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  • Blog Post: Dynamics CRM Blogs

    I had been maintaining a list of Dynamics CRM-related blogs that I tried to read on a regular basis.  I thought I’d make that list available to folks in the community as I’m sure others will find that interesting.  I haven’t been maintaining this since I moved out of the Dynamics world a few...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics CRM at SDForum Windows SIG

    I had some fun and met some interesting folks last night at the SDForum Windows SIG meeting.  I presented a trimmed down version of the Business Action World Tour content but still had to cut myself off at 9:00pm.  Nobody seemed to mind though and I got some great feedback. I also got a few...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics Duo: Silverlight and Jazz Hands

    Ok; so maybe I got a little overexcited in the final installment to this 5-part series.  <Jazz Hands!> This time around we spend time talking about how to use Silverlight to build experiences that will compel users to want to come back again and again while differentiating your application...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics Duo: Composition with Third-Party Web Services

    In this episode we talk about a variety of topics including using Silverlight for UI, composing using 3rd party web services and storing complex information in Dynamics CRM. We spend most of our time on the flight booking page. This page was built using Silverlight to demonstrate some of the simple experiences...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics Duo: Wide World Importers Code

    In this episode we dive into some of the real code behind Wide World Importers Conference site.  Girish walks us through the code-behind for the contact/profile and conference registration options pages. There’s not really a lot of magic here.  In fact, I would say it’s quite simple to understand...
  • Blog Post: CRM Event in Silicon Valley next week

    The good folks from the SDForum Windows SIG asked me to present at their meeting next week in Mountain View.  If you’re in the area drop by: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Microsoft Silicon Valley 1065 La Avenida Street Building 1 (SVC-1) Mountain View, CA  94043 Join us at the...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics Duo: Everybody needs an Identity

    In yesterday’s episode we very briefly touched the identity and authentication part of the demo where, on the self-service site, the attendee registers using Windows Live ID. In this episode we go a lot deeper. Identity and authentication is hard. Simple, scalable and secure login capabilities require...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics Duo Rides again

    Girish and I dropped in to the new Channel 9 Studio (formerly Monaco) to record a few Channel 9 episodes around some demo code we’ve been working on for a few months. In this series we’ll focus on self-service and specifically on building self-service sites that use Dynamics CRM on the back-end to enable...
  • Blog Post: CRM Online Custom Dashboards

    Jon White, a Technology Specialist over on the CRM Online team, has been playing with custom dashboards and recently posted his work to the CRM Online blog .  He walks through how he pulls the data using CRM SDK web services and uses LINQ to manipulate the data.  Finally he uses the free Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: PowerPoint Decks for Business Action World Tour

    A few readers asked about getting access to the slides from the Business Action World and Virtual Tour events.  I’ve also updated the individual blog posts but thought those that have already had a look at the recordings might miss the updates. I published the PowerPoint decks for all 4 sessions...
  • Blog Post: Business Action Virtual Tour Recording – Day 4 – The Power of Choice

    Last week we presented the content developed for the Business Action World Tour virtually via Live Meeting. We had hundreds of people register and join us for these events. The number one question people had was about getting access to the recordings for these events. I now have all the recordings and...
  • Blog Post: Business Action Virtual Tour Recording – Day 3 – Familiar Skills

    This past week we presented the content developed for the Business Action World Tour virtually via Live Meeting. We had hundreds of people register and join us for these events. The number one question people had was about getting access to the recordings for these events. I now have all the recordings...
  • Blog Post: Business Action Virtual Tour Recording – Day 1 – Line of Business Application Framework

    This past week we presented the content we developed for the Business Action World Tour virtually via Live Meeting. We had hundreds of people register and join us for these events. The number one question people had was about getting access to the recordings for these events. I now have all the recordings...
  • 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: XRM Basics Webcast

    I just realized that I never blogged that Girish and I are doing a webcast for the XRM Virtual Users Group.  The event is tomorrow morning.  There are so many platform topics to cover.  This initial session will be more of a basics session (say at a 100-level) to help everyone get up-to...
  • Blog Post: Discover a new way to build line of business applications in Chicago and Silicon Valley

    We’ve announced a couple of new events in the US for the Business Action World Tour for Chicago and Silicon Valley.   This is part of the series of worldwide events to help ISVs understand the potential of Dynamics CRM as a Line-of-Business Application platform.  We know that differentiating...
  • Blog Post: Major News: Dynamics CRM gets the X

    Update:  Just kidding!  As many people quickly figured out from the many clues in the text and the date on the calendar this was just and amusing April Fool’s joke on my part.  It was amusing wasn’t it?  :) The news article below was leaked to me a couple of hours ago.  I haven...
  • Blog Post: Virtually XRM

    The good folks at Colorado Technology Consultants (Julie and David Yack ) have kicked off a project to build a community around the Dynamics CRM line-of-business application platform (aka XRM).  “The XRM User Group is for the professional XRM developer community” and is free to join and participate...
  • Blog Post: An Opportunity to Incubate

    I mentioned the CRM Incubation Week run by the US team.  That event was such a success that they are now planning a new event in Boston (April 20-24).  If you have an idea for a line-of-business application based business that you’d like some help bringing to fruition, now is your chance to...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Possibilities Perfectly Presented to Partners

    Try to say that 10 times fast.  :) The theme for Convergence this year is the Power of Possibilities.  I’ll be presenting in a few sessions this year and may get to show a demo or two in a keynote.  I’ll be in ST05 with some great support by Shan McArthur of ADXSTUDIO .  I’ll also...
  • Blog Post: Gonna get me some Business Action

    We recently kicked off a worldwide tour events to help ISVs understand the potential of Dynamics CRM as a Line-of-Business Application platform.  We know that differentiating your line-of-business applications from those of your competitors has never been more important. If you’ve considered using...
  • Blog Post: Brad Wilson on "How Microsoft plans to make its mark in CRM"

    I loved this interview with Brad Wilson from the CRM team. A few choice quotes: Salesforce.com has a single operating model, which is that you rent it from them forever.  Our software comes with a choice of either having an on-demand subscription offering or buying the software. If you talk to analysts...
  • Blog Post: Get your idea incubed

    Sanjay Jain on the US  Developer and Platform Evangelism team is running an incubation week for entrepreneurs looking for guidance for building on the Dynamics CRM platform.  If you have a great idea for a line-of-business application  and want to spend a few days working with experts...
  • Blog Post: CRM “5”: Deploying Line-of-Business Applications

    In yesterday’s video I chatted with a few PMs on the CRM platform team.  We talked at a high level about some of the problems they’re trying to solve as they think about CRM “5.  In today’s video we go a little deeper with Humberto Lezama Guadarrama (Program Manager),  Elliot Lewis (Developer...
  • 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...
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