Microsoft Dataverse is the new Common Data Service

Microsoft Dataverse is the new name for Common Data Service, or CDS, as of November 2020. The purpose of this article is to outline some very important terminology changes with regards to the new Dataverse.

The terminology changes are documented by Microsoft to have taken place in November 2020 and according to Dynamics Edge, were observed and confirmed as live around that time.

Terminology updates related to Dataverse / Common Data Service

Based on customer feedback as well as research conducted by Microsoft, the following changes have been made regarding Common Data Service.

As of November 2020 Microsoft has made a series of very important terminology changes in Dataverse to be much more intuitive and also to make this powerful platform’s usage more productive. This was formerly known as Power Platform Common Data Service, or CDS, just prior to this major terminology change. This breakthrough enables more people than ever before to identify more readily with the true power of Power Platform! The specific terminology updates are enumerated below, and Microsoft is currently in the process of rolling out the terminology changes across the entire Microsoft Power Platform spectrum of products.

Terminology changes
  • Previously: Entity / Entities
    • Now known as: Table / Tables.
  • Previously: Field / Fields or Attribute / Attributes
    • Now this is Column or Columns
  • Previously: Record / Records
    • Now known as: Row / Rows
  • Previously: Option Set / Option Sets / Multi select Option Sets or Picklist / Picklists
    • Now known as: Choice / Choices
  • Previously: Two Options
    • Now, this is known as a Yes/No

Also, make sure to note that for APIs or messages in Dataverse web services or the Dataverse Web API, words like "CreateEntityRequest" or "CreateAttributeRequest" will not change to the new terminology. From docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/common-data-service/data-platform-intro:

Dynamics 365 and Dataverse Applications

Dynamics 365 applications, including ones like Dynamics 365 Customer Service, Dynamics 365 Talent or Dynamics 365 Sales, also use Dataverse directly in order to secure and even store the data being used. This powerful kind of data integration in the single data store empowers you with a unique ability to build apps more rapidly and at higher quality. By using Dataverse and Power Apps directly with your core business data in Power Platform, as it is already used within Dynamics 365, you can do this without the need for any "integrations" in many cases.

You can directly construct valuable and useful apps using your Dynamics 365 data in the dataverse data storage. You can build apps quickly within Power Apps, or for scenarios that do need integration, this is made easier by using the extensible Power Platform. This

allows anyone from novice, intermediate, and professional developers to programmatically interact with metadata and data, create custom connectors, integrate with external data, and apply business logic. Some of this requires no code or low code, meaning that Microsoft Power Platform technology offers a unique opportunity that even beginners or novices can do some of these tasks!

You can manage reusable rules and business logic. There is a set of common logic and Business Rules – those already defined in your Dataverse Tables – that can be applied to apps that are created with Power Apps to ensure data consistency, regardless of how your particular users access the data or which specific app they use to do so.

Skills are interchangeable between Dynamics 365 and Power Apps. Anyone out there who may be skilled in Power Apps or Dynamics 365 can now leverage those skills across the entire Dataverse in Power Platform. You may find that whether you are creating forms, charts, tables, relationships and more, these tasks tend to be common patterns you can learn and apply across your applications related to Dataverse and Dynamics 365.

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Dataverse Training Common Data Service Microsoft

Microsoft Dataverse Training Common Data Service – CDS or Common Data Service is now known as Microsoft Dataverse as of November 2020. This article mainly goes over the very important terminology changes like how CDS or Common Data Service is now known as Dataverse.

This article was initially authored on December 11, 2020 but the terminology changes are documented by Microsoft to have taken place in November 2020 and were actually observed and confirmed as live around then as well according to Dynamics Edge.

According to Microsoft and confirmed by Dynamics Edge: as of November 2020 Common Data Service has definitely been renamed to Microsoft Dataverse as is now known by that name.

Terminology updates related to Common Data Service and Dataverse

Based on a variety of customer feedback as well as research conducted by Microsoft, there is the following changes you should know that have been made regarding Common Data Service.

