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Amazing Applications show is for Microsoft Business Applications creators who want to build amazing Microsoft Dynamics 365, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agent and Power BI applications that everyone will love. The podcast is hosted by Microsoft Business Applications MVP, Neil Benson.

Amazing Applications Neil Benson

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Amazing Applications show is for Microsoft Business Applications creators who want to build amazing Microsoft Dynamics 365, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agent and Power BI applications that everyone will love. The podcast is hosted by Microsoft Business Applications MVP, Neil Benson.

    Power Platform governance at a global scale with Rene Modery

    Power Platform governance at a global scale with Rene Modery

    121. What's it like trying to manage 10 Microsoft 365 tenants with hundreds of environments, apps and citizen developers. Rene Modery, Power Platform Technical Lead shares his journey at global advertising company, WPP. 
    Managing ten Microsoft 365 tenants for a global company with hundreds of subsidiaries.Power Platform environment policies and other guard rails to help makers.How do you know what apps have already been built and what problems have already been solved within a large organisation so that makers don't reinvent the wheel?Which data sources and connectors are proving to be the most popular in your Power Platform environments? SharePoint, Microsoft Lists, Excel, Azure SQL, Dataverse?Why Rene is not ready to ask makers to standardise on Dataverse quite yet.How the new Fluent UI controls will help app makers build apps that are better looking and more useful.If Rene could direct the Microsoft product teams to improve one thing, it would be...licensing!And he'd love to see some of the Center of Excellence features brought into the Power Platform Admin Center too.  And in person events are returning to the Power Platform user groups in Singapore.Resources
    Rene Modery on TwitterRene Modery on LinkedInRene's book, Hands-On Microsoft ListsSingapore Power Platform User GroupSupport the show

    • 36 min
    Defining requirements for complex Power Platform apps with Hamish Sheild

    Defining requirements for complex Power Platform apps with Hamish Sheild

    120. Hamish Sheild describes his five step Solution Mapping framework for using design thinking principles to define the requirements for complex Power Platform applications.
    Hamish has discovered Outlook's Board View and Neil is evaluating Motion for improving productivity.AppRising's Solution Mapping FrameworkWhat is a complex application?Observing users in their environmentCustomer journey mappingSwimlane business process mappingAre as-is process diagrams worth the effort?Creating a product backlog of user storiesFocusing on value when creating a user storyWhat's the right level of detail for user stories?Establishing a Power Platform centre of excellence. Are centres of excellence only for organisations with lots of 'citizen developers'?Resources
    Hamish Sheild on LinkedInAppRising on LinkedInAppRising websiteMicrosoft Outlook Boards View videos on YouTubeAppRising's Solution Mapping Framework for gathering and defining requirements for bespoke Power Platform applications.Microsoft Power Platform Center of Excellence (CoE) Starter KitDynamics 365 and Power Platform User Group, Auckland, New ZealandSupport the show

    • 34 min
    Is Pre-Sales the Key to Power Platform Success? with Craig McGeough

    Is Pre-Sales the Key to Power Platform Success? with Craig McGeough

    119. What's the role of pre-sales in setting up Microsoft customers and partners for successful Dynamics 365 and Power Platform projects? Today's guest is Craig McGeough, Power Platform Pre-Sales Consultant at Incremental Group.

    Make sure you catch Craig's session, More than "selling the dream"! Why Pre-Sales is the key to Power Platform success, at Scottish Summit on Friday, 9 June 2022. Register for free today at ScottishSummit.com.
    What is pre-sales?Why do pre-sales consultants get paid soooo much?Do pre-sales consultants need a delivery or sales background?Industry specialisation in pre-salesThe best thing about being a pre-sales consultantKeeping up-to-date with Power Platform enhancementsPre-sales and licensing expertiseMicrosoft Catalyst and Design Thinking as a pre-sales toolWhat's the role of pre-sales consultants in project estimation?Should pre-sales consultants care about delivery capacity?Career growth for pre-sales consultantsResources
    Craig's blog: PracticalPresales.comCraig McGeough on LinkedInIncremental Group

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    • 43 min
    Power Pages and beyond with Ulrikke Akerbæk

    Power Pages and beyond with Ulrikke Akerbæk

    118. Ulrikke Akerbæk joins to discuss what's new with Power Pages (still called Power Apps Portals when we recorded this episode under NDA!). Discover some of the goodies Microsoft has been releasing for professional developers Power Pages and which portal template Ulrikke uses for almost every portals project.

