level. Save your seat today – they …

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Enable Common Data Service connector to select an environment

Canvas apps now support changing the environment within the Common Data Service connector. The default behavior hasn’t changed and existing Common Data Service connections will continue to use the canvas app’s current environment. When adding a new data source, we now display the environment at the top of the list of entities. The default appears …

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ALM at scale: new features and automation capabilities

Today, we’re announcing the ability to add your Canvas apps and Flows to solutions (Preview) in the Common Data Service for Apps – even if they weren’t originally created from a solution! This means that you can now package all related apps, Flows, logic, schema, and other components and move them together across environments. As an added …

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Announcing the general availability of the new view designer

We had recently announced the public preview of our new view designer. Since then many of you have actively used it and given us great feedback to help make it even better. Today we are happy to announce that the new view designer is out of preview and available for general use. The latest update includes additional features, added based on your feedback, to help makers quickly and productively author views.

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