Beginner | Flow of the Week: Generating Flows From Visio

This post comes from Microsoft Flow MVP Daniel Laskewitz. Daniel is a Business Productivity Consultant & Microsoft Business Solutions MVP who is very enthusiastic about all things Office 365, Microsoft Flow, PowerApps, Azure & SharePoint (Online). Since the preview, Daniel has been working with Microsoft Flow and later on with Microsoft PowerApps. That led to …

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Advanced | Flow of The Week: Role Based Security in PowerApps using Flow & SharePoint Groups

Enabling role based security in PowerApps controlled by SharePoint Security Groups has been a common customer ask. For example, can you make an Admin screen that is visible only to users who belong to a specific SharePoint Security Group? Yes, you can and this is where Microsoft Flow comes to the rescue! This blog post is an attempt to share an approach for finding out the SharePoint Group membership of a signed in user and make certain features or screens of an app available to them.

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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: Gathering Local Admin Status from Microsoft Intune

For those organizations that have fully adopted the Modern Workplace and have gone “cloud only”, you are most likely using Windows 10 on your workstations and managing those workstations with Microsoft Intune. The below Flow will walk us through how to automate gathering information from Microsoft Intune and presenting it to an administrator.

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