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Introduction to Microsoft Power Platform for Business

Optimise your business processes and efficiency by exploring the capabilities of the Microsoft Power Platform and Power BI.

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Learn how to improve your business processes with Microsoft Power Platform

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Microsoft Power Platform is an incredibly dynamic business tool. It offers a range of Power Apps that are designed to streamline processes and improve productivity.

This four-week course will introduce you to the fundamentals of Microsoft Power Platform and show you how the functionality of the Power Apps can improve your business.

The skills and knowledge you acquire on this course will help you prepare for the Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals certification exam.

Explore the capability of Power BI and Dataverse for data storage and data analysis

Dataverse allows its users to effectively store and manage data drawn from a range of applications. While collecting data is imperative for business, it is not useful in its raw form.

You’ll learn how to combine Dataverse with the functionality of Power BI to collect and transform data into highly valuable insights and interactive visuals.

Boost your web development with chatbots and Power Virtual Agents

Web development and website management is made easy with Microsoft Power Apps. You’ll learn to use the bucket of tools provided by Microsoft for automation, app integration, and the creation of chatbots and Virtual Agents.

In doing so, you’ll increase productivity and efficiency, saving your business valuable time and money.

Learn how to take your business to the next level with Microsoft

With expertise from the world’s leading technology company, you’ll be empowered with the capability to leverage the Power Platform and Power Apps to propel your business to success.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds How many of you wish you had the secret superpower that could make your life and business so much better and easier? You want to know, right? Yes, you do. I’m going to introduce you to the Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals Learning Path. That sounds really complicated. It’s not. Power Platform is really this bucket of cool, low-code tools that you can use to build your own websites, chat bots, apps, automation, AI, all sorts of things that’ll just make your business better. You’ll also learn in this learning path how to use various data stores, either the one you’re on or a newfangled one called Microsoft Dataverse.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 seconds And lastly, and probably most important, you’ll learn how the Power Platform is secure, compliant, accessible so that your tools can be used by anyone in the world. By the end of this learning path, you’re going to have a really good understanding of what is the Power Platform, what it can do for you, and how it can make your business better.


  • Week 1

    Introducing the Microsoft Power Platform, Dataverse and Power Apps

    • Welcome to the course

      Discover what's coming up during the course and meet your fellow learners.

    • Introduction to Microsoft Power Platform

      Let's get to know Microsoft Power Platform.

    • Introduction to Dataverse

      In this activity we'll discover Dataverse.

    • Introduction to Power Apps

      In this activity we'll discover Power Apps.

    • Weekly wrap up

      Let's take some time to reflect on the progress we've made so far.

  • Week 2

    Canvas apps, model-driven apps and Power Apps portals

    • Welcome to week 2

      Let's have a look at what's coming up this week.

    • How to build a canvas app

      Let's use Power Apps to build a canvas app.

    • How to build a model-driven app

      Next we'll be using Power Apps to build a model-driven app.

    • Power Apps portals

      In this activity we'll get to know Power Apps portals and how to use them.

    • Weekly wrap up

      Let's take some time to reflect on the progress we've made so far.

  • Week 3

    Power Automate, automated solutions and Power BI

    • Welcome to week 3

      Let's have a look at what's coming up this week.

    • Introduction to Power Automate

      First up is an introduction to Power Automate.

    • How to build an automated solution

      Let's use Power Apps to build an automated solution.

    • Introduction to Power BI

      In this activity we'll get to know Power BI and what it can be used for.

    • Weekly wrap up

      Let's take some time to reflect on the progress we've made so far.

  • Week 4

    Dashboards, Power Virtual Agents and chatbots

    • Welcome to week 4

      Let's have a look at what's coming up this week.

    • How to build a simple dashboard

      In this activity we'll learn how to connect to, transform and visualize data using dashboards.

    • Introduction to Power Virtual Agents

      Let's get to know Power Virtual Agents.

    • How to build a basic chatbot

      In this activity we will be creating, testing, publishing and analysing a chatbot.

    • Course wrap up

      We've reached the end of the course! Let's reflect on the journey and plan for what's next.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the business value of Power Platform
  • Identify the core components of Power Platform
  • Demonstrate the capabilities of Power BI
  • Describe the capabilities of Power Apps
  • Demonstrate the capabilities of Power Automate
  • Demonstrate the business value of Power Virtual Agents

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for individuals who wish to improve the productivity and efficiency of their business by understanding the capabilities of the Microsoft Power Platform.

What software or tools do you need?

To fully engage with this course you’ll need access to Microsoft Power Platform. Some elements of the course require an organisational login. Please ensure access to Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate and Power Virtual Agents before enrolling on this course.

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