Dynamics 365 under James Phillips announced the Microsoft Power Platform, a connected app platform that unifies access to your data to enable ISVs, SIs, Partners and Customers to build intelligent, data driven, task focused business and analytic applications. Microsoft is focused on enabling a data culture where the Microsoft Power Platform acts as the glue across Dynamics 365 (CE, F&O, Talent), Office 365 (SharePoint, Teams), Power BI, Power Apps, Microsoft Flow, Azure and other 3rd party on-premise and cloud based solutions.
With the Power Platform providing a unified approach to building data driven solutions, the team is taking it one step further by introducing Industry Solution Accelerators. Accelerators are industry focused base components that enable ISVs, and other solution providers a way to build solutions that are based on industry standards supported by Microsoft. Along with our Health Accelerator that was released during Inspire 2018, which you can read about here, we are focused on delivering accelerators for the following industries and others.
Industry Solution Accelerators enable you to build solutions on the Microsoft Power Platform that connect to your existing 3rd party applications, embed new applications on Dynamics 365 and extend existing first party application, such as Sales, Service and Marketing. Resources have been allocated across Microsoft Product Groups, Field, Sales, Marketing, OCP and Industry Vertical Teams to identify Partners, SI’s, ISVs and Customers to partner with Microsoft to shape and deliver solutions on top of our accelerators. Please note that accelerators not intended to be fully baked finished applications but will contain components that will help standardize and accelerate application development within a vertical industry.
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The Microsoft Power Platform and the Dynamics 365 Industry Accelerators combine to create a unique opportunity for ISV’s to provide solutions for different scenarios and levels of build out. Below is a view of the opportunities for ISV’s who build on top of the platform and the accelerators. For those who are interested in chatting directly, please sign up here, or feel free to provide comments below or connect with us on LinkedIn. We would love to hear from you and listen to your feedback, suggestions and challenges.
The following image represents the pattern and hierarchy of how solutions are delivered.
o Microsoft Power Platform – Common Data Model represents the foundation for which the accelerators and other solutions are built on or extended from
o Industry Accelerators extend the base Common Data Model
o ISV solutions extend the base Common Data Model
o ISV’s extend the Microsoft Industry Accelerator
o Industry ISV’s extend the Microsoft Industry Accelerator
o Microsoft Industry Sample Apps extend the Microsoft Industry Accelerator
o ISV’s further extend Industry ISV solutions that were built on top of the Microsoft Industry Accelerator
o ISV’s further extend Microsoft Industry Sample Apps that were built on top of the Microsoft Industry Accelerator
o Industry ISV’s further extend Microsoft Industry Sample Apps that were built on top of the Microsoft Industry Accelerator
o ISV’s further extend Industry ISV solutions that were built on top of Microsoft Industry Sample Apps
o Accelerators, ISV, Industry ISV and Industry Sample solutions are made available on AppSource
o SI’s provide expertise for Customer, ISV and Industry ISV solutions that were built on top of the Microsoft Industry Accelerators. This enables SI's to create industry vertical solution support and practices that can help customers directly, build their own solutions / tools or support ISV deliveries
As you move up the stack there are multiple opportunities on how ISV’s can deliver industry focused apps and solutions. This can exist whether you are building directly on Power Apps (CDS) or Customer Engagement. As you can see, each level enables the next levels opportunities to extend further. The accelerators provide opportunities to rapidly build vertical industry focused apps as well as enabling SI’s who can help scale and support these new apps and solutions.
Let’s review the some of the components that make up the accelerator and how it looks to ISV’s that would build on top of the Microsoft Power Platform and Industry Accelerators. These components will continue to evolve and expand as more accelerators are released and not all accelerators will contain all components. All accelerators will contain data models, samples forms, samples views and some level of demoware, whether that is direct Power Apps / Flow and/or Customer Engagement, Power BI or other.
The Power Platform revolves around the Common Data Model. The accelerators provide industry vertical extensions that work in conjunction with the common data model. Solution Accelerators contain models that represent the vertical all up as well as domain specific models which are discussed below:
The Microsoft Power Platform comes with a long list of connectors that will allow you to bring data into the transactional and analytic storage layers to unify your data on top of the common data model and vertical extensions. As part of the accelerators we are also looking at adding additional features. Please note that each accelerator’s components will differ, and some components will be included in future releases. As for connectors we are looking at several potential components for each accelerator such as:
Microsoft is working to produce / partner to build connectors that will support bi-directional data integrations to bring data into the accelerator data model and to push data back to external data masters. We will are partnering with solution providers, data consumers and industry data masters, such as EMR’s, LMR’s, LMS’s and SIS’s to encourage them to create and provide connectors and integrations between the Power Platform and their platform.
Accelerators enable ISVs and other solutions providers to build net new apps as well as extend existing first party apps that can exist, for example, as part of Dynamics Customer Engagement. To allow for developers, business architects, sales and other personae to see the value and ramp quickly on the accelerators, we will provide a level of “demoware” as part of the accelerator. This can include items such as:
These sample components will not only showcase the value of the accelerator but provide a base for which you can learn, understand and then build your own ISV solutions.
We understand that a powerful analytics story driven by persona-based applications needs a powerful platform. Power BI provides this platform by supporting mass storage for unified data. Rich features on top of that data support modeling, processing, cognitive services and machine learning to drive intelligence into your business decisions. With rich visualization capabilities and app packaging support for AppSource, we are looking across scenarios where we bring together the power of the platform and the specific industry accelerators analytic scenarios:
Each accelerator will drive its own requirements into what samples we provide, and we look forward to feedback from consumers. But we are reviewing each to showcase power analytic intelligence to help drive your business decisions.
When using the Power Platform, you are provided more than just apps on top of Customer Engagement. Once you have installed the accelerator from AppSource, you have the option to build apps in the Power Apps UI or from within Customer Engagement. This allows you to build task based, business focused, data driven applications on other platform. For this reason, depending on the accelerator we will be release examples of:
A key component of producing business logic is workflow using Microsoft Flow. Microsoft Flow represents a powerful cross-platform business logic engine. Below are some examples of scenarios that enhance the accelerators:
Across the accelerators we will be looking at specific scenarios to showcase cross-platform solutions with Microsoft Office 365 for SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.
We will be providing sample data for the accelerators that support the demoware included in the accelerators. It will be available as a downloadable solution from GIT, which will import the data into your CDS data store. Sample data will help support the scenarios we will showcase in the accelerator samples.
Each accelerator will be backed by a list of documentation items. These items will include but not limited too
It is important to note that neither the accelerator demoware, nor any supplied sample apps are intended to be considered “finished” apps. But what is the different between demoware and sample apps?
The Microsoft Power Platform plus the Microsoft Industry Accelerators provide a unified way to consolidate data both from a transactional and analytic perspective that enable a data culture to enable ISV’s to build industry vertical focused applications. Each vertical industry identified will have its own accelerator and contain a base level of components and demoware that can be further extended. Please sign up if you wish to participate or would like to provide feedback about the accelerators. We would love to hear from you, feel free to look me up on LinkedIn.
o Building Model Driven Apps
o Building Canvas based Apps
We would like to talk to you about extending the CDS to include Mental Health data model. There are two basic areas we can extend the healthcare model: