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  • Blog Post: Business Action Virtual Tour – Global Series of Events

    We've had some great success with the Business Action World Tour events worldwide.  We're now reprising that content virtually for those ISVs and developers who could not attend a physical event.  Be sure to register via the links at the bottom of the post.  Feel free to invite others...
  • Blog Post: The CRM team talks about CRM “5”

    This week at PDC the Dynamics CRM team is taking the wraps off a few select platform features coming in the next major release of CRM.  A few weeks before PDC I sat down with some of the program managers and devs on the team to discuss a few of these features. In addition to many new end-user and...
  • Blog Post: PDC PDQ CRM ERP… OMG IDK

    I finally got myself registered for PDC last week.  I noticed that we’ve now published a few Dynamics sessions.  These look to be really interesting.  Since PDC is the conference where we talk about the future of the Microsoft platform, I’m anxious to hear what Andy Bybee and Humberto...
  • Blog Post: Another CRM Development book hits the shelves

    David “Mr. Dave” Yack sent me a copy of his latest project this week.   Dave’s written a book on developing with the Dynamics CRM called “CRM as a Rapid Development Platform.”  I haven’t had a chance to read through all 700 pages, as I just got it a couple of days ago, but it looks darn...
  • Blog Post: The Dynamics Duo talk about CRM and Silverlight

    In yesterday’s video we talked about WPF and showed off some mind-altering 2D and 3D animations :).  As we said then, WPF provides access to local data and resources as well as access to bare metal performance including 3D graphics acceleration.  But you can’t take that sort of thing to the...
  • Blog Post: The Dynamics Duo talk about CRM and WPF

    In this episode The Dynamics Duo dive into the deep rich coolness that is WPF.  We also spend some time talking about the offline data framework that Dynamics CRM provides developers.  In past sessions we built solutions on SharePoint and Office and those are great for the specific scenarios...
  • Blog Post: The Dynamics Duo talk about CRM and Office Business Applications (OBA)

    In the last episode we talked about Microsoft Office SharePoint Server; in this one we talk about Microsoft Office on the client side. CRM actually integrates really really well with Microsoft Office Outlook right out of the box.  That’s a natural as it’s the place where many people work day-in...
  • Blog Post: The Dynamics Duo talk about Dynamics CRM and SharePoint

    In this segment Girish and I talk about how Dynamics CRM integrates with SharePoint.  We begin with a little guidance for where you might use one over the other and where they work well together.  And they sure do go well together.  “Separated at birth” is how I put it in the video. ...
  • Blog Post: The Dynamics Duo talk about Dynamics CRM Customization

    Girish on my team has been working on a demo that demonstrates the capabilities of the Dynamics CRM platform.  We figured it would be a lot more interesting to get some of that on video in the form of a conversation (as opposed to a screencast) so I get to play the role of interviewer and Girish...
  • Blog Post: Transparency and Openness

    It’s great to see that the various product teams have committed to providing customers and partners the roadmap information they need to make technology and business decisions.  The latest team is the Dynamics CRM team.  They posted their statement of direction last week: This document outlines...
  • Blog Post: Partner Conference: CRM Mobility with CWR

    Another Dynamics CRM ISV that caught my attention at last week's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference was CWR Mobility .  Mobility is something I spend a lot of time thinking about and the Windows Mobile solution that CWR has put together is state-of-the-art when it comes to line-of-business apps...
  • Blog Post: Partner Conference: SalesCentric Silverlight CRM Relationships

    I spent most of last week in hot and humid Houston at the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.  I did get to a few sessions but mostly I hung out with ISV partners in 1:1 meetings or in the exhibit area.  There were tons of CRM ISVs showing interesting solutions.  One that caught...
  • Blog Post: Developer Ramp up Kit for Dynamics CRM 4.0

    Over the past 18 months, we‘ve conducted dozens of instructor-led training events for for hundreds of Dynamics CRM ISVs worldwide to get them ramped up for CRM 4.0 platform (code named “Titan”). The events were conducted as part of Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) Metro Early Adopter initiative...
  • Blog Post: CRM Mobility News

