Catherine Eibner

Dynamics, SQL, .Net & getting them all to play nicely together!

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    Integrating Dynamics CRM 4.0 with Virtual Earth

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    I wrote a post a while ago about integrating CRM 3.0 with Virtual Earth . I had on my To Do list since CRM 4.0 was released to re-write this post to work with the newer version of CRM. Since then Virtual Earth ahs also had new versions released so this...
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    Building a CRM 4.0 Report that will be accessed via an iFrame

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    CRM 4.0 has a large number of ways for you to build reports. The build in report wizard is quite empowering & Visual Studio allows you to quite easily build & deploy CRM reports to your server without much hassle at all… HOWEVER, when it came...
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    Microsoft Australia to host the first Australian DigiGirlz Event

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    Minister Jodi McKay MP keynoted a recent Females in Telecommunications & Technology luncheon to celebrate International Women’s Day. During the event, she highlighted one of the biggest challenges facing Women in Technology: One in five Australians...
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    CRM 4.0 Demo VPC to Expire Next Month!

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    Just a heads up that if you are working with the Demo VPC provided on the Microsoft downloads site, that you should be aware that it expires in April 09 . Never fear, the CRM team are working hard putting the final touches on a New and Improved VPC that...
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    Amazing Aussie Women in IT!

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    I continue to be amazed and inspired by the women I get to meet working in IT. I am fortunate enough to get to interview some of them for the GeekGirlBlogs podcast – which often leads to gaining  a deeper insight into the amazing life they lead ...
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    Technical Books… Do you read them?

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    A few weeks ago David Lean asked me if I ever read technical  books. Without a seconds consideration I said – “No way – I look online for everything I need, when I need it!”, to which he quickly replied – “I guess you wont be wanting this then!”...
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    My First Post…

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    Well this week was my first week in my new role at Microsoft Australia as the Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) Developer Evangelist. I have to say it has been an amazing week. I am still receiving the loveliest welcome messages & everyone has been...
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    Business Cards are so 2008…

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    I moved recently, and when I did I threw out about 5 almost full boxes of unused & out of date & completely useless Business cards. Then, on Thursday while watching Roger Lawrence try to get Bluetooth working to transfer his contact details to...
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    Integrating With Dynamics: 1) Integrating to CRM 4.0 Direct from ASPX page, calling a Web service

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    This is the first in a series of posts that give some examples of getting Lead data from an external source such as a Website into your internal CRM system. This situation is the simplest. This one would work when either your Webserver has direct access...
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    Communications Panel for Dynamics CRM 4

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    After the excitement generated from our Dynamics NAV guru Johan Emilsson’s great work integrating OCS with Dynamics NAV (Webcast on that coming soon), there was much discussion internally about doing a similar example for CRM. Today I came across this...
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    Launching a Startup mobile App in Australia? How hard can it *really* be?? Day 1 Report

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    I spend a lot of my time helping startups in Australia and giving them advice on how to get up & running. A lot of the advice comes from running my own company previous to joining Microsoft, sharing battle stories with others, understanding the mistakes...
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    It still sux to be a woman working in IT

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    Catherine Has a Rant! I know it has been a while since I have posted a podcast on our Geek Girl Blogs Podcast  - but mainly due to time & technical constraints. International Women's day is approaching next Friday the 6th of March, and I thought...
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    Ada Lovelace Day 2009: Bronwen Zande

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    Today is the Ada Lovelace International Day of blogging. It aims to highlight the often unsung work of the many amazing women working in IT. You can find more information about the concept here: http://findingada.com/ I have posted before about the many...
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    Xaml Parse Exception

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    I have been playing around with some great tutorials on Silverlight/WPF and calling external API’s for a little CRM project I am working on. Today I came across a weird error and thought I would document it here so next time it happens – I'll know how...
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    Liberation Day!!

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    It’s true! The rumors I heard a while back have been confirmed… Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is coming to Australia !! Not only is he going to be here – but he is also going to be hosting a Live Web Rally! The Event is going to be held on the 6th of November...
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    Silverlight on CRM: You are only limited by your imagination!

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    You may have seen some of my earlier posts that mention that I have been playing with Silverlight, WPF & CRM 4.0. I will be creating a series of blog posts about what I’ve learnt and some of the things you can do. This is the first one and although...
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    So what is this BizSpark thing & how can I get my hands on it?

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    Since presenting at Boot Up Camp about BizSpark a few weeks ago , I have been asked quite a few times about the Microsoft BizSpark program, and most importantly people want to know if they qualify for it & how to get it. I thought I would write a...
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    Australian CRM User Group Community Update

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    As I mentioned in an earlier post, the local Australian CRM community is growing . We now have 4 MVP’s, and as of next month, there will be 3 regular in person CRM user groups . Not only that, but our user group leads have joined forces! They will now...
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    Today myLife==Complete

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    Well, if my life goal was to be immortalised in Lego – then today my life wish would have been granted! Today I received my Lego Mini-Me – an award for my support for the Women Build Program. I was very lucky to attend the first Women Build Lego Serious...
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    Help bring Sara Ford to Tech Ed Australia

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    Sara Ford** is a girl with a dream, a dream to come to Australia! Ever since she was a little girl, Sara has wanted to visit Australia. And to make that happen we need your help! You need to Vote to bring Sara out to Australia – if we can get enough votes...
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    Barbie as a Computer Engineer?

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    Well, I never thought my blog would ever mention Barbie – but then again, it never occurred to me that I would have a mini-me in Lego, so the wonders never cease! :) And as it seems to be a toy themed week, I thought why stop now! Admittedly, the only...
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    Don’t Panic: CRM Demo VPC Expiry

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    Turns out all the panic about the CRM Demo PC expiring next month, was all a bit of a mix up! Good news is that the VPC doesn't actually expire until the 11th of June! You can double check this by opening the VPC, clicking Start –> Run –> type ...
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    Dynamics CRM on Internet Explorer 8

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    I have been running Windows 7 & IE8 for a while now on both my work & home laptops, and have to admit that like most others I really do love them both! So as you could imagine, I was very excited to hear on Friday the 20th that IE8 had finally...
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    Dynamics CRM 4.0 VPC is fully loaded & ready to go!

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    The new CRM Demo VPC is now available for download on Partner Source: https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/deployment/methodology/vpc/msd_crm4vpcapril09.htm It is loaded up with CRM, the latest rollups, all of the accelerators, Visual Studio 2008,...
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    Integrating Dynamics NAV with Virtual Earth

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    Yesterday I tracked down our local NAV Escalation Engineer (AKA NAV Guru) Johan Emilsson to get him to share his Dynamics NAV & Virtual Earth integration. He recently designed a Solution to Optimise Routes using the Virtual Earth API, and then embedded...
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