As of November 2020 Microsoft has made a series of very important terminology changes you should know about in Dataverse to be much more intuitive and also in order to make this powerful platform’s usage more productive. That is why it is called Microsoft Power Platform Dataverse now. This was formerly known as Power Platform Common Data Service or CDS just prior to this major terminology change. This is really a breakthrough because it enables many more people than ever before, in 2020 and 2021 and even beyond, to identify more readily with the true power of Power Platform! The specific terminology updates are enumerated in the below paragraph, and Microsoft is currently in progress regarding rolling all of those name changes out across the entire Microsoft Power Platform spectrum of products.

Terminology changes
  • You may have known of the concept of Entity or Entities
    • this is now known as Table or Tables.
  • Previously you have been familiar with Field or Fields or Attribute or Attributes
    • Now this is Column or Columns
  • Before you might have become knowledgeable regarding Record or Records
    • At this time, this is now known as Row or Rows
  • So previously you might have become familiar with the terms Option set or Option Sets as well as Multi select Option Sets or Picklist or Picklists
    • These are now known as Choice or Choices
  • Ever heard of Two Options ?
    • Now, this is known as a Yes/No

Also please make a note that for APIs or messages in Dataverse web services or the Dataverse Web API, the words like Entity that may appear in there like CreateEntityRequest or CreateAttributeRequest – these will not change to the new terminology

From docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/common-data-service/data-platform-intro:

Dataverse web api training
Dataverse Training December 2020 2021

Dynamics 365 and Dataverse Applications

Dynamics 365 applications including ones like Dynamics 365 Customer Service, Dynamics 365 Talent or Dynamics 365 Sales, also use Dataverse directly in order to secure and even store the data being used. This powerful kind of data integration in the single data store, empowers you with a unique ability to build apps more rapidly and at higher quality by using Dataverse and Power Apps directly with your core business data in Power Platform, as it is already used within Dynamics 365, and this way, you can do this without the need for any "integrations" in many cases.

You can construct valuable and useful apps directly using your Dynamics 365 data in the dataverse data storage. You can build apps quickly within Power Apps or for scenarios that do need integration, this is made easier too by using the extensible Power Platform. This lets anywhere from novice, intermediate, and professional developers programmatically interact with metadata and data , create custom connectors, integrate with external data, and apply business logic. Some of this requires no code or low code, meaning that Microsoft Power Platform technology offers a unique opportunity in that even beginners or novices can still do some of these things in some cases!

You can manage reusable rules and business logic – there is a set of common logic and Business Rules – those already defined in your Dataverse Tables can actually be applied to apps that are created with Power Apps to ensure data consistency – regardless of how your particular users access the data or even which specific app they use to do so.

Skills are definitely reusable between Dynamics 365 and Power Apps – anyone out there who may be skilled in Power Apps or Dynamics 365, can now hear the great news – you can really leverage those particular kinds of skills across the entire Dataverse in Power Platform. Whether you are creating forms, charts, tables, relationships and more, you may find that performing these kinds of things tend to be common patterns that you can learn and apply across your applications related to Dataverse and Dynamics 365.

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Microsoft Power BI Training January 2021

Upcoming Microsoft Power BI Training January 2021

Course 97023
97023: Power BI High Performance Workshop for Enterprise & Government

"Start with a Power BI class and build your Government Management Dashboard."

Power BI City Manager Dashboard Training January 2021

Learn about how easy it really is to take your data analytics to a new level! Work with Power BI Desktop, Excel, and Power BI in the cloud and connect your databases together in order to create your own reports and interactive dashboards for a brilliant experience.

This three-day workshop is three (3) days of Instructor-led class. This instructor-led course provides students who work with Microsoft Excel or Power BI the valuable skills to analyze data and create Power BI Dashboards, Tiles, and Reports. You will understand how this powerful business intelligent platform can work for your organization.

Audience

The primary audience for this course is individuals who use Excel, Access, Power BI or SQL Server, business analysts, IT Professionals or deal with business intelligence. These individuals usually analyze data on a day-to-day basis and can benefit from the visualizations and the streamlined querying capabilities of Power BI.

