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  • Blog Post: Tweet, Tweet

    The team organizing convergence have set up a Twitter feed.  If you want to follow along you’ll find them at MBSConvergence .  If you plan to attend and want to tweet while you’re there, the hashtag will be #MBSEVENTS . While I’m on the topic, I’d like to pass along a couple of Twitter desktop...
  • Blog Post: Using Touch in Line-of-Business Apps

    I was mesmerized by this simple but cool Microsoft Surface demo at last fall’s Convergence conference in Copenhagen.  Lachlan Cash was kind enough to let me post the video here as a great example of how touch can transform visualization and manipulation of complex line-of-business information. ...
  • Blog Post: The Urge to Converge

    The Dynamics partner team has set up a great Convergence resource site for Dynamics partners.  It contains a comprehensive set of through-partner marketing templates and assets, plus a downloadable PDF guide with “A to Z” planning tips and tools. The value of Convergence can be a huge for a partner...
  • 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: Reporting and Analytics in Dynamics AX 2009

    I spent some time with Manoj Nuthakki on the Dynamics team chatting about how we take full advantage of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) in the recently released Dynamics AX 2009.  AX 2009 ships with 10 SSAS cubes out of the box so includes tons of pre...
  • Blog Post: ISVs gaining access to PartnerSource

    I posted the link to the Dynamics CRM Statement of Direction a short while ago.  It is located on PartnerSource which requires registration.  Typically this is for partners that resell a Microsoft Dynamics product. I recently discovered a way for ISVs who do not resell Dynamics products to...
  • 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: A Dynamics Map to your Success

    While on the topic of WPC, I thought I’d pass along the agenda the Dynamics team has put together for Dynamics partners.  This document lists all the various keynotes, breakouts, parties and pretty much anything else you’d want to know about WPC if you’re high on Dynamics (this is legal in Houston...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics AX 2009: A chat with Hal Howard, Mike Ehrenberg, Sukumar Rathnam

    A couple of weeks back the Dynamics AX team announced general availability of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009.  While the team was basking in the glow of a job well done I grabbed a few folks for a chat.  In this Channel 9 video I sit down with Hal Howard, Mike Ehrenberg and Sukumar Rathnam. ...
  • 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: Dynamics AX 2009: The ‘Halo’ for Microsoft’s app platform

    I almost snorted my tea across the room when I read this one.  :) Pretty funny quote, I think.  ZDNet:  Dynamics AX 2009: The ‘Halo’ for Microsoft’s app platform The great news, of course, is that Dynamics AX 2009 is now generally available.  The team put a lot of hard work in to...
  • 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: A preview of Dynamics AX 2009 Enterprise Portal with the Dynamics team

    Dan over on our Channel 9 team sat down with some of the folks from the Dynamics AX team to chat about Dynamics AX 2009 which should release quite soon.  In this video we see some of the cool stuff that’s coming with Enterprise Portal built on SharePoint and ASP.NET. A preview of Dynamics AX 2009...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: geekSpeak'ing with Aaron Elder

    Lynn and Glenn from Channel 9's geekSpeak show will be interviewing Aaron Elder from Ascentium. This looks like it'll be an interesting interactive webcast on custom development with the Dynamics CRM platform. For those that don't know Aaron he was one of the original engineers on Dynamics CRM. He did...
  • Blog Post: Titan now available to all Dynamics Partners

    I've had quite a few partners ping me offline asking about access to the bits. We finally released the bits today as a VPC for any Dynamics partner to download via PartnerSource (requires login). PartnerSource is a portal available to partners who focus on Microsoft Dynamics and related business products...
  • Blog Post: WebTrends: A Titan among ISV's - Bonus Edition

    All last week I highlighted some of the early adopters of Dynamics CRM "Titan". Well, I found one more ISV that I think is pretty cool. WebTrends, one of the top Web analytics firms, has been been playing with Titan. No video though. WebTrends, a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner, provides enterprise...
  • Blog Post: RDT: A Titan among ISV's

    All this week I'm highlighting some of the early adopters of Dynamics CRM "Titan". For your enjoyment, today I'm showcasing Relational Database Technology (RDT). Relational Database Technology: Insurance Software Provider Bolsters Product with Enhanced CRM Capabilities Established in 1991, Microsoft...
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