#ProjectOnline custom #email notifications using #MSFlow #MicrosoftFlow #PPM #PMOT #MSProject #Exchange #Office365 #PowerPlatform Part 1

March 18, 2019 at 9:26 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Workflow | Leave a comment
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This blogs post has been delayed due to all of my blog posts on Microsoft’s new Roadmap service – summary post here with most of the posts: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2019/03/01/project-roadmap-cds-app-overview-ppm-projectmanagement-msproject-projectonline-office365-powerplatfom-dynamics365/

This post continues the series of posts I started to do in December 2018 following on from a Microsoft Tech Sync session where I presented a session on Project Online and Flow better together. As it’s been a while, here are links to the previous posts:

Post 1: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/12/06/projectonline-publish-all-projects-using-msflow-microsoftflow-ppm-pmot-office365-powerplatform-part-1/

Post 2: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/projectonline-publish-all-projects-using-msflow-microsoftflow-ppm-pmot-office365-powerplatform-part-2/

Post 3: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/12/14/projectonline-snapshot-data-to-sharepoint-list-using-msflow-microsoftflow-ppm-pmot-office365-powerplatform/

In this post we take a look at an option for building custom email notifications with a no code / low code solutions using Microsoft Flow. This example sends an email for projects that are running late. There are two simple versions for this, one with a details table in the email and one with just the project name but includes hyperlinks in the email to the project detail page. These are both very similar, the first one can be seen below:

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This is triggered on the Recurrence trigger, set based on your requirement. This then uses the Sent an HTTP request to SharePoint action to query the Project Online OData Reporting API:

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This will control the data that is included in the email, so this OData query can be updated based on your requirements. Next the Flow uses the Create an HTML table action:

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For this action we pass in the project data array from the previous action using a custom expression:

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The final action is to send the email:

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In the body of the email here we are just using the output from the previous Create HTML table action:

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This results in an email being sent with the data from the OData query used (these are just my test projects and not real projects!):

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Very simple! Sticking with the same theme for late projects but this time the email contains hyperlinks into the projects, this Flow is slightly different:

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The difference here is we do not use the Create HTML table action but instead use Select and Join from the Data Operations actions. Firstly the select actions looks like this:

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The Select action is used to transform the data in the results array from the previous step. Just the same as the Create HTML table in the first example, we pass in the project data array value from the previous action into the From property. Then the Select action was changed to use the text mode using the toggle option outlined in red below:

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In Map properties, transform the data as needed in the email such as:

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Here we are building up a URL passing in the ProjectId for the PDP URL (update to the correct PDP) and the ProjectName for the URL title. Then we use the Join Data Operations action to put each project on a new row in the email:

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The From property is just using the Output from the previous Select action:

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Then the final action is the email:

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Note the Is HTML property is set to Yes. In the Body we type the email body as required plus the Output from the previous Join action:

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Then the email is sent on the defined schedule with clickable links to the Project Detail Pages (again, these are just my test projects and not real live projects!):

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These are two simple examples but as you can see, it’s very easy to build Project Online related emails using Microsoft Flow. I have some more examples in my next posts coming soon.

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#ProjectOnline Snapshot / data to #SharePoint list using #MSFLow #MicrosoftFlow #PPM #PMOT #Office365 #PowerPlatform

December 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting, Workflow | 2 Comments
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Next in my series of posts on using Microsoft Flow with Project Online is capturing Project Online data into a SharePoint list, this is a useful scenario for simple snapshot requirements. For example, if you want to snapshot some key project level data, the easiest place to store this data is in a SharePoint list. I have blogged simple code examples before that do this: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/projectonline-data-capture-snapshot-capability-with-powershell-sharepoint-office365-ppm-bi/ & https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/01/27/projectonline-project-level-html-fields-to-a-sharepoint-list-powershell-ppm-office365/ Whilst these approaches work, the PowerShell does need to be run from somewhere, a server / Azure Function etc. This post provides the same end result with Project Online data in a SharePoint list but all from a Microsoft Flow. The Flow can be seen below:

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This simple example makes use of the recurrence trigger to schedule the process, the “Send an HTTP Request to SharePoint” action to get the project data from Project Online and a SharePoint create item action inside an Apply to each loop. We will walkthrough the actions later in the post.

