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Taking MB-300 as a Online Proctored Exam (OPE)
Category: Uncategorized Author: d365bits Date: 1 month ago Comments: 0

MB-300: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Unified Operations Core

I wanted to take the MB-300 exam. Logged in to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-mb-300.aspx and started scheduling and look for the available exam centers where I could take the exam. I was bit surprised that there were none left for the month of October. I believe this is a good sign too it probably confirms the great demand for the Microsoft Business Applications at the moment, which might have led many consultants to take the exams and because of that the exam centers are filled up. Furthermore, it could be also by the fact that partners are also required to take these exams to maintain their competency level so that consultants are required to take these exams.

Therefore, If I wanted to take the exam in an exam center I had to wait around one more month. So, I decided to give it ago and take the MB-300 exam from home. This was my first attempt at online proctored exam (OPE).

This was a different experience altogether. I should say I was more stressed than taking the exam in a test center. I would recommend taking the exam at exam centers if possible, since it will give you less stress and you will be able to give 100% attention and focus on the exam.

There were few questions which might come into your mind when you plan to take the MB-300 exam. I have also mentioned about learning materials which I have used for the preparation of the exam. Furthermore, shared my experience in taking the online proctored exam (OPE) and given you the things to consider when taking it as an OPE.

Why do you need to take MB-300?

This is the operations core exam and
this covers fundamental understanding of D365 for finance and operations. Also,
this will be a great starting point if you are planning to take the functional
certification exams later.

The skills measured in this exam
are categorized into below areas. This covers good ground of basic knowledge which
you would require having as a functional consultant. Some of the material you
may argue if it’s relevant for the functional consultant, however I have
enjoyed these topics.

  • Use common functionality and implementation
    tools (20-25%)
  • Configure security, processes, and options
    (45-50%)
  • Perform data migration (15-20%)
  • Validate and support the solution (15-20%)

What materials did you used for this exam?

I have only used Microsoft Learn
materials (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/)
I believe it is sufficient to pass the exam. I must say those documentations
are very well done and Microsoft is doing a fantastic job on updating and
creating new learning content which is up-to-date.

I have listed down the links
below.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/get-started-finance-operations/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/use-lcs-design-plan-implementation-finance-operations/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/migrate-data-go-live-finance-operations

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/configure-your-organization-finance-ops/

Also, would recommend you to sign-up
with the AXUG free course which is conducted by MVP Kelly Kane. There are 8
sessions and it started on 27th September still you have six more
sessions to go.

https://pages.axug.com/study-group-microsoft-dynamics-365-core-mb-300

What should I know about online Proctored exam (OPE) ?

There are lots of things to
consider I would say below will be critical for you to decide and get prepare
if you need to take the online exam.

  1. You
    must make sure that you perform a system test first to make sure you can take
    the exam from home/office.
  2. You
    must have a good reliable internet connection. This is a must and another thing
    to consider here is that even though you have a reliable connection if it’s not
    able to continue to have a good video connection throughout the exam then you
    shouldn’t take the exam at office/home.
  3. Make
    sure place where you are taking the exam doesn’t have any document, monitors,
    watches, notes, pagers, laptops, TV, desktop computers etc.
  4. Also,
    you should make sure that there will not be anyone who will be accidently
    entering the place you are taking the exam and it might result in failing the
    exam.
  5. If
    you need to reschedule an exam appointment you must do it at least 24 hours
    prior to the exam.
  6. I
    would recommend starting logging at least 20-25 minutes earlier than your exam
    time. Specially if you are taking it for the first time as an OPE. You have only
    15 minutes after the scheduled appointment time to begin the exam process.
  7. On
    the exam day you would require to login to the www.microsoft.com/learning
    and click on “Dashboard” to view your appointments. Choose “Start a previously
    scheduled proctored exam”. Then click on your exam under “Purchased Online
    Exams”. Continue to click “begin” and proceed to do the self-checking process.
  8. You
    should have your ID’s nearby you so that you can get register using mobile and
    would require taking pictures on yourself, the place where you take the exam to
    be exact 4 pictures need to be taken (front, back, left and right). Once
    verification is completed and successful the Proctor will be contacting you via
    chat.
  9. During
    the exam please make sure you refrain from the points which I’m about to tell
    you next. Please do not move your head and you must make sure that you will be
    keeping your head within the screen so that Proctor can see you clearly during
    the exam. Make sure you do not cover your face during the exam. If you are a
    person who likes reading out the questions like me I can say please don’t do
    that during the exam. 😊

I feel this
added up bit more stress and pressure it might leave you to focus on the
aspects which I have mentioned above rather than having your full attention and
focus on the exam. So, I would recommend taking the MB-300 exam from exam
center is far better option.

