AJ Zafar

AJ Zafar

Power Platform Solution Architect

Birmingham, United Kingdom

I am a total Geek for Technology, especially for Microsoft Technologies 🤖!

I love to share my knowledge, zest and passion for Microsoft Technologies with the wider community 🤝. I utilize Power Platform on a daily basis to develop solutions for organizations and support them by providing training and establishing Citizen Developer Frameworks.

I am passionate about Fusion Teams and love to combine Low-Code Solutions with some Pro-Code enhancements and customizations. The synergy of both allows for incredibly powerful and fit-for-purpose solutions.

When I am not designing and developing solutions 💻 you will find me at conferences and user groups as I love to meet up in person with other community members and build connections 🔗.

Let's connect on LinkedIn and If you have any Power Apps questions feel free tag me @AJ_Z (in the Community Forums: https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/user/viewprofilepage/user-id/303195)

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Business & Management


  • Power Platform
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • Microsoft Power Apps
  • Microsoft Power Automate
  • Microsoft Power Virtual Agents
  • Microsoft Power Pages
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Dynamics 365
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Power Apps
  • Azure

AI Integration Playbook: Adopt, Extend, and Build to Drive Organisational Value

Unlock the transformative potential of AI within your organisation through three strategic approaches: Adopt, Extend, and Build Your Own. This session will guide executives on how to seamlessly integrate AI technologies to enhance operational efficiency, drive insightful analytics, and free up valuable time for strategic thinking.

Learn how each approach can be tailored to fit your organisational needs and propel your business forward, ensuring you not only keep pace with technological advances but also harness them to create measurable value.

Embrace the future of tech intensity with AI at the forefront of your business strategy.

AI in Action: Practical Approaches to Adopt, Extend, and Innovate in Your Projects

Step into the world of AI with a hands-on guide to implementing artificial intelligence in your projects. Whether you're looking to adopt existing AI tools, extend their capabilities, or build custom solutions from scratch, this session offers practical insights and actionable steps for each approach. Discover how AI can streamline your processes, enhance efficiency, and provide deep insights that drive decision-making. We'll cover real-world examples, toolkits for makers, and strategies to ensure your AI implementations deliver tangible benefits. Equip yourself with the knowledge to turn AI concepts into valuable assets for your projects.

Harnessing Tech Intensity: A Leadership Guide to Organisational Agility.

Discover the strategic dimensions of Organisational Enablement through our exploration of four critical tiers of tech intensity that can solidify your business foundations to take on the ever increasing tech waves. This session is tailored for executives and leaders eager to harness rapid technological advancements, including emerging trends like GenAI. Gain essential insights and practical strategies to not merely adapt, but to lead and excel in the evolving technological landscape.

Join us to move beyond conventional enablement discussions towards genuine, impactful organisational empowerment, positioning your business for resilience and innovative growth.

We will show you a framework of adoption to enable exactly this.

AI Unboxed: Everything You Wanted to Know

Step into the world of artificial intelligence like never before with "AI Unboxed: Everything You Wanted to Know" at ColorCloud. Hosted by AJ Zafar, this session features a dynamic panel of AI Wizards, including Andrew Welch, Ana Inés Urrutia de Souza, Ana Welch, Chris Huntingford, Nick Doelman, and Will Dorrington.

Designed for audience interaction, this panel invites you to submit your most curious, challenging, or fun questions about AI or ask them live.

Whether you’re interested in the technical depths, ethical implications, or future trends of AI, our experts are ready to dive into a dialogue driven by your inquiries. This engaging session promises to demystify AI, providing clear insights and shedding light on the most intricate aspects of the technology.

Join us for a lively discussion that unpacks the big questions about AI, guided by the best in the field. Bring your questions, and prepare to be enlightened!

If you want to submit some questions, Please use this link:

Tiny Controllers, Vast Opportunities: Blending Microcontrollers with Power Platform

Welcome to a journey where size doesn't limit potential, and the cloud isn't just in the sky! In our session, we'll embark on an exciting exploration of how tiny microcontrollers are opening up vast new realms of possibilities, especially when enhanced by the versatility of Microsoft's Power Platform.

Dive into the world of IoT where we demonstrate the might of microcontrollers, not just in their size but in their capacity to integrate seamlessly with the Microsoft Tech Stack. Discover how these tiny but powerful devices can communicate effectively with Microsoft’s Power Platform, transforming how we interact with everything from personal gadgets to complex systems.

We’ll guide you through practical examples, showcasing real-world applications where microcontrollers, combined with the robust capabilities of Power Platform, lead to innovative solutions. Experience the ease of customizing IoT solutions using Power Platform, transforming complex tasks into approachable and enjoyable experiences.

Join us for an electrifying session where learning is infused with excitement. Together, we’ll explore how the combination of microcontrollers with the Power Platform opens not just vast, but infinite possibilities. Let's redefine what's possible in the IoT world together – where small controllers meet powerful platforms!

So You Think You Can Take on Copilot Mwhahahaha: Unleashing AI's Power in the Power Platform

Session Overview:
Are you ready to embark on an electrifying journey through the world of AI and Microsoft Power Platform? Buckle up for "So You Think You Can Take on Copilot Mwhahahaha," a session where the AI excitement meets education, and innovation collides with imagination!