Firstly, the SharePoint list was created:

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This was created in my Project Online Project Web App site collection. I created SharePoint columns on this list for each of the fields I wanted to capture from my Project Online dataset. As this is just an example, the number of fields and data is quite limited. Now back to the Flow. We will skip over the recurrence trigger to the first action that gets the Project Online data, this just uses the “Send an HTTP Request to SharePoint” action to call the Project Online OData REST API so that we can easily get all of the Project Online data. In this example we are accessing the Projects endpoint in this API and selecting a few example project level fields including an example custom field:

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This action will get all of the data based on the Odata query used in the Uri input. We wont cover all of the settings here in this post as I covered this in the last post found here: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/projectonline-publish-all-projects-using-msflow-microsoftflow-ppm-pmot-office365-powerplatform-part-2/

Next we need to loop through all of the projects in the results array to create a SharePoint list item for each project. To do this we need to use an “Apply to each” action:

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In the output from the previous step we use body(‘ReadallProjects’)[‘value’] to use the data from the previous step which is all of our Project Online projects with some data minus the timesheet project in this example. Then for each project in the array we create a list item on our target SharePoint list using the create item action. In the create item action we just map the data from the array to the correct list column. The Project Online fields are accessed using an expression, for example for ProjectCost in this example Flow the expression is items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ProjectCost’] where apply to each is the name of the action and ProjectCost is the field / property in the results from the Odata query.

Once this Flow runs a few times you can then easily create snapshot / trend reports or even extend the SharePoint view to show what you need:

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As you can see in this example, I’ve updated the SharePoint view to show the RAG icon in the Overall RAG column rather than the text value. This is very simple with the column formatting options available with the SharePoint modern UI using JSON.

Another example of extending Project Online with low / no code solutions in Office 365.

There will be further example solutions built for Project Online using Microsoft Flow in later posts.

#ProjectOnline Publish all projects using #MSFLow #MicrosoftFlow #PPM #PMOT #Office365 #PowerPlatform part 2

December 12, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Workflow | 4 Comments
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Following on from my first blog post on Publishing all projects in Project Online using Microsoft Flow, here is the 2nd post. For those that missed the 1st part, it can be found here: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/12/06/projectonline-publish-all-projects-using-msflow-microsoftflow-ppm-pmot-office365-powerplatform-part-1/

In this post we will look at achieving the same publish all functionality but using different actions than we used in the last example. Previously we used the actions available with the Project Online connector, in this example we do not use the Project Online connector when accessing Project Online. The Project Online connector actions used previously to get the projects, check the projects out and then publish and check in the projects have been replaced with a SharePoint action where we can call the Project Online REST APIs. This is to show another example of working with Project Online using Flow. This approach does require an understanding of the Project Online REST APIs but this approach offers so much more capability for Project Online when using Microsoft Flow. The Flow can be seen below:

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The difference between this Publish all flow and the example from part 1 is that we have replaced all of the Project Online connector native actions with the SharePoint “Send an HTTP Request to SharePoint” action and removed the Filter action as that is not required now. The “Send an HTTP Request to SharePoint” action can be used to work with the Project Online REST CSOM API and the Odata Reporting API directly from Microsoft Flow – this opens up so many more options for working with Project Online using Flow! This Flow assumes you have set up the connection for SharePoint Online using an account that has publish access to all projects and access to the Odata Reporting API in Project Online. This example is still triggered using the schedule action so I wont cover that part. Once triggered, the first action is to get all of the Project Online projects:

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Enter the Project Online PWA site URL in the Site Address, select the HTTP Method – GET in this case. Then add the Uri, in this case we are using the Odata API to return all project Id’s and filter out the timesheet project but this could be updated to select only projects based on your logic such as projects with a certain custom field value or projects not published in a certain number of days / weeks etc. Then add the HTTP headers as seen. This action will get all of the projects based on the Odata query. Next we need to loop through all of the projects in the array to check them out, publish them then check them back in. To do this we need to use an “Apply to each” action:

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In the output from the previous step we use body(‘Send_an_HTTP_request_to_SharePoint_-_get_projects’)[‘value’] to use the data from the previous step which is all of our Project Online projects minus the timesheet project in this example. Then for each project in the array we check out the project using another “Send an HTTP request to SharePoint” action:

