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If you're a creative person that enjoys building solutions to problems, then you're in luck!
Power Apps, Power Automate, Teams and SharePoint, are all fantastic and can easily be used together to build the solutions you need.
Microsoft has built the equivalent to Lego. At our disposal, we now have the tools to make pretty much anything our minds (or business's) desire!
Unfortunately, using Microsoft 365, just as with Lego, you can easily hit problems. For example, you can build the most fantastic Lego village but then realise that the shiny new truck that mom just bought doesn't even fit in the garage! Even worse, you can run out of bricks!
Our "5-Day Challenge" helps you build a Vacation Booking solution using the Microsoft 365 Power Platform whilst also giving you the fundamental learning needed to keep away from issues and not "run out of bricks".
We have adopted a method we call "B.L.U.E" (Build it | Learn it | Use it | Enhance it) to teach you all you need to know to get started in the Power Platform but more importantly, help you learn by creating a usable solution.
You'll be encouraged to be creative and will have the benefit of in depth live support from our Academy coaches. We also throw in a great community experience to boot and the chance to "Graduate" with a Credly award to share your achievement.
In short, Microsoft gives you the Lego; we give you the build instructions and dedicated support to help it go swimmingly!
This solution can either be built in a free training Tenant (we can help guide you on securing a FREE Microsoft 365 Developer Program tenant) or directly within your own Microsoft 365 Tenant.
Learn how to explore and manipulate data in SharePoint Lists to manage your staff holiday or vacation data
SharePoint Lists can be used in many different scenarios to store the data needed to power your Power Platform solutions. In this 5-Day Challenge, you will learn how to use SharePoint to manage the leave entitlement and request data that drives the solution. You'll also learn how to create re-usable 'Content-Types' to speed up future rollout.
Power Automate provides the "Connections" in the Power Platform Solution.
Nearly all solutions can benefit from Power Automate to move data around and connect systems up. The Vacation Booking System is no different as it uses Power Automate to move data around, perform checks and trigger Approvals.
Power Apps will be used as one of the main user interfaces for your staff to manage their requests. No code needed!
We will show you how easy it is to build a Power Apps solution with no code. Once created, staff will be able to view and request vacations and see what they have left from their entitlement.
Power BI provides the ability to see not only your own requests but also for management information around current trends
Power BI is a powerful visualisation tool integrated with Microsoft 365. Once implemented, it will be easy to review requests in real time, understand what's left to take and gather a view across teams.
The 5-Day Challenge will introduce you to even MORE Power Platform components. This will provide more insight into the wider options available within the Power Platform for your future builds.
You'll build a chatbot to provide an alternative to using the Power App for raising requests for leave.
You'll also give approvers a visual tool using Planner so they can simply drag and drop Approvals rather than replying to emails.
Finally, you'll learn how this all integrates and Pivots around Microsoft Teams as the booking 'hub'.
I didn't know anything about the Power Platform before I started. But by the end of it, I built my own Power App.
It was great because we had all of the modules and support from the coaches in the Collab365 Academy. The one-to-one support we received was brilliant. I was on there and they were active all the time and like giving responses to me, like minutes, basically.
We also had the daily catch up session as well, which is really nice because it made you feel like everybody on the course was all in it together and did have a bit of a competitive element as well, which really motivated me because I wanted the Solutioneer of the day badge. So that really motivated me.
And I just was really surprised actually at how quickly I got the work done each day because I was really motivated and I wanted to get it done. It was a brilliant week and I would definitely recommend it to anybody that wants to do it.
I’m about halfway through this week of the challenge and would highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested in the “Power Tools.” Group discussion each morning, build a real Power Platform solution, earn badges, and get your questions answered by the experts in the field! One of the best learning experiences I’ve had :-)
I just earned my Credly certificate for the Power Platform. Five-day challenge and had to say what a fantastic journey it was for me. I looked at each one of the Power Platform modules separately. So one of my learning goals was to see how they would work together. This challenge did just that, but not just by talking about it instead the week was spent building a usable application and enhancing it to see how each of those interactions.
Even though the course was great. The main difference was in the approach to learning, having that daily start time with cohorts and coaches that held me accountable and engaged for the week. And by participating in those discussion groups and earning badges, I was really motivated to Excel at each day's assignment.
So congratulations on building this excellent platform. I know I'll certainly be signing up for other challenges in the future.
