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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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    A book on CRM Platform Development

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    BookFrontI just got an autographed copy of the xRM Developer book that David Yack has published. I must say that this is a great resource for Developers and David has packed every ounce of his CRM knowledge into this book.

    After you get the book, don't just read the book. If you glance through the pages you'll realize that this is a Developer book with plenty of code snippets. So get the jumpstart framework and code samples from the book website, sit in front of Visual Studio and work with the samples.

    I'm sure David would have loved to embed video into many places within the book but unfortunately publishing technology hasn't caught up yet! For that lone reason, it is worth checking out the screencast videos that David is creating for out of the book experiences.

    MVP tips within the book are equally valuable. Also remember to follow the blogs of the MVPs to get more tips and tricks.

    I'm planning to read from cover to cover and I'd suggest the same for any developer aspiring to work on CRM. I only wish I had the time to do that right away :-)

    Many thanks to Dave and Julie for bringing this book to the community.

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    Creating a CRM WPF Offline Application

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    Windows Presentation Foundation (not Framework!) allows you to create rich interactive user experiences. If you've watched the channel9 video on using WPF with CRM, below code sample and screencast will help you to hit the ground running on WPF development for CRM.

    Download the code


    Creating a CRM WPF Offline Application

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    Creating an OBA - Word Add-in for CRM

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    It's Office time folks. If you you've watched the channel9 video on CRM-OBA, here is some sample code and screencast that'll get you going.

    Download the code


    Creating an OBA - Word Add-in for CRM

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    WPF code and screencast are coming right out. Keep coding folks!

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    Customizing Main Navigation of CRM 4.0 - Part3

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    In part 1 and part 2 of the navigation series, we saw how to customize CRM's navigation. Custom navigation along with custom entities, allows you to start creating Line of Business (LOB) applications in a variety of vertical industries. In the final part of the navigation series, we'll see how we can take the end result of simple customizations and deploy it on the server.

    I've posted the sample customization files (entities and sitemap)  for a simple professional services scenario as referred in the channel9 video here. You can download these file below

    Download Entity customizations

    Download Sitemap customizations

    Please note that this is a sample only and NOT a real application for professional services.

    To assist you in the process to getting started, below is a screencast that shows how you can import the entity and sitemap customizations into your CRM system.


    Customizing CRM's Entity Model and User Experience

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    Creating a custom SharePoint webpart for CRM

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    Continuing the back to basics series, I thought I'd write a simple SharePoint webpart that pulls data from the CRM 4.0 VPC. If you've watched the Dynamics Duo talk on SharePoint, this should help you get to the next step and dig into some code.

    After a little bit of challenge, I was able to get the sample code published in Code Gallery for download.

    Download the Code

    I also captured the process of creating a CRM-SharePoint custom webpart as a screencast and you can view it below.


    Creating a custom SharePoint webpart for CRM

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    The example shows how you can build it from the group up. You can obviously use SharePoint project template and deployment packages to automate some of the steps.

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    Customizing Main Navigation of CRM 4.0 - Part2

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    If you have tried editing CRM Navigation as described in part1, you'll be more than relieved to know that there is a tool that'll act as a GUI editor for the navigation.

    It is called Demo Tools and it is available for download here:

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Demonstration Tools (for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0)

    As the name states, it is a great set of tools for CRM mainly targeted for delivering a demo. But hey, nothing stops us from using it is for development! I'll have to plug-in the standard disclaimer that it is not supported through Microsoft Technical Support.

    The tool has a bunch of features besides Sitemap editing like string replacement, dependant picklists, etc.

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    The major takeaway here is that it makes editing Sitemap a breeze. You can open existing Sitemap XML files and visually edit them. Once you've made the changes, you can save it back to the XML file.

    The tool also takes it one step further so that you can directly open the Sitemap from CRM, make all your changes and publish back to CRM without downloading any intermediate (.xml,...) files. See those buttons "Open from CRM" and "Publish to CRM" in the above screenshot, that's what they do.

