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Building a Modern SharePoint Solution: Part 9 – Starting a Microsoft Flow from a PowerApp

This is the final post in my series of building a modern SharePoint Solution.  In this post, I will demonstrate starting a Microsoft Flow from a PowerApp.  There are many reason’s why you would want this, but the most often used would likely be to allow the user to update an entry, save it and hold off sending it until they have all the information in place.  There are alternatives of course; like having a Flow wait for a value to change, but I prefer the user experience a button submission gives you.  Special note: Because Flow doesn’t currently allow for multiple triggers for a flow, we won’t be able to use flow created in Part 9 of this series.  However, I do suggest you not remove not remove it because this allows multiple ways to kick off the WF.

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Building a Modern SharePoint Solution: Part 2 – Integrating PowerApps as a Custom List Form

Welcome to the next part in my series about building a modern solution in SharePoint.  This post we are going to cover integrating PowerApps as a custom list form in your solution.  When PowerApps was first released, Microsoft made sure that everyone knew it wasn’t built for SharePoint.  In fact the first examples that Microsoft provided didn’t even involve SharePoint.  Since then SharePoint lists and libraries can be accessed by PowerApp forms using connectors into those environments.  Finally, in the final quarter of 2017 Microsoft provided the ability to integrate PowerApps directly into a list form, thus overriding the default forms of a list.  So like the InfoPath forms of days gone by, you can now use PowerApps for creating, editing and viewing data in your lists.  This post will cover setting up a PowerApp for these list forms.  The next post we will customize the form more to meet our needs for this solution.

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Building a Modern SharePoint Solution: Part 4 – Setting a SharePoint People Picker Field Programmatically in PowerApps

Continuing my series on building a modern SharePoint solution using PowerApps and Flow I want to show how to go about setting a SharePoint people picker field programmatically in PowerApps.  This goes back to one of the requirements listed for my solution in part 1 of this series: “Requestor’s manager should be auto-populated as an approver”.  What’s nice about this is the manager field is filled in already by the company’s administration system.  It exists in Azure AD and thus within Office 365, which just so happens to have a connector that easily allows us to build with it.  I am getting ahead of myself though.  Let’s dig in and learn how to do this.

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Building a Modern SharePoint Solution: Part 3 – Customizations All List Form PowerApps Should Have

In this third post in my series on modern SharePoint solutions, I will cover customizing PowerApp forms to meet the requirements of the business.  We’ll first start off with some basic customizations that need to be done for most form integrations.  When I started to write this post I initially had planned to discuss the modifications you should make for all and then move on to the custom modifications for the solution requirements.  The “default mods” quickly filled up this post, so I have moved the custom mods to the next one.

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Building a Modern SharePoint Solution: Part 5 – Cascading Drop-down Lists and People Picker in PowerApps

This is going to be the last PowerApp based post in this series.  After this, I will be moving on to completing the solution with Microsoft Flow.  In this post, I will show you how to create cascading drop-down lists in PowerApps.  This corresponds to the requirement in my first post: “Ability to select from a list of approvers based on the project or event.”  This was something that could be done in InfoPath, but it was a LOT of steps.  In PowerApps, cascading drop-downs are actually pretty straightforward once you get the hang of it.  I, however, decided to do the hardest type of cascading drop-down there is with regards to SharePoint. Building a drop-down around a regular field is nice and easy; cascading drop-downs to select a person\group value is much more difficult.

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