Nick Doelman

Information & Communications Technology

Power Platform Power Apps Power Apps Portals Power Automate Training MCT MVP ALM DevOps

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nick Doelman

Power Platform Specialist | Business Applications MVP | Microsoft Certified Trainer

Nick Doelman is Microsoft Business Applications MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and Dynamic Communities All-Star award winner. Nick bas been working with the Power Platform before it was known as the Power Platform (way back to Microsoft CRM version 1.0!) Nick has been engaged as a subject matter expert in over 100 Dynamics CRM/365 and Power Platform projects covering a wide range of industries and sectors. Nick is currently a independent trainer, speaker, consultant and blogger.
While not working or training on Dynamics 365/Power Platform projects, Nick spends time with his wife and daughter or at the gym. Nick is a nationally qualified competitive Powerlifter and has competed at the 2018 and 2019 Canadian National Powerlifting Championships.

Current sessions

Using Jamstack and Microsoft Dataverse

What is Jamstack? JavaScript, APIs and Markup. It is a technique to take data from an application, display it as a static web page but allow interaction using JavaScript and existing APIs. In this session, follow along as we live build an application that reads data from Microsoft Dataverse using Power Automate and creates a web page on an Azure Static site. Send info back to Dataverse by using JavaScript to call a Power Automate API endpoint. All in 50 minutes!


You don't need Dynamics CRM. You need a Power App!

I have been building unique line of business applications for years using Dynamics CRM as the platform. It's a little known fact that the technology used for Dynamics CRM and configuration is the foundation for the Common Data Service and model-driven Power Apps. The benefit today? You don't need get expensive Dynamics 365 licenses if your organization doesn't need them, but you can get all the same features and functionalities of the core Dynamics CRM app by building model-driven Power Apps on the Common Data Service (for a fraction of Dynamics 365 licensing costs). Added benefit is being able to extend those apps using Power Automate, Canvas-apps and other Power Platform technologies. Attend this session to learn how you can implement a "CRM" that fits your organization's needs!


Intro to Power Apps portals

Model Driven and Canvas based Power Apps provide incredibly powerful tools for building business applications for internal users. What about external audiences such as customers and partners? In October 2019, Power Apps Portals became generally available as a way for external stakeholders to interact with CDS data. This technology is actually the Dynamics 365 Portals platform with some new enhancements. This session provides an introduction to building a Model Driven App and the steps to expose it to an external audience via Power Apps Portals.


DevOps for the Small Implementation

Successful enterprise projects use a variety of continuous integration and advanced DevOps tools. These tools and techniques take significant time and investment as well as ongoing maintenance to ensure the process runs smoothly. What about the small implementations with a handful of users and potentially only one or two makers or developers building the business application? This session covers some simple best practices, tools and techniques to ensure the work on small to medium Dynamics 365 and Power Platform business application development is properly archived in source control and updates are rolled out in a simple, but controlled fashion.


Build Embedded Canvas PowerApps to Replace Your Dialogs

Dynamics 365 Dialogs are deprecated, and they also don't work in the new Unified Interface. Task Flows just don't cut and Microsoft Flows lack the interactivity. Embedded Canvas Power Apps to the rescue! Build an interactive, user-friendly interface using Canvas Apps that will make your users and clients totally forget about the old style CRM Dialogs.


Becoming an MVPreneur

"Someday I am going to quit this job and start my own company!" "My take home pay does not match how much revenue I am bringing in!" "I love Dynamics 365 but I hate the projects I am getting assigned to." Do you ever think about these types of statements? A number of MVPs have left the corporate ranks and have become independent consultants, trainers and entrepreneurs. Hear their stories, techniques, warnings and advice to consider if leaving your job is right for you or maybe sticking with your employer is the best option.


Beating the Unified Interface transition Countdown clock

If you are using the "classic" Dynamics 365 user interface, you may have been noticing messages from Microsoft about scheduling the transition to the new Unified Interface. The best time to plan the transition to the new Power Platform model-driven unified interface is about a year ago, the second best time is NOW! In this session, learn about the Unified Interface, how to transition and how to address potential issues with form layouts, scripts, dialogs and others! The deadline of October 1, 2020 is fast approaching!


AI for Everyone: Intro to the AI Builder on the Power Platform

Artificial Intelligence has been an emerging technology but required data scientists to be able to harness the technology. AI Builder for the Power Platform has provided easy to use and understand tools to allow business users to be able to take advantage of AI technology. This session provides an overview of AI in the Power Platform and shows how you can quickly build an app to take advantage of this power.


Adding more Power to Power Apps Portals

Power Apps Portals provide a lot of functionality out of the box to interact with CDS (Common Data Service) data. However, there may be situations where you need to take your portal projects to the next level. In this session, learn how to extend your Power Apps Portal with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Liquid and even Power Automate and Azure! Add more Power to Power Apps Portal projects!


What is the Common Data Service?

The Common Data Service (CDS) is a powerful feature of the Power Platform that is more than just a data store option. This session demystifies what the CDService actually is and how it works. Learn how CDS evolved from its roots in Dynamics CRM to a central pillar in the Power Platform. See how using CDS provides security, logic, data, storage and integration features to your Power Platform applications (including Dynamics 365). Understand how CDS implements the Common Data Model (CDM) and its key advantages over using SharePoint Lists and AzureSQL.


Alternative portal solutions for the Common Data Service

Power Apps portals provide a rich set of features and functionality to allow external users to interact with the Common Data Service. However, in many cases Power Apps portals might not be the best option for a variety of reasons. This session looks at alternate techniques to allow external users to view and interact with Common Data Service data using WordPress, Azure Static sites and other approaches that do not involve Power Apps portals.


Power Up with Power Apps Portals

Power Apps Portals provide a lot of functionality for external users to interact with Dataverse data. Quickly provision an external facing portal, add web pages and begin to power up your portal by allowing users to interact with Dataverse information. Apply authentication and security to the portal to provide a secure conduit for your external stakeholder to only see the information you want to. Extent your portal using HTML, CSS, Liquid, JavaScript and the new Portals WebAPI. No code and pro code unite to build powerful portal experiences!


Explore the Microsoft Dataverse

The Microsoft Dataverse (formerly known as the Common Data Service) is a powerful feature of the Power Platform that is more than just a data store option. This session demystifies what the Dataverse actually is and how it works. Learn how Dataverse evolved from its roots in Dynamics CRM to a central pillar in the Power Platform. See how using Dataverse provides security, logic, data, storage and integration features to your Power Platform applications (including Dynamics 365!)


Explore the Microsoft Dataverse

The Microsoft Dataverse (formerly known as the Common Data Service) is a powerful feature of the Power Platform that is more than just a data store option. This session demystifies what the Dataverse actually is and how it works. Learn how Dataverse evolved from its roots in Dynamics CRM to a central pillar in the Power Platform. See how using Dataverse provides security, logic, data, storage and integration features to your Power Platform applications (including Dynamics 365!)