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    Customizing Main Navigation of CRM 4.0 - Part1

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    While we're posting the Channel9 videos, I thought it'd be good to get back to basics and show how we built some of the components in the demo. With CRM's entity/relationship system under the hood, it is very easy to create "xRM" applications that looks completely different. For example in the screenshot below, to the left is the out-of-box UI and on the right is how you can modify it with simple customizations.

    Crm4Navigation

    We did a few things to the navigation here

    • Added additional navigation items like Time and Expense, Projects, Knowledge Center, etc.
    • Renamed Sales to Business Development.
    • Removed the out-of-box Resource Center.

    Let us look at how a developer can go about to do these changes. There are couple of ways you can do that.

    Changing Sitemap.xml

    All of CRM's main navigation is stored in this single file. The way you edit is you goto Settings -> Customization -> Export Customizations and export "Site Map". The sitemap will download as a compressed file and you can modify the .xml within to change the navigation as you like. The tool I commonly use is either Visual Studio 2008 or one of the advanced notepad editors like Notepad++.

    Details on the SiteMap schema can be found here within the SDK. Most importantly, if you screw up the navigation,  check out this section on how to recover from errors. You have got to bookmark this. Trust me, I've panicked number of times without realizing I could recover.

    However editing Plain Old XML (POX) is not a favorite thing to do. In the next part, let me show you a tool that simplifies this into a much easier process.

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    Chatting on CRM Platform

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    Ben has posted the first video in a series of videos we shot at Platform Adoption Center (PAC) reg. the demo we built at DPE. You can check out the video here

    http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/benriga/The-Dynamics-Duo-talk-about-Dynamics-CRM-Customization/

    You can watch the video on the built-in Silverlight player, but at a low resolution, it smudges some of the screens that we try to show. So I recommend viewing this in WMV (high) quality. You can do this by clicking on "Downloads" area underneath the post and opening it as pointed in the screenshot below.

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    Ben is sort of a Ninja style interviewer. As Erik of CWR mobility says, he'll ask the questions you never thought he'd ask and when you least expect it :-) It still was a lot of fun doing those videos.

    And of course, more cool stuff and visualizations are on their way. So stay tuned.

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    Get Your Head above the Clouds at PDC2008

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    <marketing> If you're still thinking whether to attend PDC this year, remember that Early Bird Discount of $200 is ending in another 10 days. So hurry up and register. </marketing>

    BTW, if you are really wondering what PDC is going to be all about and not sure if my marketing bling (yeah right!) is convincing enough, you have got to check out the new show "Countdown to PDC2008".


    Countdown To PDC2008 : Producing a Ginormous Conference in 10 Minutes or Less!

    Mike and Jennifer stick to the clock (analog buzzer!) and get it done in 10 minutes. No exceptions! Actually there are a series of videos on channel9 regarding PDC and you can view them all here http://channel9.msdn.com/tags/PDC08/

    Truly any conference that Microsoft conducts is enormous and you'd be amazed at the amount of planning that goes on internally. I mean think about the fact that a geek like Mike Swanson's fulltime job now is to plan events like PDC!

    BTW if you work for Microsoft, there is an internal countdown video series as well by Mike and Jennifer. Do check them out. Hold on, there is a lot of non-Microsoft people reading this post. Am I going off limits and crossing the corporate boundary out into the open clouds? Oh well, if my applications can do that, why not me ... Oops, I seem to have slipped a clue by accident.

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    WPC Wrap up

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    IMG_2308WPC was indeed Texas-sized this year with over 10,000 people in attendance and 4 days of packed action. Needless to say, I'm yet to fully recover from all that happened in Houston :-)

    Software+Services and CRM both were heard all across the conference. Even though wall street doesn't very much agree on Microsoft's online investments, like Ina Fried, the attendees of WPC knew Microsoft's huge potential in this market. Of course Microsoft will continue to invest in its on-premise software and server applications as well.

