Niels Declercq

Microsoft Dynamics 365 & Power Platform Enthusiast


I provide updates, topics and experiences I gather while working and trying new things out on the Power Platform and Dynamics 365 CE on a weekly basis. Keep an eye out for new content. If you have a topic in mind, give a shout!

  • On-demand flows in Dynamics 365 CE

    March 30, 2020 by

    Creating a flow to trigger on-demand from the ribbon in Dynamics 365 CE seems simple to make. But don’t be fooled, it doesn’t seem that simple. Let me guide you through some of the pitfalls I discovered while implementing a flow from a ribbon. You have two ways of creating the flow for our purpose.… Read more

  • Expert Tip: Get Base URL in a Flow

    February 28, 2020 by

    Do you often struggle to determine in which organization you are currently working within a flow? Do you think environment variables cause to much overhead to only determine the base url? Well, I do. Let’s check on how I resolved it. A client wanted to have a clickable link in an email referring to the… Read more

  • Power Automate: Send Dynamics 365 Emails

    February 10, 2020 by

    For one of my clients, the goal was to migrate old workflows in CE to the new Power Automate flows. One of the requirements was to send dynamics 365 emails in CE which were tracked to activities. This one I struggled a bit to figure out on how to get this to work, so let… Read more

  • Power Platform Adoption Framework

    January 29, 2020 by

    Last week, I attended a meetup where Andrew Welch and Lee Baker presented their Power Platform Adoption Framework. To globally summarize what this framework covers, is the strategical adoptions and best practices to apply the power platform at enterprise scale. A lot of companies are afraid to embrace this new technology stack Microsoft provides, and… Read more

  • Governance: Securing Your Data

    January 22, 2020 by

    With the introduction of the Power Platform and its enormous amount of connectors, there is a certain risk organizational data can be exposed unintentionally to third party systems. To prevent and manage this, there is a feature called Data Policies. What? A Data policy is basically a group of connectors. Power Platform Administrators can create… Read more

  • What: Environment Variables

    January 16, 2020 by

    Environment variables are a great feature in the Power Platform offering. Let me shed some light on these variables with some W questions! What? I could not better explain it than the official documentation, so I refer you happily to read it here. But as you might already think, the name is self explanatory. When?… Read more

  • Power Automate Tip: FetchXML Queries

    January 8, 2020 by

    Being a CE developer, fetchXML is a often used method to query records. If you are not familiar with fetchXML, this is a xml based method to define your search criteria. Thanks to the great tools provided in the XRMToolBox and the FetchXMLBuilder plugin, it is fairly easy to create such a query. Thanks to… Read more

  • Power Automate: Custom Connectors

    January 2, 2020 by

    It’s that time of the year again, to get all social media sending your annual reports and summaries of your activities over the last year. That made me think about creating a dashboard of my latest activities myself. I am a cyclist and thus Strava is my second home. However, despite all the connectors available… Read more

  • Canvas App Tip: Reusable code blocks

    December 16, 2019 by

    Did you find yourself too often in the situation of copy/pasting some functionality or function in your canvas app? This is not only annoying and time consuming, but it also increases complexity and creates a greater risk for errors. Let me show you how to tackle this problem. The Developer Point of View Let’s put… Read more

  • How To: Support multiple languages in your canvas app

    December 10, 2019 by

    Ever wondered if if it’s possible to have multiple languages supported in your canvas app? It’s easier than you think. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to implement the Microsoft Translator Text API. The Microsoft Translator Text API is a part of Azure’s offer called Cognitive Services. A subscription is required to use these,… Read more

  • Power Apps: Add Image as Note To Appointment Part 2

    December 2, 2019 by

    Canvas apps are a great way to boost the productivity and way of interacting. This post continues on the first part and will hook our canvas app into our CE environment. Creating The Flow The first thing when creating the flow, is addressing the right trigger. Here let’s take the PowerApps one to be able… Read more

  • Power Apps: Add Image as Note To Appointment Part 1

    November 25, 2019 by

    Canvas apps are a great way to boost the productivity and way of interacting. This blog post will focus on how to add an image with notes taken during an appointment with a customer and send it over to the appointment in your Dynamics 365 CE Environment. The first part will focus on the creation… Read more

  • Wrap up: Dynamics365 Power! Belgium

    November 17, 2019 by

    Last Saturday, the Dynamics Power! event landed in Brussels at the Microsoft Headquarters. It was a nice and pleasant day full of surprising and enlightening sessions. The day kicked of with a keynote presented by nobody else than James Phillips, corporate Vice-President at the Microsoft Business Applications. I had the pleasure to talk with him… Read more

  • Teaser: Dynamics Power! Brussels

    November 11, 2019 by

    Coming up this Saturday is a very interesting event, Dynamics Power! in Brussels. Nobody else than James Phillips, the Vice-President at Microsoft Business Applications, himself will open the day with a keynote. Tracks 5 different tracks are presented, where you can mix and match sessions of each track. You have Finance&Operations tracks, as well as… Read more

  • First Impression: UI Flows (RPA)

    November 8, 2019 by

    UI Flows made their public preview last week, which seemed the ideal occasion to play around with this new and promising flow of the Microsoft Power Platform. Not familiar with the concept of UI flows? Check out this video, which explains perfectly what an UI Flow is capable of and which use cases are applicable.… Read more

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