November, 2008

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    CRM Accelerators: Enterprise Search


    In this video, we take a look at the Enterprise Search Accelerator for CRM and see how SharePoint and CRM can complement each other in creating business solutions.

    The enterprise search accelerator allows Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) customers to view and search for Microsoft Dynamics CRM data directly from their SharePoint portals.

    Additionally, the technology, Business Data Catalog (BDC), and techniques used with this accelerator can be employed to surface data from other line of business applications to further enrich the SharePoint portal.

    BDC makes it easy for people to connect to, find, and act on information stored in structured line-of-business systems (such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM) by using a declarative framework to securely integrate them into search results. With BDC you can configure actionable audience-specific portals, dashboards and mash-up interfaces for this data without writing any code.

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    CRM Platform Incubation Week


    Wouldn’t it be great to build a functional business application in a week’s time. That is exactly what my colleague and good friend Sanjay Jain is aspiring for startups and students to do.

    The 1st CRM Incubation Week is being held at Microsoft Technology Center, Reston, VA from Mon 12/15/2008 to Fri 12/19/2008. This event consists of ½ day of training, 3 ½ days of active prototype/development time, and a final day for packaging/finishing and reporting out to a panel of judges for various prizes.

    This will give you chance to pitch your ideas in front of VC panelists and get valuable feedback.The event is free of charge and if you and your buddies wish to participate and create an application based on the CRM platform in a week’s time, please contact Sanjay Jain and let him know you’re interested.

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    Meet me at TechEd EMEA 2008


    This week, I’m in the beautiful city of Barcelona attending TechEd EMEA 2008. We have a lot of CRM information at TechEd this time, so be sure to check it out. Reuben Krippner and I are co-presenting a couple of session this week.

    The first session is titled “Dynamics CRM as a Development Platform for Business Applications”and it is on Tuesday (Nov 11th 09:00AM - 10:15AM).

    Second part of the session “Delivering Complete Business Solutions with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and the Microsoft Platform” is on Thursday (3.15 PM to 4.30 PM).

    As you can see Reuben and I have been aiming to win the “Longest session title at TechEd” award!

    Nikhil Hasija is presenting a session on Wednesday and we have an interactive discussion session on titled “The value of developing for the Dynamics platform” with all Dynamics speakers on Wednesday afternoon (November 12 13:30 - 14:45).

    If you’re at TechEd EMEA and would like to meet, please swing by the Ask the Experts booth or send me an email to schedule a meeting.

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    CRM Accelerators: An Introduction with Reuben Krippner


    Few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview Reuben Krippner from the CRM team. Reuben has been working very hard for the last several months to release CRM Accelerators. In this short video, Reuben gives us an overview of the Accelerators program and we chat about how Accelerators will evolve in the future.

    CRM Accelerators: An Introduction with Reuben Krippner

    Couple of the Accelerators were released last week and Microsoft Partners can download the bits and related information at the below links:

    Stay tuned for more videos on Accelerators as Reuben and I drill into the technical details of each accelerator.

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