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jsPDF PCF Implementation Walkthrough

jsPDF is a handy library to generate PDF documents from text. There are a number of simple to advanced features of this library, that include formatting (fonts, margins, paper sizes, etc) through to compression as well as password encryption options.

Animation – jsPDF PCF Component

Initially I thought that jsPDF could be a great option to extend portals by allowing customers to quickly generate a bill (on the fly) whilst reducing storage costs by not keeping historical invoices, but then I discovered that the jsPDF framework is capable of a lot more. I recommend that you read through the jsPDF documentation when you have a moment (https://artskydj.github.io/jsPDF/docs/jsPDF.html), as mentioned earlier there are many many options available in jsPDF.

In this video, I’ll walk you through how to create a simple PCF implementation of jsPDF, which we’ll bind to a text field and trigger the generation of the PDF document from a button.

Source code:

https://github.com/365lyf/PCFControls/tree/master/jsPDF

Power Platform Release Wave 1 2022 – What’s new in Power Apps

With the upcoming Microsoft Power Platform 2022 Release Wave 1, I wanted to provide a guide to the community on the upcoming feature enhancements that will help make a difference in your deployments. The intention is to provide rolling commentary across the next couple of weeks with a focus on each of the major products within the Power Platform, continuing with today with Power Automate.

If you missed the previous article on Power BI and Power Automate, you read my summary here.

Microsoft Power Apps 2022 Wave 1 release brings about significant enhancements across all areas of Power Apps Model, Canvas and Portals. The core themes of this release, in my opinion, are Platform Enhancements (either previously previewed features, or exciting new features such as Branded Apps), and Collaboration (Co-Presence, Co-Edit for example).

Here’s a hot take on some of the features included in this release.

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Power Platform Release Wave 1 2022 – Top 10 Power Automate Features

With the upcoming Microsoft Power Platform 2022 Release Wave 1, I wanted to provide a guide to the community of the upcoming feature enhancements that will help make a difference in your deployments. My intention is to provide rolling commentary across the next couple of weeks with a focus on each of the major products within the Power Platform, continuing with today with Power Automate.

If you missed my previous article on Power BI, you can read it here.

An early peek of Microsoft Power Automate 2022 Wave 1 release it shows that there have been significant enhancements in respect to Usability, Security and Monitoring.

Here is my top 10 new features that you should be across in this release.

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Power Platform Release Wave 1 2022 – Top 10 Power BI Features

With the upcoming Microsoft Power Platform Release Wave 1, I wanted to provide a guide to the community of the upcoming feature enhancements that will help make a difference in your deployments. The intention is to provide rolling commentary across the next couple of weeks with a focus on each of the major products within the Power Platform, starting with today with Power BI.

As with previous release waves, the upcoming Microsoft Power BI 2022 Wave 1 release has a number brand new capabilities that are focused on collaboration, performance, and administration.

Here is my top 10 of new features that you should be across in this release.

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Continuous Threat Monitoring for Dynamics 365

According to the Identity Theft Resource Centre, data breaches in 2021 were up 17% over 2020 (source). The average cost of data breaches was also escalating with a report by IBM indicating the typical cost was $4.24m per breach (source).

This represents a worrying trend for our industry, and it is no wonder that data security has now become top of mind for CIOs and key decision-makers.

While Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems are invaluable in managing your client relationships in a central datastore, they also present a soft target for nefarious actors.

In today’s blog post, I will explain what the recently released Continuous Threat Monitoring for Dynamics 365 is and how it can be used to secure your CRM.

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Power Platform 2021 H1 – 6 Announcements You Should Know About

I hope everyone in the community is staying safe and their families are well. 2021 has been a year of many stops and starts, but one thing that keeps moving forward is the evolution of the Microsoft Power Platform. As we approach the midpoint of the year, I feel as though now is a good time to reflect upon the announcements made at both the Microsoft Business Applications Summit (MBAS) and Microsoft Build.

In this blog, I will quickly cover the top 6 features announced so far this year that will change the way you implement and use the Power Platform.

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Enterprise CMSs to keep an eye on, and do they play nice with Dynamics 365?

 

Enterprise content management systems have certainly come a long way, with the lines between social, marketing and traditional online engagement platforms becoming more and more blurred.

Content management systems themselves have become more like a CRM and CRMs have become more like Content Management Systems.

Modern content management systems, are now more than ever being flexibly deployed as a CaaS (Content as a Service), have rich marketing automation functionality, in-built customer relationship management, workflow, invoicing, order and often inventory management – actually I’m not sure if you can even refer to them as just content management systems.

And at the same time CRM’s such as Dynamics 365, are no longer just about ERP or Customer Relationship Management, they promise to completely transform your back office through field servicing, artificial intelligence, resource management, and of course their old stomping ground of sales and service management.

Why don’t we have one solution that encompasses the best of both worlds you may ask? The reality for many enterprise organisations is that no two deployment scenarios will be identical. CRMs and CMSs are as diverse as business needs.

While Microsoft Dynamics 365 Portals does a pretty good job as a SME or a point-solution, it was never intended to replace a full enterprise CMS.

So that leaves us with a best of breed architecture for enterprise. A powerful CRM platform, matched with a suitably powered ECMS. And with two platforms, we now have an integration problem that needs to be resolved. So firstly …

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