    On-demand software will be hot in markets like US and Europe. However partners from the Middle East and Asia seem to disagree. After talking to them, I realized that infrastructure improvements still needs to happen in many places around the world. At the same time, industries with enough wealth and resources don't want to cut corners by moving to on-demand software. No wonder making CRM 4.0 available both on-premise and on-demand resonates well with our customers.

    By the way, don't worry if you missed the action at WPC. You can always watch the major keynotes and breakouts from WPC on demand at http://www.microsoft.com/digitalwpc/.

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    Xbox 360 to stream Netflix content

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    xboxLogo That's right. The streaming is supposedly available in the fall update to Xbox. Check out the Gizmodo article: http://gizmodo.com/5025001/xbox-360-getting-netflix-streaming

    netflix_logo Both me and my wife love the Netflix "instant viewing" even though their catalog of movies & TV shows for streaming is limited. Finally I don't have to use my laptop & VNC connection to the media center PC as a lousy remote control. Even though I haven't played anything other than Fuzion Frenzy 2 since I bought my Xbox Elite 2 months ago (busy times, you know), this update would help me justify the price tag of Xbox to my wife!

    If Hulu.com makes the move to Xbox, I'll be well on my way to cancel my cable connection. Can't wait for that to happen.

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    Pre-conference day at WPC 2008

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    Monday was the pre-conference day at Microsoft and we had a blast at the ISV track. Judging by previous experience at conferences, I was prepared by wearing sneakers and rolling laptop case to make that 5-mile walk across the conference center from session to session. This year the WPC organizers have that through this and made all of the ISV sessions in the same room and most of the other session I wanted to attend were pretty nearby. Nice!

    Eric Weis, a program manager for the Metro program hosted a great session for ISVs titled "Making the Decision to Adopt the Latest Microsoft Technologies" to clear the myths and doubts on early adoption of Microsoft software. BTW, if you are not aware of the Metro program, it is Microsoft's structured program around early adoption of our technologies run by the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) group. In this session, one of our very own CRM partners RDT was showcased. Mark Bates, CEO of RDT spoke clearly about the good, bad and ugly of early adoption.

    The next session was by Eddie Amos, the GM  talking about the Software+Services. The surprise of the day was the final session on how learnings from gaming software could be applied to enhance business applications. Entellium showed how you could build a WPF application that acts as a smart client and provide amazing User eXperience such that the users will love what they're doing. Working on the CRM demo where we did WPF and Silverlight samples for CRM Online, I was totally able to relate to that. If we could collaborate with our friends and intuitively play the games, why not our business applications!

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    Developer Ramp up Kit for Dynamics CRM 4.0

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    Many of our ISV partners might be familiar with the DPE Metro (formerly Ascend) early adopter training content that we used to ramp-up the partners on CRM 4.0 platform(code named "Titan"). We're now happy to announce that the materials are now updated and being released to the entire development community as Developer Ramp up Kit for Dynamics CRM 4.0. Any .NET based developer can use this kit to easily ramp up on the CRM platform and start building line of business applications well within a week's time.

    The kit is available at the MSDN development center here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc720132.aspx

    The kit includes

    1. Presentation slides and videos: Twelve modules covering the different extensible aspects of the platform.
    2. Hands on Labs: To assist in hands-on learning of each module. Lab manuals along with completed source code are included. Note that we have three different packages, one for each deployment model namely on-premise, partner hosted and CRM Online.
    3. VPC environment: For practicing the on-premise labs.

    No prior Knowledge of Microsoft CRM is required. Familiarity with the .NET Framework, Microsoft Visual C#, Jscript, Microsoft SQL Server and general web development is recommended.

    The content has come a long way since its inception and has been refined and well tested in the field. Going back to 2006 with CTP2 build of Titan, revised completely for CTP3, the materials were delivered in-person to several of our ISV developers world-wide. Earlier this year, it was forked off and we created materials for the Software+Services scenarios focusing on CRM Online and Partner Hosted CRM.

    We've listened to your feedback and the ramp up kit now unifies all of this into one single package that we hope will be a useful resource for our developer community. Many thanks to all those involved that helped in shaping up the content and releasing it. You know who you're!

    Please let me know via comments or email if you have any questions or need any further information.

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    Houston - Here we come

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    I will be there at Houston for the World Wide Partner Conference 2008 along with several of my colleagues in Dynamics Evangelism group. If you're an ISV and are interested in CRM, please do come talk to us.

    You can also find me wandering in the CRM booths, so please feel free to stop by and chat about the ISV opportunities in CRM.

    Texas is always an exciting place for me. It is where I first landed in the US and spent 4 years of my life doing my Masters and my very first job. After spending the last couple of years in New York and Seattle, I'm not sure if I can sustain the hot, humid Houston for a week. Maybe a quick little trip to Galveston should help.

    See y'all in Houston. Adios for now!

    WPC2008-2

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    CRM ISVs at WPC 2008

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    WPC2008-1Partnering with Microsoft is a wonderful opportunity for the partners and a huge bonus to our customers. Seriously, I haven't seen any other  major software vendor having such a great partner eco-system.

    To illustrate that we're not just ranting about it, Nikhil Hasija, a Senior Product Manager for CRM team showed us a preview of some of the ISV solutions that'll be showcased at WPC this year. Ben, Sanjay and John have covered the solutions in details and the sessions you wouldn't want to miss at WPC.

    What's interesting to me is the way ISVs have creatively used the CRM platform and how they've seamlessly integrated with products like Silverlight, Virtual Earth, Live Messenger,...

    If you are at WPC, do attend these sessions and find out how you as Partners, can leverage solutions like this in the eco-system to help your customers.

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    Using 64-bit machines for CRM development

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    imageIt seems like a lot of developers are hesitant to install 64-bit OS like Vista or Windows Sever 2008 on their dev.  machine. I don’t want to go into driver compatibility issues but want to discuss what it means to write code and build applications for MSCRM on a 64-bit dev. machine. As  Ben mentions, I’ve been working on a demo that uses an array of products on top of CRM. I personally took the challenge to build and deploy them all on my 64 bit machine and some on the public CRM 4.0 VPC (which is 32-bit BTW). Overall, I had a wonderful experience and I’m glad that I made the leap to 64-bit for my dev. machine.

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with 64 bit architecture, let me just say that the popular AMD x64 architecture can run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications. What a relief! Windows basically runs this using a mechanism called Wow64 (Windows on Windows).

    In my next few posts, I’ll walk you through my experiment with 64-bit development.

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    Regsvr32.exe PDC2008

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    No, you can’t do it from command line. You have to use the GUI available at http://www.microsoftpdc.com/ to register for PDC 2008. I know, we’re working on it!

    To be or not to be

    If you’re sort of the developer looking out of for the next gen. stuff and an early adopter of technologies, PDC is the right place to be. On the other hand, if you’d prefer technologies that have only been released and out in the market, maybe TechEd is right place for you. FYI, there is a TechEd happening next week, so watch out for lots of pure refined content.

    $2195 USD, yeah right

    Undoubtedly many will feel that it is slightly higher. But consider this, Microsoft is not making even a single cent of profit out of this. In fact, we’re losing some which is compensated by the event sponsors. I’m volunteering for one of the event activities for PDC and I’m told that my budget is near to $0. It takes a lot to run a conference for 4 days and host around 8,000 geeks. So $2195 (includes $200 early bird discount) should be totally worth it. If you’re an early adopter anyways, why wait and pay an extra 200 bucks.

    Personally, if I were to attend only one conference a year (or couple of years!), that would undoubtedly be PDC. Being a developer wouldn’t you want to goto the coolest conference and jell with all the other geeks!

    What can one expect

    Lots of good things around the Cloud. Many new “stuff” will be there. Of course, CRM will definitely be there. So I hope to see you there.

