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Application Concept Overview

Microsoft Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform
The primary user experience with the Power Platform is the application. So it’s important that we get a good grasp of what our options are for creating applications on the platform. And that’s what we’re going to do in this talk. And then subsequent, we’ll try to explain the different types of application and how to choose between them as we drill down a little bit deeper. When you think about creating an app, it’s important to think about what your options are for creating an app. By far, the easiest option is to start with the Dynamics 365 app that already exists, whether it’s sales service, field service, project service, and really just tailor it to your particular individual needs.
And that’s one of the nice things about the Power platform and the applications with Dynamics 365 is you can take one of these applications, add fields, add different ways of looking at the forms, add even custom processes onto them without having to start from scratch. Now, if that doesn’t work, and you don’t find one that matches your particular need, check AppSource. AppSource is the catalogue of all the applications that are available on the Power Platform Dynamics 365. Some of them add on to existing Dynamics 365, adding things like product configuraters and other things like that. Others are complete vertical or horizontal solutions that you might find useful.
And if either of those two options don’t work, then you have the custom path that we’ll be talking about in depth as we go through this course. Now, all the techniques that we’re talking about in this course apply whether you’re tailoring an application that already started or building it custom. And we’ll talk about the different types of applications that you can build on the platform. Now one of the things that also is worth mentioning is that applications can span all different levels of complexity and integration with the different applications.
So whether it’s embedded with SharePoint, embedded with teams, whether it’s a standalone application that the user interacts with, or whether you have needs that can’t be met with some of the configuration first aspects of the platform, you can reach out to developer assets to build custom visualisations or custom logic that plugs into the overall platform. So there are really two types of applications that you can choose from. You can choose from Power Apps Canvas applications or model driven applications. Dynamics 365 is a great example of model driven applications that build on it. And you can build these together.
And you will see in some of the October release that is just coming out that you have the ability to insert Canvas apps on model driven forms, blurring the line between the different types of applications. As we continue to drill down in this module, we’ll help you understand the difference between the types of application, their capabilities, and how to make choices between the different types.

In the previous step, we discovered the basics for Model-driven apps. In this step, we explore Application Concepts.

The primary user experience with the Power Platform is the application, so it’s important that we get a good grasp of what our options are for creating applications on the platform.

In this video, we discuss the different options and how to choose from the various types of applications available.

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Since the primary user experience with the Power Platform is the application, it is important that we understand what our options are for creating applications on the platform. Do you have experience of adapting applications you can share with other learners? If you’d like to create a new app, is there an existing Dynamics 365 app you could build from, or will you likely need to start from scratch?

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