July, 2010

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    TechEd Session Recording: CRM and SharePoint



    Last month I had the opportunity to present at TechEd North America in New Orleans. It was a fantastic conference with over 11,000 people in attendance.

    I was presenting on my favorite topic of Integrating Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft SharePoint 2010. I just found out that the session was recorded and has been published for on-demand viewing here: http://www.msteched.com/2010/NorthAmerica/OSP207

    This session was in the Office & SharePoint (OSP) track and this session was rated as one the top 5 sessions in OSP track to my surprise!

    BTW, now that major TechEd events are run by my group (DPE), you can see how the on-demand experience has improved a lot with Channel9 style video player, downloads posted shortly after session, more virtual participation; all-in-all very similar to how PDC is run.



    So are you joining us in Atlanta for Tech·Ed 2011? Registration is open already: http://northamerica.msteched.com/Registration

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    Introducing Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace



    To streamline solution discovery and distribution, Microsoft will be launching Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace in September 2010. This new online catalog will provide an easy way for partners to market and distribute solutions to Microsoft Dynamics customers. The marketplace will allow customers to quickly search, discover and apply industry-specific applications and solution extensions from Microsoft and its partners to help them accelerate and extend their CRM and ERP implementations. Essentially it is a win-win for both partners and customers. Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace will be integrated within Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, allowing customers to search for applications directly from within their CRM solution.

    The Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace is powered by Microsoft Pinpoint. This Dynamics-specific marketplace leverages the capabilities of the Pinpoint platform to deliver a relevant and easy-to-use experience to Dynamics partners and customers direct through the web or, in the case of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, embedded within the solution.

    Initially, it will be a searchable repository of downloadable custom solutions and extensions to help accelerate and/or extend the value of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and on-premises deployments. Publishers of solutions can get also more detailed web analytical information about their listings. In the future, Marketplace will provide e-commerce and offer financial transaction capabilities for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and on-premise, as well as Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions.

    Partners can find more information on joining the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace at http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/marketplace.

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    Showcasing IW Platform at WPC



    <cross posting from Steve Fox’s blog>

    Next week, Steve Fox and I will be attending WPC in Washington, DC (http://digitalwpc.com/). The Worldwide Partner Conference is a 5-day conference that provides you with an opportunity to learn more about many of the technology roadmaps, best practices and business/technology opportunities within the roadmaps.

    With the latter in mind, we’ll be presenting a mini-track comprising two breakout sessions. These sessions will focus on how you can exploit the IW Platform (i.e. SharePoint, Office, CRM, and UC) for business application/solution development. The two sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, July 13th, from 3:30-4:30pm and then in the same room from 5:00-6:00pm.

    About the Sessions

    The first of the two sessions will discuss and showcase the business opportunities around the IW platform and will also showcase a set of partners who are betting their businesses on technologies such as SharePoint, Office, CRM, and UC. Specifically, Steve and I will be joined by the following partners:

    - Mike Fitzmaurice from Nintex

    - John Pollard from identityMine

    - Bill Nagle from K2

    - Jon Rauschenberger from Clarity Consulting

    - Mike Snyder from Sonoma Partners

    The second of the two sessions will discuss how you can develop on the IW platform—taking you one level deeper within the opportunities. Specifically, we’ll cover how you can develop solutions for SharePoint, Office, CRM, and then talk  more about the cloud (e.g. integration of SharePoint and Azure).

    Session Information

    Specific information about the sessions are as follows:

    Session 1: Business Software Mini-Track: The Business Application Opportunity

    Business Applications leverage platform technologies such as Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and Unified Communications to drive productivity and business forward. With the recent release of Wave "14", business applications offer even more to our partners and customers—not only for the information workers who live and breathe them, but also for the developers who now can build compelling, dynamic and opportunistic solutions. As our customers continue to face new ways of doing business, an explosion of data available to them, and new means of communicating and collaborating, the opportunity to build business applications that drive and manage business continues to grow. Come hear about what's new in with business applications and how you can tap into what's going on in the market to take your business to the next level.

    Date: July 13th, 3:30-4:30

    Location/Room Number: WCC-209B

    Title: Business Software Mini-Track: Leveraging Business Application Platform Technologies

    Abstract: The key to success with business applications is to deliver the greatest value to customers as quickly as possible. From Office to SharePoint to Azure, Microsoft can help you deliver more value in your solutions and to your customers with agility, performance and scalability. In this session, see the many ways that Microsoft can help you accomplish that goal through deeper insight into the core productivity platform technologies. To get there, we take a peek into how you can build and deploy solutions using Microsoft’s business application technologies.

    Date: July 13th, 5:00-6:00

    Location/Room Number: WCC-209B

    We plan on doing lots of demos and giving you ample opportunity to get engaged and ask questions.

    Hope to see you there next week!

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    Announcing Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011



    Today at WPC10 we’re announcing the naming and beta availability for the next version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, “Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011”. A beta version of the software will be available in September 2010 both as on-premises download as well as pre-release versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online running in data centers in North America, EMEA, and APAC.

    If you are here in Washington DC attending WPC, you can play with the latest CRM 2011 bits yourselves by working on the Hands on Lab titled HOL219 Building Industry Solutions with xRM. Please note that we built this lab using one of the daily product builds of CRM 2011 and remember that CRM 2011 is still under development. If you have any questions/comments about the lab, please feel free to contact me directly.

    Previously code named CRM “5”, CRM 2011 has a next generation business application framework that developers and ISVs can use to build a variety of solutions and applications. CRM 2011 includes a number of new features including Role Tailored Design, Inline Visualizations, Contextual SharePoint documents, New Outlook experience, out of box dashboards and much more. Also don’t forget about the integrated Dynamics Marketplace which is a fantastic offering for partners and customers.

    We are also announcing the the expansion of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to 40 markets and 41 languages by end of 2010. It is worth noting that previously CRM Online was available only in North American markets. CRM Online is a great proof point for our commitment to cloud based solutions as we are bringing a number of advancements including the Solution packaging, native WCF web services, oData endpoint, native embedding of 3rd party Silverlight controls and much more.

    More information about Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and beta notification sign up can be found at the Microsoft Dynamics CRM website at http://crm.dynamics.com/crm2011beta

    Also as part of the October launch of the Microsoft Partner Network, Microsoft is announcing that eligible companies registered in the Microsoft Partner Network will be able to receive 250 seats of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for internal use.

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