PowerApps is a new service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data. It also works across the web and mobile – without the time and expense of custom software development. Today’s blog will walk you through the process of generating an app using a trial version of Dynamics 365 online.
Let’s start off with a little background. PowerApps connects to existing data sources and services including Dynamics 365, OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, SharePoint, Salesforce, Excel, Google Drive, and Dropbox, to automatically generate a meaningful business app for your business. You can instantly publish apps via web and mobile including laptops, tablets, and phones (Android, iOS, and Windows). It also allows you to work in a visual designer to customize a fully-functional app and build apps that use device capabilities including cameras, GPS, and pen control. And the best part is that you get all of this without having to code!
PowerApps Works for Employees and Developers
Perks for employees:
- Quickly create apps that work on any device using templates to get started quickly and a visual designer to automate workflows
- Use built-in connections or ones customized by your company to connect PowerApps to cloud services such as Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, Dropbox, OneDrive, and on-premises systems including SharePoint, SQL Server, Oracle databases, SAP and more
- Share PowerApps like documents. It’s as simple as typing an email address and your coworkers can take advantage of an app you created
Perks for developers and IT professionals:
- PowerApps includes Azure App Service for employee-facing apps so native web and mobile apps get into employee hands faster than ever
- Build additional data connections and APIs to any existing business systems, thus empowering any users in your organization to create the apps they need
- Data security and privacy controls are respected by PowerApps, so you can manage data access and maintain corporate policies.
Generating an App Automatically
You can quickly generate apps using data sources such as:
- Common Data Model
- Dynamics CRM Online
- OneDrive for Business
Generating an App Using a Trial Version of Dynamics 365 Online:
Open Microsoft PowerApps and Select New
|Select Dynamics 365
Select New Connection
Select Dynamics CRM Online & Select Connect
|Select Power Objects (Note: this will connect to the Dynamics CRM Instance associated with you PowerApps login)
Displays all entities for the CRM instance
|Select an Entity & select Connect (Note: for this blog, I have chosen the contacts entity)
|Building the Phone App Templates
PowerApps OOB display 3 Screen templates
Each Template will have multiple corresponding Screen Layouts.
Fields can be added to the Detail Screen layout by drag and drop Entity Fields
Individual Fields can be formatted
|You can add a variety of controls to your app, and configure their properties directly, from the toolbar, or in the formula bar.
You can also add any control in a variety of categories by clicking the Insert tab of the toolbar and selecting any of the following categories.
And there you have it! For more information on PowerApps, check out the Microsoft resources below.
- Introduction to Microsoft PowerApps
- PowerApps Download
- Getting Started with PowerApps Tutorial
- Guided Learning