Common Data Service, the sophisticated and secure backbone that powers Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, has been renamed to Microsoft Dataverse. This low-code data platform is rapidly changing the way organizations around the world build apps and innovate business processes. A fresh name is just one part of a broader effort introduce the power of what Dataverse can do to individuals and organizations around the world.
Another key part of that strategy is Microsoft Dataverse for Teams—the essential subset of Dataverse capabilities included as a powerful, built-in data platform for millions of Teams users at no additional cost.
As a partner of Microsoft in the Vietnamese market, Opus is also hornored to hear that Microsoft announce that Dataverse for Teams is now generally available, along with a suite of embedded Microsoft Power Platform tools that make it easy for customers to build low-code apps, automate processes, and deploy chatbots without leaving Teams.
Since these embedded capabilities entered preview in September, Microsoft has seen more than double the number of organizations that are using Power Platform in Teams to transform business processes in the digital workspace. Much of this expansion is driven by the approachability of Dataverse for Teams as a low-code back end: customers have already trusted more than 20 terabytes of data in Dataverse for Teams in less than two months of preview alone.
These organizations are empowering their users to save time and solve their toughest challenges, all without leaving Microsoft Teams. T-Mobile, the second largest wireless provider in the US with over 98 million customers, is one such company that is transforming its business with Power Platform and Teams. Brian Hodel, a Senior Developer explains how T-Mobile empowers their employees to create their own solutions and solve business challenges:
Microsoft Dataverse for Teams together with Microsoft Power Platform is a game changer. This powerful combination empowers everyone to work together and solve business challenges that meet the needs of a swiftly changing work environment. Where there used to be no way to easily centralize processes, now everyone has a single source of truth with centralized data and is better positioned to solve business challenges by building apps and bots at scale and innovate more rapidly.”—Brian Hodel, Senior Developer, T-Mobile
So, what is Microsoft Dataverse?
Dataverse lets you securely store and manage data that’s used by business applications. Data within Dataverse is stored within a set of tables. A table is a set of rows (formerly referred to as records) and columns (formerly referred to as fields/attributes). Each column in the table is designed to store a certain type of data, for example, name, age, salary, and so on. Dataverse includes a base set of standard tables that cover typical scenarios, but you can also create custom tables specific to your organization and populate them with data by using Power Query. App makers can then use Power Apps to build rich applications that use this data.
Standard and custom tables within Dataverse provide a secure and cloud-based storage option for your data. Tables let you create a business-focused definition of your organization’s data for use within apps. If you’re not sure whether tables are your best option, consider these benefits:
- Easy to manage – Both the metadata and data are stored in the cloud. You don’t need to worry about the details of how they’re stored.
- Easy to secure – Data is securely stored so that users can see it only if you grant them access. Role-based security allows you to control access to tables for different users within your organization.
- Access your Dynamics 365 Data – Data from your Dynamics 365 applications is also stored within Dataverse, allowing you to quickly build apps that use your Dynamics 365 data and extend your apps with Power Apps.
- Rich metadata – Data types and relationships are used directly within Power Apps.
- Logic and validation – Define calculated columns, business rules, workflows, and business process flows to ensure data quality and drive business processes.
- Productivity tools – Tables are available within the add-ins for Microsoft Excel to increase productivity and ensure data accessibility.
Dataverse has a rich security model to protect the data integrity and privacy of users while promoting efficient data access and collaboration. You can combine business units, role-based security, row-based security, and column-based security to define the overall access to information that users have in a Dataverse environment.
Save time with Power Apps in Teams
With the embedded Power Apps Studio in Teams, it’s now easier than ever to create, edit, and share low-code apps that connect to data from Dataverse or more than 400 other data sources. With native responsive layouts and fluent controls to provide elevated image and video experiences, Teams users can easily create sophisticated custom applications within the Teams app. Telstra, the largest communications company in Australia, is using Teams and Power Platform to empower their field technicians and drive innovation across their operations:
We are really excited about Microsoft Dataverse for Teams, which will provide our end users with a seamless integrated experience along with access to scalable datasets, enterprise security features and the ability for all teams users to now become citizen developers and solve business problems from within Teams.”—Nathan Backers, Lead of PowerFactory, Global Business Services
Infuse teamwork with insight using the Power BI app in Teams
Now, licensed Microsoft Power BI users can enjoy the full capabilities of Power BI in Teams with the Power BI Teams App. Microsoft has created a new experience that centralizes data, reporting, and insights from across the organization in a consumable, shareable way. Users can analyze and connect to usage in Dataverse for Teams, enabling seamless access to insights all where users are working and collaborating. Suffolk Professional Services, known for iconic projects like the tallest residential tower in Boston and a guitar-shaped hotel in Florida, uses Microsoft Teams and Power BI development Vietnam together to make better decisions fast and collaborate from the jobsite to the head office:
We have some very bright engineers in our IT Collaboration team who looked at Microsoft Teams and saw a lot of potential there. We’re using Power Platform and Microsoft apps to create an entire suite of task management tools for construction crews.”—Ajoy Bhattacharya, Senior Director of Innovation and New Technology, Suffolk Professional Services
Help for everyone with Microsoft Power Virtual Agents
Power Virtual Agents for Teams, together with the embedded authoring studio, is now generally available. Teams users can leverage seeded capabilities in-app so everyone can easily build, share, and use chatbots to scale support across organizations. Many organizations, including the City of Ottawa, are using Power Virtual Agents and Teams to address a wide range of employee queries:
In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, our governmental organization had to quickly transition from an office-oriented role to a work from home role. By utilizing Teams and Power Virtual Agents, we were quickly able to deploy what we dubbed “OBot”, a Power Virtual Agents based internal bot for employees deployed via Teams that provides quick answers and how-tos for all work from home related issues, easing the support burden for not only the IT service desk, but also to support HR and other departments.”—Gary Belcourt, Solution Project Manager, City of Ottawa
HR and FAQ bots that connect Power Virtual Agents to company data via Microsoft Dataverse for Teams will save an organization time and money.
Optimize repetitive processes with Microsoft Power Automate
It’s also never been easier for customers to get started with Power Automate in Teams with a new homepage view in the new in Teams app. With a new Create experience in Teams oriented around templates, it’s easy to build new flows. With the new API-M connector for Power Automate, you can integrate to existing systems, services, and data connected to Azure API Management Service. Whether you want to automatically schedule one-on-one calls or set up approval flows, Power Automate and Teams can help you save time and focus on higher value add work.
Govern and secure low code in Teams
Microsoft Dataverse for Teams honors the existing data governance paradigms of Power Platform and enables access control in the Teams Admin Center like any other Teams feature. The Power Platform admin center provides more detail, including monitoring dedicated capacity utilization and DLP policies.
Microsoft Dataverse for Teams greatly simplifies environment lifecycle management and user security role management by aligning to Teams constructs. Customers can also use Governance workflows found in Power Platform COE toolkit solution and customize as needed.
Get started with pre-built templates
We are seeing incredible traction with the out-of-the-box app templates such as the “Ideas” App. This solution ensures that all team members have a platform to propose and share ideas. Templates can be used as-is or easily customized with low code Power Platform tools and deployed in one click. Customers start to immediately see value by quickly implementing a framework for innovation and ideation.
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