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DynamicsCon Live Preview: How Model-Driven Power Apps help Dynamics 365 admins

by Heidi Neuhauser
Partner, Reenhanced
August 10 2022

Editor's Note: MSDW is a media sponsor of DynamicsCon Live, running from September 14 to 16.

Model-driven apps are one of the most powerful configuration tools available to a Microsoft Dynamics 365 system administrator. Simple to build and an amazing tool for user adoption, model-driven apps can be a complete game-changer to your user groups.  

At DynamicsCon Live this September, I am excited to be teaching attendees what they need to know to get up and running with building excellent model-driven apps for their organizations.  

What is a model-driven app? 

Model-driven apps are Power Apps that use Dataverse as a database and can be built using low-code and even no-code tools. The Dynamics 365 platform is itself a model-driven Power App. The out-of-the-box D365 Sales Hub, Service Hub, and Marketing apps are useful out-of-the-box additions to a customer solution. But implementing a streamlined model-driven app for a specific user group has amazing benefits! They are tailored for a specific use case. You can hide the noise, simplify the user experience, and increase overall happiness. 

A hybrid System Admin life… for now 

Power Apps has had so many improvements, especially when we look at model-driven apps. The modern app designer has become generally available, and most of what you need to be build can be done here. However, some tasks still require app builders to toggle back to the classic design experience. In the session at DynamicsCon Live, we’ll go over how to do that and what tasks require the classic designer.   


When you are using the modern app designer to build your app, you bring it together by adding pages. A page can be a table-based view and form, a dashboard or custom. 

Additional Features 

There are several extra features you can configure for a model-driven app in Power Apps as well: 

  • Async onload handler 

  • Async save handler 

  • Enable Power BI quick report visualization on a table (preview) 

  • Enable the New Email Template Editor 

  • In-app notifications 

  • Native Mobile Date Time 

  • Native Mobile Inputs 

  • Offline setup from the app designer 

Security and Permissions 

Security is something everyone needs to know, specifically: 

  • Permissions to be an app maker 

  • Requirements to view an app 

  • How to share an app with other users 

We will talk security roles and permission settings, how to share to other makers and how to make your app accessible to other users. 

What’s coming with Release Wave 2? 

There are so many exciting features coming to model-driven apps as part of the Release Wave 2, rolling out October 2022 through March 2023. A complete list is below, organized by general availability date: 

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About Heidi Neuhauser

Heidi is a Partner at Reenhanced. She is a Microsoft MVP for Business Applications and is passionate about user adoption, out-of-the-box configuration tools, Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform.