Module 1: An Introduction to PowerAppsLet’s get started with an introduction to Microsoft PowerApps. Traditionally building customised solutions for a business involved using a coding language to build an application from scratch. Typically, these solutions could often only be used within the business, making external use of the application a large hurdle to overcome. With PowerApps we can now not only easily build solutions, but we can also share them with users in our business. Deployment takes seconds and you could by testing your own app on your phone in no time. This module will overview the features of PowerApps, its benefits to a business and the variety of ways you can build and access your apps on different devices.
What is PowerApps?
The benefits of apps
How to get PowerApps
Canvas Apps and Model-Driven Apps
License Options and Costs
Discover PowerApps with Templates
Lab : Introduction to PowerApps
Try the Cost Estimator App
Download and Review App Design
Sample App of your choice
Module 2: Getting Started with PowerAppsTo begin our journey through the PowerApps product, we will begin by looking at some of the templates that are available to view and edit. Microsoft’s templates are a good starting point to discover what the product is capable off and how it can be achieved. We will also take the chance to have a tour of the editor so that students are familiar with the interface that they will be using over the two-day course. We will then build our first app from a static data source, showing students how to test their changes in the app instantly without the need to publish. We will also discuss how to configure your apps settings and how to access the app once it has been saved and shared.
Building a new app from a data source
Add, edit and remove controls
Intro to Formulas
Testing an app
Publish and Share Apps
Version History and Restore
PowerApps Mobile App
Lab : Getting Started
Module 3: Branding and MediaIn our next module, we will look at the options available to designers that allow them to implement their business branding. Not only will this deal with the aesthetics of your app, it will also introduce time-saving tips to help keep your branding consistent. We will also be discussing how to embed media into your app which can be useful if you are planning on an app that might promote video content.
Lab : Branding and Media
Module 4: PowerApps ControlsSo far in the course, we would have covered the basics of adding, editing and removing controls from our applications. The drive behind this module is to provide more depth on the categories of controls which can be used on a form. Your instructor will take you through each control and discuss its purpose and configuration. Tackling the wide selection of controls will help students recognise when to use the right control.
Text Controls for Data Entry and Display
Controls – Drop downs, combo box, date picker, radio button and more
Forms – Add and edit data in underlying data sources quickly
Charts – present information in pie, line and bar charts
Lab : Build Apps from Blank
Create an App from the blank template
Add Controls to collect and display data
Add Formulas to allow the controls to interact
Module 5: Data Sources and LogicTo help maintain and view essential business information, organisations often have a diverse selection of locations to keep different types of data. This could range from databases to file storage locations. PowerApps offers connections to a wide selection of data sources. We will show students to build their PowerApps to bring in data from a variety of sources as well as how they can utilise the common data source, a storage location unique to PowerApps.
Data Storage and Services
How do I decide which database to use?
Connect to on-premises data – Gateway
What is Delegation?
Specific Data Examples
Lab : Data Source and Logic
SharePoint List connect to App
Flow to collect tweets to SharePoint
Display Tweets in PowerApps using the Twitter service
Create a reply screen in PowerApps
Module 6: Model-Driven AppsModule one to five discussed how to work with the original type of PowerApp known as a Canvas App, Microsoft have now introduced a second type of app known as a model-driven app. Model driven apps involve a different development process to canvas apps. We will review this development process during this module. Model-Driven apps can be quicker to build than canvas apps, but they are less customisable and typically have a higher cost, knowing which type of app to use is not always a simple decision, we will show you the pros and cons of each.
What is a model-driven app?
Where will my data be stored?
How do create a model-driven app
Canvas vs model-driven summary
Lab : Model-Driven App
Module 7: PowerApp IntegrationPowerApps is designed to easily connect to other business systems to read and update information. In this module we will discuss some simple ways to integrate PowerApps with key Office 365 systems including Teams, SharePoint Online and Flow. The result, is the ability to use a combination of systems to create solutions for a variety of business requirements.
Lab : PowerApp Integration
Module 8: Administration and Maintenance of PowerAppsIn our last module for Microsoft PowerApps, we will be looking at how a business can manage their existing apps. This could be using analytics to discover usage trends. We will discover how to export and import apps, so they can be reused in other locations. Finally, we will discuss how Office 365 administrators can shape the PowerApps experience with high-level settings that help ensure data segregation and security.
Identify which users have been using PowerApps
Reuse an app in another location (move from testing or development to production)
Review app usage
Prevent a user from using PowerApps
Lab : Administration and Maintenance