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    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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    What does free SPD mean to you?

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    The recent announcement that SharePoint Designer (SPD) will be offered for free makes me very excited. Being a SharePoint consultant not long ago, I can truly appreciate how the free SPD & WSS will revolutionize the content management space. When the announcement came out that this change was effective from April 1st, I had every reason to suspect the legitimacy of it but looks like it was all real!

    SPD allows you to build a variety of things starting from designing simple websites (remember FrontPage!) to wonderful dashboards that revolutionize enterprise solutions.

    While working on the “Dynamicss Duo” CRM 4.0 demo, we made heavy use of SPD and the results truly speak to the power this tool has.

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    In the above screenshot, one can see a heavily customized SharePoint page Iframed into CRM. Using SPD we built this Intranet style dashboard pages with connected webparts and also using a set of pre-built 3rd party webparts.

    If you had seen the CRM demo that was shown at the Day1 Keynote of PDC2008, you can see the below attractive customer portal that doesn’t look anything like SharePoint but it actually runs on SharePoint Online and was built using SPD.

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    SPD allows customizing such SaaS SharePoint extranet sites even when you don’t have physical access to the server.  In the above screenshot, the gauge display is actually a Silverlight control running in SharePoint, and the webpart to the right is called a dataview webpart that connects to CRM web services. Dataview webparts are a very powerful feature of SharePoint as you can easily build data bound webparts and SPD allows you to build it without writing any code.

    This is just a tip of the iceberg and developers are free to deliver a variety of custom portal solutions, extranets, intranets, internet-facing sites, collaboration solutions, social networking sites, and internal applications on top of the extensive capabilities of SharePoint. Integrating these with Dynamics CRM makes it even more compelling and presents a good business opportunity for providing value-added solutions to your customers.

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    ISV & Partner awards at WPC09

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    WWPC2009

     

    Seems like WPC08 was just a few weeks ago but WPC09 is already upon us. This year WPC is at New Orleans from July 13th through 16th.

    Every year, top Microsoft partners are recognized and honored with “WPC Awards”. There are several categories of awards includes the coveted awards

    Partners can nominate their solution/company for these awards and do so immediately as the nomination ends April 9, 2009 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

    If you don’t know what WPC is, it is a partner event that provides a fantastic opportunity to connect with Microsoft folks and other ISVs or Partners just like you.

    I also noticed that registration for WPC 09 is now open and you can register here: https://partner.microsoft.com/global/trainingevents/wwpartnerconference 

    These days unborn babies and even plants start to socialize early enough through social networking sites! So check out the below links to “socialize” during WPC this year :-)

    http://twitter.com/wpc09

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/WPC09-July-13-16-2009-New-Orleans/50554356818

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    Action Packed Business Applications Coming to US

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    In a series of world-wide events called Business Action World Tour, we’re showcasing how Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) can build serious line of business applications without a lot of effort. To add to that, if you could create a rich & compelling UI (with WPF & Silverlight), make it familiar to your users (with Office system), and give a choice of on-site or cloud deployment to the customer (with Azure Services), wouldn’t that be a wonderful opportunity for more business.

    Business_Action_World_logo_w_CRM_K-croppedIf you think so, all you need to do is spend half a day at one of our free “discover” events. The next upcoming one in the US is on May 4th at Chicago and we have another one coming up in Silicon Valley on May 6th.

    For more information about the event and links to register, check out John O'Donnell blog article below.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/jodonnell/archive/2009/04/01/discover-a-new-way-to-build-line-of-business-applications-at-chicago-may-4th-and-mountain-view-ca-may-6th.aspx

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    Videos from first CRM Incubation Week

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    Recently Nikhil Hasija pointed me to the videos that were recorded during the 1st CRM Incubation Week. 

    DubMeNow: A very cool contact management mobile solution that integrates with Dynamics CRM. I was their advisor during the week and very impressed with them. A very professional startup company.