I took the 5-day Challenge as I wanted to explore the Power Platform's full potential quickly. In addition, I loved the idea that I would build something real world that taught me all of the significant services. The Challenge was nicely paced, with tasks to do each day, and I loved the idea that Collab365 were on hand to support me. Once we finished the build, we were invited to a graduation event where we could show what we'd built. I also walked away with a Challenger badge to add to my Credly profile and new skills that I use in my day job. If you want to learn the Power Platform fast, then I highly recommend booking on the Challenge and committing to building the Vacation App.
it's been a great experience. The challenge was excellent and I really liked being able to work with people on a more direct level, The back and forth within the 5 Day Challenge is key to being able to move ahead. That's not something I've seen in other workshops.
Our Challenge has been developed to work around you.
** We also include a limited number of 1:1 live support bookings in the challenge. Available times are shared and can be booked during the challenge.
We have several dates available for the Power Platform Challenge. You can choose your preferred date after the check-out.
Tuesday, 5th July - Tuesday, 13th July
Monday, 18th July - Monday, 25th July
Monday, 1st August - Monday, 8th August
Monday, 5th Sept - Monday, 12th Sept
Monday, 12th Sept - Monday, 19th Sept
A Challenge requires you to spend around 90 mins per day for 5-days. You also have a weekend if you need to catch-up.
When you attend the Challenge you can expect a next-generation training experience. We know it's really hard to complete a course when you're left alone. Our challenges are fun, cleverly-paced and also give you a degree of accountability ... so you succeed!
Over 5 fun-filled days packed full of practical learning, you will complete 9 modules covering 7 services in, or closely aligned to the Power Platform. Each day will be supported by daily LIVE group catch-up sessions.
We've partnered with Credly to offer certifications, meaning you will be able to show-off your new skills on platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Being able to prove you've produced a completed Power Platform App, adds immediately credibility to your professional profile!
"At Microsoft, a simple run of the numbers on how many apps will be built in the next five years shows how critical low-code and no-code software will become. Microsoft expects 500 million new apps to be built in the next half decade, which is more than all the apps built in the last 40 years.
“If that’s true, 450 million have to be built with a low-code tool,” said Charles Lamanna, corporate vice president of the citizen applications platform at Microsoft. “There are not enough humans to code fast enough to build that many. Professional developers should focus on harder challenges than another expense submission form or approval form.”?
Source: CNBC News
Now compare an online course with a "5-Day Challenge" where you follow along and see the working solution unfold before your very own eyes:
At Collab365, we believe that you can't just learn Power Apps and hope for the best.
You must have a grasp of all the other pieces required to make bullet-proof solutions that will put a permanent smile across your boss's face.
We also believe that many of us prefer to learn by "doing".
So if you're a prolific buyer of online courses but never get past "Module 1", you're not alone.
Often concepts get boring fast. New ideas overwhelm and are easily forgotten. Online self-paced courses require dedication to complete, and many don't even get started.
With our B.L.U.E method and this 5-Day challenge, we believe we have the right recipe to keep you engaged and above all learning at the right pace.
You'll be encouraged to not only learn, but also get creative and win our daily 'Solutioneer' awards.
At the end, you will have a working product that isn't just a collection of concepts, it will be a fully fledged Power Platform solution you can publish and roll out to your team.
We're so confident you will complete the course - and love it - we are throwing in a free Credly badge when you "Graduate" to celebrate your achievement.
Book yourself onto the 5-day challenge so you can learn the Power Platform by building a real-world solution that you can use in your organization.
NB: Your date selection is made after checkout
If you'd like your entire team to learn by going through the 5-Day Challenge, please get in touch. We can offer discounts to organizations who need to purchase multiple licenses.
If you need a vacation app in your organization and want us to build and deploy it for you, then please get in touch. One of our team can remotely develop the solution for you. We can also train your team, if required.
At Collab365 we've been running online events and training experiences for over 6 years. Over that time, we've achieved a few milestones that make us proud:
NEW MEMBERS JOINED THE COLLAB365 ACADEMY IN LAST 4 WEEKS
ATTENDEES HAVE JOINED OUR ONLINE EVENTS SINCE 2014
NUMBER OF MEMBERS IN OUR FACEBOOK AND LINKEDIN GROUPS
Matt Weston is an MVP and fully-qualified Microsoft Certified Trainer. He's also spoken for us many times and ran half-day Workshops.
If you don't have the time or people to learn how to build a vacation booking app, don't worry we can remotely install it for you to use in your own Office 365 environment .
