The Latest on PowerApps

JohnEssentially, PowerApps is a Microsoft-based service that allows technical and nontechnical users to build, manage, and share web and mobile apps. Its intuitive design and wide selection of templates allows people without coding experience to build apps that empower and drive business. PowerApps also integrates with Microsoft and Office 365 services.

In this Collab365 Live Show, hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot chatted with Darshan Desai and Ashlee & Paul Culmsee to learn about what’s new with Microsoft PowerApps.

Here were some of the key takeaways:

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The Latest on Microsoft Graph

JohnMicrosoft Graph, a feature in the Office 365 suite that “facilitates search across integrated applications,” was released in 2015.

At its core, Graph takes data from every other Office 365 application and consolidates it into one endpoint; therefore, Graph contains an incredible amount of data. The service can also keep track of a user’s open documents, share files, and conversations. This information is entered into a machine learning algorithm to help commercial and consumer users organize and manage a range of services, including their contacts, conversations, and calendar.

Collab365 Live Show hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot caught up with Diego Costa, a developer, and Yina Arenas, a program manager at Microsoft, to discuss what’s new with Graph, how to use the new functionality, and what we can expect from it in the future.

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The 411 on Microsoft 365

Duane OdumEarlier this week at Microsoft’s Inspire conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced the release of Microsoft 365, an solution that bundles Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. The service offers two routes: Enterprise (for larger organizations) and Business (for small to mid-size businesses).  Both plans will be available for purchase in early August.

In a blog post, Kirk Koenigsbauer, VP of the Office team, describes Microsoft 365 as “a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower employees…to be creative and work together, securely.”

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Collab365 Live Show #11 Recap: “Latest & Greatest Around Microsoft Flow”

JohnEssentially, Microsoft Flow is an addition to PowerApps and Power BI, built on top of Logic Apps. Flow encourages users to automate their business processes. Although Flow focuses more on users whereas PowerApps focuses more on developers, both share an infrastructure and help people perform functions such as send notifications, copy files, collect data, and set up approval workflows. One of our developers, Duane, gave a great overview of Microsoft Flow back in February, but lots of new features have sprung up since then.

In the most recent Collab365 Live Show, hosts Nick Bratolli and Andy Talbot spoke with two members of Microsoft Flow’s product development team to learn what’s new with Flow. The guys also discussed how Flow integrates with other Office365 applications and what new features we’ll see added to the service in the future.

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Introducing Microsoft Stream

Duane OdumOffice 365 has introduced a new application to its suite in preview for First Release tenants: Microsoft Stream, a video service that effectively replaces Office 365 Video (the two services will coexist temporarily, but you should learn how to transition your videos to Stream).

Stream provides a secure, centralized location for businesses to create, upload, store, manage, and view videos to share with other users in their organization to encourage faster and easier collaboration. You can also connect Stream with other Office 365 applications, such as Yammer, SharePoint, and OneNote.

Other features include:

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Webinar Recap: “The 2017 State of Application Development Survey”

JohnI recently attended a webinar sponsored by OutSystems, a low-code application development company, called “App Development Disrupted: Answers and Results from The 2017 State of Application Development Survey.” The webinar outlined the findings of this research, which surveyed over 3,000 IT professionals from around the world. You can download the full report here.

The 45-minute discussion was broken up into three segments that correlated with what elements of development survey respondents found most important: speed, scale/scope, and skills.

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Hot Skills for 2017

IJohnn Computerworld’s annual Forecast survey, researchers found that anywhere from 500,000 to 2 million IT jobs go unfilled each year. IT firms need these positions filled, but struggle to find people with the necessary qualifications and/or proper cultural fit. Employers will really have to buckle down and find solid candidates to fill these needs in 2017. The survey also outlines the most important tech skills hiring managers will hire for in the coming year.

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