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Tell us what you are building

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As you may be well aware, Microsoft Dynamics CRM offers numerous tools and extension points to build custom applications on top of our platform.  Whitepapers (Ascentium) and Books  (Working with Dynamics CRM 4.0CRM as a rapid development platform, ) talk extensively about all the capabilities that our platform has to offer.  Those that aren’t familiar with the product you will be amazed on the type of applications that can be built and how quickly they can come to live, most of the time without having to write a single line of code (although we do have some serious capabilities for coders too).

From add-ons to complete vertical solutions our partners have been building amazing solutions. Are you one of them?  I want to hear from you, the development team wants to hear from you. 

  • What are you building?  Is it an Add-on? A vertical?
  • What challenges are you facing?  What can the platform do better to make your life easier?
  • What is it that you, as a customer building solutions on top of our platform, need the most?

Share your thoughts with us, either post your comment here or, if you are an existing customer, send your formal suggestion using Microsoft Connect. Believe me, a number of us on the product team are very interested in what you have to say.

Cheers,

Humberto Lezama Guadarrama

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  • How does an ISV go about developing an add-on application for CRM Online? Is there a free developer account or sandbox similar to how Salesforce recruits Developers?

    I was willing to purchase a one-seat license for CRM Online to get started, but was told I needed to purchase 5 seats minimum.

    We would prefer to experience CRM Online 4.0 from an end-users perspective, beginning-to-end in order to develop a better solution.

  • I am building a Local Government solution including Dynamics CRM and Sharepoint. Part of the scenario is an extension of the case management system to enable for different case types, each with a different metadata set. One of the features we are missing is inheritance between entities that would enable us to have a common set of attributes (case number, citizen name, date) and a set of specific, case-related attributes in "sub-entities".

    The ability to create custom activity types would be great, too.

    Regards

  • I'm working to build a Dashboard presentation tool targeting simple transactional views. This will involve reworking one of our existing products, TopLine Dash (an add-in for ACT!), to use data from CRM instead.

    The end result will be a standalone Windows application that can retrieve data from any System or User view and present it in charts (Bar, Pie, Funnel) and lists. These items can be stacked horizontally or vertically.

    We're using the Metadata and CrmService web services heavily. Some of the current challenges involve retrieving the necessary metadata for presentation without having to make excessive calls to the Metadata service.

    I'm pleased with the enhancements to the CRM 4.0 framework since 3.0. The tools and documentation seem much more robust than I remember from 3.0.

    Keep up the excellent work on an already-fantastic product!!

  • I'm working to build a Dashboard presentation tool targeting simple transactional views. This will involve reworking one of our existing products, TopLine Dash (an add-in for ACT!), to use data from CRM instead.

    The end result will be a standalone Windows application that can retrieve data from any System or User view and present it in charts (Bar, Pie, Funnel) and lists. These items can be stacked horizontally or vertically.

    We're using the Metadata and CrmService web services heavily. Some of the current challenges involve retrieving the necessary metadata for presentation without having to make excessive calls to the Metadata service.

    I'm pleased with the enhancements to the CRM 4.0 framework since 3.0. The tools and documentation seem much more robust than I remember from 3.0.

    Keep up the excellent work on an already-fantastic product!!

  • Our company has developed an abstraction layer which runs on top of sql server configured with a single schema which lets users share tabular data managed entirely from Excel. With it, you can define a range of data in Excel, automatically created a shared database (no field definitions and including formulas), and then have other users work inside Excel on their desktops and share changes at the cell level. All changes are versioned.

    We have connected our collaboration technology to another saas crm vendor's office integration toolkit to provide change management of crm report data in excel. Our system will query the crm data on-demand or on a schedule and then users simply refresh their spreadsheet and see the changes. They can also look at a history of changes plus pull in data from other transactional systems (for actuals, etc)

    Many customers still like to "export" their CRM data to Excel so they can work with offline and collaborate with other. With our system, this export can be persistent (and two-way if desired)

    We'd  like to do this with Dynamics CRM, but I cannot find information on an Excel integration example-- is there any?

  • Our company has developed an abstraction layer which runs on top of sql server configured with a single schema which lets users share tabular data managed entirely from Excel. With it, you can define a range of data in Excel, automatically created a shared database (no field definitions and including formulas), and then have other users work inside Excel on their desktops and share changes at the cell level. All changes are versioned.

    We have connected our collaboration technology to another saas crm vendor's office integration toolkit to provide change management of crm report data in excel. Our system will query the crm data on-demand or on a schedule and then users simply refresh their spreadsheet and see the changes. They can also look at a history of changes plus pull in data from other transactional systems (for actuals, etc)

    Many customers still like to "export" their CRM data to Excel so they can work with offline and collaborate with other. With our system, this export can be persistent (and two-way if desired)

    We'd  like to do this with Dynamics CRM, but I cannot find information on an Excel integration example-- is there one?

  • jb kuppe,

    Ed recently posted some interesting insights that may help you in this space.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/crm/archive/2008/09/26/simplified-pivot-table-integration.aspx

  • Mark Johnston,

    Indeed, we are working towards improving the metadata API experience in several respects. Thanks for your feedback

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  • Mike, this comes from one of our channel managers:

    How do partners take advantage of Microsoft Dynamics® CRM Online offers available?

    At our Convergence 2008 conference in Orlando, FL, we announced the availability of a “Partner-use” offering for Microsoft Dynamics partners.  This offer allows a partner organization to utilize the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online offering at no subscription cost for a period of 12 months.  Partners may sign up for this offer at:  http://offers.crmlive.com/partneroffer12

    One additional offer that partners should be aware of is our trial offering for prospective customers.  We will make 30-day trial editions available to qualified system opportunities through our telesales team.  These offers are to be leveraged during sales cycles for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.  These are not to be substituted for “product demonstrations” – as we have released a Virtual PC of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 where application features and functions can be demonstrated for prospective clients.  For more information on how to gain access to trial offerings, please contact our inside sales organization at 1-877-CRM-CHOICE.

  • Hi I am making an addon to outlook  which  will convert emails to lead after configuring it ....

    I have tested my work on premise  and it works great. On live (  I heard that  CRM live and premise webservice are same  except the  authentication )  I am able to authenticate  but when  I try  to rerieve metadata  i get errors.  I am trying past few days. I dont want to add any assemblies.  what should i do  :(

    I am lost  :(

  • The link to the 12 month hosted demo is exactly what I was looking for. Signing up right now...

    Thanks!

    -Mike

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