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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

Understanding business process flows

A business process flow is a straightforward way to guide a user through a process that involves one or more Common Data Service records. It informs users where they are in the process and what they need to do next.

The business process flow control appears as a strip along the top of the form. In the following screenshot, the business process flow is controlling the creation and approval of a social media post:

Figure 13.1 Example of a business process flow

A business process flow breaks a process into stages and steps that logically match how a user thinks about what they are trying to do.

In the previous screenshot, there are four stages shown in the business process flow:

  • Draft Post
  • Message
  • Customer 
  • Approval

The red target icon indicates that the business process flow is currently at the third stage, Customer. By clicking on the red target icon, the user can see the steps that they have to complete before they can click on...