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Ever since my Pluralsight course on Microsoft Flow, I have been getting questions about a more power-user Microsoft Certification for the Power Platform, without needing to know the ins and outs of Dynamics! Previously, the only way you could get certified in Flow and PowerApps was trough the Dynamics Certifications, but today, Microsoft finally released a fundamentals certification for the Power Platform, which covers Flow, PowerApps, and Power BI! The new exam is the PL-900: Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals!

Microsoft releases a new certification for Power Platform Fundamentals

Why a new certification?

From an organizational point of view, the Power Platform has always been under the Dynamics 365 umbrella, and so have been all of the certifications. Flow and PowerApps were both included under various Dynamics 365 exams, but they were there as “supporting” technologies, not really there as the goal of the exam. The goals of those certs were really on Dynamics 365. With Flow and PowerApps becoming stand alone tools, as well as heavily used for SharePoint, a lot of Power users (see what I did there 🙂 ?) wanted to be able to show off their skills with the Power Platform. While this is fundamentals level certification, it’s still a start and allows anyone to certify their knowledge of Flow, Power BI and PowerApps!

What is covered in this certification?

This certification really covers the basics of the Power Platform in an Understand and Demonstrate Business Value kind of testing. First two really focus on the business value / core components, while the last three are product specific. You are still expected to know how to create a PowerApps, Flow, Report etc!

  • Understand the business value of Power Platform (20-25%)
  • Understand the Core Components of Power Platform (25-30%)
  • Demonstrate the business value of Power BI (15-20%)
  • Demonstrate the business value of Power Apps (15-20%)
  • Demonstrate the business value of Microsoft Flow (15-20%)

To view all of the details check out the full skills checked document > https://query.prod.cms.rt.microsoft.com/cms/api/am/binary/RE43KLw

Certification Path

The Certification path for this fundamentals certification is pretty easy! Pass the PL-900 exam and you will become Microsoft Certified Power Platform Fundamentals!

Microsoft releases a new certification for Power Platform Fundamentals

When can we take it?

The Beta for the PL-900 actually opens today on November 4th, and you can pass it today as a beta exam, but you will not get the results until the beta is over. Remember, you can also get free exams by attending Microsoft Ignite, or Microsoft Ignite the Tour! Check out my blog post on this to learn more!

Learn More and Discount Code!

Learn more about the exam on the Microsoft Learning page or by clicking the image below! You can also save 80% of the beta with Discount code PL-900-Hawaii  if you do the exam before December 13th!  (Limit 300 codes used!)

Microsoft releases a new certification for Power Platform Fundamentals

Will you go for the exam? Let me know what you think about it, and the topics covered in the comments!

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I am extremely happy to announce that my 17th Pluralsight course is published and this one is on getting start with using Microsoft Flow both from a user perspective, as well as an administrator! This course covers the theory , but most of the course is made of demos!

Microsoft Flow Usage and Administration

With over 130 million monthly active users, Office 365 is the productivity platform of choice for most enterprises in the world. Built within Office 365 is Microsoft Flow, a business process automation tool that allows you to streamline and automate business processes. In this course, Getting Started with Flow Usage and Administration, you will learn foundational knowledge of Microsoft Flow. First, you will learn the basic terms and concepts of Flow. Next, you will discover how to create your own workflows either starting from a template, or from a blank slate. Finally, you will explore how to administer MSFlow and set governance policies around it. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of Microsoft Flow needed to automate business processes in your own organization!

You can find the course on Pluralsight at : https://spvlad.com/PS-MSFlow or by clicking the banner below:

Microsoft Flow Usage and Administration


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I was working on a project to automate Office 365 Group creation using Microsoft Flow and a custom system. When trying to convert the title from another system , which could include !@#$%^? and a bunch of other characters, I had to find a way to convert that string, into an URL friendly string with Microsoft Flow,  At the time of writing this blog, there was no regex support in Microsoft Flow, so we need to get a bit more creative!

How to convert string to URL friendly string with Microsoft Flow

One function that we have access to in Microsoft Flow, is the replace function. The Replace function allows you to replace a character by another one, in our case, we need to replace for example a hashtag (#) by nothing! While this is done one character at a time, you can also nest them, so while not pretty, you would have all the info in a single function. In the example below, I strip the Title dynamic property of the Trigger of the following characters: : % # * < > ? / ” @ & = / ; |) \ [ ] ~ { } ^ ! , .   

PS: The widget below has a “copy” button in the toolbar to make sure you copy it all!

I have created a quick Flow over here in a completely different system, just to show you the results! First, let’s create the simple Flow, three easy steps – Trigger – Create a Variable with the Friendly URL (Optional) – Update the Item

How to convert string to URL friendly string with Microsoft Flow

The value of the Variable is the formula we have above and remember to update it with the actual string that you want fixed! If you copy paste it from the blog, it will fix the Title property of the Trigger.

How to convert string to URL friendly string with Microsoft Flow

And here is the result:

How to convert string to URL friendly string with Microsoft Flow

As you see, my previous example did not take out the spaces, if you want a formula that takes out the spaces, you can use the following one!

Here is the result on the second item:

How to convert string to URL friendly string with Microsoft Flow

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