    I noticed this morning that our Dynamics CRM team signed an alliance with TenDigits .  Reading the press release, that’s pretty cool.  Actually, there seems to be lots of goodness to go around here.  I know… TenDigits is known for their Blackberry work and we do tend to be biased toward...
  • Blog Post: Interesting ISV Solutions and Sessions at WPC

    Nikhil Hasija reached out and showed off a few ISV partner solutions that will get showcased at WPC next week.  I’m passing this information on as the solutions look pretty cool. A new solution from Mitchell Humphrey looks quite interesting.  Mitchell Humphrey built a Citizen Relationship Management...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics CRM platform at PDC

    The PDC team have been slowly releasing details of some of the sessions for the upcoming conference. Lo and behold there’s session up there for CRM.  It looks like we might have something to say at PDC about the next release.  Now would probably be a good time to register for PDC as it usually...
  • Blog Post: Office Developers Conference – Demoing CRM Online

    Back in February I had the opportunity to demo CRM Online to a few thousand developers during Kurt DelBene’s keynote at the Microsoft Office System Developer Conference in San Jose.  Girish , a team member, has been working on a cool new CRM demo and I was able to show a few snippets of it. ...
  • Blog Post: Reading the right CRM blogs

    A while back I was asked for a list of blogs that track the progress we’re making on the Dynamics CRM platform.  Of course, I have my own blogroll of people that I follow but it occurred to me that would be a useful resource for the CRM community.  Now that Dynamics CRM and AX have shipped...
  • Blog Post: PDC Registration is now live

    This morning we went live with the 2008 Professional  Developers Conference aka PDC 2008 web site .  Registration is also live with a nice discount for early registration.  If you want to learn about the future of the Microsoft platform this is the absolute best conference for that. ...
  • Blog Post: CRM 4.0 Reporting for Duty, Sir!

    Whoops! I've been heads down working on something else and didn't notice that Charles had posted the last of the four Channel 9 videos we recorded. In this final segment, Phil Richardson and Barry Givens (both Senior Program Manager Leads) walk through Dynamics CRM Reporting with Rory (actually Phil...
  • Blog Post: "Giving Workflow Foundation something to do"

    Last week, I pointed out a few Channel 9 segments on the soon-to-be-released Dynamics CRM 4.0. Another installment was published today that gives a great overview of how Workflow Foundation is used in CRM 4.0. This was my favorite of the segments. That may be because I got to be in front of the camera...
  • Blog Post: Phil Dives Deep into CRM 4.0 on Channel 9

    Yesterday I pointed you to a Channel 9 CRM 4.0 overview video with Phil Richardson. Today the Channel 9 team released the next video in this series we recorded. In this segment, Phil Richardson (Senior Program Manager Lead) hangs out with Rory Blyth. He dives a lot deeper into the metadata and customization...
  • Blog Post: Phil Richardson chats up CRM on Channel 9

    Back in April we gave you a taste of some of the interesting work going on in Dynamics CRM group. That was a pretty good high-level view. We wanted to fill in some of the details for developers so we asked the Dynamics CRM team into the studio to chat about some of the cool stuff coming in CRM 4.0 (a...
  • Blog Post: A nod to a VPC god

    Menno te Koppele rightly pointed out on his blog today that he'd done a ton of work to help get the CRM "Titan" CTP3 VPC just right. Oops! Lets give credit where credit is due. Creating a VPC is easy; creating one that rocks isn't. Menno, who is a partner technology specialist in our US West Region,...
  • Blog Post: Meet me in Copenhagen

    If you're an ISV building cool stuff on Dynamics CRM or Dynamics AX and are planning to attend Convergence EMEA drop me a note . I'd love to meet up and see what you've been up to. I'll be in Copenhagen from Oct 21st through Oct 25th. Conferences can be a real drain between travel, jet lag, long hours...
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