Jon is one of the 5-Day Challenge support coaches at Collab365. He's been working with the Power Platform for some time now and has learned first hand how this challenge works by building the solution himself
Connor is one of the 5-Day Challenge Support coaches. He and Jon work alongside each other to deliver the live Q&A sessions, the graduation as well as help you stay engaged and motivated right until the end. 2 years into his learning of the Power Platform so teaches in terms that beginners will understand.
Matt Weston MVP
Matt will take you step by step through the whole process of building your solution.
From the why, to the how, he will be your guide and has written the eBooks that support the challenge
Of course... :)
Collab365 100% guarantees that if you participate in the challenge, show up to the daily live calls, implement what you learn, by the time the challenge is done, you will have a fully working vacation booking app and a solid understanding of the core fundamentals of the Power Platform.
If for some reason you don't feel like that is true, then you can email our support team within 3 days and receive a full refund of $279.
Don't forget, we want you to succeed so much that we're going to give you your money back in Academy coupons. if you attend the Graduation then we will give you $279 to spend in the Collab365 Academy shop.
Although it's a 5 Day Challenge, we anticipate most 365'ers (as we like to call Academy members) will take roughly 45 minutes - 2 hours each day to perform build steps with the support of eBooks and/or the videos.
You are also invited to a live Q&A each day to get help and show others how you are getting on. Therefore we advise putting aside 2.5 hours each day for 5 days before booking this Challenge. Only the Live Q&A is at a fixed time so please make note when you book. All other activity can be taken to suit your work/life schedule.
There is also a graduation on the 6th Day of the challenge where we confirm the solution build with you, offer any ongoing support and celebrate with assignment of the awards for the challenge!
The sections above will tell you who the Challenge Presenter is. They have written the content and recorded the training videos for the challenge. However, they don't always run the challenge event itself.
Before day 1, you will be invited to an introduction session where you will meet your Academy Support Coaches. They have trained on the content and delivered it many times so will be there to help you overcome any hurdles. You will be able to ask your Support Coaches any questions on the live meetings as well as on chat in the Academy
We want everyone who attends to the 5 Day Challenge to succeed but you will also need to be motivated to complete the build. It helps if you plan to use the solution at the end.
Even if not, we will help you whenever you ask - either during live Q&A or via chat options in the Academy.
If you do fall behind, dont worry, we build in some slack to the event calendar so there is always a day or so where there is no new module to complete, allowing you to catch up.
We want you to be able to complete the challenge so if at any time, you know you are not going to be able to complete your remaining days, let us now and we can pause your progress on the Challenge.
This will allow you to re-join a later challenge if needed. We will also work hard to get you a space on another Challenge event if you let us know before your booking starts.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee there will be spaces available as we try to limit numbers to enable 1:1 support when needed and keep the team feeling motivated during the event.
At the moment, we are running Live sessions to balance UK and US time-zones (3pm UTC). We are looking at other options so if you would like to tell us what would work for you before booking, just drop us an email at [email protected] and we will see what we can do.
To complete your build, you will need an environment where either you are a Power Platform Admin or you have been given the permissions to build and deploy Power Apps, Power Automate Flows, Power Virtual Agents, Teams Channels and SharePoint Lists.
Comprehensive setup instructions are provided if you dont have this in place and the option we describe is free of charge.
Everyone who joins us on this course so far has really enjoyed it and we are confident our recipe encourages people to push hard for the finish line.
Sometimes however, it's unavoidable that 365'ers cant complete the build by Day 5 of the challenge and so need to miss the graduation.
In this unlikely event, we will offer you a space at the next graduation giving you more time and a chance to still claim your Credly certificate of completion and the kudos of a great solution YOU built.
The course is designed to work with only a basic level licence. No premium connectors are used during the build. You can either use the free licence given as part of a Developer Tenant by Microsoft (more on information on how is available when you sign up).
You can also buy a Microsoft 365 Business Basics licence which will be enough for as little as 5$ pcm currently.
If you give us 24 hours notice before your event date and start time, we can offer to try and move you to a future event. If this is not possible, we can offer a refund at this stage.
Unfortunately after this point, we will have committed the time, resource and organisation needed to help you on your journey so a refund will not be available.
The solution is yours to take with you. If you have built it on your tenant, you will be able to publish and use it right away. We can offer limited support in publishing within your own tenant but we may be restricted. Your Microsoft 365 Admin should be your friend here.
You can always export the Services you built and re-install as well.
If you can't make the next Challenge, you can choose a better time. Once you've purchased, simply pick your preferred date after the check-out.