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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

Introducing the Common Data Service

The Common Data Service (CDS) is the data and services platform for Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform. At the time of publishing, Microsoft Dataverse (formerly known as the Common Data Service) was undergoing a branding change. You will see the use of Common Data Service and the abbreviation CDS throughout this chapter. There are several changes to terminology such as tables (formerly entities), columns (formerly fields), rows (formerly records), choices (formerly option sets), and yes/no (formerly two options). These terminology changes will be applied to the user interface, documentation, and exam over time. You should be aware that the terms used in this chapter may not match the tools and documentation.

A CDS database contains the standard entities, fields, and relationships as defined by the schema definitions in the CDM.

However, the CDS is more than just a data store. It is a secure platform that provides services to applications...