     PDC2008

    BTW, many bloggers have posted the “Brain in a can” picture for PDC. I kind of find that disturbing. Do you?

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    Calling ISVs – Get Credit for your Indirect Customers

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    Of course it would be unfair if you don’t take credit for the work you do.

    For ISVs (in the US only), improvements have been made to the indirect customer registration process in VOICE. For more information on this announcement and instructions on how to register your indirect customers, check out this article.

    Indirect Customer registration process changing for US, Canada and LATAM ISVs beginning May 18th, 2008

    Obviously there are quite a few benefits in keeping your list of customers up-to-date. If you’ve been to Convergence this year, you might have noticed several people wearing batches indicating that they’re members of the “President’s Club”. Wonder what it takes for you to wear one, check out the below excerpt from the article.

    ISVs can achieve FY07 President’s Club by adding 53 total new customers in FY08 (combined total of direct and indirect customer adds).

    BTW, I should remind myself of the first statement in this blog post!

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    Whitepaper on CRM Platform Development

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    We have released a whitepaper on the Platform Goodness of Microsoft CRM 4.0 and how Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) can leverage the platform to build all sorts of applications/mashups on top of the platform.

    The whitepaper is available for download here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1217efff-be8f-4ac8-8e32-af367305fba9&DisplayLang=en

    imageDavid Yack from Colorado Technology Consultants helped us with authoring this paper and please give a big shout out to him.

    Notice that we highlight the xRM capabilities of the platform in this paper and it also drills down into different scenarios where you can use and integrate with the platform.

    Though the paper covers a lot of ground, it is a great start to think about various possibilities you may have overseen all along. So I strongly recommend reading this not only for the breadth of developers and technical decision makers out there but also for seasoned MSCRM implementers.

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    Sarcasm

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    I love Onenote and evangelize it’s use equally as I evangelize CRM.

    This sarcasm from Office Offline blog by David Salaguinto is the best blog humor I’ve seen in a while.

    Illmakenoteofthat

    His blog is one of the reasons why I don’t effectively use my time at work :)

    BTW, shouldn’t he call it Office Dead (Live) instead of Office Offline. Hey, I’m just following the rules of our marketing here.

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    New Way to Submit Product Suggestions

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    Updated in 2010 with new Connect Program Links

    Do you ever feel that you want to make a direct impact on the next version of the Dynamics Product?

    Being a Dynamics partner myself a few years ago, I’ve always wondered about an easy way to submit my thoughts directly to the product planning team.

    For all those Dynamics Partners and Customers out there, here is how you can do it in less than 5 minutes from the comfort of your desk/couch.

    https://connect.microsoft.com/dynamicssuggestions

    Already a member? Click here and first search to see whether another community member has already entered a similar suggestion. If a similar suggestion already exists, simply use the voting mechanism in Microsoft Connect.

    If you have established that no similar suggestion has been submitted, click the “Submit Feedback” button and type in your suggestion along with the other relevant product and company information and click Submit. It’s that simple.

    Few things about this approach makes it my absolute favorite.

    1. It is build on the MS Connect so I’m very confident in entering my data and I can see this right next to the other programs that I’m part of.
    2. You can Rate/Validate an existing issue so that the product planning team takes a good look at it.
    3. You can submit your suggestions either publicly or in private. This lets me post some of the intricate details of my problem which I can’t do in a public newsgroup.

    So what are you waiting for?

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    WWT- It is all in the UX

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    One of the great things about working at Microsoft is that you get to meet and talk to some of the greatest minds in the world.

    Soon after I blogged about WWT, Microsoft Research showcased it's work to all employees at an event called Techfest. Techfest is all the next and future generation stuff from Microsoft under one roof and is an amazing event.

    One of my favorite moment at Techfest was at the booth for WWT. Curtis Wong, the leader of WWT project was manning the booth himself. I stood right next to him and he walked me through the product like I'm his most important customer. To add to it, they gave me a preview of the application soon afterwards.

