It has been three months since I started Barhead Solutions’ Graduate Programme. Even now, I am still amazed by and excited about how much there is to learn about Power Platform—a few months ago, I did not even know what the no-code low-code platform is or how it can help numerous businesses with just a click of the button. I am really happy with my graduate track at Barhead with challenges in each task. Now that I’m in my third month, I want to share my learning experience in the Graduate Programme through these blogs. This post will not talk about any technical content, as it is intended to be a starting point for beginners familiarising themselves with Power Platform and the challenges they might be facing when beginning their path in Power Platforms and Dynamics 365. This article will cover:
- How to create a Power Platform account
- How to practise creating apps on Power Platform
- How to find beginner-friendly resources
Creating an account on Power Platform
I initially had trouble finding where I can create a free environment, but it is easier than it appears to be. You can set up a trial environment by:
- Creating the Power Apps trial tenant without apps (e.g. Sales, Customer Service Hub etc.)
- Creating a Power Apps trial tenant with the Dynamics 365 apps
Keep in mind trial users will need to use their company or work email address to create a trial environment on Microsoft Power Apps and Dynamics 365. This article will discuss this in more detail later. For those who cannot wait to start learning Power Platform and Dynamics 365, I recommend reading or watching these beginner-friendly resources: Power Platform learning resources, Microsoft virtual training (candidates can get free fundamental exam vouchers), John Savill’s videos, Rishona Elijah’s PVA resources and hands-on exercises from Microsoft.
Creating an account using your personal email
If users do not have a company email address, they can use their personal email to sign up for a free trial. Click on this link to check out all the apps on Dynamics 365. Click ‘try for free’ on any of the Dynamics 365 apps. I personally recommend choosing Sales since it is one of the most frequently used apps. Enter your personal email and then click ‘Start’ to begin your free trial.