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Hackathon – PowerApps & CDS

So if you are part of the Dynamics 365 community (and even if you’re not) you have more than likely heard a few words and initialisms thrown around referring to CDS, Common Data Service, Business Applications and PowerApps.

If you have Chris Huntingford, Kyle Hill or myself (William Dorrington) on Linkedin, and if not why not(!), then you would have noticed that we have been excitingly posting about a CDS & PowerApps HACK-A-THON! This is something we are absolutely ecstatic about and I’d like to share with you a few reasons why you should be too.

….”okay Will we know you’ve had a coffee and that you get overly passionate about everything but first of
all what is CDS & PowerApps and how can it benefit me”….

WOW – what a question allow me to express this in an inconsistent verbal vomiting of overly flamboyant words.

The Common Data Service is the absolute collection of awesomeness – if awesomeness was your data platform where your various Dynamics 365 applications share and model their data (and where CE data now resides) in a secure and easily customised manner! Think of the possibilities, sharing of data between CE and FinOps (easily intergrate CE’s Project Services Automation with Finance and Operations Project Management and Accounting and all the other possibilities….FIELD SERVICES WOAHHHHH)!


What if we could create our own business applications that feasts of this glorious collection of entwined, possibly customised pool of delicious data? WE CAN! POWERAPPS is the answer!

…”Will calm down”…


PowerApps is a new(ish) (for those who know Project Siena would argue with me and then I’d invite them to share a delicious beer because people who have that sort of knowledge is people I wish to be my friend) “high productivity development platform for business applications” (yeah you got me – that is Microsoft’s description). This allows you to EASILY build business applications that you can deploy to phones, tables and Dynamics 365 itself (including SharePoint and many other environments) – the only limit is your imagination. Personally I use it to build computer games, latest has been a Super Mario game that the accounts from CE are the ‘players’ and as you collect the coins in the game it updates the ‘players’ credit limit in CE (and due to it being integrated to Finance and Operations) it integrates there too!

Soooooooo… let’s conclude CDS = Amazing + PowerApps = Wonderful all-in-all come to the Hack-A-Thon, learn how to create your own apps and play some Mario, drink some beer, laugh at some awful jokes and eat some food!

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