For your software development teams to operate efficiently, openly communicate and collaborate, they need a standardized system for lifecycle management of their applications. From governance to development and maintenance, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools drive efficiency through repeatable software delivery.
Today I’m covering how to implement ALM for the
First, what is ALM?
ALM stands for ‘Application Lifecycle Management’ and is used to describe the best practices for taking software from inception to production. The basic lifecycle starts with a development environment commonly called Sandbox where the application is built and tested, but not distributed outside of the developers. Next, the application is moved to a Test or User Acceptance Testing environment. This is for a small subgroup of the users to use the application and provide feedback to the developers who then make the changes in Sandbox, and then push those changes to Test and the cycle continues. Finally, a Production environment is the end-user environment where all users have access to the application. Feedback is gathered from users using the app in the Production environment, but the goal is to have the application free of bugs by the time it is pushed to production.
ALM with Power Automate
Microsoft recently released an update to connections, called
How to update your flows
The new connection references work for all new solution-aware flows you create. A solution-aware flow is created from inside a solution, not imported from outside solutions. If you have developed like me in the past, then you likely have added existing flows to a solution that did not exist in a solution. Adding these non-solution-aware flows means that connection references do not exist. Luckily there is a solution for this. As posted
Don’t forget to first publish your customizations, then you are free to deploy Power Automate flows in your organization while following the best practices for ALM!
There you have it: the best practices for applying the ALM process to Power Automate
Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM features developer solutions to enable an organized ALM process; however, Power Automate flows have often proved to be a challenge due to the required data connections. As discussed today, the best practice and smartest approach is to make all your edits within a Sandbox environment first.
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