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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

Dynamics 365 apps and the CDS

When you install a Dynamics 365 app for the first time, a new environment and database are created. The database schema is created using the schemas in the CDM.

What's important as far as the rest of this book is concerned is that customizing Dynamics 365 apps is performed by customizing the CDS that the Dynamics 365 app runs on. 

For the purpose of customization, you can think of a Dynamics 365 app, such as Dynamics 365 Sales, as just a model-driven app. It has the same customization and extensibility capabilities as any custom model-driven app that you create. You can build new apps against the Dynamics 365 entities or add entities to the Dynamics 365 apps.

This book is about customizing the Power Platform. The skills you gain in Power Platform are transferable to Dynamics 365, and vice versa. 

There are some technical details as to how the CDS is implemented that you need to be familiar with.