Hope this helps someone who is looking forward to get certified in MB-300.

Wish you all the very best if you are planning to take the MB-300 exam. 😊

Source: Kausun


Analytics with D365 & Power BI
Category: D365 Customer Engagement,D365 Finance & Operations,Power BI,Power Platform Author: d365bits Date: 8 months ago Comments: 0

Analysing Data is essential for D365 F&O or D365 CE. Power BI transforms your D365 data into graphical reports and dashboards. It helps in tapping into the actionable data insights and businesses to make smarter decisions.  The session covered the following areas.

– Leveraging on Power BI with D365 F&O and D365 CE using content packs, solution templates and extending from the solution templates

– Advanced capabilities exist for Data Integration and Data Export Service with D365 CE

– Capabilities of drilling down to the financial data in D365 FO using the embedded Power BI Content

– Tapping into the future possibilities which exist with using Azure Data Lake for the Analytics with D365 FO and Power BI

I delivered the above session in D365 Sri Lanka event which was held on 2nd of January 2019.

Please find the slides in below link. Special thanks to Nadeeja Bomiriya (MVP) for compiling excellent speaker sessions on the d365.technology site. I would encourage to look at the other sessions as well.

https://d365.technology/blog/2019/02/13/analytics-with-d365-power-bi-kasun-pathirana/

Source: Kausun


D365 Customer Engagement and Use of Power Platform to build a Quiz App
Category: D365 Customer Engagement,Power BI,Power Platform,PowerApps Author: d365bits Date: 8 months ago Comments: 0

Below video depicts an example of using D365 Customer Engagement, PowerApps and Power BI to create a quiz App and getting insights out of it.

Watch the below video and enjoy !!!

Source: Kausun


Power BI & Emoji
Category: Power BI Author: d365bits Date: 8 months ago Comments: 0
  • How to add emoji in Text BOX in Power BI reports.
  • How to add emoji using UNICHAR() function.
  • How to create your own reference table in Power BI for emoji.

Source: Kausun


SNAP-IT & TRANSLATE – PowerApps – Power Platform
Category: AI,Power Platform,PowerApps Author: d365bits Date: 8 months ago Comments: 0

Microsoft cognitive services gives rich Artificial Capabilities into the applications. These capabilities can be used with PowerApps when building Apps. Cognitive services can help to make your Apps Smarter.

Artificial Intelligence and Data science go in hand in hand. Microsoft packaged in all capabilities and packages those together to create easy to consume API’s such as Cognitive Services and Bot Framework.

Microsoft provides 23 Cognitive Services API’s. It’s categorizes into five areas namely Vision, Speech, Language, Knowledge and Search. For the experiment below I have used Computer Vision & Microsoft Translator API’s. It helps to detect text content from an image using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) & Translate text to different languages.

You can find further information on cognitive services information by following link below.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/cognitive-services/

When creating Connections inside PowerApps would require getting an Account Key and Site URL. Use below link to get it.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/cognitive-services/computer-vision/

If you do not have an Azure Account yet you can use the 7-day trial to get started.

Below Image depicts the simple flow of the actions involved with the app.

Set properties as below.

Image

Image = First(colPhoto).Url

Camera

Onselect = ClearCollect(colPhoto,Camera1.Photo)

Text BOX

Text = varOCR

Overflow = Overflow.Scroll

Capture Text Button

Onselect = Set(varOCR,ImageOCR.Run(First(colPhoto).Url).ocrtext)

To Translate

Text = MicrosoftTranslator.Translate(varOCR,Dropdown1.Selected.Value)

Use the MS flow to recognize the Optical Character Recognition.

Special Note: Images can be saved in different formats. Computer Vision API is looking for binary format of the Image therefore below expression must be used in the Image Content box in OCR to Text to convert to binary format.

dataUriToBinary(triggerBody()[‘Createfile_FileContent’])

Now you can start creating your own Translator Buddy app. 😊

Source: Kausun


D365BITS Starts Here !!!!!
Category: Introduction Author: d365bits Date: 1 year ago Comments: 0

I’m Kasun Pathirana and Dynamics 365 Consultant having close to 7 years of experience with Microsoft Related Products such as Dynamics 365 FO (AX) , Dynamics 365 CE (CRM), Power BI, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.

Why did I name the blog as “D365BITS”?. It’s because of my Love for Business Intelligence (BI) and Transactions (TS).

Recently with the Digital Transformation Microsoft pushes forward the Power Platform. Which Includes three products mainly Power BI, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow. I will be bringing blog posts revolves around Dynamics 365 , Power Platform , AI , Azure and many more

All the content/opinions which includes in this blog posts are mine and It doesn’t reflect opinion of Microsoft or my Employer.

Source: Kausun