This class has something for everything, from beginners who wish to customise their data entry forms in SharePoint right up to advanced users who need to use advanced formulas to deliver more bespoke actions to their apps.
Let’s get started with an introduction to Microsoft PowerApps. Traditionally building customised solutions for a business involved using a coding language to build an application from scratch. Typically, these solutions could often only be used within the business, making external use of the application a large hurdle to overcome. With PowerApps we can now not only easily build solutions, but we can also share them with users in our business. Deployment takes seconds and you could by testing your own app on your phone in no time. This module will overview the features of PowerApps, its benefits to a business and the variety of ways you can build and access your apps on different devices.
What is PowerApps ?
The benefits of apps
How to get PowerApps
Canvas Apps and Model-Driven Apps
License Options and Costs
Discover PowerApps with Templates
Introduction to PowerApps
Try the Cost Estimator App
Download and Review App Design
Sample App of your choice
Describe when PowerApps should be used.
Know how to access PowerApps.
Make design decisions based on PowerApps licenses.
Understand that there are two type of app.
Be able to use sample apps.
To begin our journey through the PowerApps product, we will begin by looking at some of the templates that are available to view and edit. Microsoft’s templates are a good starting point to discover what the product is capable off and how it can be achieved. We will also take the chance to have a tour of the editor so that students are familiar with the interface that they will be using over the two-day course. We will then build our first app from a static data source, showing students how to test their changes in the app instantly without the need to publish. We will also discuss how to configure your apps settings and how to access the app once it has been saved and shared.
Building a new app from a data source
Add, edit and remove controls
Intro to Formulas
Testing an app
Publish and Share Apps
Version History and Restore
PowerApps Mobile App
Create App from an existing Data Source
Publish and Share
View an app on your mobile device
Build a useful app using wizards in minutes.
Make simple changes to existing apps.
Know how formulas are used in PowerApps.
Be able to test an app before it is shared.
Restore a previous version of an app in the event of a problem.
Use the mobile app to cosume an app.
In our next module, we will look at the options available to designers that allow them to implement their business branding. Not only will this deal with the aesthetics of your app, it will also introduce time-saving tips to help keep your branding consistent. We will also be discussing how to embed media into your app which can be useful if you are planning on an app that might promote video content.
Less is more
Screen Colours and Matching Colours
Buttons and Icons
Hide on Timer
Size and Alignment by reference
Show and Hide on Timer
Branding and Media
Backgrounds and icons
Import Class Data from Excel
Customise apps backgrounds with images and colour.
Add images and logos to an app.
Use times to show and hide controls.
Align and size controls.
So far in the course, we would have covered the basics of adding, editing and removing controls from our applications. The drive behind this module is to provide more depth on the categories of controls which can be used on a form. Your instructor will take you through each control and discuss its purpose and configuration. Tackling the wide selection of controls will help students recognise when to use the right control.
Text Controls for Data Entry and Display
Controls – Drop downs, combo box, date picker, radio button and more
Forms – Add and edit data in underlying data sources quickly
Charts – present information in pie, line and bar charts
Build Apps from Blank
Create an App from the blank template
Add Controls to collect and display data
Add Formulas to allow the controls to interact
Use a wide range of controls to give users the best data entry experience.
Edit control properties.
Use formulas to all multiple controls to interact with each other Present information using charts.
To help maintain and view essential business information, organisations often have a diverse selection of locations to keep different types of data. This could range from databases to file storage locations. PowerApps offers connections to a wide selection of data sources. We will show students to build their PowerApps to bring in data from a variety of sources as well as how they can utilise the common data source, a storage location unique to PowerApps.
Data Storage and Services
How do I decide which database to use ?
Connect to on-premises data – Gateway
What is Delegation ?
Specific Data Examples
Data Source and Logic
SharePoint List connect to App
Flow to collect tweets to SharePoint
Display Tweets in PowerApps using the Twitter service
Create a reply screen in PowerApps
Connect to many data source including cloud and on premises.
Understand the financial costs of working with different datasources.
Understand which data sources can work with large amount of data.
Display data using controls.
Module one to five discussed how to work with the original type of PowerApp known as a Canvas App, Microsoft have now introduced a second type of app known as a model-driven app. Model driven apps involve a different development process to canvas apps. We will review this development process during this module. Model-Driven apps can be quicker to build than canvas apps, but they are less customisable and typically have a higher cost, knowing which type of app to use is not always a simple decision, we will show you the pros and cons of each.
What is a model-driven app ?
Where will my data be stored?
How do create a model-driven app
Canvas vs model-driven summary
Switch to Model-Driven mode in PowerApps
Navigate the Model-Drive app interface
Test a Sample App
Edit the Sample App
Describe the difference between a canvas app and a model-driven app.
Access model-driven apps.
Edit model-driven apps.
PowerApps is designed to easily connect to other business systems to read and update information. In this module we will discuss some simple ways to integrate PowerApps with key Office 365 systems including Teams, SharePoint Online and Flow. The result, is the ability to use a combination of systems to create solutions for a variety of business requirements.
Embed PowerApps in Teams
Embed PowerApps in SharePoint Online
Start a Flow from a PowerApp
Embed your app in MicrosoftTeams
Embed your app in SharePoint Online
Know how to make PowerApps available for users via Teams and SharePoint Online.
Understand the benefits of using PowerApps with Flow.
In our last module for Microsoft PowerApps, we will be looking at how a business can manage their existing apps. This could be using analytics to discover usage trends. We will discover how to export and import apps, so they can be reused in other locations. Finally, we will discuss how Office 365 administrators can shape the PowerApps experience with high-level settings that help ensure data segregation and security.
Identify which users have been using PowerApps
Reuse an app in another location (move from testing or development to production)
Review app usage
Prevent a user from using PowerApps
Administration and Maintenance
Export an app for use in another location
Review current PowerApp users in your test environment
Identify who is using PowerApps in your organization.
Prevent specific users from using the PowerApps service.
Reuse or move existing apps.