2020 DMV Regional Chapter Meeting

This year marks the 4th annual DMV Regional Chapter meeting! In this event we bring together the Washington, DC; Reston, VA; and Richmond, VA chapters for a special full-day chapter meeting. Of course, this year is a little different and so our meeting will be virtual. That means that everyone is invited to the 2020 DMV Regional Chapter meeting!

I want to give you a quick preview of the agenda and descriptions for the awesome sessions. Make sure you are a member of the Washington, DC Community to stay up to date on the event and other events we host. (Remember: it is free to join the user group and free to attend any of the chapter meetings or live webinars!)


Here is the planned agenda for the 2020 DMV Regional Chapter Meeting. Our content will be focused on Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform. At the end of the event, we will have time for a roundtable discussion and happy hour (of course!).

All times in EST.

8:30 – 9:00Networking
9:00 – 9:30Chapter Business & Introductions
9:30 – 10:20Geoff Ables: Getting Started with Approval Flows for Dynamics 365
10:20 – 10:30Break
10:30 – 11:20James Studer: Plumbing CDS with Pipelines
11:20 – 12:00Lunch & Networking
12:00 – 12:50Prashant Bhoyar: Zero to Hero in Power Virtual Agents in 40 Minutes
12:50 – 1:00Break
1:00 – 1:50Shannon Lindsay, Stephanie Bruno: Data for Good (Power BI)
1:50 – 2:00Break
2:00 – 2:50Aiden Kaskela, Kylie Kiser: Which Country Singer are you? Build a Power App to Find out!
2:50-3:30Final Announcements
3:30-4:30Roundtable discussions, networking, Happy Hour!
2020 DMV Regional Chapter Meeting Agenda

Getting Started with Approval Flows in Dynamics 365

Speaker: Geoff Ables

Speaker Bio: Bestselling author, Microsoft MVP, and international keynote speaker, Geoff Ables is a thought leader on digital customer and employee engagement. Geoff’s most recent book, “The LUCK Principle,” delivers fresh insight and inspiration into creating people-centric digital workplaces. Geoff is an avid motorcycle and wine enthusiast and has appeared as a guest on “The Impractical Jokers.”

Session Title: Getting Started with Approval Flows for Dynamics 365


Now it’s more important than ever before to get things done remotely and efficiently. Using Power Automate approvals is a great way to keep the team engaged, keep projects and proposals moving forward, and to ensure that proper audits are done.

In this session you’ll learn how to create your first approval flow, how to modify it to handle automated tracking, and some of the gotchas that can cost your team lost time and frustration if you don’t plan ahead.

Plumbing CDS with Pipelines

Speaker: James Studer

Speaker Bio: My name is James Studer, and I have almost a decade of experience working with Microsoft Dynamics from a functional and technical approach.  I hold a Master’s degree in Information Technology Management with under-graduate in Software Engineering, along with multiple certifications.  I enjoy finding solutions to complex problems from extending CDS to complex integrations with other platforms.

Session Title: Plumbing CDS with Pipelines

Description: Discuss how Azure DevOps Pipelines / CICD can be utilized for deploying configuration data and solutions within CDS, backup and deploy PowerPortal customizations

Zero to Hero in Power Virtual Agents in 40 Minutes

Speaker: Prashant Bhoyar

Speaker Bio: Prashant G Bhoyar is a Microsoft AI MVP and Microsoft Certified Professional. He currently works as a Solution Architect at WithumSmith+Brown, P.C. (formerly Portal Solutions), one of the top 30 advisory and accounting firms in the United States. He is a trusted advisor and Subject Matter Expert in Intelligent Business Process Automation, development and post-implementation adoption of complex custom solutions in AI, Machine Learning, Bots, Azure, Office 365, and SharePoint. Prashant has supported a multitude of government agencies and non-profit organizations in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Prashant is the co-author of the book “PowerShell for Office 365 “and is the technical reviewer of the book “Pro SharePoint 2013 Administration.” He serves on the leadership committee for the Azure Data Fest conference, Artificial Intelligence Fest conference, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning User Group, DC Metro Office 365 User Group, SharePoint Saturday Baltimore event, and SharePoint Saturday Washington DC event. He is a renowned speaker and actively speaks at technical conferences, most recently in Washington DC, Austin, New York, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia. Fun fact??, Prashant is a recipient of the “Antarctic Service Medal of the United States of America” for his outstanding service in Antarctica.

Session Title: Zero to Hero in Power Virtual Agents in 40 Minutes


Bots are Hot. Power Virtual Agents a SaaS offering from Microsoft empowers teams to easily create powerful bots using a guided, no-code graphical interface without the need for data scientists or developers.

In this demo-driven session, we will cover the basics of the Power Virtual Agents. We will cover how to get started with the Power Virtual Agents and build a working enterprise-grade bot for your organization.

Data For Good

Speaker: Shannon Lindsay, Stephanie Bruno

More information on this exciting Power BI session will be available soon. Keep an eye on the Washington, DC Community for all the details.

Which Country Singer are You? Build a Power App to find out.

Speaker: Aiden Kaskela, Kylie Kiser

Speaker Bio: You already know who I am, and if not you can check out my About Me page.

Session Title: Which Country Singer are You? Build a Power App to find out.

Description: Live-build a fun Power App to see which country singer you are. Using a model driven app, canvas apps, Power Automate, Azure Face API and more, we’ll build a mobile app to see which country singer you most closely resemble! Hats and boots optional.

Get Registered!

As you can see this is going to be an amazing event! So get registered today to reserve the time on your calendar. If you can’t attend this event, I encourage you to join the Washington, DC Chapter Community and watch my Events page to be aware of other upcoming events!

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