    Even though I don't know anything about astronomy, the start and the galaxies, it was still a very interesting application. More than anything else, the User eXperience (UX) of the application amazes me. Since it is not a public beta yet, I'll refrain from posting any screenshots. But I can't wait to for astronomers and professionals to post tours and let me learn a lot more about Astronomy and realize how insignificant I am in the world beyond ourselves!

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    Performance for CRM - Why not Cache?

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    I just attended an interactive discussion at Convergence on Archiving and best practices. Though the topic was mainly on archiving, several people talked about performance especially related to the SQL database. Also many of them compared CRM with SharePoint (MOSS 2007) and sought out differences.

    Though SharePoint usually has a monstrous database storing all of the documents, the performance of the product is usually great because of one great feature in SharePoint(since MOSS 2007) . Whenever a request comes in from the user, the SharePoint front-end server requests the document from database and then caches it. For repeated requests, the front-end server serves the data from the cache instead of going to the database again. This largely reduces the round trip back to SQL and decreases the page load time for the user at the same time reducing the load on the back-end SQL server.

    Now thinking about CRM, many users often want to read account and contact information and I thought it'd be cool if CRM could cache the data and serve it from the front-end server. Of course as data gets updated, the cache must be refreshed and the process will get busier on a transactional system. But still, with the right pattern, the performance improvements will be much larger.

    Incidentally I ran into Shan McArthur of ADXStudio yesterday and he was telling me about the CRM Developer toolkit that they're building. He says this toolkit addresses this very problem in that it'll cache the data using .NET caching and does Cache Invalidation when the data gets updated. There is a lot more in the toolkit and I can't wait to check it out.

    At the end, I must say I'd love to attend every one of those interactive discussions if only we had enough room for all the people. But as I mentioned earlier, maybe it is good that they limit the number of attendees.

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    Convergence 2008 - The Place to be for Microsoft Dynamics

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    This is my first time attending the Convergence conference for Microsoft Dynamics and I must say I'm more than thrilled to be here. Plus the Orlando weather is a lot more welcoming than the rainy & cold Seattle area.

    Getting back to the conference, if you are working with Microsoft Dynamics whether you're a Partner, Customer or a Microsoft employee, Convergence is THE place to be. There are over 10,000 people attending this conference (some say it is over 20,000 people!) and lots of ideas and thoughts flow around here that shouldn't be missed.

    As Klaus Anderson pointed out in the executive discussion yesterday, convergence is about Learning and Networking.

    Learning

    There are plenty of concurrent sessions that teach you different aspects of the various dynamics products. If you want to learn more about a Dynamics product, do attend those. Also the hands-on-labs are great if you'd like to check out a product and play with it real time.

    One of my favorite part is the "Interactive Discussions". I attended one that was hosted by Anne Stanton, the CRM Lady and the discussion was very thoughtful. It was on Archiving and Best Practices for MSCRM, a topic not many MSCRM practitioners address. People also talked about Performance and compared it to MOSS 2007 a lot during that session. Being a devotee of MOSS, it prompted me to think about some knowledge that MSCRM can take from SharePoint. I immediately drafted one of my ideas and wrote this blog post.

    BTW. if you're attending Convergence, the discussion rooms are limited to 50 people but the upside is that discussions are very deep and engaging . Well, with thousands of people attending, you must arrive early! I twittered about it earlier and realized one another fact which I also twittered regarding a room full of attendees.

    Networking

    Being a corporate person, I don't get a lot of opportunity to get face-to-face with the ISV partners that I help out. The EXPO booths, where partners exhibit their solutions was my favorite hang-out to meet with a lot of Partners and learn about their solutions. You'd be amazed at the amount of expertise the partners have. Some of the solutions they had were pretty cool and I will blog about each of those as I check them out.

    Finally what better tool to network than partying! There is plenty of parties to attend at Convergence and right now I am heading out to the Universal Citywalk for the Mega party and it should be a lot of fun. And oh BTW, I don't drink any kind of alcohol or atleast that's what my wife thinks ;-)

     

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