CRM Audio is a network of podcasts about Dynamics 365, Dynamics CRM, personal productivity, and Power BI hosted by Microsoft Business Solutions MVP's Joel Lindstrom, George Doubinski, Shawn Tabor, Mark Smith, and Scott Sewell and productivity expert Matthew C. Anderson. We are the original CRM MVP Podcast. Podcasts in the feed:
CRM Audio - a roundtable discussion of all things CRM, including what's new, best practices, and answers to your CRM questions and Power BI.
Power BI and More - Microsoft Business Solutions MVP Scott Sewell teaches you how to learn Power BI and effectively use it with Dynamics 365.
Prodcast - All about personal productivity. We get deep into productivity and cut through the hype around productivity tools, and tell you what's not productive.
In today's podcast, Joel Lindstrom and George Doubinski talk about Dataverse, the new name of Common Data Service.
Microsoft has also renamed some of the CDS components. Entities are now tables, Option Sets are now choices, and fields are not columns.
These new names may be confusing for long time platform users, but they move the platform to be more consistent with other platforms and will help makers moving from SharePoint to Dataverse, as the naming is now consistent.
In-line code editor and Project Oakdale
It's autumn in the the US, the leaves are falling, and we are back with another episode of CRM Audio.
In today's episode, Joel Lindstrom, George Doubinski, and Shawn Tabor talk about George's new in-line code editor function for Power Automate--how does it work, why would you want to use it over plain expressions, and is it secure?
We also get into Oakdale, the new light version of Common Data Service included in Microsoft Teams. After using it for several weeks, how does it compare with full CDS? Are there any performance differences? And what about storage capacity?
Microsoft released a public preview of Connection References, which store Power Automate (and some Power App) connections in solutions, and prompt for connection when the solution is moved to another environment.
This is a big deal because currently connections are not moved with solutions, which means that Power Automate flows are not connected after the solution is moved, and editing flows in Production environments are tedious and cause problems with ALM processes.
This change is also significant because it brings the value of solutions and ALM to non-CDS connected flows. Since Sharepoint, SQL, and custom connections can be automated using connnection references, deployment automation and CI/CD can now appply to connections other than CDS.
Listen to today's podcast as George Doubinski, Joel Lindstrom, and Shawn Tabor discuss connection references.
We also touch on environment variables and how these changes work with environment variables. And we celebrate Shawn "Hobbit" Tabor's 50th birthday!
Getting ready for DynamicsCon with Jon Stypula
This week Jon Stypula from Dynamic Consulting joins CRM Audio to talk about the DynamicsCon virtual conference coming up on September 9-10.
Watch this episode on YouTube at https://youtu.be/lyL9dSO3wfc.
Find out how DynamicsCon is different than other Power Platform virtual events. Who is paying for it, and how the money will be spent.
You can register for DynamicsCon at https://dynamicscon.com/ Connect with Jon Stypula on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonstypula/
What's new with RPA in Microsoft Power Automate
RPA is getting a lot of buzz these days, but what does it really mean?
Today Cody Erickson from Microsoft (and formerly Softmotive) joins CRM Audio, along with Joe (Flow Joe) Unwin, to discuss RPA:
Why did Microsoft acquire Softmotive when they already had RPA? How can Power Automate customers use Softmotive RPA today? When should you use RPA (and when should you not use RPA? Setting proper expectations for RPA deployments Using RPA to empower users -Common RPA mistakes Links:
Cody Erickson on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cody-erickson-b0663a74/ Joe Unwin on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joeunwin CRM Audio Podcast: https://crm.audio
Notifications in Dynamics 365
In this Service based episode of CRM Audio, Shawn & Sarah talk about how notifications within Dynamics 365 aren't just emails anymore! They talk about how notifications can be more actionable and meaningful for Dynamics 365 users! Also, Shawn talks about the upcoming Field Service Bootcamp coming to 365 Saturday on August 12-15!
365 Saturday - Field Service Bootcamp (August 12-15)
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