So today I started creating a new custom approval using Microsoft Flow. I had been working for about 15 minutes or so and thought to myself that it may be a really good idea for me to save my work because we all know that if I didn’t do it soon something would cause me to lose everything (because initial save hadn’t been accomplished yet. When I clicked on the save button I received an error I hadn’t received before. “Tag value to large. Following tag value…exceeded the maximum length. Maximum allowed length for tag value – ‘256’ characters.
The other day a friend of mine, Daniel Glen, asked if I could step in last minute to help out remotely for a presentation to the Nashville O365 User Group. I of course said yes and then promptly dumped all the stuff I had to do that night on my wife (oops). I sent Daniel the tickle trunk of presentations that I was ready to do last minute and I was surprised when he selected Leading Practices for Building Anything SharePoint or O365. It’s an older presentation and one I was actually considering pulling out of my active list. However, as I was reviewing it I found that the core of the presentation still held true with anything you should do with O365 and SharePoint. In many cases, any project could use some or all of the concepts I discussed.
Well the presentation went over very well. It’s a really good group of people there in Nashville and even though I was 2600km (1615+) miles away I can honestly say that session was the most fun I have had yet giving that presentation. Thanks Nashville. Let me know when you need another speaker.
I had a great time recently presenting at CalSpoug’s SharePoint Saturday. The first session I presented was on SharePoint Business Connectivity Service. I have done this session quite a few times and I always have at least one attendee state they have never heard of BCS before. This session was no different. One of the things I cover is the importance of BCS in different environments. Many will argue it is an old, unnecessary system. I do not necessarily disagree with this. However, I argue it isn’t dead yet. If you are working with simple data in a SQL Database or even more complex but well-organized data in a database the ease of use within BCS is quickly seen. In 5-10 minutes you can connect to your data and present it within SharePoint utilizing built-in forms (no custom form development). Users will be able to read and update the data immediately (assuming permissions are configured already). There’s more to it than just this and you can take a look at my slide deck to see.
Having said that, I do believe that I see an end to BCS. PowerApps and Flows make accessing data just as easy and more configurable through the many, many connectors available. As these connectors mature and the tools grow, the use cases for BCS will slowly disappear. However, we aren’t there yet. BCS is still there and still very easy to use.
Take a look at my slide deck and if you have questions, please reach out.
Thanks for reading!
I continually get frustrated because there are so many great blogs and tidbits of information out there that I want to keep up on, but there isn’t enough hours in the day. On social media I often see great blogs posted by colleagues and friends, or in my day to day while looking for solutions, I will come across other blogs on my own. The problem is that during the day I simply don’t have enough time to read all of them. So I simply leave my tabs open to come back later during lunch or a break. Except that never seems to happen as something always comes up. I usually have plenty of time to read them in the evening once everyone is settled down at home, but I always forget what I was looking at. I have tried emailing them home, but they get lost within all the other emails I received. I set rules, but even if I come back to them, I like to take notes and emails aren’t the best place to do that. So after reading Tracy Van Der Schyff’s blog on moving notes to Planner and Teams I had a thought. What about going the other way?
So the other day I was playing around with some field manipulation in PowerApps and thought about a use case I saw often with respect to updating fields when code from a button or some other action occurs. Say for instance you wanted to update a hidden field with some information when a user clicked a button or completed some task on the form. Maybe it isn’t a hidden field, but whatever the case may be, you need to be able to update that field. I was surprised to note that it isn’t very intuitive in PowerApps, nor could I find much out there in the forums. I did find some information around doing it with a Text Input field, but nothing specific to a data card.