How to build a single HTTP request from data within a collection in Microsoft Flow

A challenge in Microsoft Flow is to obtain specific data from a collection of objects (Like Dynamics 365 records) and use some data from those records within a single HTTP request. Why not make multiple HTTP requests within the ‘Apply Each’ loop I hear you ask? Well my friend, because there could be 100 records or more, that’s 100 hits to an endpoint which is really unnecessary, time-consuming and prone to error. Best Practice is, if the scenario allows it, to send as few requests as possible.

Iterate over child entities in Dynamics 365 using Microsoft Flow

One of the weaknesses of traditional workflows within Dynamics 365 is their inability to natively iterate over child records. Great news! Microsoft Flow allows you to be able to iterate over child records and pass in query string parameters allowing you to limit the returned collection. It achieves this using OData syntax. Trust me though, even if you have never used OData syntax before, with a bit of trial and error you’ll pick it up in no time. Check out this post for a very quick start to iterating over child entities using Microsoft Flow.

Creating HTTP requests to Dynamics 365 using Microsoft Flow

It is absolutely amazing how many things Microsoft Flow can do. One of the most useful actions I have come across is making HTTP requests that integrate with Dynamics 365. Using Flow to make HTTP requests to external services allows for you to create loosely coupled integrations very easily. Once the solution feature is released in October 2018, it will also be easy to maintain. This post will show you how to make a simple HTTP request to one of the Cognitive Service API’s in response to a trigger within Dynamics 365.

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How to create Microsoft Form integration with Dynamics 365

Microsoft Forms is a service that allows for the creation of a basic form quickly and easily. Forms are no longer in preview just for educational organisations and are now in preview for everybody with a valid Office 365 Licence, which means we can now look at how this service can fit into the Dynamics 365 stack of technologies as it offers an alternative to other services such as those that are designed to create Landing Pages within Dynamics 365, or produce Surveys, essentially any sort of fast data collection or submitting you want the user to do. (There’s always positives and negatives of course which need to be weighed up with what you want out of the service you choose)

How to build a Customer Sentiment Solution using Dynamics 365 (with no code)

Organisations often request what is called a ‘Customer 360’ view within their CRM systems. This is unfortunately a term which has become overused, misused and actually quite misleading. Feel free to listen to why in one of my YouTube videos (this one) but in short, human beings are not owls, and we cannot consume a large amount of information at any one time.

How to setup (and use) CaféX Live Assist for Microsoft Portals

It is fairly regular that you will be navigating the internet to then come across a pop up on the side of your screen asking you if you require assistance. This live support functionality is designed to capture needs right as they happen or very shortly after so if your having a problem, such as not being able to find what your looking for, you can ask immediately without having to email a support ticket and then wait and manage the response.

Get started with Learning Path Authoring in Dynamics 365 and ideas for extensions

Training and User Adoption are always popular topics at conferences and events because they are often two of the most difficult parts of a software project to plan for. Training can be done by-the-book however there are a lot of things that depend on good training. This can range from the actual knowledge of the trainer and their approach to cater for different learning styles.

How to set up standard Cognitive Services API Integration in Dynamics 365 (with some custom bits too!)

The release of Dynamics 365 at the end of last year saw some new features available for public preview. One of the features in preview is the Cognitive Services integration, currently available in the US. The Cognitive Services APIs are a group of APIs that span across different categories such as vision or text analytics. A large number of them have a Machine Learning component where a model will be created and then adjusted over time based on the data that it feeds upon, however not all of them require this and instead perform computation without having the ‘learning’ ability.

Getting started with Actions in Dynamics 365 & Smart Buttons in Ribbon Workbench 2016

Actions are a type of process within Dynamics CRM/365 that you may or may not have already heard of. They are not as well known as workflows and are viewed as an internal operation rather than something that can be configurable. This mindset could be because we are so used to creating workflows, dialogs, or even plugins that have a starting or ‘trigger’ point, and are so caught up making business logic for those that we forget we can create a component that is in fact, reusable across all of these types of customisation and only have to make it once.

What’s new in Microsoft Dynamics 365 and How to get started

November 2016 saw the release of Microsoft Dynamics 365, which technically includes version 8.2 of Dynamics CRM. With this update came some fantastic pieces of functionality, worthy of their own feature posts at some point in the future which will detail the granular nuts and bolts, instead, this post aims to begin with an overview of what that awesome new functionality is and how steps you can take to get started with each part.

Sparkle XRM – Network Visualization Deep Dive

Sparkle XRM is a framework which is built to allow you to create complex user interface solutions in Microsoft Dynamics CRM using C# mainly and with very little client side configuration or heavy design work.

Sparkle doesn’t just give you the pre-built code framework to make creating your own so much easier, it even comes with samples for you to try. These are seen as samples but they can be full blown applications for you to use as you want within a live production environment if they fit the need for you or your customer.