     

    Highland Martin: A customizable portal solution sitting on top of CRM with some cool Silverlight work. 

     

     

    Channel Blade: An online solution for the Marine (Boating) industry.

     

    Prime Time Software Solutions: Sales methodology solution targeted towards the media industry. They have  vast industry experience and I was surprised by their fantastic progress with limited technology background.

     

    Support4U: A social collaboration solution that tightly integrates with CRM and produces excellent analytics around documents. A good example showing how Silverlight can light up the UI.

    The next CRM Incubation week (Part2) is coming up shortly and I’m betting it’ll be even more fun and productive for the participating companies.

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    Partner Channel – Interview with Kirill Tatarinov

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    imagePartner Channel magazine recently interviewed Kirill Tatarinov, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Solutions. For those who don’t know Kirill, he is the in charge of the entire ERP and CRM business for Microsoft.

    If you’ve been to Convergence in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, chances are that you might have read this interview in hard copy.

    If not, check out the online version below to get a good idea of what this Convergence was all about and most importantly about Microsoft’s commitment to Partners. Also don’t forget to checkout the nice caricature of Kirill!

    http://thepartnerchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/pgs_41-60_tpc_spring_09_online.pdf The interview is on Page 52.

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    CRM Incubation Week – The Sequel

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    Every blockbuster in this world has to have a Sequel coming up. The mega hit CRM Incubation week is no different either :-) That’s right, 2nd CRM Incubation Week is coming up soon and will be starring your favorite CRM stars.

    The 2nd CRM Incubation Week will be held at Microsoft Technology Center, Boston, MA from Mon 4/20/2009 to Fri 4/24/2009. There’ll be half a day of CRM training, three and half days of active prototype/development time, and a final day for polishing your solution and presenting to a panel of judges for various prizes.

    If you’re part of a startup company and would like to participate in this, please submit your nominations to Sanjay Jain. You can find more details about submitting your nominations here: http://blogs.msdn.com/sanjayjain/archive/2009/02/25/startups-announcing-2nd-microsoft-dynamics-crm-incubation-week.aspx. If you’re nominated, all you have to do is just show up with your brightest minds.

    The show is on us and we’ll even get you the popcorn and soda for free :-)

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    CRM Incubation Week – Roundup

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    CRMIncubationWeekIt is not usual to see pouring rain in Virginia and heavy snow fall in Seattle at the same time. The CRM incubation week happened during this same time and like the weather, the event was definitely extraordinary.

    As I blogged earlier, the CRM Incubation Week was conducted on a very simple idea. The idea of startups using Microsoft Dynamics CRM as a Rapid Application Development Platform for building business applications.

    DSCF0104Five startups were chosen from over 50 applicants. There were given a short training on the CRM platform and from there on, the teams worked feverishly for the next four days and nights putting their solution together. The focus was not just the technology but we had lunch presentations on business aspects like how startups can pitch their ideas and how they can validate their business model, etc. This is very critical for startups as it is not just good enough to have a great idea but you need to be able to convince others and gain the backing to make your ideas successful.

    DSCF0138Each startup team was assigned an advisor and I was honored to be advising DubMeNow who had an  innovate mobile based solution for business cards.

    The advisors were not all from Microsoft. Jim Steger from Sonoma Partners and Dan Blake from CourseMax sacrificed their revenue generating hours and volunteered to be advisors to help the community. Their presence clearly thrilled the startups. We gave 3 CRM development books to every team and Jim co-authored 2 of the 3 books. When you have a question while reading a book, walking next door and clarifying it directly with the author is not something you get everyday and when you can do that at 1AM in the morning, that is when startups realized that Incubation week is special. Dan Blake was in the same situation as every other team couple of years ago when he started CourseMax. Dan’s insights and experience as a startup was sought by every team.

    You can see me twittering different activities of the week here http://tinyurl.com/9q7g8u but with the amount of white boarding and development we were doing, you can imagine why we hardly had time to even go out for dinner. Nevertheless, with Xbox 360 console and the nice food arranged by MTC, we had plenty of fun.

    Day 5 was  the climax with all teams presenting their solution to a panel of Venture Capitalists (VCs), Angel Investors and CRM experts such as Paul Greenberg who also happens to the CRM blogger for ZDNET.

    I can keep going for another 3 pages of content but I’d rather point you to Sanjay’s excellent blog coverage of the event. On closing, I’d like to quote Paul Greenberg on his thoughts about the CRM Incubation Week.

    “I have to hand it to Microsoft here. This kind of program not only encourages and supports emerging businesses - small and new or even established and moving in other directions - but also showcases their platform in a good way. As a far better development tool than I thought it was.”

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    CRM Accelerators: Analytics

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    Reuben decided to take control of things on this channel9 video as we discuss about the Analytics accelerator. <Alert> We recorded this video really early in the development cycle for this accelerator. There are far more cool capabilities and reports in the final version of this accelerator than what we see in this video. </Alert>

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    CRM Accelerators: Analytics

    The analytics accelerator provides a set of Performance Dashboards and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for analyzing the data residing within the CRM platform. It utilizes SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) for creating OLAP cubes. SSAS is also used here for creating predictive analysis with some fully functional samples. The analytics accelerator will work with SQL Server 2005 with some components enhanced to take advantage of SQL Server 2008.

    Check out more Channel9 videos on CRM Accelerators here and please visit http://www.codeplex.com/crmaccelerators to download the accelerators.

    Happy coding!

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    CRM Accelerators: eService (ASP.NET Portal)

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    Hands down, this is the accelerator that developers (at least I personally) would crave for.

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    CRM Accelerators: eService (ASP.NET Portal)

    eService accelerator allows developers to easily create self-service customer portals built on top of ASP.NET. This accelerator utilizes an ASP.NET starter kit and several components of the ASP.NET framework including the membership provider for authentication. The out of the box functionality of eService includes the ability for customers to create cases, schedule and manage service appointments, search through KB articles, etc all from within the website.

    Don’t be fooled by the name “eService”, as underneath the covers, there is an ASP.NET control suite for CRM. Each of the ASP.NET form you saw in this video is a customizable ASP.NET user control and all of its properties and settings are derived from the CRM metadata. You can hook up these controls to any entity within the CRM system and configure them fairly easily.

    I’m sure this accelerator will jump start CRM development for a lot of ASP.NET developers and vice versa.

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    CRM Accelerators: Event Management

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    We continue our channel9 CRM accelerator video series with this post is on Event Management accelerator.

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    CRM Accelerators: Event Management

    The event management accelerator allows you to plan and manage events and logistics through Microsoft Dynamics CRM. This front end portal of this accelerator is actually built using an ASP.NET starter kit. Behind the scenes, CRM plug-ins and workflows drives the business logic like registration, waitlists, notifications etc.

    The data model and business logic that Reuben has designed for this is very comprehensive and is a result of working with several event organizers. If you’re looking at building an event management solution, this accelerator will reduce a lot of brainstorming & revisions that you have to do otherwise.

    Given the design of this, I’m beginning to wonder if this accelerator could very well become a Content Management System (CMS) for event planning. What do you think?

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    CRM Accelerators: Notifications (RSS)

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    In this video, Reuben and I chat about the Notifications Accelerator.

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    CRM Accelerators: Notifications (RSS)

    CRM notifications accelerator allows you to expose CRM business data by creating Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds.

    Users can subscribe to any saved views within CRM as a feed. This allows you to have a channel where you pull information instead of being pushed to you from the server. These RSS feeds accessible via a variety of RSS readers including Outlook, Mobile phone, 3rd Party Readers, etc. It is also worth noting that this capability can be used to easily create Vista Gadget for CRM by using the generic RSS gadget that Windows Vista ships with.

    This is just a tip of iceberg on how RSS can be used with Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Since the accelerator ships with the source code as well, developers can further extend this or create new and interesting applications based on RSS & CRM.

