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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

Dataverse (formerly) Common Data Service

CDS, previously known as the Common Data Service for Apps, is the name given to the data and services on which Dynamics 365 model-driven apps run.

At the time of publishing, Microsoft Dataverse (formerly known as the Common Data Service) was undergoing a branding change. This name change has not yet been applied to all the tools, connectors, and user interfaces in the Power Platform. You will see the use of Common Data Service and the abbreviation CDS throughout this book.

You can customize Dynamics 365 model-driven apps and build your own apps on top of CDS using the tools of the Power Platform.

You can also create a CDS environment without first-party apps and create custom business applications at a lower cost in terms of both time and licensing.

You can later install a Dynamics 365 app on your environment if you find that you need the functionality of that app.

CDS uses a mixture of Azure services to store data: Azure SQL, ...