Advanced AutoNumber Source Code now available

by Levin, Aric

Business Solutions  Common Data Service  Dynamics 365  Dynamics CRM  PowerApps 


Posted on 3/27/2020 9:00:00 PM


A few years back we developed an AutoNumber solution that enables the implementation of AutoNumbers for Dynamics 365 and the Common Data Service. This AutoNumber solution allows the creation of rules for simple autonumbers with prefix, suffix and number of digits, but also has a lot of advanced features for getting numbers from related fields or option sets.

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Emergency Response for Businesses in the City of New York

by Levin, Aric

Dynamics 365  PowerApps 


Posted on 3/27/2020 2:00:00 PM


We have all been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak one way or another and have started getting used to a new reality, whether it is working remote, not being able to go to work or even worse have gotten infected by the virus. A few weeks ago (March 8), the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio said that the city would provide relief for small businesses across the City seeing revenue reduction of 25% or more because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Implementing Feature Flags for Power Apps deployment

by Levin, Aric

Dynamics 365  PowerApps 


Posted on 3/6/2020 7:30:00 PM


I am current engaged in, a vendor suggested the customer to use the same entity for various purposes. That decision might have worked for some organizations, but it did not have a foresight of the future requirements of the organization.

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UCI Grid Filtering and Search improvements

by Levin, Aric

Common Data Service  Dynamics 365  Power Platform  PowerApps  Unified Interface (UCI) 


Posted on 2/2/2020 1:30:00 AM


Over the past couple of years, since the release of Unified interface, one of the biggest pain points for most customer was that features that are available in the web client are not available in the new Unified Interface. There were a lot of improvements in the Unified Interface with the responsive client, custom controls and more, but when you are used to working in a certain way, taking away features is sometimes hard to get used to.

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Configure Azure Service Bus to integrate between CDS and On-Premise SQL database

by Levin, Aric

Azure  Common Data Service  Development  Dynamics 365  PowerApps  SQL 


Posted on 1/6/2020 2:17:00 AM


In this blog post I will demonstrate how to use Azure Service Bus and a Listener application to integrate between the Common Data Service (Dynamics 365 or Power Apps Model Driven Application) and an On Premise SQL Service database.

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Format Text by using PCF Control and Regular Expressions

by Levin, Aric

Common Data Service  Dynamics 365  Dynamics CRM  Power Platform  PowerApps  PowerApps Component Framework (PCF)  Unified Interface 


Posted on 12/25/2019 4:34:00 PM


On one of our recent projects, we had a requirement to only allow valid Tax Id Numbers on that field. There are various ways of implementing this, but as the direction seems to be to shift the development of these kind of features to custom controls, we decided to implement it as a PCF custom control.

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Embed a simple Power Virtual Agent in Power Apps Portal

by Levin, Aric

Portals  Power Platform  PowerApps 


Posted on 12/19/2019 1:53:00 AM


A little late in the game as Power Virtual Agent is already in Public Preview and trials are available, but I wanted to demonstrate how easy it is to create a bot, publish it and add it to your Power Apps Portal page.

Power Virtual Agents allows user to quickly and easily create powerful bots using a graphical no-code graphical experience. To start creating our first bot, we navigate to powerva.microsoft.com or aka.ms/TryPVA which will redirect to powervirtualagents.microsoft.com.

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What new in the Common Data Service Connector?

by Levin, Aric

Common Data Service  Dynamics 365  Flow  Power Platform  PowerApps 


Posted on 11/1/2019 2:36:00 AM


With the Power Platform Wave 2 release, we started noticing some progressive changes to the Common Data Service connector. When you do a search for “Common Data Service” in the connector search box, you will see two separate connectors. The first connector which we are used to is still called the Common Data Service connector, but you will notice that there is an additional connector called Common Data Service (current environment) connector.

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Creating a NAICS Code PCF Control using WebApi

by Levin, Aric

Business Solutions  Common Data Service  Dynamics 365  PowerApps  PowerApps Component Framework (PCF)  Unified Interface 


Posted on 10/18/2019 2:43:00 AM


In many of the projects that I have worked over the past years, either government of private sector, while working with other businesses it has become a common practice to request that Industry information from the companies that you work with, and furthermore the NAICS code. While not every company knows their NAICS code, drilling down to get it using the Industry (2-digit code), Subsector (4-digit code) and NAICS title (6-digit code) might be the way to go, sometimes you might want to bypass this complex search if you know ahead of time your business’ NAICS code and have it auto populated for you.

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Creating a simple canvas app component

by Levin, Aric

Business Solutions  Power Platform  PowerApps 


Posted on 9/8/2019 3:08:00 PM


As part of the 2019 October Release (Wave 2), Microsoft is introducing PowerApps Canvas App Components. Canvas App Components are reusable components that can be shared across multiple screens of your app, without the need to create or copy the component across the multiple screens. Create once, and use multiple times. Canvas App components can also be imported and exported, so that they can be used across multiple applications. This post will demonstrate how to create a simple component, add custom properties and use it from within your Canvas application

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