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    PDC2008 sets benchmark for Wireless Connectivity

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    Many of you who were there at the PDC keynote room might have missed the UFO style devices (in the picture below) from Xirrus. But several of these devices were silently (perhaps a little flashy) and dutifully doing their job in the keynote room.

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    Pardon my lazy blogging for not saying enough about it at the event as I promised earlier. But this press release from Xirrus will fascinate you.

    An industry record was made at PDC as we connected 2,890 concurrent users in a 100,000 square foot keynote hall through Wi-Fi. You can read more on this and the other records that were set by Xirrus here:

    http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/Ultra-High-Density-Wi-Fi/story.aspx?guid=%7B74E21C5A-BA6C-4AD1-BABD-376A3C9AE814%7D

    We had over 2,000 connections pretty much during every keynote. With such large number of connections, attendees might have noticed how much bandwidth was eaten up. We didn’t use up the entire bandwidth but were over 90% of the capacity most of the times throughout the week. Hopefully that explains why you were getting a slower connection at times, as it was not just you, but thousands of other people on the same network around you.

    Our priority was to make sure nothing catastrophic happens as we also had a backup wireless solution if the high-density solution didn’t work out. Thankfully we didn’t ever have to go to our backup Wi-Fi.

    Next stop, we’ll think about scaling out High Density devices throughout the conference center and more bandwidth (of course) to make your conference experience better. Now you have one more reason to attend PDC 2009 and other future Microsoft events. So what are you waiting for?

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    CRM Accelerators: Enterprise Search

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    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.

    http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/girishr/CRM-Accelerators-Enterprise-Search/

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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:

    http://www.codeplex.com/crmaccelerators

    https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/newsevents/news/MD_CRM_Accelerators

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

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    Wireless at PDC 2008

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    Update (10/28 12.30AM):  Make sure to use MSFTINET as SSID when connecting to wireless network. It is an open network (does not require key or password).

    A few months ago, I “signed up” to be part of the PDC  virtual planning team and my role was to take care of wireless (802.11) experience for the several thousand PDC attendees. Given the geeky nature of the audience, it was a challenge that had to be taken very seriously.

    So what does it mean for you, the PDC attendees? You can get to the wireless network and browse the internet from most locations within the Los Angeles Convention Center. “Most locations” means that you may not be able to browse from within the restroom :) but you can at common locations like keynote room, internet cafes, lounges, breakout rooms where people congregate.

    The keynote room was the biggest puzzle we had to solve. More than ever, many people use their laptops, smart phones and other internet enabled devices these days during conferences. Having several thousand people in one big room and every person using their array of devices, actually pushes the limit of physics to a greater extent.

    In order for our attendees to have the best possible wireless experience at keynote, we realized a conventional wireless deployment may not work and we’re trying some innovative hardware and scaling it for “PDC level” experience. Infact, on the keynote this morning, we had more than doubled our usual capacity!!! I’ll blog more about it as the event progresses.

    Also don’t forget to check out the mobile PDC experience at http://m.microsoftpdc.com/

    Keep browsing!

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    Happy Diwali

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    Diwali_Diya Happy Diwali everyone. For the curious Diwali is the biggest Indian Festival. In US terms, it is sort of like Christmas and July 4th put together in one event! It is that big and fun!

    This year Diwali is on Monday, October 27th, the same day as PDC Day1 when all the big announcements were made. It is a very exciting day. Enjoy!

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    Meet me at PDC 2008

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    Bling3Enough has been said about PDC and all the good stuff you’re going to get.

    If you’re attending PDC, make sure you read The Devil’s Field Guide to the PDC right now. I mean right this moment.

    If you’re not going to PDC, I suggest that you setup a projector in your living room, grab enough caffeine and start watching the session recordings. There are over 240 hours (10 days non-stop!!!) of video content produced just from the sessions. Besides Channel9 will ensure that you have enough to watch through the end of the year.

