Tip #1443: Let SharePoint deal with rogue data

The image depicts a flowchart illustrating the process of importing data into a SharePoint list using Power Automate, highlighting the challenges of handling 'dirty' data. The diagram shows the initial data import encountering errors symbolized by warning signs, due to non-standard or 'dirty' data. Subsequent steps demonstrate the use of Power Automate to clean or filter out these errors, with symbols like checkmarks indicating successfully cleaned data. The overall image conveys a journey from obstacle-laden data processing to achieving a streamlined and efficient import process, emphasizing the transformation from 'dirty' to clean, usable data.

Using Power Automate to import data into an existing SharePoint list is fairly straightforward, except when the data isn’t very clean. For instance, if a number column contains blank values or some non-numerical garbage, SharePoint connector will flip out. OpenApiOperationParameterTypeConversionFailed The ‘inputs.parameters’ of workflow operation ‘Create_item’ of type ‘OpenApiConnection’ is not valid. Error details: Input […]

Tip #1440: Relative dates in sample data

Import Excellence Award

We all enjoy flexing our Dataverse or Dynamics 365 skills from time to time. Many of us have meticulously crafted a demo instance from proverbial stone and blood. However, one of the challenges is keeping the data up-to-date. There’s nothing worse than displaying 20 tasks that are all overdue by four months. Fortunately, Dataverse offers […]

Tip #1425: Dataverse CSV import using alternate keys

Today’s tip is from Alex McLachlan (@alex_mcla), saving the day (no kidding – I used it the very next day after receiving the tip). You can be a hero too by emailing your tip to jar@crmtipoftheday.com! With the classic import experience, you couldn’t use a CSV import containing an Alternative Key column to update existing […]

Tip #1424: The user does not have sufficient access right to run flow with custom connector

I’ve tried all the right things: Created, deployed, and configured custom connector into the target environment before importing the solution that uses the connector. All tests pass. Created a manual Power Automate flow as part of the solution. Shared the flow with the user (should not need to for the solution flows but just in […]

Tip #1400: Excluding inactive records from duplicate detection

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It’s good to be reminded every now and then about the features that have been around for a long time and are documented but somehow any question from the business about them draws a blank and ubiquitous “I have to get back to you”. Today’s reminder is from Ankita Chavan. (Do you use a feature […]