In this accelerated class you will leverage your Excel skills, Power BI Desktop and then the Power BI Service and Azure to get deep insights into your data to drive intelligent business decisions that move your enterprise forward.

Course Outline:

Introduction: The BI and Power BI Environment

Big Picture Demonstration

Excel Data Analysis

Power BI Desktop

Power BI Service (Cloud)

Power BI Editions (what you need to know)

Power BI Licensing (Free, Professional and Premium)

The Power Platform: Power BI, Power Apps and Power Automate

Demonstration: (Excel – Power BI Desktop – PB Cloud Service)

Module 1: Classic BI Data Analysis with Excel

Classic Data Analysis with Excel
Excel PivotTables
Limitations of Classic Data Analysis
Lab: Building a Classic Excel Dashboard
Module 2: The Excel Data Model

Using an Excel Data Model
Joining Tables
DAX (Data Analysis Expressions)
Module 3: Power BI Desktop and Building Charts and Dashboards

· Developing Charts, Dashboards and Reports in Power BI Desktop

Power BI Desktop – Accessing Data
Importing Data
From local files
Different file type
Different file formats
Overview of getting data from databases
Power BI Desktop – Data Preparation
· Power BI Desktop – Data Modeling and Exploration

Power BI Desktop – Data Exploration Continued
Power BI Desktop – Data Visualization
Power BI Service
Power BI Service – Publishing Report
Power BI Service – Building Dashboard
· Power BI Service – Collaboration and Distribution

Module 4: Importing Data from Files

Importing Data into Excel
Shaping and Transforming Data
Loading Data
Module 5: Importing Data from Databases

Available Data Sources
Previewing, Shaping, and Transforming Data
Loading Data
Table Relationships and Hierarchies
Importing Data from Multiple Sources
Module 6: Importing Data from Excel Reports

Importing Data from Excel Reports
Transforming Excel Report Data
Module 7: Creating and Formatting Measures

Data Analysis Expressions Lesson
Measures
Advanced DAX Functions
Module 8: Visualizing Data in Excel

Using PivotCharts
Using Cube Functions
Creating Charts for Cube Functions
Module 9: Using Excel with Power BI

Power BI
Using Excel As a Data Source in Power BI
Power BI Mobile App
Module 10: Mentored Workshop

Use your organizations data and connect to network or Azure databases for multiple data sources to develop Dashboards for different departments in your organization. Each department uses the Power BI Desktop and then uploads department level information into the Power BI Cloud Service top rovide Department and Organization managers a top-level dashboard and the ability to drill-down to the detail level of each department.

We look forward to working with your organization to take you data analysis to the next level!

On Friday, December 4th, 2020, you will no longer be able to force the Classic View.

Microsoft is shifting to their new Unified Interface, and as of December 4, 2020, the Classic View will no longer be available. What does that mean for you?

This change will affect anyone who uses Dynamics 365 apps, such as Dynamics 365 Sales and Dynamics 365 Customer Service. This new Unified Interface for model-driven apps will provide a consistent feel and convenient user experience across devices. Microsoft’s aim with this change is to provide an improved performance with a modern interface.

If you’ve already made the switch, but find yourself toggling back to the Classic View, now is the time to learn the new Unified Interface. On Friday, December 4th, you will no longer be able to force the Classic View. If you haven not yet made the switch, Microsoft will automatically transition your environment or organization to the Unified Interface. The transition will be applied by geographic location in alignment with a typical update cycle.

Microsoft does not expect any downtime during the transition process, but you must confirm that your environment is compatible.

Below are some important differences to note:

As previously mentioned, the option to view in Classic Mode instead of the new Unified Interface will no longer be an option.

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Entity navigation will move from the top of your screen to the left-hand side of your screen:

CLASSIC VIEW

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UNIFIED INTERFACE

Dynamics 365 CRM Unified Interface View Training Consulting 2021 Dynamics Edge

You may find it difficult to navigate the new Unified Interface as a whole or find that your usual tabs are nowhere to be found. As with any forced roll-out, there could be some inevitable issues that arise.

Dynamics Edge can help train you and your entire team on the new Unified Interface, so you can quickly get back to being productive.

Contact us today to find out more information.