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I'm Charles Lamanna, CVP @Microsoft for Low Code Applications Platforms. Ask Me Anything!

donasarkar profile image Dona Sarkar— #POWERfulDevs Conf ・2 min read

📣 About the AMA

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4. 📺 Join us Aug 25 to see Charles answer questions live!

🗓 About the Event

* The AMA is on Aug 25, 8:55AM PDT | 11:55AM EST | 4:55PM BST 
* It is scheduled for 35 minutes 
* We will livestream the Q&A on YouTube and embed it here as well.
* We will prioritize questions asked on this dev.to page (#powerfuldevs)
* We will take some live questions via Twitter (#powerfuldevs)

Hi everyone.

I'm Dona Sarkar, Principal Advocate for #PowerPlatforms and #FusionDev on the Microsoft Developer Relations team.

Chances are you've heard terms like digital transformation, citizen apps, citizen dev, no-code development or low-code development. Or perhaps you're familiar with the Microsoft Power Platform? You might even have had some questions on the technologies, vision and future for that ecosystem!

Wait no more! I'm delighted to be hosting an AMA with none other than Charles Lamanna, right here on dev.to, on Aug 25th. And we're doing something a little different. Read on.

🎉 About Charles Lamanna

Charles Lamanna is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, overseeing the global strategy for the Low Code Applications Platform. He recently gave the closing keynote for our #PowerfulDevs virtual conference, where he gave his take on fusion dev teams, aka the next big thing for tech and businesses, and shares how you can use this concept to be an industry leader in your space. You can watch that talk here:

🚨 About the AMA 🚨

We only have 35 minutes of his time and we want to get as many of your questions answered as possible. So here's what we'd love to have you do!

  1. 📬 Post Your Questions Now in the comments!
  2. 📭 Join us right here Aug 25th for Live Answers!
  3. 📪 Follow the #PowerfulDevs Conversations
  4. 🙏🏽 Visit the website and review our Code of Conduct.

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Éric Sauvé 🇨🇦 MVP | MCT (Business Apps)

Hi Charles, I was wondering what you see in terms of team effort enablement for canvas type Power Apps? Components are fine, but is there a vision for a broader way to allow teams of people to work on a single app, as "easily" as it is for Model-Driven Power Apps?

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Michael Randrup

In my experience, the true Pro Devs LIVE inside Visual Studio. So to be long-term dominant and get the Pro's truly on-board, don't you think you (eventually) need to create an integrated experience between the Power Platform and Visual Studio (Like Azure Services and VS for example) ?

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April Dunnam

One thing I observed from some partners wanting to leverage the Power Platform to build re-sellable solutions is that there's a concern over how to protect their IP within the Power Plat. Are there any plans to provide a way to offer IP protection for Canvas apps in this scenario?

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Nitya Narasimhan

ICYMI - this is a sketchnote summary of the discussion - the whole thing was taped so I expect the video will be added in here soon. Until then, this is like a visual recap 😄

Sketchnote

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Ramon Lima

Hi Charles,
I wanted to understand more about the Excel Online connectors with Power Automate, very little is talked about it but I was wondering if we could use it in cases were we have Sharepoint Lists instead of that can we use Excel Online, what use cases do you see for that one specifically for example can I store information there and use it later what are the limitations of Excel against a Sharepoint Lists I wanted to understand that a deep further from a specialist like yourself.
Thank you for your attention.

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Jason Almeida #PowerAddict #ProCodeNoCodeUnite

I LOVE the fact that we're getting so many new features in CDS & Model Driven Apps, especially some that used to be within a particular first party D365 app. Do you see features built by the app teams and think "i'd like to have some of that in the power platform"? How do you negotiate with the App Teams? Would be great to hear more about how this relationship works when it comes to building new features

Also Thanks for all the great work so far!👍 🙌

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Anne

Good Day Charles !

Here is one from one of our general discussions that I thought I would get some wider perspective on.

Power Automate | What is the best way to trigger on associating and/or disassociating a record from an OOB N:N relationship in a Model Driven Power App?

Have an incredible
Anne Stanton

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Nitya Narasimhan

The AMA is going live in just a few minutes - join us here:
htttps://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/tv/

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Ramon Lima

Are there any ideas around making the premium stuff simplified across the power platform, it's hard to sell to internal users all these different little prices and models around the board of what we need, etc. It would be interesting to simplify or to embed into a higher level of O365 type of licensing it's not easy for large companies to do this add up of these little add-ons.
Specially the minimum monthly committment stuff in O365 which is not a good model specially compared to Azure which is per usage only. It becomes cheaper to stick with the Azure and plugin the PowerApps instead of just staying inside the O365.

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Jason Almeida #PowerAddict #ProCodeNoCodeUnite

Hello 👋! With Power Automate, i sometimes find that i hit a brick wall where i need to write some code to achieve my result or its just easier with a few lines of code. I know that i can do this with Azure functions and a connector and its great to see an OOTB connector coming, but as Azure requires its own subscription and billing (and tends to be owned by IT), it can be a bit tricky to leverage this in some organisations.

Is there any plan make it easier for someone building on the power platform to leverage Azure services? Alternatively, it would be great if Power Automate included a script action where you could drop in a snippet of code or a function that is executed as part of the Flow?

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Tony Caruana

I would like to be able to automate the administrative tasks around both User and App Pass Licences within the Power Platform using the Graph API. I want to be able to assign them to environments and also allocate them to both users and apps within those environments, as well as possibly automating the purchasing and assigning of licences and storage/log/file space inside my tenant. I am struggling to find the necessary API calls and would like to know a) If what I need is even possible and b) If yes, then how do I do it? Which API's do I call etc... I am a developer so I only need to know the API and I can figure out the rest myself #powerfuldevs

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Ajith Mathew George

Do we have an official roadmap for Power Platforms? If so kindly share the link for the same.
We are keen to hear more about the AI Builder, Could you give us some insights on what is in the upcoming releases for AI Builder?

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Jamie Willis-Rose

Mixed reality in Canvas Apps seems exciting. What's the time table on MR going GA? And are there any customer stories you'd recommend us look for inspiration?

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Matt Beard

Within CDS how far are we from the admin experience moving to the new maker experience entirely?

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Matt Beard

Is there an update on .NET core timescales?

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Jason Almeida #PowerAddict #ProCodeNoCodeUnite

I was going to ask a question about Canvas apps and versioning/code management in source control...but Charles answered that on Eric's question ❤

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Luise Freese | MVP | #poweraddict

LOVE 💜 the idea of #fusiondevs #powerfuldevs

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dgpblogster

It would be able to have some sort of ISV controlled lock on controls

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mr-kinste

Hello Charles, I'm a self-studied (hard-knock-educated) low-code solution developer from the legacy SharePoint world working for a fairly big company. I've created and inherited low-code solutions that I will be re-developing mostly in the Power Platform over the next couple of years. What advice would you give or method might you point me to learn more about for a bare-bones minimal application lifecycle management process? Citizen developers don't have the luxury of line management that truly understand why they need to have at least minimal documentation (and some semblance of an ongoing support plan) for the solutions in their low-code shadow-IT portfolio (which they don't realize they have). Thanks!