September ’20 updates: Design Cards as Adaptive Cards and SCIM user management

We’ve been working hard to add the features you’ve been asking for to your Assistants. Here’s a quick rundown of the product updates coming your way this September.

1. Adaptive Card Designer

We’ve added a new way to quickly and easily design Cards for your Assistant. Microsoft’s Adaptive Card designer is now available in Digital Assistant, so you can rapidly create and deploy custom Cards that can connect to any app or Postman connector of your choice.

Three Digital Assistant Cards built with the Adaptive Card designer
Cards built with the Adaptive Card designer

To create a new Adaptive Card, navigate to Your Card Hub inside the admin area, then select Add Adaptive Card from the Add New dropdown.

Adding a new Adaptive Card to the Assistant

Building new Cards is easy with the drag and drop designer, which includes the Adaptive Cards templating system. Using the template language, you can then bind dynamic data to your Cards, and connect them to an app or Postman connector to display data from your business apps in your Assistant as Cards.

The new Adaptive Card designer tool
A business travel expense approvals Card built with the Adaptive Card designer

More information about the Adaptive Cards standard is available on the Microsoft website.

2. SCIM User Provisioning

We have added a powerful new SCIM integration that will help you provision and deprovision users quickly and easily.

Digital Assistant supports SCIM provisioning from Azure Active Directory

By connecting your Digital Assistant to an external user management tool like Azure Active Directory, administrators can manage user accounts centrally – saving you valuable time on user management, and increasing account and Assistant security with granular access controls.

Any changes made in the user directory (creating, editing or deleting user accounts) will be synced automatically to user accounts in your Assistant.

Configuring SCIM in Digital Assistant

To connect your Assistant to an SCIM provider, navigate to the Settings page. SCIM provider settings can then be configured in the Security tab. Currently only Azure Active Directory is supported, but we’ll be adding more SCIM providers soon!

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