    I was fortunate to be part of the PDC virtual team and as a result, I am lucky that I get to goto PDC. It has been a very busy month so far and I hope all of the hard work will pay off next week at PDC.

    If you’re an ISV or any general business developer interested in Dynamics CRM, I’d be more than happy to chat with you. Make sure you remember the thing about “evangelist” from the devil’s guide.

    I’ll be posting my updates via Twitter and you can follow me here http://twitter.com/girishr. See you in LA!

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    Public Sector Webcast: Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Developers

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    I will be presenting a webcast tomorrow (October 15th) for public sector developers on how they can leverage Dynamics CRM platform to build line of business applications.

    Date: Wednesday 10/15/2008, from 2:00PM- 3:00PM EDT

    You can register for the webcast at the below URL

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/InviteOnly.aspx?EventID=A8-74-02-FD-8B-04-E9-65-EC-DD-66-67-13-91-6A-2B&Culture=en-US

    Below is the overview on what I’ll be presenting

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 uses familiar components such as Web Service endpoints, Windows Workflow Foundation, SSRS reporting, and more; making it a general purpose platform for any line-of-business applications. Developers can use their existing .NET skills to take advantage of various features of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. This webcast drills into the details of such development and explains how developers can connect, extend, and embed with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. The webcast includes presentations and demos that we hope you will find informative. Please join us!

    If you’re a developer in Public Sector, I also strongly encourage you to subscribe to the Public Sector Developer Blog.

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    Peek at what Live Mesh SDK can do

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    I've had the honor to play with Live Mesh and so far I'm very impressed.

    Right now you only have the folder sharing scenario. Yet it was cool to have my Onenote notebooks synchronized across my tablet and workstation and share with other people.

    For people that kept asking what the "Mesh Platform" can do, check out the below article to look at a simple yet powerful scenario.

    Disclaimer: These postings are provided "AS IS" with no warranties and confer no rights. Information posted here is subject to change without notice.

    Having a task tracker application that runs on all my mesh devices and synchronize their state: simple yet wicked cool.

    http://www.istartedsomething.com/20080908/applications-coming-soon-to-a-mesh-near-you/

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    Come to PDC to learn more about the Mesh Platform, the SDK and make sure you do ask questions directly to the people who built this stuff. They'll all be at PDC!

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    Connecting Silverlight to Dynamics CRM

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    As I promised in the channel9 video on CRM & Silverlight, I'm posting the sample code with a slight (3 weeks!) delay. Sorry folks.

    For information on Microsoft Silverlight and its development, please view the Get Started page.

    There are a variety of ways you can connect a Silverlight client to CRM. In the below example we're using a proxy approach by having a WCF service sitting in between Silverlight control and CRM web services.

    1. Download the code

    2. Download the public VPC and the below differencing disk containing the deployed solution.

    Note: This source code and VPC is provided "as is" and without any warranties or support from Microsoft.


    Creating a Silverlight control for CRM

    3. Download the video

    If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave me a comment on this blog or contact me through the Email/Contact form.

    Happy coding!

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    CRMUG Session: Building Complex Business Applications

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    This Thursday, I'm co-presenting a session with Reuben Krippner titled "Using the CRM Platform for Building Complex Business Applications". The session will be held as a CRM User Group workshop.

    crmug_banner Date: Thursday 9/4/2008, from 12:30PM- 2:00PM EDT

    Psst, I'll show some pieces of the demo from the "Dynamics Duo" videos and will be available for any questions you might have.

    The event details and link to register are available here. Below is an excerpt from the description.

    Are you leveraging the integration of Dynamics CRM with the Microsoft Stack? Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a robust platform that can be used to build different line of business applications besides the out of box functionality of sales, service and marketing. We’ll look at how one such business application could be built and how it can provide a seamless user experience by integrating with various technologies like WPF, Silverlight, SharePoint, and the Office Business Applications.

    Please join us as we reveal the hidden power of a robust, integrated solution for your business!

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