What is Project Oakdale?

It’s the season for annual leave, and between leaving the office one Friday and arriving back the following week, Microsoft has done a u-turn due to Trademark issues on the announcement of a new feature and product name, Dataflex for Teams and Dataflex Pro.

To give you some insight, Dataflex for Teams was introduced at Microsoft Inspire 2020, and is a new low code, no code app building platform for Microsoft Teams built on the Power Platform, Common Data Service.

Data Flex Pro was announced as the new name for the existing Common Data Service.

So, what do you need to know?

Common Data Service 

Common Data Service (CDS) powers the Power Platform and Dynamics 365 CE. There were no other changes apart from the name, and it has reverted to what it has always been known, Common Data Service.  

What is Project Oakdale? 

This new feature encourages users to build, create, deploy, and manage low-code applications and chatbots within Microsoft Teams and is currently going by the name, Project Oakdale.  

It’s included within your current Team licensing, and users will have an embedded App Studio which will allow app makers to: 

  • Create and edit custom apps and flows, then quickly publish them for anyone on their team to use 
  • Easily deploy fully functional solutions to Teams with just one click 
  • Customize app templates and responsive app layouts native to Teams 
  • Manage all apps and flows via a secure, relational backend with Project Oakdale 

There’s one product environment per team. 

  • Access to the environment is restricted to just Teams owners, members and guests.  
  • Teams-centric role-based access with governance tool and security admins.  
  • General Management is not the same as Common Data Service but will be Microsoft Teams centred.  

Public preview is currently set for August 2020. You can find out more about Project Oakdale over on the Microsoft Blog

What do we think? 

Project Oakdale is available as part of your Teams license. It supports up to 1,000,000 rows and delivers robust set of capabilities for rapidly building no code and low code applications within Teams.  

It’s a brilliant opportunity for users who do not always have access to these features and functionalities to explore and create solutions via an easy user face – and with the confidence to easily upgrade for additional capability or advance capabilities in Common Data Service.  

What next? 

Why not follow us on LinkedIn to stay updated on public previews and general availability or if you would like to speak to the team, contact us today.