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This time the HTTP Method is a POST and the Uri is set to use the REST CSOM API to check out the project. We pass in the ProjectId from the current item in the array using items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ProjectId’]

The final action is to publish the project and check it in, this is done using another “Send an HTTP request to SharePoint” action:

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The HTTP Method is a POST and the Uri is set to use the REST CSOM API to publish the project and check it in – the check in is performed using the true parameter. We pass in the ProjectId from the current item in the array using items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ProjectId’]

The final variation of this publish all example is only very slightly different, the only difference is that it is manually triggered rather than on a schedule. We have removed the schedule action and replaced it with a SharePoint trigger to trigger when an item is created on a list:

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I have a list on my PWA site that only PWA admins can access, here an admin user creates a new item, this then triggers the publish all flow:

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We then have a history of who triggered the publish all jobs and when.

This post will hopefully give you some ideas on how Microsoft Flow can now really compliment Project Online and offer some scenarios for low / no code customisations.

In the next post we will look at more examples for building low / no code solutions for Project Online using Microsoft Flow.

Reporting on #ProjectOnline Resource Cost Rate Tables #Office365 #PPM #PowerBI #Excel #PowerQuery #MSProject

August 10, 2018 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 1 Comment
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The resource cost rate table details are not available in the Project Online / Project Server OData Reporting API (_api/ProjectData) but they are accessible using OData but from the CSOM REST API (_api/ProjectServer). In this blog post, I will walkthrough getting this data into an example Power BI report. It wont look pretty, that’s not the idea of this post!

To get this data you need to use the _api/ProjectServer API as seen below in the example for cost rate table A:

{PWAURL}/_api/ProjectServer/EnterpriseResources(‘{RESGUID}’)/CostRateTables(‘A’)/CostRates

Which gives the detail:

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To get all of the resources different cost rate A details, you would need to dynamically pass in the RESGUID. In the steps below we look at doing this in Power Query so this would work for either Power BI or Excel but for the purpose of the blog post, I’m using Power BI.

In Power BI, create a new OData connection using the Get Data > OData option. Use the following URL:

{PWAURL}/_api/ProjectServer/EnterpriseResources(‘{RESGUID}’)/CostRateTables(‘A’)/CostRates

Update with the correct PWA URL and a valid resource GUID from that PWA instance. Edit the data so it loads the Power Query Editor:

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I renamed this to fn_getResCostRateA as this will become a function. Open the advanced editor:

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The code needs to be updated to:

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Click done and you will see the following:

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No need to do anything with the parameter or buttons. Now we need to add another data source in for the resource metadata. Add a new new OData data source in from the Power Query Editor window and use the following URL:

{PWAURL}/_api/ProjectServer/EnterpriseResources?$Select=Id,Name&$Filter=ResourceType ne 3

Update with the correct PWA URL. This will get the list of resource GUIDs to pass into the function and also the resource name to be used in the report. I renamed the connection to Resource Details – Cost Rate Table A:

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Once you have edited the query as required a new custom column needs to be added to invoke the function created earlier. Click the Add Column tab then click Custom Column. Give the column a name such as GetCostRateADetails then enter the following: fn_getResCostRateA([Id]) as seen below:

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When clicking OK, this might take a while depending on how many resources you have as this will invoke the function for each project and call the REST API, passing in the Id for that row and bring back the cost rate A table records. Once completed you will see the tables as below in the new custom column:

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Now the column needs to be expanded, click the double arrow in the custom column heading and expand the cost rate fields:

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Click OK and the data will refresh / load then display the data for the cost rate fields:

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Notice for those resources with multiple cost rate table entries there are multiple rows per resource. These are just resources from the Microsoft Project Online demo content with updated cost rate entries.

That’s it, now load into Power BI and create the report – a basic table example below:

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For other cost rate tables, repeat the process but replace the A for the other cost rate tables such as:

{PWAURL}/_api/ProjectServer/EnterpriseResources(‘{RESGUID}’)/CostRateTables(‘B’)/CostRates

This dynamic function process is the same process I’ve used and detailed before in previous blog posts for Power Query such as this one: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/projectonline-powerbi-report-include-html-formatting-ppm-pmot-powerquery-odata-rest-part-2/

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