    Announcing the preview of Microsoft Power Pages on the Power Apps blog.
    Ulrikke is the Low Code Platform Lead at Itera in Norway and has been a Microsoft MVP since 2021.

    Ulrikke is presenting 'Portal Templates - What's new?' at Scottish Summit on Saturday 10 June 2002.

    Register today for Scottish Summit.

    Resources
    Ulrikke Akerbæk on LinkedInUlrikke Akerbæk on TwitterNick Doelman on LinkedInVictor Dantas on LinkedInVictor Dantas' Portals Zero to Hero 1 playlist on YouTubeVictor Dantas' Portals Zero to Hero 2 playlist on YouTubeNordic Summit, 24 September 2002 in Stockholm, SwedenPower Platform User Group NorwayFind a Power Platform user groupFind a Dynamics 365 user groupSupport the show

    • 23 min
    Answer These Five Questions Before You Build Anything with Chike Eduputa

    Answer These Five Questions Before You Build Anything with Chike Eduputa

    117. Chike Eduputa challenges citizen developers (and professional developers) to ask themselves five critical questions before building their next Power Platform or Dynamics 365 app.

    Chike Eduputa is a senior manager at Capgemini Invent in London where he specialises in digital strategy and transformation. He's presenting at Scottish Summit on 9 June with the topic "Build what matters: critical metrics for citizen developers".

    Register today for Scottish Summit.

    Chike invites us to answer five questions before embarking on a project to build a business application. Listen to the episode to find out more.

    Get in touch with Chike
    Chike Eduputa on LinkedIn Capgemini Invent





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    Six challenges of enterprise Dynamics 365 projects with Andrew Bibby and Dani Kahil

    Six challenges of enterprise Dynamics 365 projects with Andrew Bibby and Dani Kahil

    #116. Dani Kahil interviews Andrew Bibby about a pivotal, multi-year Dynamics 365 business transformation project in financial services. 

    Dani Kahil and Andrew Bibby are both Microsoft Business Applications MVPs. Dani is an independent consultant and online trainer specialising in requirements analysis and solution envisioning. Andrew Bibby is a founder of Proximo 3, a Microsoft training and advisory partner based in the UK.

    Dani and Andrew discuss:
    How Andrew's client engaged him as an advisor to help the customer and their Microsoft partner organisations work effectively together.They started with a proof of concept to evaluate the Dynamics 365 platform and their agile way of working.The customer had an application landscape including Dynamics 365, Azure, and on-premise systems.How a single productivity business goal supported the project's business case.Grappling with an agile approach and ultimately settling on a hybrid approach that involved lots of upfront requirements analysis and design (and the affects of this).The importance of both the product owner and the scrum master in an agile team.Using Azure DevOps to track requirements and realised the value in requirements traceability all the way from inception through to production releases.Configuring Azure DevOps with a custom work item template to make it easier to capture requirements.Challenges ensuring user stories were sufficiently detailed so that developers could understand them and how the team experience and tackled the challenge of requirements changing (or being clarified) mid sprint.The value that estimation techniques, like planning poker, can have on helping developers understand the requirements.Difficulties co-ordinating and communicating changes across multiple work streams so that everyone understands changes to processes, requirements, data models or APIS that might affect their work.How solution architects can play a role in communicating changes across work streams.Andrew's growing enthusiasm for change management, Prosci training and certification, and the positive impact that professional change management has on business application adoption.Resources
    Dani Kahil on LinkedInDani Kahil's blogDani Kahil's Functional Consulting online training course - Requirements analysis for a successful project delivery for Dynamics 365 or the Power PlatformAndrew Bibby on LinkedInAndrew Bibby on TwitterProximo 3 websiteProsci change management trainingSupport the show

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