What we’re about
## Our community
User groups having been running in the UK for over 10 years, starting with a user group for Dynamics CRM in 2011.
Since then, we have expanded in number and in scope, covering not just the traditional ‘CRM’ applications under Dynamics 365 but also the Microsoft Power Platform – Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI and Power Virtual Agents.
Our user groups provide an opportunity for users of Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform to get together, share their knowledge and get to know each other in a fun, open, and welcoming environment. Whatever your level of experience or how long you’ve been using the products, you’re welcome to our meetings!
The user group meetings cover all topics under the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform umbrella. We have talks on technical subjects such as development and solution architecture but also cover business perspectives as well, such as user adoption, managing change and business analysis.
### National user group
Our flagship user group – what we call the National user group – runs several events per year. These last all day, have over 15 sessions and typically attract an audience of over of over one hundred people. The events are held at Microsoft’s offices in Reading or London.
### Regional user groups
Our regional user groups cover many areas of the UK. These meetings are typically held in the evening after a working day and have 2 or 3 speakers on topics related to Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- UK D365 and Power Platform User Group - London - 28th Feb 2024Microsoft London, London
Join us for the in-person Dynamics 365 & Power Platform User Group in London!
Registration starts at 8.45am with sessions from 9.15am to 5:00pm.
Our agenda is ready! See d365ppug.com/uk/agenda for details.
You must register for the event here at Meetup even if you've registered elsewhere already. Microsoft require your full name in order to visit their offices.
- Reading Dynamics 365 & Power Platform User Group (Q1)CAMPUS Reading International, Reading
Our first in-person meeting for this year will take place on Tuesday 5th March from 18:00 at Campus Reading. We look forward to seeing you there and encourage you to arrive from 6pm to meet other user group members!
Agenda as follows:
- 18:00 - Welcome!
- 18:30 - Suparna Banerjee (Cloud Solution Architect - Microsoft)
- Boost ALM with Power Platform Pipelines through integration with Azure DevOps and GitHub
- Power Platform Pipelines makes the life of citizen developers easier by providing a simple and easy to use interface for deploying the solutions from a source managed environment to a target one. It gets more powerful if we extend this to include source control integration. In this session, I will show how we can export and store Dataverse solutions into Azure DevOps and GitHub repositories during the deployment process using a Power Platform pipeline.
- 19:15 - Break & Pizza!
- 19:45 - Jason Murphy (Power Platform Developer - University of Surrey)
- Power Automate Advanced: Treat Flows like Functions!
- This session will provide a demo of how to split up complicated Power Automate cloud flows into smaller modular flows. We will use management columns in SharePoint / Dataverse to aid troubleshooting, restarting and fault finding and also review the use of child flows and varFlowObjects as further improvements.
- 20:30 - Close
- D365 & Power Platform UG - Virtual - 6th MarchLink visible for attendees
Join us for the D365 & PP UG Virtual Event! This user group will focus solely on Virtual Events. We know that not everyone can make it to in person events, so we've created a dedicated Virtual UG that anyone can attend!
18:00 - Intros
18: 15 - Talk 1: A-Z of Accessibility - Mike Hartley
19:00 - break
19:10 - Talk 2: What is a large language model and how can it be leveraged for consultants? - Jon Russel & Mike Gowland
19:55: Wrap up
20:00 - Finish
Talk 1 - A-Z of Accessibility - Mike Hartley
Let's play Alphabetti Spaghetti with the Power Platform and Accessibility!
Join me as I take a look at key areas that will help you include accessibility and discover features, and limitations, within the Power Platform.
So that I can keep this dynamic some letters may be skipped over but you will leave this session with a good grasp on core fundamentals of Accessibility in the Power Platform, and great ideas to help continue your journey.
This is a session for anybody who uses the Power Platform, no matter your skill level!
Bio: Mike Hartley
Open and honest about his own Mental Health and Disabilities, but in a humorous and entertaining way that puts people at ease and encourages conversation.
Has far too many years of IT experience covering all the job titles from Sales to Developer, Helpdesk to IT Manager, Networking to DBA, Consultant to Solution Architect and many more. Carrys the scars and stories from all of those, whilst being on a permanent quest to learn more and keep pushing forward.
Mad about the Microsoft Business Applications space including Power Platform and Dynamics 365, but with a core focus on Accessibility and Inclusion.
Outside of tech you will find a proud Nerd & Geed (Neek?) who loves Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Technology and more. A family man and a massive petrol head and sports fan (F1, F2, MotoGP, WEC, Rugby, Cricket, Snooker, BTCC... to name just a few sports)
Talk 2 - What is a large language model and how can it be leveraged for consultants? - Jon Russel & Mike Gowland
Mike and Jon will dive deep into how Large Language Model’s (LLMs) work and how important prompt engineering is going to become. They will showcase their solution which will be essential to any consultant’s toolkit, to help spark conversation with clients, and to be a copilot for every day consultant needs.
Bio: Jon Russel
A Power Automate geek and lover of all things automation. I am currently employed as a Power Platform Consultant where I am realising my dream of working inside the Power Platform space as well as contributing to the community and building relationships with the people inside it.
I am passionate about mental health, having studied Counselling and also becoming a mental health first aider.
Bio: Mike Gowland
I've been working with Power Platform for around 3 years. I enjoy gaming, cycling and talking about tech!
- Cambridge D365 & Power Platform User Group - 7th Mar 2024Lord Ashcroft Building, Cambridge
Welcome to our first event of 2024.
- 6.20pm - Registration, networking and light buffet
- 6.50pm - Welcome and Introduction
- 7.00pm - Digital Transformation Done Right: A Practical Guide to Success, Adel Flici
7.50pm - Networking
- 8.00pm - Unlocking Innovation: Dynamics 365 Business Central and the Power Platform, Andrew Wingate
- 8.50pm - Networking
- 9.00pm - Close
Microsoft's best practices and my experience tackling the challenges of digital transformation projects and programmes. The session delivery is organised in two parts:
- Explain the reasons digital transformation projects fail with examples.
- Provide practical guidance on increasing the digital transformation success rate with examples.
In this session I’ll introduce Dynamics 365 Business Central and highlight the significant opportunities it presents for businesses. We’ll then delve into the synergies between Business Central and the Power Platform, showcasing how organisations can accelerate their digital journey by leveraging the diverse set of tools and capabilities available to power up their layer of innovation.(Edited)
Want to present?
If you are interested in presenting, then drop us a line at email@example.com. First-timers especially welcome.
The meeting will be at:
Room: LAB 027 (enter via Broad Street entrance)
Anglia Ruskin University
Lord Ashcroft Building
NOTE: There is no parking for the site, please use a nearby public car park.