May, 2009

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  • Girish Raja's Blog

    Business Action Virtual Tour On Demand

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    Last week I had the opportunity to present four webcasts as part of the Business Action Virtual Tour (BAVT) wherein we discussed about building line of business applications using the CRM (XRM) platform and how you can extend it to create compelling experiences (using WPF & Silverlight), reuse familiar skills (using Office Platform) and how to provide the power of choice to your customers (using Azure platform).

    Business Action Logo-CRM-LargeIf you missed any of these events, don’t worry; we recorded all of them and have it available for you free of cost. Ben Riga was handling the Q&A during the session and has also posted a nice summary of the Q&A as part of his blog post. I’d encourage you to view the high fidelity version of the Live Meeting replay.

    1- XRM, the Line of Business Application Framework

    2- Compelling experiences (WPF & Silverlight)

    3- Familiar Skills (Office, SharePoint & UC)

    4- The power of choice (Azure Services Platform)

    So set aside just four hours of your time, get the projector, crank up the volume and gather all your colleagues around . It’s show time!

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    CRM Incubation Week Part2 - Roundup

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    The second CRM Incubation Week was another great success with 5 innovative XRM solutions built during the week.

    During the week, I advised SmartRedPen from the Boston area that is working on a solution for second language teachers. Though it sounds like a simple solution, Jennifer and Bolivar from SmartRedPen explained to me the intricacies involved and how huge the market potential for their solution is.

    What is most interesting to me about the XRM platform is the grassroots innovation it brings about. All that SmartRedPen did to begin with is pick up David Yack’s XRM book and download the CRM VPC to get started in building a business application on the XRM platform. They didn’t have to go through lots of training or complex processes to start building their application!

    Luckily for them, we found several Microsoft platforms built on XRM, WPF and Silverlight that gave them a head start for their solution. Couple of interesting ones we discovered during the week include

    Microsoft Semblio – A .NET based educational toolkit allowing you to create rich, immersive multimedia learning material.

    image SCE Starter Kit – Remember the amazing New York Times Reader built on WPF? Now what if you had the source code to that application platform? That’s exactly what SCE starter kit is. It includes the SDK to build great reading (& multimedia) experience in your application. A recommended download for all .NET & WPF developers. BTW, NYTimes Reader has a free edition, so that’s a recommended download for everyone!

    Below are the companies that participated in the Incubation Week and built a functional solution in a week’s time.

    Startup

    Solution

    FourthLink

    Project Management and Resource Scheduling for Professional Services Organizations

    Smart Red Pen

    OnDemand educational portal for learning 2nd Language (Spanish)

    Skyline Vertical Solutions

    Project Management and Cost Control for AEC Market

    myStaffingCRM

    HR Staffing, Recruiting and Leasing

    Hippamatic

    Automate Mobile Radiology including Order Entry, Dispatch, Billing and Reporting for Health Care Providers

    So if you are a developer working in a startup or wish to join/create a new startup, I strongly encourage you to checkout XRM platform to quickly build and deploy your business application/solution. Also check out the Bizspark program that offers tons of software and resources for startup companies.

    Sanjay Jain has detailed blog coverage of the entire event here: http://blogs.msdn.com/sanjayjain/archive/tags/Incubation+Week/default.aspx

    Please feel free to leave a comment or use the email form to send us any questions you have or if you wish to participate in a future CRM Incubation Week.

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    CRM Customizations compatibility across Update Rollups

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    Today, I had a simple question. Are the customizations schema (the exported .xml file) compatible across different update CRM 4.0 update rollups? Meaning, if I export a set of customizations (.xml) from a server that has UR2 (Update Rollup 2) installed, can I import that on a server having UR4? And how about the other way around?

    Turns out that update rollup 2 and beyond are actually compatible with regards to customizations schema. Note that the only exception to this is UR1.

    This KB article has lot more details about this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968176. Below is an excerpt from the KB article.

    Notes about exporting and importing customizations
    You can export customizations from a server that has Update Rollup 2 or Update Rollup 3 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 installed and import those customizations to a server that has Update Rollup 4 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 installed. You can also export customizations from a server that has Update Rollup 4 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 installed and import those customizations to a server that has Update Rollup 2 or Update Rollup 3 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 installed.
    If you export customizations from a server that is running Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 server, do not import the customizations to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 server in the following scenarios:
    • The server from which you are exporting the customizations has no updates installed or has Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 installed. However, the server to which you are importing the customizations has Update Rollup 4 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 installed.
    • The server from which you are exporting the customizations has Update Rollup 4 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 installed. However, the server to which you are importing the customizations has no updates installed or has Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 installed.
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    XRMUG Presentation on Using CRM 4.0 & Windows Azure

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    Tomorrow Shan McArthur, Ben Riga and I are presenting a webcast for XRM virtual user group. It is a basic 100-level session with some interesting demos on using CRM 4.0 and Windows Azure in the context of self service portals.

    When: May 28, 2009 (Thu) 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM (PST)

    Self-Service Sites: Proactive and Effective

    More than ever applications built for the web connect customers (or partners, employees, or citizens) directly to systems running behind the firewall. Whether for informational or transactional solutions like customer portals or loyalty program sites, it is imperative that information gathered is acted upon as soon as possible while keeping costs way down. In this session we’ll explore how building on the XRM platform and taking advantage of Windows Azure, Live Services, and SQL Data Services provide a great platform for building proactive self-service web sites that effectively manage the end-user experience.

    You can find more details about this event at http://www.xrmvirtual.com/events/self-service-sites. If you wish to attend this session, please sign up for free at XrmVirtual.com and also check out a number of upcoming presentations in the events section.

    See you tomorrow in the webcast and come prepared with your questions!

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