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Microsoft Business Apps Profile: Power Platform is helping SharePoint customers, says new MVP

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW
January 25 2021

"Loud expressions of joy." That's how Tomislav Karafilov describes his reaction to receiving the email from Microsoft naming him an MVP for Business Applications.

"I was very happy and proud of it," says Karafilov, who received his award July. "I was nominated in January 2020 and after that I checked my [inbox] on the first of every month. For me, the MVP is something of a reward as through closer contact with Microsoft, it opens up a wide range of opportunities for me and my community to develop further."

Power Platform by way of Microsoft 365 and SharePoint

Karafilov is an Office 365 Solutions Specialist at Deroso Solutions GmbH in Germany. In this role, he introduces customers to Microsoft 365 and helps them use its various services. He is also the contact person for questions about Microsoft topics for the business, the champions, the users, and the administrators. Analyzing business process requirements and implementing software is also part of his job.

Sometimes there are simple settings that need to be adjusted . . . sometimes Power Apps and Power Automate and sometimes also classic programming, regardless of whether it is backend or front-end. My many years of experience as a developer (.NET/C# since 2003) and the knowledge about the possibilities with Microsoft Azure help here! Whether it is infrastructure as code, hosting of applications and the field of DevOps.

Karafilov, who began working with the Power Platform in 2017, views it mainly from the perspective of Microsoft 365 and SharePoint, rather than from a Dynamics perspective, although he has worked with Dynamics CRM, he says.

His interest in the Power Platform began after he had implemented some InfoPath forms in the SharePoint on-premises environment. He recalled:

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.