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Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant: PL-200 Exam Guide

By : Julian Sharp
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Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant: PL-200 Exam Guide

By: Julian Sharp

Overview of this book

The Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate (PL-200) exam tests and validates the practical skills of Power Platform users who are proficient in developing solutions by combining the tools in Power Platform and the Microsoft 365 ecosystem based on business needs. This certification guide offers complete, up-to-date coverage of the PL-200 exam so you can prepare effectively for the exam. Written in a clear, succinct way with self-assessment questions, exam tips, and mock exams with detailed explanations of solutions, this book covers common day-to-day activities involved in configuring Power Platform, such as managing entities, creating apps, implementing security, and managing system change. You'll also explore the role of a functional consultant in creating a data model in the Microsoft Dataverse (formerly Common Data Service). Moving ahead, you'll learn how to design the user experience and even build model-driven and canvas apps. As you progress, the book will show you how to manage automation and create chatbots. Finally, you'll understand how to display your data with Power BI and integrate Power Platform with Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams. By the end of this book, you'll be well-versed with the essential concepts and techniques required to prepare for the PL-200 certification exam.
Table of Contents (34 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Microsoft Dataverse
Section 3: Power Apps
Section 4: Automation
Section 5: Power Virtual Agents
Section 6: Integrations

Introduction to Power Automate flows

A key component of the Power Platform is the capability to create low-code/no-code workflows. Power Automate flows are workflows that automate repetitive tasks and streamline processes both within and across systems.

You can use Power Automate for the following:

  • Personal productivity
  • Sending notifications
  • Handling approvals
  • Gathering data
  • Automating processes
  • Integrating systems
  • Orchestration across systems

The following screenshot shows the flow editor with a simple approval flow:

Figure 12.1 – Flow editor

Power Automate has been formulated so that you do not need to be a developer to create flows; no code is required. The techniques needed to build an app are inherited from building visual designs in Visio and the use of functions in Excel. 

Now that you know what a Power Automate flow is used for, let's look at how to create one.