Integrate horizontal applications with Microsoft Teams


>>Microsoft 365 provides
powerful tools to optimize the creation of
business applications. Low code and no code solutions that match the way you work to
get the processes you need. Based on Microsoft Research, over half of business
critical processes are based on content. Let’s look. Let’s take a look at an
internally built process in Contoso’s retail operations. Here, inside Microsoft Teams, I can see data that
I’m using to track the upcoming approval of store front merchandising
for the coming season. When I click on one of these custom
forums built using PowerApps, I can see a rich range of information that’s been
brought here together for me. Let’s take a closer
look by expanding this. I can see automatically driven
indicators telling me if the image that I’m
looking at has all of the right indicators: a fleece, a surfboard, and a bike. I can see statistics from the
vendor that staffed this project coming in from Power BI along
with the invoice they submitted, and I’ve applied forms
recognition against that invoice to be
able to recognize and extract key data from
the invoice such as the invoice ID and the values
that I was being charged. Let’s take a look at how
something like this gets built. Like most organizations, Contoso business data frequently begins life inside Microsoft Excel. It’s a great way to be able to
capture a table of information, in this case, locations subject for evaluation in
our retail promotions. Let’s take a look at how
I can bring this data from Excel into SharePoint lists and extend it to do even more using Microsoft Flow and Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Flow acts
as connective tissue that allows me to connect
the data that I’ve just imported with images that I capture in custom
cognitive services models. Let’s take a look at how. Here, when I get a new file in SharePoint for one
of my store fronts, I can pass it over to a custom Azure Cognitive
Services model to be able to see what
tags are recognized in it. Further on down, if we’re more than 60 percent sure
that we have something, we can update the file with the
tags that we recognize; fleece, surfboard, etc., and be able to trigger further alerts and
notifications downstream. All of this drives our custom
storefront approval application. Let’s take a look at that. Here we are back in our
storefront approval application we showed in Teams just
a few minutes ago. Let’s take a look at
the San Jose Store. We can see that
Cognitive Services has recognized our store front contains all the required
elements for this; a fleece, a surfboard, and a bike. So we’re ready to approve this one. Now let’s take a look
at the approval. When I jump over into chat, I can see that the San Jose Store has now been requested for approval. We’re using adaptive
cards so I can bring the approval into
Microsoft Teams chat. We can also still do the
approval on mobile devices through web or in context
of the web application, but we want our group
to live inside Teams. So I can come in here
and click “Approve”, add a comment, and submit it. As you’ve seen, Microsoft
Flow is able to connect our content that
lives inside Microsoft 365 with Azure Cognitive Services
to be able to empower PowerApps to create a rich user experience and carry my data forward for
approval into Microsoft Teams.

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