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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

Using variables

Variables let you save responses from your users in a conversation so that you can reuse them later in conversations. You can also use variables as input parameters to Power Automate flows and save the output results to parameters.

The response for each question asked in a conversation is stored as a variable. You can then pass the variable to a Power Automate flow or use the variable later in the topic, or even in other topics, to control the questions being asked. For example, you can use a variable to decide to skip a question if you have the information you need at that point.

Variables can be defined as either of the following:

  • Topic: The variable can only be used within its topic. 
  • Bot: The variables can be used by any topic. 

Many chatbots need to interact with other systems, either to record the outcome of the conversation, or to retrieve information and display it to the user. You have learned that a Power Automate flow is the way you achieve...