Understanding the Technology

Posted by Bernie Thibeault on 06.22.20

Continuing my blog series on Dynamics and CDS Best Practices, Understanding the Technology.

One of the biggest downfalls to any software solution is not always the solution itself, but the team, department, or company's understanding of that solution. You could have a perfect solution or application that fails miserably. Or, an imperfect solution that thrives. It all comes down to aligning the application to your users' experiences and expectations, as well as documenting your solution as you go, so anyone can step in to maintain it or get up to speed quickly on expected functionality.

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Bernie Thibeault Earns New Certification from Microsoft

Posted by Dave Fisher on 06.05.20

Congratulations to our very own Bernie Thibeault for earning Microsoft's Dynamics 365 + Power Platform Solution Architect Expert Certification! Bernie is the first of Aerie's Solution Engineers to earn this certification badge; he is also a Microsoft Certified Professional for Business Applications. 

Bernie's experience building solutions using the Power Platform and Dynamics 365 helps Aerie’s clients solve complex business problems and increase the value of their investment in Microsoft technologies. To bring his expertise to the next level, Bernie spent months preparing for a series of three exams and certifications.

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Topics: Microsoft, Dynamics 365, Power Platform

Get your Power Apps solution up quickly amidst the COVID-19 crisis

Posted by Bernie Thibeault on 06.02.20

Power Apps has shortened the development life cycle of many projects due to the quickness with which you can get connections to your data up and running, no matter where it's stored. But that doesn’t mean you should throw typical software development processes to the wayside when building your apps.

We've recently helped our clients build applications quickly during these times to communicate crisis management news and updates, report on resource utilization, and facilitate work from home solutions.

If you are starting build or in the process of evaluating your next need, keep these important steps and milestones in mind when building your next app, whether it’s a Crisis Management app, or the Sales App that has been in the backlog since before Covid-19 happened.

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Topics: Strategy, Development, Power Apps

Create a Microsoft Power App to track inventory or equipment

Posted by Brooke Appe on 05.08.20

Power Apps is an incredible tool allowing you to rapidly build low-code apps quickly and easily. In this demo, I will show you how to build an equipment tracking solution with SharePoint lists as a data source and a Power App user interface for ease of use on mobile devices.

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Topics: SharePoint, data management, Power Apps, Power Platform

Office 365 to Microsoft 365 Rebranding: What does it mean?

Posted by Ben Peterman on 04.16.20

Last week, Microsoft announced four new products for small and medium-sized businesses:

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Topics: Office 365, Licensing, Azure, Voice, Microsoft 365

How to Embed a YouTube Video in a Power App

Posted by Brooke Appe on 04.09.20

The time might come when you’re building a Power App and you need to embed a video from YouTube or another source to easily play when clicked on. For instance, you are creating an app for employees to track maintenance and you need to add a quick demonstration video to pop up on the interface along with the line item. Or, you’re creating a physical therapy application for your clients with a checklist of exercises, and you want to provide an instructional video to make sure they are doing the exercise correctly. The options are limitless. 

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Topics: Power Apps, Power Platform, YouTube

How To: Adding a Power App to your Teams Side Bar

Posted by Bernie Thibeault on 04.02.20

Most people know that you have been able to add Power Apps to individual channels within a team. And you may also know that from the Teams Admin Center, an Administrator can create policies that update the left hand Teams navigation to include Power Apps.

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Deciphering CDM, CDS and Dynamics 365

Posted by Bernie Thibeault on 03.31.20

You may be wondering what are all these acronyms mean, so hopefully by the end of this blog you will have a better understanding of each of these concepts and how to apply them.

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Topics: Dynamics 365, Common Data Model, Power Apps, Power Automate, Common Data Service

Leveraging Microsoft Teams when working remotely

Posted by Dave Fisher on 03.30.20

While companies are dealing with the current crisis in a variety of ways, a vast majority of employees are now working remotely, at least for the foreseeable future. We’ve been hearing similar questions and themes from our customers about leveraging Microsoft Teams to improve organizational communication.

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Topics: Microsoft Teams

The Importance of Simplicity

Posted by Bernie Thibeault on 03.26.20

This blog is the first part of the series: Dynamics 365 and CDS Design Best Practices Blog Series. We will cover in brief detail:

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