Ok time for some serious Prototyping today. Based on the announcement stated below I had the perfect use case to finally test some of the functionality provided by Azure IoT Hub and Power BI Streaming dataflows.
I was able to successfully install all the required software on my local machine. Same is true for the Azure part and so I ended up with this – A piece of hardware sending real time data to my Azure IotT Hub. How cool is that.
The Power BI part was the last thing to do. Again, I followed this well written article.
Et voila I ended up with data which went all the way from my local machine to Azure from there to Power BI and back to my local Power BI Designer. I am still very impressed with the result. For me it was so much fun to glue all this stuff together. This really made me smile for the rest of the day.
The first half year was very challenging for me. After a as always to short vacation I’m ready to start learning again.
Today I took another Fundamentals exam. Some questions are pretty basic some not. Nevertheless I like to take such exams mainly to get a feeling what is expected from new candidates in a certain field.
Apart from that I will spend 3 days to refresh my DAX skills. I will attend the Mastering DAX Workshop offered by sqlbi.com. I know some of their video courses and the are brilliant. So I’m really looking forward to meet these experts in person.
In 2018 I passed the MCSA BI Reporting exam which is no longer available.
So time to renew the Power BI part of this certification which nowadays seems to be Exam DA-100.
To pass the exam you should have spent some time with Power BI. As I’m more interested in data design, connectors and other technical stuff behind the scenes the exam was a bit of a challenge for me. Nevertheless it worked out…
My programming career began a long time ago. Back then a wise guy gave me a copy of Visual Basic 6 Pro. Since then I have come a long way. Although I want to make clear that I’m neither a hardcore programmer nor a extraordinary talented geek. My goal was always to get the job done.
So after many years of programming in Visual Basic and even VBA I got in touch with Microsoft Dynamics Attain 3.60. My first impression of the C/SIDE programming environment was the feeling of a cutdown version of the Visual Basic IDE. So I felt immediately at home. And C/SIDE was very efficient for my requirements. But of course also a bit boring too. Soon I was playing with com-add-ins again and later there came .net interop. And this felt good. Besides of NAV I invested quite some time into SSIS and there I really liked the script task the most. You had the full power of the .net framework but in a simple and cut down environment. Visual Studio always seemed a bit overwhelming to me. The following years I lost a bit of my coding hunger. I was more interested in things like SQL, Database Design and later the Power Platform rise really got me excited.
Then a few years ago suddenly Microsoft NAV or BC began to change. Suddenly we had a solid three tier architecture. We were confronted with extensions V1 and V2. This got my attention but I was not totally on fire. But this has changed in the last few months.
I did spend some time with Visual Studio Code and my verdict was – Yes, I like it.
I did spend some time with AL and the new concept of extensions and yes again, I like it.
The cloud, Azure functions, the Azure Stack itself, yes once more, I like it.
Now I’m again on fire. I feel excited as there are some many new things to learn.
Sure not all I easy or straightforward. A lot of things feel much harder to achieve now with regard to the new boundaries and Microsoft’s cloud first strategy. Nevertheless I’m willing to follow this path. I like the concept of bringing different pieces of software together. Running an Azure function from NAV BC to create a word or excel file seems pretty crazy but nevertheless I like it. I almost feel young again. Is this a midlife crisis – maybe but for me it feels right and that’s what counts. You should love the work you do. And you should never loose your hunger to learn new things. So yes I’m ready for the challenge. Let the games begin.
I like this explanation very much. Alberto Ferrari is really good at describing complex topics in an entertaining way. I see a lot of potential in this feature and not just for large enterprises. I like the idea of keeping the data in the cloud and only enriching it with new data and measures. And the new concept of chaining datatasets is also very exciting. And this is probably the first time I’ve heard anyone talk about DirectQuery without making a disgusted face.
This looks like a perfect real-world scenario for me. In the last few months I have moved a lot of my personal resources to Azure. Inspired by this article I will try to build an Azure Management Tool with PowerApps
A month end procedure is a regular topic to be covered when implementing finance with D365 BC. Some finance systems throw a user into a defined routine but with D365 BC it’s much more simplistic. To remove the need for users to be experts wouldn’t a defined routine be useful?
Here is the goal: Create a Power Automate flow that will handle the month end procedure in BC with minimal user input. Principal thing here is that month end is routine so why not have something to cater for it. Caveat here being that job knowledge makes up for a big portion of this finance process so not all of it can be catered for. The scope is laid out in the next paragraph.
So what makes up a month end in BC and what is the scope of this procedure?: