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Forward Forever News - Issue #18

Forward Forever News - Issue #18

Summer vacation is just around the corner and before we frolic in the fields, we are very excited to announce .......🥁

the launch of our exclusive customer event, FF & FRIENDS! This event is dedicated to sharing valuable insights and best practices related to Power Platform. If you are interested to join an extraordinary customer event on September 4th, 2024, from 12 to 5 PM at Helsinki, Finland, contact us! The event is for invite only and the seats are limited. Event programme will be published soon and here's what you can expect on the event:

  • Lunch 🍕
  • Guest Speakers 🎙️
  • Power Platform Insights 👀
  • Copilot Experiments 🧑🏻‍💻
  • Featured Customer Cases ⚒️
  • Roundtable Discussions 🎤
  • Networking 🥂
  • Afterparty 😎

You certainly don't want to miss out on this!

Meanwhile when waiting for the event, let's see what happened during the spring and take a peek at what else the coming autumn will bring...

Recognition of Power Platform competence

Our expertise has been recognized once more, and we have achieved the Solutions Partner status for Microsoft Business Applications again this year. This is a recognition for partners who demonstrate extensive knowledge and experience in delivering customer value with Dynamics 365 and/or Power Platform technologies.

At Forward Forever, we believe that the Power Platform is more than just a set of tools; it is a versatile Microsoft platform ecosystem that enables everyone, including those without technical background or programming skills, to build and further develop applications themselves, create workflows, analyze data, and create custom Copilots without writing code. We assist organizations take over the Power Platform tools and act as a seamless extension of the organization by providing Application Management Services (AMS) including application maintenance, support and continuous development services. See all our services here.

Forward Forever achieved the Solutions Partner status for Microsoft Business Applications, 2024.

The Latest Blog Posts

We have a house full of top-notch experts in the field of Power Platform and we constantly produce new content from which you can learn new tricks 🤺

Willing to hear how to enhance Power Apps with Power Fx command? Read Timo Pertilä's latest blog post: Using Power Fx on Power Apps command bar.

Ever wondered how to set up the integration of Power Automate with Application Insights and create effective monitoring systems for Power Automate flows? Then we highly recommend to read Timo Pertilä's post Application Insights and Power Automate.

Then, Ferran Chopo explores in his article 'Integrating AI Builder with Copilot Studio for enhanced knowledge base utilization' how to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) in IT support to enhance efficiency and user satisfaction. Super impressive!

Integrating AI Builder with Copilot Studio for enhanced knowledge base utilization. Ferran Chopo, 2024.

If you've ever asked a question, 'Can I edit a cloud flow while it’s running?' then you should definitely read this Timo Pertilä's article.

Do you want to learn what is the most effective method for searching through your documents in Copilot Studio? Then we highly recommend reading this Ferran Chopo's blog post.

Do you know what is the difference between HTTP with Microsoft Entra ID and HTTP with Microsoft Entra ID (preauthorized) connectors? After reading this Timo Pertilä's plog post you certainly do know.

What is the difference between HTTP with Microsoft Entra ID and HTTP with Microsoft Entra ID (preauthorized) connectors? Timo Pertilä, 2024.

Upcoming events

Summer holidays are here, but we turn our gaze to the upcoming autumn. Here are a couple of events to add to your calendar:

September 4, 2024 - FF & FRIENDS - As mentioned earlier, our very first Customer event will take place on September 4, 2024. This event is dedicated to sharing valuable insights and best practices related to Power Platform. If you are interested in joining, please contact us. Seats are limited. More info coming up soon 😎

Forward Forever's Customer Event on September 4, 2024.

September 5, 2024 - CollabDays Finland. This is a conference dedicated to exploring the latest trends, tools, and technologies in the world of Microsoft 365 collaboration. Hosted by a team of industry experts and thought leaders, this event is designed to provide you with valuable insights, practical strategies, and hands-on learning opportunities to help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of digital collaboration.

Our Power Platform Advisor, Microsoft MVP, Timo Pertilä has a session at this year’s event, Mastering canvas Power Apps. Canvas apps are often underestimated. You might think that they are just slow and ugly mobile applications built on top of SharePoint. But no. They offer much more. If you are building low-code solutions with Power Platform, mastering the canvas app is one of the most important skills for you. Read more about the event and remember to sign up!

Timo Pertilä is having a session at CollabDays Finland, September 5, 2024.

Past events

This year the 3rd European Power Platform Conference (EPPC) took place on June 11-13, in Brussels, Belgium. The EPPC is a significant Power Platform event that brings together the Microsoft Power Platform Community, featuring a brand new Dynamics 365 track, for 3 invaluable days of in-person learning, connections, and inspiration. The EPPC event delved into Microsoft’s Power Platform stack and offered a wealth of professional development opportunities.

Our Power Platform Advisor and Microsoft MVP, Antti Pajunen, had a session at the event about how to create a Power Platform governance framework for an organization. Every organization starts its Power Platform journey from an ungoverned wild-west of a platform. A properly planned approach to governing the Power Platform ensures organizations can increase their low-code maturity, win in low-code (and life), and empower their makers on a safe and secure platform.

Team FF, Anders Eronen, Olli Korpelainen, and Antti Pajunen at the European Power Platform Conference, 2024.

On June 4-5, 2024, the Resco Next 2024 conference was celebrating its 10th edition in Vienna. The event brought together professionals to discuss the state of enterprise app development, examine current industry challenges and trends, and delved deeply into technical and business questions surrounding the creation of business applications. Antti also hosted a session on creating a Power Platform governance framework for organizations at this event.

Antti Pajunen at Resco Next event in June, 2024.

Greetings from Girona, Spain 👋

It’s our tradition to embark on an annual trip to a different part of the world with the entire FF group. This year, we chose the city of Girona in Spain as the destination for our company’s annual retreat, which offered two splendid days filled with innovation, culture, and community.

Team Forward Forever at Girona, Spain.

The first day began with an energetic Hackathon, where we split into smaller teams to innovate and create new solutions and concepts to bring to life with our customers. The second day allowed for free time and the chance to explore Girona’s enchanting attractions. Some of us opted for a city tour, admiring the narrow alleys and colorful buildings of the historic city. Others visited the museum to delve into Catalonia’s rich history and art, while a vineyard tour appealed to those eager to sample the region’s exquisite wines and enjoy the picturesque landscapes.

Each activity provided a unique opportunity to experience the local culture. This excursion was not only a platform for collaborative work in a novel setting but also a pivotal moment for team development and the creation of lasting memories that go well beyond our professional lives. The Girona journey was a resounding success, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated 🫶

Team Forward Forever is expanding

We're excited to introduce our new Team members Aino, Matti, Anders and Suvi! Welcome to the team 🔥

Aino Taipalus and Matti välke

Aino Taipalus Service Management and human centric development enthusiast. With a keen eye for efficiency, she designs and implements seamless workflows that enhance user experiences.

Matti Välke strongly believes that good customer service is just as important as technical expertise. Matti values continuous learning and stays up-to-date with the latest developments and best practices in the IT industry.

Anders Eronen and Suvi Leppänen

Anders Eronen is an IT engineer who loves working with people. With a passion for technology throughout his life, and 10+ years of working in the industry on both the customer side as well as in consulting, Anders is always eager to find new problems to solve.

Suvi Leppänen is a seasoned data-focused engineer who thrives on leveraging the Microsoft Power technology stack to deliver high-quality analytics and actionable insights. With years of experience in consulting, she has honed her skills in assisting customers to achieve self-sufficiency.

Open positions

Are you, or do you know someone who is seeking the next step in their career with Microsoft Power Platform and is in Finland or Portugal? Our team is expanding, and we are currently searching for talented Power Platform Advisor to join us on our exciting journey!

Apply now and become a part of a team of game-changers who are driving low-code & citizen development revolution 🚀