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Power Apps Building Blocks

Elayne Jones gives us an introduction to Power Apps:

The starting point for working with Power Apps is an environment. Environments house your business’ apps, data, chatbots, and flows. By building apps in a single environment, users can isolate content aimed at a specific use case or target their content towards a specific team or department. A common practice is to build separate environments for Development, Test, and Production stages. Power Apps Environments can even connect to GitHub, streamlining source control within an organization.

An Azure Active Directory tenant is required to create an environment, and only users within that tenant can access the content within the environment. After the environment is created, users deploy data sources to that environment. Thereafter, the content created can only connect to the data sources within the same environment. You can create a database in each environment, but there can only be one database in each environment.

Read on for a lot more.

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An Overview of Azure Logic Apps

Elayne Jones takes us through the use case for Azure Logic Apps:

Relying on automated workflows, instead of human intervention, ensures data consistency and availability. Automated workflows are, therefore, an integral piece of a sophisticated Modern Data Platform. Now, thanks to Azure Logic Apps, creating a complex workflow is no longer a daunting technical challenge!

Read on to see how they work, what kinds of connectors are available, and the sorts of things you can build with it.

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Displaying Blob Storage-Based Images in Power Apps

Paulina Nowinska has a tutorial for us:

Today, I explain how to create a simple app in Microsoft Power Apps where:

– the data are located in Excel,

– the table contains the path to the images from public Azure Blob Storage,

– the app displays images directly from Blob Storage based on the path defined in the database (Excel file).

If you haven’t used Power Apps before, I recommend checking it out. It’s not perfectly intuitive, but it does offer a much lower-code experience than classic app development.

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The Cost of a Checkbox: Power Apps Edition

Paul Thurrott looks at a security issue:

Over 1000 web apps created with Microsoft’s Power Apps inadvertently exposed the data from over 38 million users thanks to a misconfiguration, according to a new report in Wired. The good news? The issue has been fixed and no customers are known to have been compromised.

“We found [a web app created with Power Apps] that was misconfigured to expose data and we thought, we’ve never heard of this, is this a one-off thing or is this a systemic issue?” UpGuard vice president Greg Pollock told Wired. “Because of the way the Power Apps portals product works, it’s very easy to quickly do a survey. And we discovered there are tons of these exposed. It was wild.”

“Known to have been compromised” probably needs a “yet” in there somewhere. Read the whole thing.

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Generating Excel Reports with Power BI and Power Automate

Chris Webb mashes together a slew of technologies:

Now that Excel reports connected to Power BI datasets work in Excel Online it opens up a lot of new possibilities for doing cool things with Office Scripts and Power Automate. Here’s a simple example showing how all these technologies can be put together to automatically generate batches of Excel reports from a template.

Read on for the process.

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Executing Azure Data Factory Pipelines with Power App

Rayis Imayev has a plan:

One of my university professors liked to tell us a quote, “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters”, in a way to help us, his students, to stay active in our thinking process. I’m not sure if Francisco Goya, had a similar aspiration when he was creating his artwork with the same name.

So, let me explain my reasons to create a solution to trigger Azure Data Factory (ADF) pipelines from a Power App and why it shouldn’t be considered as a monster 🙂

If that’s not an introduction enticing enough to get you to read the whole thing, I don’t know what is.

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Data-Driven Subscriptions in Power BI

Patrick LeBlanc shows us how to build data-driven subscriptions using Power BI and Power Automate:

Automate data driven subscriptions with the Power Platform using Power BI and Power Automate! Patrick shows you how to quickly setup a report bursting option for your reports.

Click through for the video. There are a few more steps compared to what you’d do in Power BI Reporting Services, but it’s still pretty straightforward.

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The Power Automate Custom Visual in Power BI

Imran Burki tries out a new custom visual:

Using the Power Automate Custom Visual in Power BI is the same process as using any custom visual. We’ll use the Defects Dashboard I created from my last blog post as an example. We want to send a Teams message when we notice defects in a plant require the attention of the plant supervisor. After that, we want to create a meeting in Outlook to discuss findings from our dashboard. Previously, there wasn’t a straightforward way to do this directly in Power BI. However, with the Power Automate Custom Visual, we can create flows directly in Power BI without ever having to leave Power BI! Now that’s cool! Let’s get started.

This is really interesting for setting up rules-based alerting.

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