Niels Declercq

Microsoft Dynamics 365 & Power Platform Enthusiast

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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!

  • Connection References

    October 9, 2020 by

    Hi all, It took me some time to get back at you all with some of the awesomeness of the Power Platform, but it’s worth the wait. I’m going to talk about the newly improved import experience of solutions. Let’s talk about solutions first. What’s a solution? Let’s imagine following scenario. You are working on… Read more

  • Key Questions for a Successful Power Project

    July 31, 2020 by

    Ever did a Microsoft Power Platform Project? Then these questions will certainly seem familiar to you. If it is your first project or not, these questions will pop up often and as it goes with recurring questions, you have some guidelines to redirect responses. Let’s dig into some frequently asked questions. How much will the… Read more

  • Canvas App Tip: Explore Formulas

    June 24, 2020 by

    Ever wondered which formulas come out of the box in the Canvas App Editor? Fear no more, you can easily view per type which formulas are available without even leaving the Editor. Just a press on the formula icon show up a dropdowlist of all the available types and their according formulas. When you know… Read more

  • Power Apps: Mixed Reality

    May 26, 2020 by

    As time goes by, technology evolves too. Especially within the Power Platform, where Microsoft invests a lot in new features and capabilities. I’ve taken some time to play with the new Mixed Reality features, like projecting a 3D-model in your own space, or taking measurements, just with dragging a control on your canvas. First things… Read more

  • MBA Summit: Things to Remember

    May 7, 2020 by

    The first virtual Microsoft Business Applications was a hit. It was so a success, all sessions of the Power Platform were booked in no time, leaving no spots open for me to attend one. So here are my key takeaways based on the general sessions open to everyone. Nevertheless, some big things worth mentioning: Database… Read more

  • Establish the Power in your Organization: App in a Day

    May 6, 2020 by

    The Power Platform is a huge offering and can be quit terrifying to look at it at first sight. With the PowerApps suite, you enable people to create applications which are a first step towards productivity improvement and happy end-users. Recently, I’ve conducted some workshops and led the App in a Day session for some… Read more

  • 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

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