👨‍💻 Why You Can't Miss This:

🪄 - Witness AI Magic in Action:
Dive into live demos showcasing Copilot battling it out with real-world challenges Spoiler: Expect some magical moments!

💪 - Uncover the Superpowers of AI:
From crafting smarter apps to automating the mundane, discover how AI is revolutionizing the Power Platform/Dynamics experience.

🚀 - Beyond the Buzzwords - Understanding AI:
Dive deep into the world of Generative AI and Large Language Models. We'll demystify these technologies, going beyond the buzzwords to truly understand their mechanics and capabilities.

📊 - It's All About That Data:
Discover the pivotal role of data in powering AI. We'll unravel how quality data is the backbone of AI accuracy and effectiveness, especially in context to Power Platform.

🔮 - Future Gazing:
Get a sneak peek into the crystal ball of AI and Power Platform. What wonders (or blunders) await us in this techy-tale?

❓ - Interactive Extravaganza:
Engage in a lively Q&A session, share your experiences, and connect with fellow tech adventurers.

🌟 Who Should Attend:
- Code Wizards and New Adventurers: Whether you’re a seasoned developer or a curious newbie, this session is for everyone.
- Power Platform/Dynamics Enthusiasts
- AI Skeptics and Fans: Believe in AI or not, let’s discuss and demystify.
- Anyone Who Loves a Good Tech Tale: Stories, laughs, and learnings guaranteed!

🥇 What You’ll Leave With:
- A brain buzzing with new ideas and insights into AI, Power Platform and Dynamics.
- A toolkit of tips and tricks to harness the power of AI in your projects.
- A network of fellow tech enthusiasts and potential collaborators.
- And, of course, a smile from an engaging and fun session!

🎉 Join Us:
Mark your calendars, set reminders, and tell your friends. "So You Think You Can Take on Copilot Mwhahahaha" is not just a session; it’s a tech celebration! Be there or be square!

How to Supercharge your Browser with Power Platform Extensions!

Are you tired of flicking between tabs to access the Power of Power Apps 🥱? Perhaps you want to connect and pass values from the webpage you are on into a Power App 🖇️?

If that's the case, it is time to consider Supercharging 🦸‍♂️ your browser with extensions powered by Power Platform 💪.

In this session, I will be demonstrating how you can embed power apps into chrome extensions and pass parameters to them. I will be showing off three use cases for this.

This will be a demo-focused session and we will be using:
- Power Platform (focusing on Power Apps)
- A little bit of HTML
- A touch of JavaScript
- Google Chrome/Microsoft Edge

Does Cit Dev work in the real world?

Are you curious about Citizen Development and the Microsoft Power Platform, but wondering if it can really work in the real world? Join us for a session that explores the challenges and benefits of Citizen Development, and how Microsoft Power Platform can help address concerns around security, compliance, governance, integration, quality, maintenance, and collaboration.

During this engaging and informative session, we will discuss real-world examples of Citizen Development projects that have succeeded and those that have failed. We'll also examine the factors that contribute to successful Citizen Development initiatives and explore how Microsoft Power Platform provides built-in features and tools to help Citizen Developers create secure, compliant, and high-quality applications that integrate seamlessly with existing data sources and systems.

Whether you are an IT professional, a business analyst, or a Citizen Developer yourself, this session will provide you with valuable insights and practical tips for making Citizen Development work in the real world. Don't miss this opportunity to hear others who are passionate about democratizing application development with Microsoft Power Platform. Register now to secure your spot!

Unleashing Innovation: Dive into the Latest Power Platform Marvels!

🔥 Are you ready to ignite your creativity and supercharge your workflow? Join us for an electrifying session at the Microsoft Power Platform Conference, where we'll explore the platform's newest and most exciting features!

Examples of just some of what's in store:

- Low Code Dataverse Plugins: Unleash the power of low-code plugins and infuse your solutions with the server side logic.

- Named Formulas Magic: Discover the art of creating, reusable formulas that make your apps smarter and your life easier!

AI-Powered CoPilot: Step into the future with AI integration that's changing the game.

Offline First Apps: Learn to build resilient apps that keep the business engine running, no matter where you are!

But wait, there's more! We've got live demos, real-world examples, and interactive discussions that will not only inspire but also empower you to harness these cutting-edge tools.

Why Attend?

🧠 Gain valuable insights from real-world applications and success stories.
🎨 See these features in action through engaging live demonstrations.
🤝 Connect with fellow enthusiasts and experts in an interactive setting.
💡 Spark ideas for leveraging these features in your own projects.

Whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started, this session is your ticket to becoming a Power Platform wizard! 🧙‍♂️✨

🌈 Join us and transform the way you think about innovation in the digital workspace. Let's shape the future, one amazing feature at a time! 🌈

3 Key Takeaways:
🧠 Gain valuable insights from real-world applications and success stories.
🎨 See new features in action through engaging live demonstrations.
💡 Spark ideas for leveraging these features in your own projects.

Level 200 Intermediate


Power Platform

IT Professional

D365 & Power Platform UG Melbourne

How to Supercharge your Browser with Power Platform Extensions!

March 2023 Melbourne, Australia

Dynamics 365 & Power Platform User Group - Reading - February 22nd 2023 Sessionize Event

February 2023 Reading, United Kingdom

AJ Zafar

Power Platform Solution Architect

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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