How to get started designing a Canvas PowerApp with Microsoft Flow & Custom Connectors

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This video will walk you through the initial design stages of a Canvas PowerApp and help you with the workflow design. This is to help you when first starting a Canvas App and will allow you to present your thoughts/ideas to customers easier while also providing you with some help finding blockers before they become a problem!

This is part of a series (videos can be found here) where we will be creating a lightweight application that’s driven by data from a third-party API via a custom connector built in Flow. The corresponding blog posts (blog posts of the series can be found here) will cover any documentation/notes mentioned during the videos.



Below is the full image of the high-level workflow for our application we will be creating as mentioned in the video. The steps are as follows:

  1. Click an object on PowerApps which passes information to Microsoft Flow (in our case this would be a team number/name)
  2. A Flow is triggered from PowerApps
  3. The information passed from the PowerApp is stored in the Flow and passed to our Custom Connector
  4. The Custom Connector is triggered and requests the relevant information (in our case this would be the relevant team information)
  5. The Flow receives a response with the information
  6. The Flow cleans the information
  7. The cleaned information is passed from Flow to PowerApps (back to our application)

We can now use that information in our application and display it to the user.