Directions4Partners Days of Knowledge UK 2023

I will be speaking at the Days on Knowledge event on March 23rd in Birmingham.

I have two sessions in the afternoon:

Document automation with Microsoft Power Platform

This session will investigate the automation of documents using Power Automate cloud flows, AI Builder, Power Automate Desktop (RPA), and document automation

Build chatbots using Power Virtual Agents

Learn how to create chatbots and interact with your systems for different internal and external use cases. In this session will explain how to create chatbots with Power Virtual Agents, best practices for choosing topics, and how to use Power Automate to access your systems

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Power BI Summit March 2023

I am speaking at the Power BI Summit on March 6th on the topic of Microsoft Dataverse and Power BI.

Power BI links to the rest of the Power Platform. In the session I will explain the different ways to use visualize Dataverse data including Direct Query, Dataflows, Azure Data Lake, and Azure Synapse Link.

The session also provides best practice and guidance on using Dataverse and Power BI together for different scenarios.

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MCT Connect Virtual Conference

The Microsoft Certified Trainer Connect conference is on March 8th and 9th.

I am involved in three sessions:

New MCT – What to do next with Dwayne Natwick

  • You have just become a new MCT and there are so many things to find out and nowhere to go.
  • This session will guide you around the MCT program and resources and allow you to discover all the official and unofficial sources of information that will help you as an MCT.
  • This session will also provide direction on how to gain training experience and meet the training requirements to renew your MCT.

Getting Started Teaching Microsoft Power Platform

  • An overview of the Microsoft Power Platform courses and what you need to know about the product and business to be able to teach effectively
  • Tips to get started
  • Resources available to MCTs

Regional Leads AMA with Sara Fennah and Chris Hoard

  • Question and Answer session for MCTs to ask anything of the Regional Leads

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DP-100 Certified Azure Data Science Associate

I recently passed the DP-100 exam which is about machine learning in Azure.

Now I have worked with Azure machine learning over the years and I teach both the AI-900 fundamentals and AI-102 cognitive services courses but there was still a lot for me to learn.

Here are the Microsoft resources I used:

and the blogs and videos from the community that helped:

Book the exam here


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20% Discount on Microsoft books from Packt Publishing

For a limited time, until December 12th, you can get 20% off Microsoft books at Amazon US including:

Becoming a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant: Learn to deliver enterprise marketing solutions and insights to exponentially grow your business by Malin Martnes.

Becoming a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant: Learn to deliver enterprise marketing solutions and insights to exponentially grow your business by [Malin Martnes]

Administrating Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Online: A practical guide to SaaS administration and migration from your on-premise Business Central environments to the cloud by Andrey Baludin.

Microsoft Power Platform Solution Architect’s Handbook: An expert’s guide to becoming a Power Platform solution architect and preparing for the PL-600 exam by Hugo Herrara.

Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant: PL-200 Exam Guide: Learn how to customize and configure Microsoft Power Platform and prepare for the PL-200 exam by me!

Redeem your discount here or use the code 20MSOFT (valid only for Amazon US ).

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Enrique Lima Award

Do you know a MCT that has done amazing work for the MCT Community?

The Enrique Lima Award is designed to recognize and celebrate the outstanding work of Microsoft Certified Trainers in the MCT Community, being awarded to only those who show knowledge, passion, and commitment to the Microsoft community as a whole, and specifically to the MCT program.

This Award was established in memory of Enrique Lima; a husband, a father of two, a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and MCT Regional Lead. Enrique always went above and beyond what was expected, building up both local, regional and international communities and everyday showed us all what the spirit of the MCT community was all about.

Nominate using the link sent in the MCT Newsletter.

Nominations due October 31, 2022.

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Power Automate RPA Developer PL-500 Study Group

I will be running an online study group for people wanting to take the Power Automate RPA Developer PL-500 exam

Although this group is about preparing for the exam, it is not exam prep. The course will run one evening during the week, Thursday 8pm BST, with another session at the weekend on Sunday morning at 8am BST and will take around 6-7 weeks starting October 6th 2022.

To apply for a place on the study group fill in this form


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Nordic Summit 2022

Nordic Summit is as in-person Power Platform and Dynamics 365 community conference in Stockholm on the 24th of September. Sign up here: – it’s free!

I will be speaking on Power Apps Component Framework – PCF 101 How to start creating your own code components.

Power Apps Component Framework is an exciting way to increase the usability of your solutions. But how do you start, the documentation tells you what to do but you struggle where to start. If you cannot figure out how to begin creating your own components, then this session is for you. A step-by-step walkthrough of how to create and deploy a component and the resources available to you.


I am also running a pre-day workshop on Dynamics 365 Customer Insights and Power Platform. The workshop is an introduction to creating unified profiles in Dynamics 365 Customer Insights and then using Power Platform with these profiles.


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MCT Europe Summit Switzerland September 12-14th

The European MCT Summit is taking place in Zurich, Switzerland 12-14th September. You can register here

You will be able to learn technical topics, discover information about courses and certifications, and to develop your trainer skills.

I will be speaking on the Dynamics 365 certifications and also on using the Power Platform with Azure IoT.

The summit includes a 3-day technical trainer course to become an MCT and three 2-day train the trainer workshops for Azure, Data&AI, and Power Platform. I will be leading the Power Platform TTT workshop where I will discuss the capabilities of the Power Platform and how to teach the various PL-x00 courses.


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Power Platform Training Resources

Kylie Kiser has collated and posted a list of training resources for the Power Platform on her blog

Worth checking out.

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