To create a Microsoft Graph custom connector in Power Apps, let us get acquainted with some important terms first.
What are Power Apps?
Power Apps is asuite of apps, services, connectors, and a data platform, that provides a rapid development environment to build custom apps for business needs.
Using Power Apps, one can quicklybuild custom business apps that connect to data storedeitherin the underlying data platform(Microsoft Dataverse) or in variousonline and on-premises data sources(such as SharePoint, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, SQL Server).
One cancreate three types of appsusing this service: canvas, model-driven, and portal.
What are Microsoft Graphs?
Microsoft Graph is the gateway to data and intelligence in Microsoft 365. Itprovides a unified programmability modelthat you can use to access the tremendous amount of data in Microsoft 365, Windows, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.
The Microsoft Graph APIoffers a single endpointto provide access to rich, people-centric data and insights in the Microsoft cloud.
Microsoft Graph connectors work in the incoming direction, delivering data external to the Microsoft cloud into Microsoft Graph services and applications to enhance Microsoft 365 experiences such as Microsoft Search.
Microsoft Graph Data Connect provides a set oftools to streamline the secure and scalable delivery of Microsoft Graph datato popular Azure data stores. The cached data serve as data sources for Azure development tools that you can use to build intelligent applications.
Look at the next meeting and prepare for it by providing profile information for attendees, as well as information about the latest documents they're working on, and people they're collaborating with.
Scans one’s calendar, suggests the best times for the next team meeting and subscribes to changes in the calendar, sends an alert when one spending too much time in meetings and provides recommendations for the ones one can miss or delegate based on how relevant the attendees are to you.
Help one sort out personal and work information on a phone. For example, by categorizing pictures that should go to your personal OneDrive and business receipts that should go to your OneDrive for Business and bringing custom business data into Microsoft Graph, indexing it to make it searchable along with data from Microsoft 365 services.
What are custom connectors?
Connectors help make it easier for app and flow makers to connect to other apps, data, and devices in the cloud in the following ways:
Connection is done in a consistent, repeatable way that is discoverable by makers.
Connectors have actions that allow makers to control when an operation is performed.
Connectors can have triggers that allow automation to start when the triggering event occurs.