Absolute Beginner's Guide to the Power Platform

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This course is designed for you to start your Power Platform journey here, with us. In this course our expert instructors bring you through all of the platform basics to help you gain an understanding of the capabilities. From there you will learn more details about each pillar of the platform, and each of the app types. The Power Platform is a great opportunity for anyone to learn to build apps, and we want to help you get started.

You are an expert in SOMETHING

Bring that expertise to app-building. Power Platform makes that easy.


Julie Yack

Julie Yack

Trainer. Author. Mentor. Learner. Problem-solver. Globetrotter. Microsoft MVP.

Derik Bormann

Derik Bormann

Derik is a regular contributor to CRM Tip of Day http://crmtipoftheday.com/. Derik is also a Microsoft MVP alumni.

David Yack

David Yack

David is the CTO of Colorado Technology Consultants based in Colorado and is recognized as a Microsoft MVP

George Doubinski

George Doubinski

Microsoft MVP. Architect. Coder. Author. Blogger. Speaker. Trainer. Specialist in all things difficult.

Nick Doelman

Nick Doelman

MVP. Dad. Husband. Canadian. Beer connoisseur. Passionate about Power Platform, Power Apps and Powerlifting.

Course Module Details

Course Intro (5 Minutes)
  • Welcome
Power Platform Overview (1 Hours)

In this first module we will introduce you to the Power Platform and its moving parts. You'll learn about the types of apps and automation available and view a demo of a full stack solution using the Power Platform.

  • Power Platform Overview
  • Full Demo of Platform Solution
  • Components Info Sheets
  • Assignment
Getting Started with the Power Platform (1 Hours)

In this module you will begin your journey to becoming a maker in the Power Platform. You will see the different admin centers and learn what types of actions you should be completing in each of them. And then there's a short quiz.

  • Power Platform Admin
  • Admin Center Tour
  • Create an Environment
  • Tour of the Maker Portal
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Test Your Knowledge
Microsoft Dataverse (2 Hours)

Microsoft Dataverse is a relational database that you can use as a data source for your Power Apps. It really is much more than just a database, but let’s start there. Dataverse grew from Microsoft’s CRM product, it became casually known as xRM, then CDS (Common Data Service) and now it is named Microsoft Dataverse.

  • Microsoft Dataverse
  • Data model overview
  • Solutions
  • Create a Solution
  • Key Dataverse Data Modeling Componenets
  • Create Tables
  • Create Columns
  • Additional Fields
  • Relationships
  • Dataverse Security
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Assignment
  • Take your skills to the next level
Building Model-driven Apps (1.5 Hours)

Model-driven apps have been part of Microsoft for more than a decade. These apps evolved from Dynamics CRM and are what the Power Platform was first built on. The idea of a model-driven app is that you know you have data, it’s relational data, and you need an effective way to surface that to your users. Model-driven apps come with loads of features and automation out of the box, and they come with a quick and easy way to compose an app from the components you’ve made.

  • Model-driven apps
  • Introduction
  • Examples of Model-driven Apps
  • Our model app
  • Forms
  • Views
  • Business Rules
  • Business Process Flow
  • Compose your app
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Take your Model-Driven app skills to the next level.
Building Canvas Apps (2 Hours)

Canvas apps are Power Apps that allow you to build pixel-perfect apps connected to hundreds of potential data sources.

  • Canvas app overview
  • Planning
  • Canvas app designer
  • Controls
  • Data sources and controls
  • Gallery basics
  • Filter search
  • Related data
  • Forms navigation
  • Saving
  • More canvas info
  • Exercise
  • Take your Canvas skills to the next level
Platform Automation (0.5 Hours)
  • Power Automate Basics
  • Creating Flows
  • Leveraging Cloud Flows
  • Power Automate Desktop
  • Build a Desktop Flow
  • Working with Variables
  • Working with UI Elements
  • Working with Other Apps
  • Putting it all together
Power Virtual Agents (0.5 Hours)
  • PVA Overview
  • Topics
  • Leveraging Power Automate
  • Working with Entities
  • Testing a Bot
  • Fallback Topics
  • Publishing a Bot