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Microsoft Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform
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Model driven apps require a CDS database and are built on top of the data that is modelled in that specific database instance. Model driven apps are data driven and have consistent navigation, data interaction, and tools available to work on the data regardless of the data entity being worked with. Model driven apps materialise views and detail screens based on the data structure. Using the view and form designers you can quickly tailor the user experience for the entity within the defined patterns for views and forms. This provides the benefit of getting the application up and running quickly. It also offers users a consistent experience between data and even other model driven apps.
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With our App Designer you can build your user’s experience with a simple drag and drop interface. This makes it easier for you to build out apps for dedicated workloads of your users. The SiteMap will also define the navigation for this model driven app and we can also build it with the simple drag and drop builder available here. In your hands on practises you are continuing to build out the knowledge assessment app, configuring the SiteMap, and changing the forms and views being used. While most users spend their time on the main forms we learned about not only additional form types but the specialised form components that further expand on the user experience.
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For our hands on practises on forms we worked on configuring forms for both knowledge assessments and knowledge questions. Views show up in so many places from dashboards, to the starting point of many navigation experiences, and even building of advanced finds and personal views. Our editable grids are special controls that we can have as both system level views, the starting point for many users, but also added as subgrids on main entity forms. We are continuing the knowledge assessment application by configuring our views with different columns, sorting, and column widths. Model driven charts offer users a great chance to see their data in action.
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With drilldown capabilities and responsive grid views users have direct and quick access to their day to day data. In our practise exercises here we built our charts for our app. But I challenge you to spend some time using the system charts that are already in the application. Set up a trial of dynamics, see how they work for yourself. Maybe export a personal chart, import it as the system chart. Try some things out. We have a few different dashboards that we can be using here in the Power Platform from standard and interactive. Though, despite the naming, all of the dashboards are interactive for the users with drilldown capabilities. We’ve continued our application build out by adding an admin dashboard.
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With many out of the box reports and a report wizard in the application we have a few different ways to offer analytics to our users. The reporting engine and wizard are in transition right now so users can launch from the unified interface but still have the bulk of the experience in the classic web application. Users with Power BI licences can also have analytics on their personal dashboards using Power BI widgets.

In the last few steps, we uncovered Personal Power BI. Now, let’s summarize what we learned in this activity on Building Model-Driven Applications.

What do we know about Model driven apps?

Model-driven apps:

  • require a CDS database and are built on top of the data that is modelled in that specific database instance
  • they are data-driven and have consistent navigation, data interaction, and tools materialise views and detail screens based on the data structure.

With our App Designer you can build your user’s experience with a simple drag and drop interface. The SiteMap will also define the navigation for this model-driven app and we can also build it with the simple drag and drop builder available here.

With Configure Forms you are able to set up forms for both knowledge assessments and knowledge questions. You are able to review form types and elements as well as add specialised form components.

In the Configure Views, you are able to change the view types and use editable grids with both system-level views and subgrids on main entity forms.

Configure Charts offers you a great chance to see your data in action. With drill-down capabilities and responsive grid views, users have direct and quick access to their day to day data.

Lastly configuring Reporting allows you to set up reports with many out of the box reports and a report wizard.

These tools all assist in getting the application up and running quickly and can provide a great user experience.

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Model-driven apps require a CDS database and are built on top of the data that is modelled in that specific database instance. Using the simple drag and drop interface, what type of content do you can be easy to build using model-driven apps?

Use the discussion area below to let us know your thoughts. Try to respond to at least one other post and once you’re happy with your contribution, click the Mark as complete button to check the Step off, then you can move to the next step which is knowledge quiz on Building Model-driven Applications.

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