Catch ALL The Microsoft Flow Conference Sessions ON-DEMAND!

Hello Flow Fans! The Microsoft Flow Conference was an amazing event, full of useful demos, great humor and MOUNTAINS of valuable information! We had 16 sessions ranging from beginner to intermediate all the way to into advanced techniques. We also had sessions that focused on the community, on real world scenarios and even about non-connected … Continue reading “Catch ALL The Microsoft Flow Conference Sessions ON-DEMAND!”

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Beginner | Flow of The Week: Create and manage a request backlog with Microsoft Flow

You start your day with an idea of what you want to accomplish. It might be deals closed, requests fulfilled or progress on a project. But if you’re anything like me, you’re getting a steady stream of requests that threaten to derail your progress and put your goals at risk. You and your team need focus, but how can you respect and fulfill these requests while staying focused on providing the most value? Enter Microsoft Flow, which is capable of creating a request engine to take in the most relevant information using Microsoft Forms and then adding cards to a Planner backlog. Since there isn’t a one-size solution for everyone, there are a few different variations to try out! Let me show you how to clear away the disruptive request cycle and stay focused on the most important things using Microsoft Flow.

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Advanced | Flow of The Week: Convert Office documents to PDF on the fly using Microsoft Flow

Imagine a company where service technicians perform on-site repair of equipment. Inevitably, in doing this sort of work, the technician will need to refer to equipment drawings, service history, past photos, specifications and/or operating manuals. These days PowerApps is fast-becoming a great option for such a scenario because many field workers prefer to use their phone or a tablet. But PowerApps also has some limitations, and right now that is around the display of documents from SharePoint. For a start, it is impossible to display office documents natively in PowerApps at this time, and there are authentication-related issues in certain circumstances when pulling content from SharePoint. But fear not… with a 6-step flow, it is possible to solve this problem. This flow allows a remote user to securely request a document from SharePoint, but importantly, converts that document to a PDF on the fly. There are two big benefits from this: 1. A reduction in time and effort for document controllers. If a document frequently changes, it is most likely in word, excel or PowerPoint format. They do not have to worry about converting it to PDF. 2. It allows the document to be viewed in PowerApps natively (As a result of #2, on top of some Flow kung-fu, we will learn some PowerApp tricks in this article too :-).

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Advanced | Flow of the Week: Creating an AtBot ChatBot connected to Dynamics 365

Creating Bots that integrate with Dynamics 365 has not been the easiest thing to do in the past for non-developers because it has required a lot of coding to be done, and also in order to change the conversation flows you needed to update and redeploy the code for the Bot to make it available to the users. Recently I was introduced to a partner solution called AtBot that allows us to create Bot services through the AtBot portal that links to LUIS and Azure Bot Services, allowing us to build conversation flows and dialogs using Flow as the authoring engine. This allows us to build Bots with zero coding experience that also leverages the power of Flow to connect to other services seamlessly, allowing us to integrate Dynamics 365 using the standard entities. In this walkthough we will show you how to configure and build an AtBot Bot that connects to Dynamics 365, using LUIS as the engine for discoving the users intent and deploy it out to chat platforms like Microsoft Teams. This is gold I tell you, gold!

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Advanced | Flow of The Week: Retrieving Office 365 Message Center and Service Health Notices using Microsoft Flow

To automate critical business processes in Office 365 using Microsoft Flow, we typically need to call cloud-based services in order to retrieve data. Calling these services often requires us to use the HTTP connector and action, and as a result, provide our TenantID, along with an App’s ClientID and SecretID in the Flow. This blog post will provide a detailed walkthrough of configuring these required parameters when calling cloud services using the HTTP connector. We’ll use a recently released Flow template as an example, which retrieves data from the Office 365 Message Center and Service Health dashboards.

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